Christopher H. Gaynor, CPA, MS
Chris Gaynor, CPA, is a Consulting Principal of KROST. His level of expertise ranges from retirement planning to tax controversy. Chris has successfully performed hundreds of tax audits during his career.
Chris earned his undergraduate degree in political science at UCLA, and then finished his formal education with a Master of Science in Accounting at California State University, Northridge.
Chris resides in Pacific Palisades with his wife, Rose. They have two children, Nicole and Scott.
- KROST, Consulting Principal (2022 — Present)
- KROST, Principal (2019 — 2021)
- Gaynor & Umanoff, Partner (2005 — 2018)
- Gaynor, Handelman & Gaynor, Partner (1978 — 2004)
- Price Waterhouse (1975 — 1977)
- Master of Science with Emphasis in Business Administration and Accounting, California State University, Northridge
- Bachelor of Arts with Emphasis in Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles
- Member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
- Member of California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA)
- The conference planning committee for UCLA's annual Tax Controversy Conference
- Member of The Westwood Village Rotary
- President of The Westwood Village Rotary Club (1993 — 1994)
- Extensive Foreign Travel
Tax Thought Leadership
The US tax system requires all its citizens and permanent residents to file tax returns based on worldwide income, regardless of where they live. As such, if a person lives overseas and files taxes in a foreign country, the person also needs to report the foreign income to the IRS by filing US taxes. In Read the full article…
A Spousal Lifetime Access Trust (SLAT) is a trust established between spouses. Essentially, one spouse gives the other spouse assets in an amount that uses up the unused Federal Estate Tax Exemption. The trust of one spouse must be materially different from the trust of the other spouse. The reciprocal trust doctrine allows the IRS Read the full article…
New Schedules K-2 and K-3 Reporting for Form 1065, Form 1120-S, and Form 8865 – What You Need to Know
For the tax year beginning in 2021, the IRS has implemented a new reporting requirement for partnerships, S corporations, and filers of Form 8865 to include Schedules K-2 (Partner’s Distributive Share Items – International) and Schedules K-3 (Partner’s Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc. – International) with their returns. What are Schedules K-2 and K-3 Read the full article…
Since lifetime gift exemption has drastically increased by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which went into effect in 2018, considerably fewer people are subject to estate tax filing. According to the TCJA, for 2022, decedents with an estate valued less than $12,060,000 are not required to file an estate tax return. However, to Read the full article…
In our last article in this series, we covered the different types of trusts that can be established. In this article, we’ll discuss uncommon trusts that can be utilized. Other Trusts That Can Be Established Blind Trust The trustees of a blind trust manage the assets in the trust without the beneficiaries’ knowledge. The beneficiaries Read the full article…
Please note the following updates for 2022 Estate and Gift Exclusions: Estates of decedents who passed away during 2022 have a basic exclusion amount of $12,060,000, up from a total of $11,700,000 for estates of decedents who passed away in 2021. The annual exclusion for gifts increases to $16,000 for the calendar year 2022, up Read the full article…
Fiscal Year 2023 Revenue Proposal: How Does the Biden Administration’s Proposal Impact the Real Estate Industry?
Recently, the Department of Treasury released the General Explanations of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2023 Revenue Proposals. The proposals are built around the Build Back Better Act, passed by the House of Representatives on November 19, 2021, but were stalled in the Senate. If you are in the real estate space, it is important to Read the full article…
In the last article in our series, we covered the benefits a trust offers for creators and beneficiaries. In this article, we’ll dive into more detail about the types of trusts that can be established and the pros and cons. Types of Trusts Revocable Trusts Revocable trusts (living trusts) can be changed or canceled at Read the full article…
There are so many tax reporting deadlines and for the past two years, every time we came closer to the next deadline, there was some reason (beyond our control) for delays. Coming into this tax season, we were hopeful that things would be better. With reasons beyond our control, we are expecting more delays. There Read the full article…
As previously communicated, recent updates to the State and Local Tax (SALT) workaround issued by the State of California, clarified some of the more troubling provisions of this law. This update should allow taxpayers to take advantage of the new deduction opportunity. The election and payment for 2021 are due by March 15th. The deduction Read the full article…