Richard Rizzo’s years of experience reflect the commitment he has for public practice. Boasting a diverse clientele, Richard has served a variety of industries, including hotels, construction, retail, health care, technology and many more.
Richard offers his clients expertise in Canadian tax minimization and deferral planning for corporate reorganizations, estate and succession planning and income tax appeals. He also advises on the tax implications for non-residents earning income in Canada. Demonstrating an exceptional ability to provide practical options for his clients’ issues, Richard takes pride in ensuring that solutions are tailored to each unique situation.
“For me, service is about more than just being proficient at the technical aspects of my job,” says Richard. “Clients appreciate that I take the time to explain the details of a project in a way that’s clear and understandable, which makes it easier for them to make decisions.”
Richard’s approach is to first meet with the client to get to know them better and fully understand their objectives. Understanding personality and character is part of Richard’s philosophy, and supports his work in helping him steer his clients in the right direction.
Richard is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants; the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, and the Malta Institute of Accountants. Richard served on the United Way Burlington Campaign Cabinet in 2011 and 2012. On the personal front, whether playing a live concert or doing studio recordings, Richard enjoys playing drums for two different bands.
Admissions & Affiliations
- ICAO, Chartered Accountant - 2004
- Malta Institute of Accountants, Certified Public Accountant - 1996
Growing up in Malta, the ocean was our playground and scuba diving was a passion I developed from a young age. My wife, Carol and I have been on dives in the Mediterranean Sea and the Caribbean Sea and we hope to visit many other exciting places. There is a thrill of adventure with diving and an overwhelming sense of peace. Our favourite place for diving is Ambergris Caye, Belize. Not only is the diving great, the people are warm and friendly and those burritos mmmmm!!!
I have always loved music and like so many young people, wanted to be part of a band. Drums were my instrument of choice. At age twelve, I bought my first drum kit, with some financial help from my brother, and I have been playing in various bands ever since, performing in a number of venues in my spare time and doing some studio recordings. I still play with the band, but with the arrival of two adorable children, performances have been put on hold for my most favourite pastime of being with my family and enjoying watching the kids grow up.
Giving back to the community you live in and volunteering is important to me. The community is us, and virtually everyone at some point in t heir lives will need to be cared for by the community. For the past two years I have sat on the fundraising cabinet for the United Way Burlington Campaign and have chaired the SB Partners' United Way Campaign since 2008. The United Way serves for a great cause and I am proud to be part of it.