Mindy Harada is an employment tax specialist and has over 19 years of employment tax experience as an independent consultant, an employee with one of the "Big Four" firms, and as a payroll tax auditor with the state of California.
Mindy provides consulting services encompassing the complete array of human resource and payroll tax issues. These include payroll tax minimization studies, downsize consulting, payroll tax compliance reviews, and independent contractor studies. Mindy represents clients in many different industries at both the state and federal level during independent contractor and payroll compliance audits.
Now a sole proprietor, Mindy previously was the West Coast practice leader for the employment tax practice at Deloitte Tax LLP. Ms. Harada's prior employment as a tax auditor IV with the Employment Development Department, State of California, has allowed her to assist clients undergoing a payroll tax audit. She spent two years as a hearing specialist before the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, representing the EDD during the administrative appeals process.
Mindy's a frequent presenter on various employment tax topics at APA events on the West Coast and for several payroll service providers on a national basis. She has presented before the California Society of CPAs and has also spoken at several California Payroll Conferences, as well as at conferences in the Pacific Northwest and many other locations throughout the country.
Mindy holds a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in accounting from San Jose State University. She is a Certified Payroll Professional.
Laurie M. Fagundes, CPP, is a payroll industry veteran with over 21 years of payroll management experience. She holds a B.S. in business administration with an emphasis in accounting and earned her Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) designation in 1992.
Laurie has managed the disbursement function of large corporations, having been the senior disbursements manager with responsibility for payroll and accounts payable at Excite@Home Corporation, senior payroll manager at DHL Airways, Inc., and payroll manager at Oracle Corporation. Her areas of responsibility have included payroll tax filing in all 50 states plus the U.S. possessions.
Since 2001 she's been working as an independent payroll consultant, assisting corporations with payroll implementations, process reengineering, procedures documentation, and outsourcing.