Seattle, WA CPA Firm

Watson & McDonell, PLLC Joined CLA

Watson & McDonell joined professional services firm CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA) on February 1, 2019. “Building solid relationships is foundational to how we work,” says Lillian McDonell, principal. “Opportunities grow from the commitment we make to know our clients in order to help them get where they want to go. Joining CLA enables us to expand the ways we can help our clients now and into the future.”

About CLA

CLA exists to create opportunities for our clients, our people, and our communities through industry-focused wealth advisory, outsourcing, audit, tax, and consulting services. With more than 6,100 people, 120 U.S. locations and a global affiliation, we promise to know you and help you. For more information, visit


Nonprofit Organizations

Our firm puts a focus on offering audit and tax services to nonprofits, such as those that provide housing and social services, education and community development, legal services, and medical research. In order to provide the highest quality service with the least amount of interruption to our clients’ daily operations, we have fine-tuned our processes.

Our team's expertise includes conducting audits in accordance with Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States, the requirements of the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996, and the provisions of Title 2 U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance).

Affordable Housing

We also have significant expertise with the affordable housing industry including Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, HUD, Rural Development, and various state housing programs. These programs are complex and competitive. We stay current on the trends and risk areas by attending conferences and seminars, as well as corresponding regularly with other industry professionals.


Audits, Reviews, and Compilations

Stakeholders, board of directors, lenders and the government, need to have confidence in an entity’s financial reporting. We aid in providing confidence by adhering to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), generally accepted governmental auditing standards (GAGAS) and generally accepted audit standards (GAAS) as well as our own rigorous quality control guidelines. Through continuous training we stay at the forefront of reporting and compliance requirements.

Business Services

We offer an extensive array of business services, including:

Tax Services

Our team of tax experts will assist you in negotiating the ever-changing complexities taking place in the marketplace. We offer a broad range of fully integrated tax services that, combined with our business and industry expertise and our uncompromising dedication to our clients, will help you and your company to excel.

Watson & McDonell, PLLC is a Seattle CPA firm large enough to offer specialized expertise, while at the same time small enough to focus on personal relationships. We tailor our engagements to meet the specific needs of each client. We know how important it is to get the most out of your money and that is why we provide exceptional value for your investment.


For more information about the services we provide at Watson & McDonell, PLLC or to schedule a consultation, call our Seattle office today! Watson & McDonell, PLLC is your local CPA firm providing accounting services to businesses in West Seattle, Belltown, Ballard, SeaTac, Capitol Hill and beyond.