Partners and Associates

Partners and Associates

A hybrid team of accountants, advisors, and consultants whose collective experience and diverse backgrounds ignite ideas, reconfigure approaches, and recommend strategies and innovative solutions for our clients.

Milwaukee (Headquarters)

10000 Innovation Dr.
Milwaukee, WI

Tel: 414.431.9322
Fax: 414.431.9303



Areas of Expertise

  • Business formation and capitalization
  • Choice-of-entity issues and accounting methods
  • Business mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, and other changes in ownership
  • Tax planning for business sales and liquidations
  • Cancellation and restructuring of debt
  • Tax-deferred exchanges
  • Real estate-related tax credits and incentives
  • IRS and WDR audit and appeals assistance
  • Shareholder and key employee tax issues, including equity compensation


Construction and Real Estate


St. Norbert College - De Pere, Wisconsin
  • Bachelor of business administration degree in accounting - Graduated magna cum laude
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Master of taxation degree
  • Graduate certificate in state and local tax

Crystal Christenson, CPA, MST


As a tax partner, Crystal Christenson offers Wipfli clients more than 30 years of expertise and dedication. She serves as the chairperson of the firm’s construction and real estate tax practice and is Wipfli’s designated partnership tax specialist. She was previously a co-director of the firm’s tax practice. Crystal is dedicated to providing proactive services to the firm’s clients, with emphasis on the development of innovative tax strategies and technical assistance with complex transactions. Her client base consists entirely of businesses and individuals involved in the construction and/or real estate development industry at both the local and national levels.

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Master of Taxation
  • Graduate Certificate in State and Local Tax
  • Elijah Watt Sells Award - Honor given to the top 0.2% of those sitting for the national CPA examination for scores of extraordinary merit
  • Meldman Award - Top graduate in the Master of Taxation program
  • Merit Award - Highest cumulative GPA in the Master of Taxation program’s 16-year history
Professional Organizations and Activities
  • UW-Milwaukee Master of Taxation program - Past instructor for Partnership, S Corporation, and LLC Tax course and Tax and Business Strategies course
  • UW-Milwaukee Accounting program - Past instructor for Business Tax course
  • Wisconsin Commercial Real Estate Women (WCREW) - Past board member and treasurer
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) - Member
  • Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA) - Member
  • Author of numerous tax-related articles for local, national, and academic publications
  • Frequent trainer and speaker on numerous tax-related topics for both internal and external audiences

Recent Insights


Tax Reform Impacting Construction and Real Estate Companies
Dec 29, 2017

Are You Sure You Can Use the Small Taxpayer Exception to Avoid the 30% Limitation on Interest Expense?
Apr 04, 2018

Attention Farmers, Partnerships and Developers of and Investors in Low-Income Housing Projects!
Apr 05, 2018

If I have carried interest in an S corporation, can I avoid the three-year holding period?
Mar 27, 2018

Congratulations! It’s a Girl!! Employers Who Provide Paid FMLA Have a New Tax Credit
Apr 25, 2018

Depreciation – Down on the Farm
May 03, 2018

Donor-Advised Funds – You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It Too
Apr 11, 2018

With the Expansion of Bonus Depreciation, Why Is Section 179 Still Important?
May 17, 2018

Fiscal Year Corporations Need to Do More Math to Calculate Both Their Regular and AMT Tax Liabilities
May 01, 2018

Hey, why did my paycheck go up?
Mar 23, 2018

I Created That!! Self-Created Intangibles No Longer Qualify for Favorable Capital Gains Tax Rates
Apr 26, 2018

Is Your Business in the Zone?
Apr 02, 2018

It Probably Won’t Make Any Top 10 List of New Nonfiction Books, but …
Apr 10, 2018

It's Going to Be a Busy Summer at the IRS
Apr 23, 2018

Opportunity Funds
May 14, 2018

States Developing “Solutions” to the New $10,000 Cap on Individual Taxpayers’ State and Local Tax Deductions
May 16, 2018

Sneak Peek at the IRS’s Thoughts on the Application of the 30% Business Interest Limitation
Apr 12, 2018

Tax Extenders
Mar 31, 2018

TCJA makes home equity loan interest nondeductible – Or does it?
Mar 26, 2018

That’s a Nice Ride! What Kind of Tax Deduction Does It Get?
Apr 30, 2018

There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch (or in This Case, a Tax-Free Grant)
Apr 03, 2018

Update: Is Your Business in the Zone?
Apr 19, 2018

What’s the word on technical corrections?
Mar 28, 2018

Will you need to reorganize your operations to maximize Section 199A flow-through deduction?
Mar 30, 2018

You Are Not the Only One With Questions in Search of Answers
Apr 17, 2018