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 tax-exempt tax leader for the firm as well as the West Region tax-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.