Betty Kim, CPA
Managing Partner, Co-Founder
Betty has over 17 years of experience in public accounting working with small, mid-sized and publicly held companies providing innovative tax optimization strategies.
Betty is a co-founding partner of Encore Partners LLP and has significant experience in public accounting closely working with small, mid-sized, and Fortune 500 companies providing tax compliance and consulting services.
Betty has served clients with complex business transactions and she has extensive tax consulting experience with partnerships, LLCs, and corporate entities covering various industries such as real estate, tech, medical and biopharmaceutical, financial, marketing, and many more. She also provides high net worth individuals with coordinated, comprehensive solutions that solve for their immediate and long-term tax-saving goals and development of family legacies. Betty has also served a large individual client base of highly compensated employees, assisting them in the tax implications of stock compensations and strategies to reduce or defer taxes.
At Encore Partners LLP, Betty serves as an advisor for a multitude of real estate companies by providing them with innovative capital saving ideas to help them reach their overall tax minimization goals. Her expertise is focused on real estate operations including developers, REITs, real estate opportunity funds in all areas of real estate. She also specializes in providing REIT compliance services of quarterly and annual REIT Testing for both public and privately held REIT entities to support financial statement audits.
Betty particularly has a heart for start-ups and entrepreneurs and provide them with insightful business advisory services to jump-start their business and help them thrive. Her focus is analyzing and advising on the overall impact of transactions for the present and future tax implications on both businesses’ and individuals’ sides. Betty’s conservative, yet creative approaches to tax strategies have earned deeply rooted trust among her long-time clients and subject matter experts in her advisor network over the years.
She is known for her reputation as a high-energy, no-nonsense, get-to-the-point CPA let alone as a passionate entrepreneur at heart. Her ability to connect with clients by deeply understanding their tax objectives is at the core of the firm’s high-touch client service philosophy which distinguishes Encore Partners LLP from others.
In the area of state taxation, Betty has substantial experience with state nexus studies for multi-state service companies to minimize income and franchise tax and reduce the clients’ risk and tax exposure in multiple states.
In addition, Betty’s track record in public accounting provides her with keen insight into the resolution of any taxing authorities’ notices. She has provided numerous services of audit representation, Offer in Compromise, Installment Agreement, Levies, Penalty Abatement, and Delinquent Returns.
Prior to forming Encore Partners LLP in 2011, Betty was a tax manager at EY in San Diego. Betty served in leadership roles at EY, including co-chair of the Pan Asia Affinity Group, chairperson of the Working Mothers Group, served as a member for several process improvement committees, and taught many tax technical classes for National Tax.
At EY, Betty specialized in both corporate taxation including FAS 109 provisions, and in partnership taxation, working with real estate specific pass-through entities and joint ventures. Betty was a member of the firm’s highly specialized real estate group.
Betty is also a member of ProVisors, an invitation-only, highly regarded community of management-level trusted advisors.
She truly loves wine and enjoys hosting elegant gatherings and connecting with people over a glass of fine wine.
Professional Licenses, Accreditation, and Membership
- Member, Certified Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA)
- Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
- Committee Member, ProVisors
- Member, Asian Business Association of San Diego
- Masters in Taxation, University of San Diego
- Bachelors of Science in International Business Administration, Emphasis in Accounting, Alliant International University