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Episode 49: Educating CPAs and Clients About Cannabis

Episode 49: Educating CPAs and Clients About Cannabis

Katye Maxson-Landis is the cannabis accountant’s CPA. She is transparent about her entry into the industry, what she’s learned since she first started taking on cannabis clients and passionate about helping other CPAs get up to speed. Based in Portland, Oregon, Maxson-Landis is the founder and owner of Moxy Accounting and if you’re thinking about entering this niche, you won’t want to miss this episode. Tune in to hear Katye talk about vetting her clients, boosting continuing education in this niche and getting started in this booming industry. Join us!

Guest Bio

Katye Maxson-Landis is irreverent, inquisitive and professionally skeptical of just about everything. She received her Certified Public Accountant credential in 2011 after working in the salt mines of public accounting for 7 years as an auditor and staff accountant and as a bookkeeper for 10 years before that. She’s loyal, generous, interested in advancing the application of accounting for the Cannabis industry to a gold standard.

Katye received BAs in both Technical Theatre and English Literature in 1993 from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. She then enjoyed several years of eclectic careers in food service, speaking loudly and bartending. She owned an electrical contracting business, worked in currency conversion software support for the roll out of the Euro, coordinated an alternative drug court in Multnomah County and ran several indigent criminal defense firms in Portland, Oregon, finally earning a Post Baccalaureate in Accounting from Portland State University in 2005.

She is happily married and is the mother of two vivacious little girls. In creating Moxy Accounting, she is working to bring balance to the insane timelines of accounting while acknowledging the importance of humor and professional standards. She is a trusted advisor, professional and business educator and highly sought after CPA.

Memorable Quotes

“I saw an opportunity to be able to help people get their books and records in order.”

“I felt like bringing some legitimacy to the industry with my CPA was a bit of a gamble but is also something that the industry deserves.”

“It became very clear very early on that there is a lot of education needed to give to a population of people who have never really been asked to file tax returns on their illegal business.”

“They think they are hiring me. I’m interviewing them to see if I want to be involved with them. My license isn’t worth anybody’s weed.”

“There are few things that are more intimate in the world than money.”

“There are real quantifiable risks to these people in being transparent and I think professionals need to be far more respectful of that.”

“This industry has been fully operational for a long time period of time. They are trying to fit their square peg into the round hole of traditional business.”

“At our best, accountants are business advisors. We can’t advise if we are on the 10 or 15 minute billable hour.”

“The number one place I receive clients from are cannabis lawyers. They have been the first vetting grounds for clients.”