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Debi Heiskala

EY Americas Exempt Organization Tax Services Leader

Problem solver. Diversity advocate. Champion for women in the workplace. Hardworking parent of two. Proud Californian.

Debi is the EY Americas Exempt Organization Tax Services Leader, leading a national team focused on helping tax operations for exempt organizations in all industries. Debi has advised tax-exempt organizations throughout her 28-year career, working with many of the largest tax-exempt organizations in the West.

She provides critical support to large integrated delivery health systems, community hospitals, medical foundation clinics, tax-exempt health plans, universities, public charities and private foundations.

Debi’s represented many organizations before the Internal Revenue Service in connection with examinations and applications for tax exemption.

Previously, she was the US-West Region leader of the Exempt Organization Tax practice.

She earned her BS in Accounting and Master of Taxation from San Diego State University. She’s a CPA licensed in California and Arizona, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. 

How you are building a better working world

I’m building a better working world by working with exempt organizations that serve the needs of their communities, including improving community health. Seeing the tremendous impact that our clients have on communities across the country is inspiring. Assisting these organizations to manage a complex tax environment allows our clients to focus on their critical missions. This work fuels my passion of community involvement.


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