Shirley Ma has over a decade of corporate tax experience, including 7 years with a national leading CPA firm and 5 years with a large multinational corporate tax department. She has extensive experience in a variety of industries including software, technology, consumer product, manufacturing, medical devices and semiconductors. Shirley specializes in income tax provision, federal and state tax compliance, and tax planning.
Shirley strives to serve her clients with high-quality, technical advice and is known for her ability to listen and engage with each client. With both public accounting and industry experience, Shirley can better understand the client’s need and is valued as a trusted adviser. She also maintains a collaborative and open relationship with her staff members within the firm.
Before becoming a CPA in 2007, Shirley earned a B.S. in Finance from Peking University, China and an M.A. of Accounting from Washington State University. She is a licensed CPA in the state of California.
Shirley grew up in China and came to the U.S. to pursue her master’s degree. She started her career in San Jose, CA where she really enjoyed the fast-paced, high-pressure working style in the Bay Area. When their son was born, Shirley and her husband considered where the best place was to raise him and decided to move to Austin and live here happily ever after.
What’s something many people don’t know about you?
I have been writing a diary for more than 10 years. When I am too old to move, I will be so happy to relive those exciting moments of my life by reading the diary.
When you retire…
I’d like to visit each province of China. I have lived in the U.S. since I turned 22 and have been traveling within the U.S. every year. Due to the long flight back to China, I haven’t had the chance to travel much in China except to Beijing where my parents live.
What would be impossible for you to give up?
Classic Coke. No reason. Just love it! I promised my husband I will never buy Coke, but I didn’t tell him that Holtzman offers it in the office kitchen.