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Temecula, CA 92590-5518


 
 
EstherABOUT US

Esther Phahla, CPA, CTC, MST
President & CEO

Esther Phahla is the Founder of Esther N. Phahla, CPA, APC. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Tax Coach (CTC) dedicated to helping small business owners and individuals design an optimal tax strategy. Esther holds a Master of Science in Taxation degree from Golden Gate University. She also holds a law degree from South Africa. She has been working in the Tax Field for 15 years. Esther uses a Close Personal Attention approach in serving her clients because every client's needs and goals are different. She keeps up to date with tax law changes by taking professional education coursework every year.



Credentials:

  • Masters of Science in Taxation - Golden Gate University
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) - California Board of Accountancy
  • Certified Tax Coach (CTC) - American Institute of Certified Tax Coaches
  • Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor
  • LLB (Law) - University of South Africa
  • (BProc) Law - University of Durban Westville (Kwazulu Natal), South Africa

ACCOMPLISHMENTS & ACCOLADES:

  • 2016 Woman to Watch: Experienced Leader by the CalCPA and AICPA
  • 2016 President's Distinguished District Director, Toastmasters International District 12
  • 2016 Milestone Award by Toastmasters International Region 10
  • 2014 Lead By Example Firm Leadership Award by the American Woman's Society of Certified Public Accountants (AWSCPA)
  • 2014 Best Selling Co-Author - "Why Didn't My CPA Tell me THAT"
  • 2014 Excellence in Marketing by Toastmasters International
  • 2014 Spirit Award by Region 10 Toastmasters International
  • 2013 Sterling Business of the Year by the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • 2013 "40 Under Forty" by the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce
  • 2013 one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Public Accounting by the CPA Practice Advisor
  • 2012 Division Governor of the Year by Toastmasters International District 12
  • 2012 Lydia Boyd Leadership Excellence Team by Toastmasters International District 12
  • Black Belt by the American Taekwondo Association.

ACTIVELY PARTICIPATES IN THE FOLLOWING PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS & COMMUNITY SERVICE:

  • California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CALCPA)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • American Woman's Society of Certified Public Accountants (AWSCPA)
  • American Institute of Certified Tax Coaches (AICTC)
  • Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce - Board of Directors
  • Rotary Club of Temecula - Past International Service Director
  • Toastmasters International District 12 - 2015-2016 District Director
  • Toastmasters International District 12 - Immediate Past District Director
  • Women's Peer Connection
  • Susan G. Komen Inland Empire - Past Board of Directors

Esther lives in Temecula with her husband and daughter. She enjoys traveling and reading.