Sarah Hintz


Sarah is a Signing Director with CLA and has more than 22 years of combined experience in public accounting, higher education, and private industry.  She has worked with a variety of clients including tax-exempt organizations, colleges and universities, state and local governments, for-profit entities, nonresident alien taxpayers, and many others. Sarah currently supports CLA’s nonprofit tax practice nationwide as the Higher Education exempt tax leader for the firm as well as the West Region exempt tax leader. Sarah has served as a consultant in her time in public accounting in addition to aiding organizations internally in a management capacity in both accounting and compliance roles.

Sarah provides a broad range of services to tax-exempt clients including, tax consulting; analysis and tax planning of unrelated business income activities; IRS Form 1023 Application for Recognition of Exemption; IRS Form 990 training for internal accounting staff; IRS and state agency notice resolution; consulting on withholding agent responsibilities for payments to nonresident aliens; foreign reporting compliance, general information reporting obligations; consulting on federal grantee obligations; and maintenance of exempt and public charity status.

Technical experience

  • Analysis, planning, and reporting of unrelated business income
  • IRS Form 990, 990-T and related state and foreign filings
  • Representation during IRS and regulatory examinations
  • State and local tax consulting
  • Organizational structures
  • Compensation and benefits
  • Form 1023/1024 Application for Recognition of Exemption and group exemption maintenance
  • Nonresident Alien tax compliance for withholding agents
  • Vendor maintenance and W-9 / W-8BEN best practices assessments for information reporting compliance
  • Consulting related to information reporting on Forms W-2, 1099, 1098-T/E, 1094/1095-B/C, 8300, and 1042/1042-S

Sarah has presented on tax topics related to exempt organizations, nonresident alien taxation and other tax topics for organizations and international students on college campuses including:

  • National Association for College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
  • Oregon State University System and North Dakota State University System
  • Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA)
  • Florida Institute of CPA's
  • CLA Denver Government and Nonprofit Training Academy
  • CLA Higher Education Webinar Series 
  • National Business Officers Association contributing writer


Bachelor of science, accountancy, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona

In the community

Sarah is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, and the National Business Officers Association.