ABOUT THE CPA FOR MMA
Brad Smuckler is the CPA 4 MMA. He is a Las Vegas; Nevada based CPA with specialized tax, finance and accounting expertise for domestic and international MMA athletes.
Brad founded his practice in 2016 after working more than ten years for the Ultimate Fighting Champion or UFC, the largest promoter of live Mixed Martial Arts events. The UFC held events all over the world and as the Events Controller, Brad was responsible for the financial, accounting and tax work associated with the worldwide events held by the UFC. Brad was responsible for calculating athlete payments and taxes for their show and win purses, event bonuses, Pay Per View and sponsorship payments. He helped athletes reduce their taxes when they performed services in the US, Australia, England, Northern Ireland, Macau, California, Massachusetts and other jurisdictions. He was also responsible for the indirect taxes charged by the Government Authorities and Athletic Commissions for live TV and ticket taxes, VAT / GST and the domestic and international live event settlements and budgets.
While working for the UFC, Brad worked closely with the IRS on athlete tax issues for resident and non-resident tax withholding. He worked closely with tax authorities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia and Australia on various athlete tax issues always focusing on how to lower the athlete’s taxes. Brad‘s frequent interactions with the professional athletes gave him the opportunity to learn and understand the unique lifestyles of Mixed Martial Artists, the expenses they incur as self-employed athletes from fighting and training, and the complicated tax issues that arise in each jurisdiction. Brad also performed the UFC’s treasury management functions, which included domestic and international banking and setting up the electronic payment system for athletes.
Prior to the UFC, Brad worked fifteen years in middle and upper management in various financial roles and as a Six Sigma Black Belt for Quest Diagnostics, Inc., a large medical diagnostic laboratory. Brad also worked in public accounting for the international accounting firm, Deloitte and Touche and two smaller accounting firms performing audits, reviews, taxes and accounting. He worked on a variety of very large, medium and small businesses. Brad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Accounting from California State University, Long Beach where he was also a college wrestler. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of California and Nevada.