Sara A. Kurtz, CPA

Partner

Sara A. Kurtz

I enjoy working with my clients because they have a passion for what they do. They have a genuine interest in making their business the best that it can be and value recommendations or advice we provide.

OVERVIEW

Sara has more than 13 years of audit experience and has worked with the government and nonprofit industries throughout her career. She provides technical and accounting expertise for governmental clients that need to understand the professional accounting standards they must adhere to in order to issue General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) financial statements as well as single audit requirements. As continuous education and training is crucial within the government sector, Sara is a firm resource for staff training, and she supervises audits during all phases of the engagement and participates in the report delivery. She is the chair of Eide Bailly's Government Technical Issues Committee and is responsible for reviewing new guidance and providing firm-wide training on these topics. Sara reviews several Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports a year for the Government Finance Officers Association as a member of its Special Review Committee.

Sara's working style is collaborative. She listens to clients' needs, concerns and challenges and works with them to find a solution. Sara is able to find solutions and explain them in a way that makes sense. Sara believes that timely communication is key during an audit. During the audit, clients will find that Sara is on-site with the team, facilitating the successful completion of the audit. She is accessible to clients not only during an audit, but throughout the year.

Outside of work, Sara likes pretty much anything outside, particularly hiking and running. She's run in a Ragnar Trail relay, a 24-hour relay where teams of eight run different trail loops covering about 14 miles each. She also tries to hike a new Colorado 14er (peaks of the mountain higher than 14,000 feet) every year.

QUALIFICATIONS

Memberships

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants - Governmental Issues Committee
  • Colorado Government Finance Officers Association - Education Committee

Designations/Licensures

  • Certified Public Accountant

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Accounting – University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls

KNOWLEDGE

Client Work

  • Worked with clients on best practices to implement controls to prevent single audit findings. Over the years, one client's findings were reduced from more than 25 findings to less than five.
  • Provided training to clients and staff on governmental reporting/Comprehensive Annual Financial Report topics.
  • Worked with clients on special projects to evaluate their internal controls and provide recommendations for improvements.
  • As part of the National Accounting Office, served internal clients by researching technical topics and providing recommendations.

COMMUNITY

Community Involvement

  • Colorado Government Finance Officers Association Education Committee, Member and Presenter at Annual Conferences
  • Colorado Society of CPAs Governmental Issues Committee