James Witt


Jim is a principal at CLA with 25 years of professional experience serving the real estate and construction industries with a focus on multi-family developers and operators, commercial real estate companies, and land developers.

Jim focuses on providing tax planning, consulting, and compliance services to our real estate clients throughout all stages of the real estate life cycle – from structuring and acquisition to disposition and succession planning, and anywhere in between.

Technical experience

  • Construction and real estate industries
  • IRC §1031 and Opportunity Zones
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Business succession
  • Tax planning, research, and compliance
  • Individual, corporate, and partnership tax returns
  • Depreciation strategies, cost segregation, and repair studies
  • Represent clients before IRS and state taxing authorities


  • Master of business taxation from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Bachelor of arts in accounting and finance from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Certified Public Accountant in Minnesota

In the community

  • Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Minnesota Real Estate Journal