David M. Sacarelos

David M. Sacarelos, CPA, CGMA


David is a CPA with over 30 years of experience. He has worked with a variety of clients over the years, including high-net-worth individuals and multi-generational families; private foundations and public charities; privately owned businesses ranging from early-stage to mature; and a range of partnerships in real estate, investments, and others. He holds expertise in the following disciplines:

  • Business tax planning and compliance for closely held domestic and foreign corporations
  • Income tax, business planning, complex tax and financial transactions
  • M&A advisory for domestic and international businesses, including structuring and due diligence
  • Non-profit governance and compliance matters
  • Income tax, estate and gift tax, philanthropic planning for individuals and families, including gifts of personal property, businesses, stocks, shares, real estate and fine art
  • Representation of clients before taxing authorities (IRS, FTB, etc.)

David is the firm’s leading tax specialist in private foundations and other non-profit organizations, and he holds particular expertise in advising families and individuals with respect to their philanthropic goals. He’s also the partner-in-charge of Business Development and Marketing and is the firm’s liaison for cross-border engagements through HLB, a global network of independent accounting and consulting firms with presence in over 160 jurisdictions.

David joined Seiler in 1987. He has been a Partner since 2003 and is a member of the firm’s executive governing board.

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Professional Memberships

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • California Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Northern California Planned Giving Council
  • San Francisco Estate Planning Council
  • Santa Clara County Estate Planning Council
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Associate Member, American Bar Association: Taxation Section; Real Estate Section; Trust and Estate Section
  • Associate Member, California Lawyers Association: Taxation Section; Trust and Estate Section


Education / Certification

  • Master's degree in Taxation, Golden Gate University
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business in Accounting, San Jose State University
  • Certified Public Accountant, California
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant


Community Affiliations

  • Advisor, Steering Committee, The Catholic Community Foundation of Santa Clara County
  • Chair, Audit Committee, Community Arts Stabilization Trust
  • Director and Audit Committee Chair, Joint Venture Silicon Valley
  • Member, Development Committee, Joint Venture Silicon Valley
  • Member, Audit Committee, Community School of Music and Arts
  • Member, Audit Committee, San Jose Museum of Art
  • Member, Planning Committee, Jerry A. Kasner Estate Planning Symposium
  • Member, Tax Advisory Board, San Jose State University
  • Trustee, Finance Committee Member, Board Development Chair, and Audit Committee Chair, Montalvo Arts Center