Ralph Lizardo

Ralph Lizardo, CPA

Industry: Agribusiness – Dairy

Location: Anaheim, CA

Ralph Lizardo has over 20 years of tax and accounting experience working with various types of entities with a particular emphasis in the dairy industry. His areas of service include financial statement engagements, income tax planning, individual and business tax compliance and general business consulting.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Accounting and Assurance
  • Individual and corporate tax Compliance
  • Tax and financial planning
  • General business consultation
  • Budgeting and cash flow projections


California State Polytechnic University                                                                                   Pomona, CA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bachelor of Science, Business Administration w/ Accounting Emphasis

Golden Gate University
Los Angeles, CA
Master of Business Taxation

Professional Associations and Activities:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • California Society of Certified Public Accountants

Published Articles:

September 2016 – What’s new with the IRS for 2016? – Progressive Dairyman
There are two very generous tax breaks business owners have relied upon: bonus depreciation and Section 179 expensing. Read this article to learn how these tax breaks may impact your dairy as well as the new tax return filing deadlines.

November 6, 2015 – Light at the end of the retirement tunnel, Progressive Dairyman
Retirement is not an easy decision to make. Most farmers and ranchers have been farming most of their lives, and just the thought of retiring from the work they love is difficult. Once you’ve crossed that hurdle and decide to retire, what do you do with the farming business? Read this article for a few options.

November 2014 – Check again if Obamacare employer mandate applies to you. Progressive Dairyman
Under the employer mandate you must have an insurance policy available; offer the insurance to employees, which they have the option to accept or decline; and, make it affordable. Is it better to offer coverage or pay the penalty? Read this article to help you decide.

November 2013 – Obamacare – Ready or not, it’s here, Progressive Dairyman
The Affordable Care Act, which is better known as Obamacare, was signed into law on March 23, 2010, and was upheld by the Supreme Court on June 28, 2012. Regardless of where you stand on this issue, the most controversial requirement of Obamacare will take effect on January 1, 2014. Read this article to learn more.

November 2012 – Tax Planning – More important than ever, Progressive Dairyman
With the uncertainty of market conditions that many dairy farmers are facing today, saving a dollar here and a dollar there is more crucial to the survival of the dairy operation than ever. Many dairy farmers have looked at their operation with a fine-tooth comb and made the tough decisions on where to cut expenses. Read this article for a proactive approach in minimizing your tax liability.

February 2012 – What to expect in this Volatile Market, Western Dairy Business
The dairy industry has suffered record losses since the Great Depression in 2009. This year is one that everyone wants to forget. Have we recovered from such large losses? Read this article for ways to increase production and manage feed rations to combat lower milk prices and higher feed prices.