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At Niman & Associates, we believe that three core values drive our business and our service to clients. These are Professional Expertise, Client Focus, and Superior Quality.

We believe in the value of relationships. We view every client relationship like a partnership, and truly believe that our success is a result of your success.

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Atlantic City to sell airstrip to water utility, meet emergency loan terms

Atlantic City, New Jersey’s cash-strapped gambling resort, voted on Wednesday to sell a defunct airstrip to its water utility for $110 million and present a five-year recovery plan ahead of schedule, in an effort to avoid a state takeover of the city. Atlantic City, which has been struggling under rising debt after its casino industry and subsequently its property tax base shrank drastically, has been trying to find new ways to raise funds and trim costs. The much-needed cash from the airstrip's sale helps plug the hole in the city’s accounts and meet its debt payments, city councillors said. Full Article


In this May 8, 2008, file photo blank checks are seen on an idle press at the Philadelphia Regional Financial Center, which disburses payments on behalf of federal agencies, in Philadelphia. The Internal Revenue Service touches everyone, not just taxpayers but anyone who receives a government check, drives on roads made possible by tax revenue or sends a child to a school helped by Washington. It's a touch that can come with a heavy hand, in the eyes of critics who believe the agency's far-reaching powers are abused and the agency needs to be cut down to size. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: The Internal Revenue Service touches everyone, not just taxpayers but anyone who receives a government check, drives on roads made possible by tax revenue or sends a child to a school helped by Washington. It's a touch that can come with a heavy hand, in the eyes of critics who believe the agency's far-reaching powers are abused and need to be tamed.

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Trump tax plan would aid Wall St. despite closing loophole

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Buffett hits back at Trump over tax comments

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Grant N. Niman - Founder, President & CEO

Grant Niman is the founder of Niman & Associates, Inc. Grant began his career with the Internal Revenue Service, and subsequently spent four years at Price Waterhouse in the Entrepreneurial Services Group. Grant then worked with BDO Seidman where he was part of the firms national committee for state and local taxation. He was a founding partner of Raimondo Pettit Group, where he specialized in assisting high wealth individuals and closely held corporations with tax planning and wealth preservation strategies.

Grant formed Niman & Associates in September 2008, with the focus on providing value added services to high net worth individuals, families and closely held businesses.

His expertise encompasses the areas of business management, estates and trusts, and in particular assisting families in the sound accumulation and transition of wealth. His family office services include multi-generational planning, tax and estate planning as well as day-to-day operations.

Grant is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, and has over 25 years of public accounting experience. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California. He is a member of the Tax and Personal Financial Planning Sections of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and holds their Personal Financial Specialist designation. He is also a member of the California Society of CPAs and the South Bay Estate Planning Council.

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Jennifer A. Shafer
Managing Director

Jennifer Shafer is Managing Director at Niman & Associates, responsible for the overall management and operation of the firm and for client satisfaction. She worked as a tax manager at Raimondo Pettit Group responsible for estate and trust tax matters, and together with Grant and Carol Raimondo formed the nucleus of one of the most-respected...Continue Reading

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Gregory E. Breen
Director of Tax Services

Greg Breen is Director of Tax Services at Niman & Associates. He specializes in corporate and business taxation, having worked for the last two decades in internal tax management positions for several multinational businesses, most recently IBM. Before joining industry, Greg worked as a Senior Manager with Price Waterhouse, having spent...Continue Reading

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Carol Raimondo
Director of Estate & Trust Services

Carol Raimondo is Director of Estate & Trust Services at Niman & Associates. Carol was a founding partner of Raimondo Pettit Group, prior to that, she was the director of the tax practice of the Torrance office of BDO Seidman. She also worked with KPMG Peat Marwick and a local accounting firm. Her expertise includes business structure...Continue Reading

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Linda L. Quane
Director of Accounting Services

Linda Quane is Director of Accounting Services at Niman & Associates. In that position, she is responsible for overseeing our compilation, review and other assurance projects, and ensuring that those projects comply with regulatory and technical guidance. Linda is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California and...Continue Reading

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Our Core Values

At Niman & Associates, we believe that three core values drive our business and our service to clients. These are Professional Expertise, Client Focus, and Superior Quality.

Professional Experience

We are a new firm yet with years of experience. Our expertise comes from the skills and capability of our employees, all of whom have a number of years working in a client-centered environment. Beyond competence and a commitment to excellence, our employees also share a commitment to ethical behavior and integrity. We believe integrity is essential to our success and the continued success of our clients.

Client Focus

Clients are the lifeblood of our business and the reason we exist, and they are deserving of our respect. We believe that respect for our clients dictates that we have a continuing awareness of our clients situations, that we be responsive (both in timeliness and in relevance), that our advice take into account the clients business environment and values, and that fees we charge be expected and reasonable. Being client-focused also means that we understand our role as a member of a clients financial advisory team and we work to be sure that clients receive solutions that address overall needs, and not merely academic discussions of tax rules.

Superior Quality

We focus on a limited set of services and do them well. Our primary focus is the family or closely held business and its owners. We provide estate and income tax planning and compliance services, business management services, and financial accounting. We also provide ancillary services. Our objective is to ensure that client wealth is preserved with the ultimate goal of allowing clients the desired degree of control over the ultimate disposition of those assets. We pride ourselves on our continued ability to deliver differentiated service to our clients.

Professional Services

Family Office Services

Family Office Services...A family office involves centralized management of the financial affairs of an individual or family (typically spanning more than one generation). The user of family office services often wishes to focus on entrepreneurial, financial, creative or charitable projects without having to be concerned about business or tax affairs. Niman & Associates family office services provide a number of benefits to individuals and family members: summarizing and analyzing information so that clients are freed up to make higher level decisions; alignment of wealth planning objectives and financial management; estate planning; asset allocation; and outsourcing of reporting obligations. Family office services can include:

  • Lifestyle management: bill paying, cash flow management, succession planning, and budgeting.
  • Integrated planning: tax planning and compliance; wealth management and multi-generational planning; cost analysis; and estate planning,
  • Risk management: liability management, insurance analysis and oversight
  • Philanthropy: assistance with setting philanthropic vision; foundation management; personal giving
  • Family continuity: managing and accounting for family assets; education, coaching and facilitation
  • Succession planning: development and monitoring of management succession plans

Estate & Trust Services

Estate & Trust Services...Estates and trusts are governed by the California Probate Code and are subject to oversight by the California courts. Niman & Associates has substantial experience in preparing accounts and reports that comply with the exacting legal requirements of the Probate Code. We will work with attorneys, trustees, financial intermediaries and advisers, and others to plan and maintain trusts. The comprehensive services offered by Niman & Associates include the following:

  • Development of gifting strategies
  • Review of estate planning documents
  • Preparation of fiduciary accountings
  • Preparation of estate returns, gift tax returns, and fiduciary and charitable trust income tax returns
  • Representation of clients before the IRS in estate and gift tax matters
  • Assistance with asset allocation
  • Sub-trust funding assistance
  • Planning for estate tax minimization

Business & Individual Tax Service

Business & Individual Tax Service...Niman & Associates provides a full array of tax services. In addition to helping individual clients to comply with federal and state tax filing requirements, Niman & Associates has significant experience with the tax compliance issues of corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and not-for-profit organizations. Our expertise includes assistance to the multi-jurisdiction entity, and we offer multi-state and international tax compliance and planning services. Tax preparation services include the preparation of income tax returns, property tax renditions, business license forms, and payroll and sales tax returns; the computation of estimated taxes; and projections of estimated tax exposure and liability.

Accounting & Consulting Services

Accounting & Consulting Services...Accounting and consulting services. Niman & Associates has substantial experience in tax planning, consulting and accounting services. We provide accounting and bookkeeping services including write up work and financial statement preparation, both for businesses and (increasingly) for individuals who actively manage their financial affairs. This compliments the tax planning as one element of overall financial planning. We integrate these services with our clients long term objectives, and look for all alternatives to a given course of action. Our services include overall tax minimization for individuals and families and their ventures; assistance with corporate and entity structures; and the review of tax strategies, investments and insurance coverage. While we consult on insurance, investments and mortgage vehicles we do not sell, receive commission or any other remuneration on client decisions.


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El Segundo, California 90245

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Grant N. Niman

Founder, President & CEO

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Carol Raimondo

Director of Estate & Trust Services

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Linda L. Quane

Director of Accounting Services

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Jennifer A. Shafer

Managing Director

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Gregory E. Breen

Director of Tax Services

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