With Dominique Molina

On Episode 89 of The Unique CPA, Randy chats with Dominique Molina, President of the American Institute of Certified Tax Planners. Dominique talks about her early days as a CPA, and how she thought opening her own practice would eliminate a lot of the negatives associated with working in the accounting profession. She realized, however, that a few more steps were necessary—with the key being control over one’s own business and time. She discusses how accounting firms can achieve this, as well as delving into the Certified Tax Planner license and its utility in demonstrating that you are an expert at saving your clients money.

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About the Guest

Dominique Molina is the Co-Founder and President of the American Institute of Certified Tax Planners. As the driving force and visionary behind the San Diego-based company, Dominique set out to change the way tax professionals approach tax planning. The Institute teaches CPAs how to increase their income and save their clients money by using advanced tax reduction strategies. Through her nonprofit organization, over 1,000 tax professionals have been licensed so far, creating a national network of highly qualified advisors. Thanks to her leadership, the Institute provides hands-on training, systems, tools, support, and offers the Certified Tax Planner (CTP) designation. When graduates achieve their tax planning credential, the designation conveys their unique expertise in tax planning.

Dominique received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from San Diego State University. She is a licensed CPA. Additionally, she has her Master of Laws – LLM, Tax Laws – from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and she is a Certified Tax Strategist (CTS) from the American Institute of Certified Tax Planners.


Meet the Host

Randy Crabtree, CPA


Randy Crabtree

Randy Crabtree, co-founder and partner of Tri-Merit Specialty Tax Professionals, is a widely followed author, lecturer and podcast host for the accounting profession.

Since 2019, he has hosted the “The Unique CPA,” podcast, which ranks among the world’s 5% most popular programs (Source: Listen Score). You can find articles from Randy in Accounting Today’s Voices column, the AICPA Tax Adviser (Tax-saving opportunities for the housing and construction industries) and he is a regular presenter at conferences and virtual training events hosted by CPAmerica, Prime Global, Leading Edge Alliance (LEA), Allinial Global and several state CPA societies. Crabtree also provides continuing professional education to top 100 CPA firms across the country.

Schaumburg, Illinois-based Tri-Merit is a niche professional services firm that specializes in helping CPAs and their clients benefit from R&D tax credits, cost segregation, the energy efficient commercial buildings deduction (179D), the energy efficient home credit (45L) and the employee retention credit (ERC).

Prior to joining Tri-Merit, Crabtree was managing partner of a CPA firm in the greater Chicago area. He has more than 30 years of public accounting and tax consulting experience in a wide variety of industries, and has worked closely with top executives to help them optimize their tax planning strategies.