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Sheryl Rowling

Personal Finance, Retirement, Investing
“Sheryl Rowling is a CPA/Personal Financial Specialist with 30 years of experience in taxation, financial planning, investment management and wealth advisory services.”

Rowling & Associates

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When not working or sleeping, Sheryl enjoys broadening her perspective through travel and the arts. She frequently attends concerts of all types, movies, plays and art exhibits. Sheryl is a “forever-amateur” glass blower who delights in the process and creation of original pieces. A believer in giving back to the community, Sheryl also serves as Treasurer of Jewish Family Service of San Diego.

Some things you might not know about Sheryl:

Sheryl likes to relax as a passenger on the family sailboat “Mutual Fun” while her husband, Captain Bill, does all the work. Of course, it’s even better when joined by their crew of two: sons Joe (string teacher at La Jolla Country Day School) and Jeff (real estate agent and entrepreneur).

Since 1979, Sheryl has been providing fee-only tax and financial planning advice. She is the principal of Rowling & Associates with professional credentials including Certified Public Accountant and Personal Financial Specialist.

Understanding the importance of setting goals and following through, Sheryl works closely with clients on an ongoing basis to ensure that their objectives can be achieved.

Active in her field, Sheryl has been named one of the nation’s top 250 financial advisors by Worth magazine and has been included as one of Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting.

Finally, have you ever seen Sheryl’s car license plate? It says “LV42NS.” According to Sheryl, this has a double meaning: “Love Fortunes” and “Live for Tunes.”

In 2006, Sheryl’s book, Tax and Wealth Strategies for Family Businesses, was published by CCH.  She regularly writes columns for the San Diego Jewish World, Advisors4Advisors,  and InvestmentNews.  Sheryl is often quoted in both local and national publications.

A frequent speaker, Sheryl presented at the Jewish Community Foundation’s Women’s Financial Forum and has spoken on numerous other occasions to professional groups and community organizations.

Previously, Sheryl managed tax departments at Arthur Young & Company and two multi-million dollar corporations. She holds an M.B.A. in finance and a B.S. in accounting from San Diego State University.


BA, Business, San Diego State University

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What are my options besides a 1031 exchange to avoid the immediate tax hit after I sell my commercial property?
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In certain circumstances, you might want to consider a Charitable Remainder Trust. You would need to make sure there is no mortgage (or have a qualified "seasoned" mortgage). You can contribute up to 100% of the property to the CRT BEFORE a sales agreement is entered into. You would get a tax deduction for part of the contribution and would receive income for life. Because capital gain taxes would not be triggered, this can sometimes work out to be more beneficial than an outright sale. For example, let's say your property is worth $1 million. If you sell it, after federal and state capital gain & recapture taxes, say your net proceeds would be $700,000. Based on a "safe" withdrawal rate of 4-5%, you could draw $28,000 to $35,000 per year. On the other hand, let's say you contribute 60% to a CRT. Your tax deduction could be $300,000, essentially offsetting tax on the remaining 30% that you retain. If you select a 7% withdrawal rate, you would get $42,000 per year from the CRT plus you would have $400,000 in cash. Please note that this is a very rough example. A CRT may or may not be right for you, but it certainly is worth considering!

March 2019
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Is an annuity appropriate for me?
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Should I pay off my mortgage loan or invest with the money I am receiving from an inheritance?
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What kind of tax implications can I expect when selling my residential home to buy investment property?
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