Blueprint CFO Presents: Future Focused Entrepreneurs – Transformative Tax Planning with Hito LLC’s Yuko Tsuchida


Yuko Tsuchida, CPA, MBA is a Certified Public Accountant with over 10 years of tax consulting experience advising multinational corporations on value-added tax strategies. Her career started with KPMG’s Japanese tax practice where she provided audit, tax and advisory services to Japanese companies operating in the United States. After KPMG, she co-founded Think, LLP, a strategic tax advisory firm specializing in income tax planning, R&D credits, investment, employee and training tax credits and incentive services. Throughout her career, she has helped clients claim over $100 million in incentives and credits.

Ms. Tsuchida founded Hito, LLC in October 2017 after seeing how many companies fail to achieve their projected growth because they lack the time and resources to implement tax planning strategies that align with their long-term business objectives.

Hito is the Japanese term for ‘people’ and Ms. Tsuchida believes people drive business growth. Hito provides value-added tax consulting services focused on tax incentives and credits. Hito accelerates the growth of businesses and promotes change through tax benefits. This helps businesses unlock savings by minimizing taxes and freeing up capital for reinvestment into the business and its employees.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • How Hito LLC helps businesses save money through tax credits and tax incentives
  • Why companies may not be aware of the tax credits and opportunities available to them
  • Yuko’s entrepreneurial journey, and what led her to ultimately found Hito LLC
  • The impact of COVID-19 on Yuko’s business
  • The relationship between strategic tax planning and organizational success
  • Why it’s essential to take a proactive approach to tax planning
  • Yuko’s perspective on the best and most challenging aspects of owning a business
  • How Hito LLC has created an excellent team culture
  • The importance of delegation as a business leader
  • The interesting way Jim and Yuko met, and the evolution of their strategic partnership
  • Why strategic partnerships are so critical for growing businesses

About the Series. Blueprint CFO Presents: Future Focused Entrepreneurs is an interview series and podcast highlighting entrepreneurs and businesses that are going places by focusing on the future and developing a roadmap for success. Hosted by Jim Downes, founder of Blueprint CFO, a future focused fractional CFO & accounting services firm based in Southern California.

About Blueprint CFO. Blueprint CFO is a future focused fractional CFO and accounting services firm based in Orange County, California. Partnering with entrepreneurial companies to guide and support them on their road to success, Blueprint CFO equips clients with the Profitability Roadmap® they need to grow. Learn more at

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