Voted Best of Red Deer in the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Red Deer Express Readers' Choice Awards
Named to Alberta Venture's 2016 Fast Growth 50 List
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By understanding both business needs and tax intricacies, CGL enhances YOUR experience by focusing on increasing your wealth accumulation through both business process, and tax optimization strategies.
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"Once again, We Walk out of CGL ignited and inspired. As our accountant, Cory and his team are incredible. Their knowledge of small business accountancy and oil and gas tax affairs have really helped. Their service has been efficient, prompt and thorough and his rates reasonable. I would definitely, without a doubt, recommend them. Cory has a wealth of knowledge combined with a matter of fact yet personable manner and explains even the most complex of accounting matters in an easy to understand way. If you're in Alberta and seeking professional accounting services without the jargon or simply to provide a health check on current accounting matters check them out. Now, how do I spend this return!! Lol" - Lisa & Marco Lopes - Red Deer, AB

"You are definitely the best accountant! It never fails to amaze me how well you advise when it comes to this stuff. I certainly haven't had experiences like that with any other accountants so thank you!" - Stefanie McKay - Bowden, AB

"It is with confidence that I recommend CGL Strategic Business & Tax Advisors. Our small business came to CGL several years ago. We have never been disappointed and I have recommended them to several others. Cory is always knowledgeable and current on tax laws. He runs a professional business and is very client oriented. Cory is an excellent communicator which I find an important element in our professional relationship since all questions are asked and answered." - H. John Roth & Lisa Roth - Red Deer, AB  (R.I.P. John, 2016-Jan-25)

"If anyone is looking for an accountant call CGL in Red Deer Alberta. We have been with them for two years and you couldn't ask for better service. They are an amazing group that work there. Cory Litzenberger is the best in giving you fantastic service. We thank you very much." - Tamara Wood - Blackfalds, AB

"I don't think there is another accountant out there with the knowledge and experience that Cory has. Being a former CRA auditor he really knows what he is doing when you have an issue with them and any other aspect of business advice." - Dawn Kyle - Red Deer, AB

"Need an Accountant? Cory is so awesome he even uses my Facebook rants as an opportunity to help :) I recommend him to anyone who files their taxes, and to those that haven't filed in a while... you benefit from his services too!" - Tamara Larkin - Red Deer, AB

"Love working with Cory. He is always making you laugh and explains everything you need to know about your taxes in a way you can understand." - Calvin Bellows - Red Deer, AB

"The best place in Red Deer to get your taxes done!" - Melinda Johnston - Red Deer, AB

"Cory's attention to detail is incredible! He never misses a beat. As an added bonus, he brings his wonderful sense of humour blended with his expertise to each and every situation. In particular, I enjoy how Cory takes complicated tax and accounting information and puts it into terms we can all understand. If you want to understand the numbers, Cory's the guy you want on your team! Kudos to the only accountant I know that makes sense."- Desiree Bauer - Red Deer, AB

"Cory provides expert tax advice in order to improve the financial condition of his clients."- Connie Casovan - Red Deer, AB

"Cory delivered an excellent presentation on tax planning and tax preparedness, demonstrating not only an excellent understanding of his subject matter, but also the needs of the group he was addressing. He presents a relaxed, authoritative speaking style and significant depth of knowledge, enabling him to inspire and respond to detailed questions on taxation issues."- Rob Gilgan, Chamber of Commerce - Red Deer, AB

"I've had the pleasure of sharing a couple of business experiences with Cory and can say without reservation I would recommend him as a focused, fun and creative professional." - Mike Stewart - Red Deer, AB

"When it comes to tax and tax laws, Cory is THE expert." - Mike Axworthy - Red Deer, AB

"I have served with Cory as a member of the Finance and Taxation Policy Committee of the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce. He brings real world business sense to the policy committee and is a tremendous resource for tax information" - Edward Turgeon - Red Deer, AB

"Cory’s enthusiasm for business management and tax planning drives Cory to take the extra step in gaining the required knowledge and background in order to provide you with the most effective and innovative options for your business." - Joel Nelson - Red Deer, AB

"Cory is experienced and competent in personal and organizational financial services. He has a keen eye for detail and I did not hesitate entrusting him with my financial matters. I recommend Cory for all your financial needs." - Emil Tarka - Red Deer, AB

"Cory G. Litzenberger has emerged as a respected business leader in Red Deer. His wealth of business and tax knowledge, combined with his community involvement, has taken him and his business to new levels of success. It has been a pleasure working with Cory on the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce Ambassador's Steering Committee. If you are in need of sound business advice, I recommend contacting Cory." - Darryl Knutson - Red Deer, AB

"We appreciated all we didn't want to hear! It was refreshing to talk with someone who was knowledgeable, helped us feel relaxed and offered more than we expected." - Gary & Wendy Schoeman - Gull Lake, AB

"Some amazing number crunching that you do! Thank you, thank you, thank you!" - Jane Watson - Red Deer, AB

"You make my day - volunteers with your kind of energy make the difference in lives of others." - Carolle Anderson - Calgary, AB

"Thanks for the terrific service on our tax returns... especially the extra $200 that I wouldn't have if it wasn't for you!" - Darlene Opseth - Red Deer, AB

Our Mission

To increase the wealth, knowledge, and quality of life for our clients, staff, and colleagues by continuously improving on and providing current, relevant, technically accurate, strategic planning for business, financial, and tax matters while allowing for a flexible work/life balance for all involved.

Our Vision

To become the advisor of choice for small business owners, financial service providers, and small accounting practitioners in the Central Alberta region.

Our Founder

CGL Strategic Business & Tax Advisors was founded in 2006 by Cory G. Litzenberger, CPA, CMA, CFP®, C.Mgr. It was founded with one goal in mind: change the way accountants do business. His blue-collar and straight shooter approach to clients and colleagues is designed to break the old stuffy persona that his profession has had in the past. If you see Cory wearing a suit, it is likely a wedding, or a funeral

On the belief that there was more than just accounting that could be done for clients, Cory focused his efforts on enhancing the client experience by assisting in their wealth accumulation through both business processes and tax optimization. It is Cory's belief that analyzing various approaches at once will help find the right solution.

In Cory's own words: "Just because it makes sense for tax purposes, doesn't mean it makes sense for business purposes. It is no different than deciding what car to buy a sixteen-year-old. The Cadillac might be reliable, but not likely the smartest choice for a first car."