In Memoriam

Our dear partner, colleague and friend, Hans Gustafsson, passed away on November 4, 2022.

A gifted tax professional, Hans was admired and loved by his team, the partner group and his clients. In his presence, everyone felt a sense of belonging. Hans had an abundant sense of humor—bringing joy and laughs to any gathering.

Hans’ legacy at HCVT is seen in the people he mentored and developed. He was always kind and generous with his time, leaving his door open to all.

While the grief and pain we feel will take time to subside, we can find some comfort in remembering the incredible person Hans was and how he enriched the lives of everyone he touched. HCVT is a better firm because Hans worked with and supported all of us. 


Hans has over 22 years of experience providing tax planning and compliance services to privately held, middle-market businesses, business owners, and high-net-worth individuals. He serves clients in all phases of the business cycle, from start-ups to mature companies and business owners seeking exit strategies and other liquidity events. His experience includes addressing the complex tax requirements of multi-state entities, as well as companies with international operations. Hans helps his clients achieve their business goals by addressing the needs of the business and business owner in an integrated manner.

Hans has significant experience in providing tax planning and compliance services to real estate investors, operators and real estate funds. Hans also provides tax services to a wide range of professional services firms including some of the most well-known and respected law firms in Southern California. Hans’ industry experience also includes manufacturing, retail, distribution, and technology.

Hans began his career at Arthur Andersen. Hans serves on the Professional Advisors Committee for the Pasadena Community Foundation and is a guest lecturer at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Hans holds a Master of Business Taxation from the University of Southern California and a Master of Science degree in Accounting from California State University, Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Whittier College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Professional Experience

Grant Thornton
Arthur Andersen

Professional and Community Involvement

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Pasadena Community Foundation, Advisory Board

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Credentials and Certifications

  • CPA, California, Colorado 


MBT, University of Southern California
MS Accountancy, California State College, Los Angeles
BA, Business Administration, Whittier College


  • Swedish, Italian 
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