Carola Nicholson | CPA & Partner


About: Carola Nicholson is a Certified Public Accountant who moved to Santa Barbara in 1980. For 10 years, she worked in San Francisco at one of the largest accounting firms in the nation – Ernst & Young – in areas of international tax, biotech, high tech, and real estate.

Since 2000, Ms. Nicholson has built a private practice in Santa Barbara and founded Nicholson & Schwartz in 2004. She specializes in tax consulting and preparation for individuals, non-profits and corporations, with an emphasis on small business financial management.

Carola is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and believes strongly in giving back to her community. She currently serves on the boards for the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, the Multimedia Arts and design Academy at Santa Barbara High and Earl Warren Showgrounds. Carola is also a past member of the Santa Barbara County Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Problems, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV), Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, the Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Santa Barbara Symphony League and Children's Project.

Specialties: Carola specializes in small business consulting and tax planning and preparation, as well as individuals, corporations, and non-profits. Her areas of expertise are restaurants, real estate, small businesses, and professionals.

Quote: "Experience is something you can't buy but sometimes you pay a high price for. We are here to help you navigate the bumps."

Carola says that her favorite quote is from Albert Einstein: "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

Connect: Contact Carola at or at (805) 969-9662, or visit her website below!

member since october 2017