Why choose us
CGL Strategic Business & Tax Advisors
By understanding both business needs and tax intricacies, CGL enhances YOUR experience by focusing on increasing your wealth accumulation through both business process design, and tax optimization strategies. There is a big difference between a tax preparer and a tax planner.
"I’ve known Cory for years and am a fellow CPA practicing tax. Cory is sharp and very aggressive with keeping up to date in the very complex field of tax. His years of experience are definitely an asset to his clients and the profession. Cory is also very philanthropic with his time and dollars very generously giving his time and energy to the community and the profession. If you want a tax pro that cares, then Cory and CGL Tax is the answer. He’s got your back. Highly recommend." Kim G C Moody, FCPA, FCA, TEP - Past Chair CBA/CPA Canada Joint Committee on Taxation for CPA Canada - Calgary, AB
"Cory, you are the reason I got into podcasts! Thanks for the great content your putting out and keep it coming!" Marco D'Ercole, CPA, CA - Partner, CloudCPA LLP - Vaughn, ON
"Cory has been my business accountant since 2012. He and his team have a vast knowledge of accounting relating to my specific business. They are conscientious in ensuring their clients receive the maximum benefits. Cory offers a personal service and always meets with his clients to discuss any accounting needs, strategy and direction. I was a Consultant in the oilfield until the crash and have since been looking for new business opportunities. Cory has always provided his time and expertise when I have asked for advice relating to new business adventures. If you are looking for a competent team to oversee your accounting needs I certainly recommend CGL." Myles Marshak - Edmonton, AB
"After having a very negative experience with another local accountant, I switched to CGL Tax. Cory and his team are the best! They’ve saved me money and helped me deal with CRA when I audited. I would not go anywhere else for my accounting needs" - Jennifer Nielsen - Red Deer, AB
"Once again great service from Cory! I am a sole practitioner that has used Cory’s firm for tax advice a few times now. Looking forward to our future working relationship. For other CPA’s who are looking for tax services for your clients, CGL is a great firm to work with!" Diane Hart, CPA, CGA - Baddeck, NS
"We are grateful for all the work you have done for us. Cory has redone income taxes from previous years which has saved us money. Thanks a million for all your help." Brenda Dragniuk & Len Schultz - Red Deer, AB
"Are you are looking for 'Top Notch' professional, friendly accounting service? Cory Litzenberger has proven to go above and beyond to deliver exceptional accounting/business/tax services. Cory is dependable, affordable, honest, and explains things in terms that anyone can understand. I have the utmost confidence in Cory Litzenberger and his team and recommend anyone looking for accounting services to give him a call!" - Bonnie MacPherson - Innisfail, AB
"I have used Cory and his team for a year now and am happy with the services provided. Cory has been very helpful with streamlining my Incorporated business to help keep everything running smoothly. I highly recommend CGL." - Jay Spratt - Red Deer, AB
"Cory and staff at CGL are very professional yet very friendly. I would recommend Cory to anyone." - Joe St.Amant - Red Deer, AB
"Cory is a very knowledgeable accountant for small business. He can be easily approached to answer any financial information. He is the guy who can give advice based on your own business situation." - Hongwei Liu - Red Deer, AB
"Cory has been awesome to work with. He has done our personal taxes for several years now. His process for capturing the big picture is clean, efficient and hassle-free and when you consult with him one on one, he REALLY knows his stuff and gives it to you straight." - Elizabeth MacRae - Calgary, AB
"Cory G. Litzenberger is very detailed in his work as well as responds to any questions or concerns in a very fast time frame. He is very personal and treats you like a person and not just a number friendly and very professional in everything he does. We have used Cory for six years and will continue to use him and refer him to anyone that is looking for an accountant." - Ron Wood - Blackfalds, AB
"I have been using Cory's services for a few years now. They are the fastest, friendliest people out there and they ALWAYS get me a tax refund which is awesome! They really know their stuff. I will continue to use Cory and his staff for many years to come." - Shannon Vaillancourt - Saskatoon, SK
"We would Highly recommend Cory and his staff at CGL Tax for all personal and business tax and financial services. They have helped us out greatly, far above and beyond!" - Bill and Sharla Mertin - Ponoka, AB
"Cory is extremely knowledgeable in the world of tax law. He is always quick to answer questions or give advice. He and his team are always easy to work with and very helpful." - Dustin Keeping, Red Deer, AB
"Cory and the staff at CGL are always willing to help and answer my questions. They are the best in the business and are results orientated individuals." - Chaz Ibrahim - Edmonton, AB
"Cory is very detail oriented and is extremely helpful. He answers all my questions anytime I ask. He has helped my company with all the tax things I'm unfamiliar with and is always up to date on the latest tax laws. He reads tax law for fun! Highly recommend CGL!" - Len Charchun - Red Deer, AB
"Cory and his CGL tax team changed our world with our small business. We received excellent tax advice and I recommend him for personal and business tax. Cory is very knowledgeable about current tax law. He also has this uncanny ability to explain complicated tax law in terms you can understand and be confident in. I appreciate the easy to follow check sheet too." - Cindy Dwyer - Red Deer County, AB
"I always trust Cory and his team to be as thorough as possible. Cory's knowledge in accounting is outstanding and his eagerness to help clients far surpasses my expectations. It is a great comfort to have my accounting and tax needs taken care of by CGL." - Amy Gaulin - Calgary, AB
"Cory assisted in the set-up of our corporation and has provided timely support and sound advice since then. I highly recommend him." - Gerald Kiffiak - Red Deer, AB
"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 - London, ON
"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
"We have been using Cory Litzenberger from CGL for several years for both personal and business. We have found Cory and his company extremely helpful and knowledgeable, even pro-actively offering us advice on a new business venture. The personal service we receive and the interest they show, assures us that they have a genuine interest and commitment to us. I have no hesitation in recommending Cory and his firm to others seeking a local, professional and personal accounting service." - Elsie Anctil - Red Deer, 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)
"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
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.
To become the strategic business and tax advisory firm of choice for private corporations, their owners, and small accounting practitioners in Canada.
CGL Strategic Business & Tax Advisors was founded in 2006 and rebranded in 2009 by Cory G. Litzenberger, CPA, CMA, CFP, C.Mgr.
With the Income Tax Act always by his side on his smart-phone, Cory has taken tax-nerd to a whole other level. His background in strategic planning, tax-efficient corporate reorganizations, business management, and financial planning bring a well-rounded approach to assist private corporations and their owners increase their wealth through the strategies that work best for them.
An entrepreneur himself, Cory started CGL with the idea that he wanted to help clients adapt to the ever-changing tax and economic environment and increase their wealth through optimizing the use of tax legislation coupled with strategic business planning and financial analysis.
His relaxed blue-collar approach in a traditionally white-collar industry can raise a few eyebrows, but in his own words: “People don’t pay me for my looks. My modeling career ended at birth.”
Cory’s main area of expertise is tax, succession, and estate planning for owner-managers of private corporations, particularly those entering the tax and business complexities that come with business growth and personal wealth.
Cory’s ability to take extremely complex legislation and explain it in down-to-earth language brings a next-door neighbour approach to a traditionally formal industry.
Cory lives for Federal Budget Day. He soaks up new legislation like a sponge and does not wait for others to teach him about it later. Rather, Cory reads it the day it comes out like a kid on Christmas morning. By focusing on changes in tax legislation the day it comes out he can advise clients on the issues and plan how to mitigate them from the changes a year before the taxes are even due.