Scott Watters, CPA
Scott Watters is a Partner with PP&Co. Scott has been with PP&Co since 2001, becoming a partner in 2020. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Santa Clara University and a Master’s in Taxation from San Jose State University.
Scott specializes in tax and business planning for clients involved in privately held businesses and non-profit organizations, income and estate planning, and regulatory representation before the Internal Revenue Service and California Franchise Tax Board. In addition, he is involved in income tax return preparation for corporations, partnerships, individuals, non-profit organizations, and fiduciaries and the preparation of, and consulting related to, property tax returns for Clubs. Scott is the leader of PP&Co’s Firmwide Tax Planning Initiative.
We asked…Scott Answered
Considering current advances in technology and automation, what do you see as the shifting role of public accounting?
As automation increases, there will be a reduction in repetitive tasks and basic tax, audit, and accounting services will become more of a commodity. Focusing on analyzing key data points, increasing business operations efficiencies, and providing innovative tax planning ideas will become ever more important. The ability to analyze complex issues that require significant judgment is critical. Clients will look to us to provide industry specific advice and to use that industry knowledge to solve their problems and provide value.
The Firm core values are outlined as Excellence, People, Integrity, Independence, and Care. How do you embody these ‘EPIIC’ values?
Excellence: I am always looking to provide value through innovative and timely tax planning ideas that reduce the tax bills for our clients.
People: I appreciate the hard work that our team puts in. I recognize the importance of each employee to the success of our firm, and want to continuously recognize and appreciate their efforts.
Integrity: I strive to always do what is right both in my personal and professional life and will not cut corners to do so.
Independence: I want to grow the firm through industry expertise (particularly in the Club tax area) and by helping other industry groups with timely and valuable tax planning ideas. Continuous firm growth and improvement ensures we remain independent and can continue to serve or clients with the quality and attention they deserve and expect.
Care: I care deeply about our clients’ success and our employees’ growth, both in the short-term and the long-term.
How do you measure success?
Success for me is to provide value to clients by helping them achieve/realize their personal and financial goals. Receiving appreciation from clients and/or employees provides a great deal of satisfaction as well.
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- California Society of Certified Public Accountants