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Our Promise
A Step Above Traditional Accounting

We know how difficult it is to keep up with ever-changing tax codes in your industry. You don’t have time to keep up with it all, much less create long-term strategies.

At Desert Foothill Accounting and Tax Services, we offer a wide range of tax prep and accounting services to meet your exact needs. From audits to bookkeeping and tax advice, we build personal relationships based on decades of accounting success with small businesses.

Our Services

Tax Services and Planning

You and your small business are our number one priority whether it is individual and small business tax planning and preparation, financial statement preparation, individual, trust, partnership and corporate returns.

QuickBooks Support

Our staff is experienced and can assist you in setting up the QuickBooks accounts so you can record the transactions. We can also do the daily transactions for you.

Full-Service Payroll & Bookkeeping

We offer a full array of bookkeeping, payroll and sales tax assistance. We can take care of the reporting so you can concentrate on your business.

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Tax Planning That Pays Dividends

What happens when an accounting firm uses every possible resource to analyze your tax planning?

It means you gain substantial tax savings and insight throughout the year. You’ll also be able to make smarter decisions with your working capital without worrying about a looming April 15th deadline. We like to think of it as tax-planning perfection since all your tax-bases are covered.

A More Meaningful
Accounting Experience

Accounting is about far more than crunching numbers or balancing books. Our experts give you a clear picture of your overall financial health to simplify planning, plus customized reports packed with real strategic insights. With Desert Foothills CPA on your side, your finances will never be left in the dark again.
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Case Study - The Pitfalls of Clinging to In-House Accounting

A recent US survey showed that 31% of small businesses still keep track of their books on Excel spreadsheets. However, this reporting method was almost four times more prone to human error and potential tax problems down the road. The number one reason given for sticking to these methods was the cost of hiring an accountant.

Interestingly enough, the study also found that companies spent up to 55% more in labor keeping their own books. Switching to 21st century bookkeeping and payroll offered an average savings of 24% while saving employees almost ten man hours per week.

Looking for True Relationship-Based Accounting?

Desert Foothills Accounting and Tax Services is the only full-service accountant in the Sedona and Verde Valley area that excels in all your business needs.


Who We Are

Professional Accounting Services in Sedona and Verde Valley with a Personal Touch

The entire reason we created Desert Foothill Accounting and Tax Services was for businesses just like yours. Our job is to make your life easier, and we spend tremendous amounts of time finding industry insights to enhance your business & tax strategies. We will also sit down with you to learn about your specific challenges and where you need help- every single one of our services are custom-tailored to your specific needs.

If you’re looking for an accountant that’s truly invested in your business success, please call us today at (928) 862-4103 to learn how we can help.

Myth-Filing for Tax Extensions Increases Audit Chances

Does the IRS become suspicious when you ask for more time to file your taxes? Absolutely not. Businesses have hundreds of legitimate reasons why they can’t meet the April 15th deadline. Filing for an extension shows that employers are committed to filing their taxes accurately, which actually decreases the chances of an audit.
The truth is that over 10 million businesses and taxpayers are granted six-month filing extensions every year. This actually helps the IRS during the peak season and there is absolutely no evidence of late filers being audited more often. This myth is 100% busted.

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Meet Our Team

Emily Griffin


As a Certified Public Accountant in California since 1995, Emily has a Masters Degree in Taxation from Walsh College in Michigan and over twenty-five years of experience in accounting in all sizes of businesses. She has worked in Big Four firms such as Price Waterhouse Coopers and Deloitte and Touche and in a variety of smaller firms in three of which she was the owner and principal: Western Tax & Accounting (Fremont, CA), and Gold Rush Tax & Accounting (Jackson, CA), and Bologna Accountancy Corporation (Livermore, CA). She has extensive knowledge of the tax laws regarding individuals as well as the different types of small businesses (LLPs, S-Corps, C-Corps, et. al.). She is familiar with businesses operating in multiple states and is licensed in California, Michigan and Arizona.

Dan Griffin


Dan became an Enrolled Agent in 2010. He is skilled and detailed in assisting individuals and small business start-up companies to manage their tax and accounting needs. Dan’s background is in electrical engineer and managing technical personal. He received a BSEE from Texas Tech University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He has had leadership roles in the Service Management and Technical Support departments of high technology firms for many years (including the Healthcare divisions of General Electric & Siemens). He recently developed and implemented worldwide strategic service plans in several start-up companies in the Silicon Valley area of California.



Heather moved from South Lake Tahoe to Sedona 20 years ago. She is happily married to Devin, and they have raised their family here. The now have a granddaughter. Heather has done bookkeeping, payroll and administrative work for multiple local businesses in different industries. She always makes it her goal to offer great customer service and enjoys making clients feel welcome and comfortable.



Michelle has lived in the Verde Valley for 20 years. She raised her three children here and is now enjoying two grandchildren. She has over 25 years of banking, finance, and accounting experience. She has worked with many local businesses and enjoys helping customers succeed in their personal and business endeavors.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of having
an accountant

An accounting firm gives you a specialist that’s always current on the latest tax laws and codes. You also have peace of mind that your books are accurate and up to date, plus access to reports that help make better decisions.

How detailed do my business records
have to be?

Your business should keep documentation of every transaction- from daily sales to payroll to all company purchases. These records are vital for filing your taxes and having a solid understanding of your overall financial health.

What are some signs that I need
an accountant?

Think about the time your employees spend like bookkeeping, taxes, and payroll. Are those tasks slowing new revenue? Also, do you need help with tax strategy? If you answered yes to either question, an account would help.

Several Local Organizations We Proudly Support
Verde Valley Sanctuary Website
Red Rock Referral Network Website
We Are Members For These CPA Associations
Association of Intl CPAs
Arizona Society of CPAs
California Society of CPAs
Michigan Association of CPAs

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