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Samuel D. Handwerger, CPA
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Samuel D. Handwerger, CPA


Sam Handwerger is a shareholder of the CPA firm Handwerger, Cardegna, Funkhouser & Lurman. He received his undergraduate degree in accountancy from the University of Maryland. In addition to being a CPA, Sam holds the degree of Master of Science in Taxation from the University of Baltimore. He leads the firm’s Tax Planning and Preparation Departments. Prior to joining the firm he was a Senior Tax Researcher with Ernst & Young in New York City. Sam has served as a lecturer on behalf of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, the Delaware Nursing Home Administrators, the Bank and Thrift Institution Administrators Association, and various non-profit organizations. In 1996, he was awarded the Governor’s Volunteer of the year award in the State of Maryland for financial and management advisement to non-profit organizations. He has also been called as an expert witness in divorce matters, estate and gift tax issues and in business resolution cases. Amongst his credits to this regard was his expert testimony in the now landmark Maryland Tax Court tax case of Har Sinai West v. Comptroller.  In the area of tax law Sam is expert in partnership taxation, S-corporations, tax-exempt  organizations, and areas involving real estate transactions including cost-segregation analysis. Further, he heads up the firms consulting for estate and gift planning (including a specialty in Elder Care law), asset protection trusts, and business succession planning for family owned businesses. Recently, Sam orchestrated a “no-change” audit in Tax Court involving a $30.0 million tax case, Docket 28353-12, in 2013. Sam is a fulltime lecturer of accounting and tax at the University of Maryland at College Park, and has acted as adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins niversity School of  Business and at the University of Baltimore Law School. In 2017 Sam received the Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence.  Throughout his career Sam has held many volunteer board positions for various nonprofit organinzations. Most recently Sam was president of the Cheder Chabad School in Pikesville, MD. There he was instrumental in securing a donation of a $3.0 million building to the school (2013).