John Trapani, CPA

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Visit our blog at Accountant For Disaster Recovery


For more than 20 years I have assisted taxpayers who have experienced a disaster.

People have found this information so valuable that I established a blog to help people  prepare in advance of a disaster (which, of course, we hope does not occur) and recover from a disaster if they experience one.

Below are recent blog topics and links to the blog articles.

Income Taxes and Disasters — 2012 Year End Summary

Was 2012 a big year for disasters? Well it depends on how you look at it. There were 47 declared disasters in 2012. Fourteen years, starting with 1953 exceeded the 47 count. Ten of the fourteen fell in the period between 2002 and 2011. Three occurred between 1996 and 1999. The first year that exceeded 47 declarations was Read more

Community Workshops on Post-Disaster Tax Matters

News & Advice From a Leading Thousand Oaks CPA

Were you affected by the Rocky, Jerusalem or Valley fires?

I will be speaking to residents at the Middeltwon Twin Pines Casino Event Center, and at the Lakeport City Hall Council Chambers. Local community leaders, realtors, personal finance professionals and income tax professionals are also encouraged to attend.

See the flyer for dates and locations.

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Categorized under: Advice For Appraisers, Disaster Tax Services

January 10, 2016

Post-Disaster Income Tax Workshop

News & Advice From A Leading Westlake Village CPA

Are you an appraiser, CPA, attorney or other finance professional who advises individuals and businesses about IRS Casualty Losses?

I will be speaking to tax professionals and appraisers on January 13, 2016 at Marymount College, Lucerne campus about post-diasaster tax matters.  — John Trapani, CPA

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Categorized under: Advice For Appraisers, Disaster Tax Services

Tax Advice For Anyone Experiencing A Loss In The Napa Earthquake

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Our hearts go out to anyone who has experienced the Sunday morning, Napa Valley earthquake. Although news reports have emphasized that injuries are at a minimum, the extent of property damage is yet to be determined. The area is home for many older historic structures that may not be earthquake safe.

I have spent years studying the tax and financial aspects of recovering after a disaster. My interest in the subject stems in part from having personally experienced a major loss as a result of a large disaster — the 6.7 magnitude Northridge earthquake in 1994.

One thing I learned is that when a disaster strikes, Read more…

Categorized under: Disaster Tax Services, Following A Disaster, Tax Advice
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August 25, 2014

Post-Disaster Tax Tips

Tax Tips For My Friends And Neighbors In Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks And The Surrounding Areas

As an accountant specializing in post-disaster tax tips, I am constantly on the lookout for tips that I can pass along to my friends and neighbors.

I have compiled a Top 10 list of post-disaster tax tips that cover the following: Read more…

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June 27, 2014

Tips For The Upcoming Southern California Fire Season

Residents of Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks and the surrounding areas face the same fire danger that everyone in Southern California has to put up with.

That’s why, as we observe the early start of fire season in Southern California, we note the need for taxpayers to go into “Recovery Mode” immediately, even as you are evacuating, if there is an imminent fire danger. Here are some tips from our blog — Accountant For Disaster Recovery — and from the United Policyholders website.

If you need to evacuate you home, here is a list of documents you should protect. And it’s always a good idea to prepare in advance by having these documents in one location. Read more…

Categorized under: Disaster Tax Services

June 13, 2014

Roadmap To Recovery: Post-Disaster Income Tax Issues

During February, 2014 I gave a series of talks in Larimer, Boulder and El Paso Counties, Colorado, detailing disasters and subsequent income tax issues. The following video is from the El Paso County presentation. If you have questions or comments, please call me at (805) 497-4411. Thank you — John Trapani, CPA.

Categorized under: Disaster Tax Services, Following A Disaster, Tax Advice
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February 16, 2014

Colorado Workshop Flyer

Attention Colorado Taxpayers – have you experienced a disaster loss in 2012 or 2013?

John Trapani, CPA is conducting three workshops for Colorado taxpayers, offering assistance for those recovering from fires, floods or mudslides.

Download the flyer for full details.

You may also RSVP for these workshops at

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January 29, 2014

Attn: Colorado Taxpayers – Assistance For Those Recovering From Fires, Floods Or Mudslides

Have you experienced a disaster loss in 2012 or 2013?

John Trapani, CPA will be speaking in three Colorado cities on February 11, 12 and 13, 2014, covering topics of interest to those who experienced a disaster loss in Colorado in 2012 or 2013.

RSVP for these workshops at

The recovery staffs of Larimer County, Boulder County, and El Paso County are organizing the meetings. A consumer advocacy group,United Policyholders (UP) has been instrumental in planning and organizing these meetings.

The meetings will be in the evening and will cover topics including: Income tax benefits and reporting responsibilities that can help and hurt people who experienced a disaster loss.

Major questions that will be discussed include:

  • Is there a loss or a gain? Tax year to claim a loss? Sell & buy or rebuild?
  • Documenting and claiming insured and uninsured losses
  • Tax consequences of insurance settlements, SBA loans, FEMA grants, etc.
  • Special rules for federally declared disasters
  • Determining your cost basis for damaged property

Residents of Larimer, Boulder and El Paso Counties, Colorado, are invited to attend the meetings below:

Larimer County
Loveland Senior Center – Cherry Room,  (Located behind Chilson Rec. Center), 700 East Fourth Street, Loveland CO
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Boulder County
County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl Street, Commissioners Hearing Room, 3rd Floor
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

El Paso County
Centennial Hall Auditorium, 200 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
Thursday, February 13, 2014
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Who should attend?

If you had property damage resulting from one of the following Federally Declared Disasters you will receive important income tax information that will assist you in your recovery process.

Incident Descriptions:
Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides: 9/14/13 – Number 4145
Black Forest Wildfire: 7/26/13 – Number 4134Royal Gorge Wildfire: 7/26/13 – Number 4133
High Park And Waldo Canyon Wildfires: 6/28/12 – Number 4067

These meetings are being coordinated and organized through the efforts of the following:

Community Foundation of Northern Colorado


Long Term Flood Recovery Group of Boulder County

LARIMER COUNTY, Suzanne Bassinger

EL PASO COUNTY, County Commissioners: Sallie Clark, Darryl Glenn, Peggy Littleton

Recovery Manager: R. C. Smith

Public Information Staff: Dave & Nancy

“UP” PERSONNEL & VOLUNTEERS including Kerri Olivier

Internal Revenue Service Circular 230 Disclosure

This is a general discussion of tax law. The application of the law to specific facts may involve aspects that are not identical to the situations presented in this material. Relying on this material does not qualify as tax advice for purpose of mounting a defense of a tax position with the taxing authorities
The analysis of the tax consequences of any event is based on tax laws in effect at the time of the event.

Categorized under: Disaster Tax Services, Following A Disaster

Providing Specialized Consultation Services For Tax Professionals

Providing Specialized Consultation Services for Tax Professionals

At the offices of John Trapani CPA, we work with tax professionals in variety of ways. As a Thousand Oaks, California-based accountant, I of course work personally with clients in Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and throughout the Conejo Valley. I also consult by phone with clients nationally, calling on my expertise in disaster recovery and tax issues related to disaster recovery.

We offer services to tax professionals for advice, interpretation, application and reporting. We can work directly Read more…

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July 28, 2013

CPA – Thousand Oaks

Here in Thousand Oaks, we have our share of natural disasters. The most recent example is the “Springs” fire that threatened our neighbors in Newbury Park, Dos Vientos, Camarillo and many of the foothill areas all the way down to Malibu.

Fortunately, the fire did not burn too many structures – the damage could have been much worse.

For those who did experience a loss, there are many Read more…

Categorized under: Disaster Tax Services, Following A Disaster

May 25, 2013