Senior Staff Accountant

Denise has prepared complex tax returns for Torkelson & Associates since 2013. Denise brings more than nineteen years of experience in the preparation of individual, fiduciary, estate, gift, and charitable tax returns. Denise works on other projects as well, such as foreign tax issues, cryptocurrencies, multi-state tax returns, and court accountings. Denise now oversees all 1099 forms each January. If a client does not live locally, Denise will work with clients via email or office tool secured portal link. Here at Torkelson’s, Denise thrives and grows through continuing education, research, and working with the partners and CPAs.

Denise grew up in Chico, California, and went to UC Santa Barbara. She works both remotely from home and in the office. It is a commute, but she feels that if Torkelson’s is an extraordinary firm to work for, a beautiful landscape commute is worth it. When Denise is not at work, she is creating lifetime memories with her family, whether at home, camping, hiking, or at soccer fields with her husband and two sons. In 2025, Denise will be heading to Washington DC & New York as a chaperone for her eldest son’s middle school field trip. Let’s all hope the five-day adventure will not be during tax season!


  • Individual Income Tax Returns
  • Multi-State Tax Returns
  • Fiduciary Tax Returns
  • Estate Tax Returns
  • Charitable Tax Returns
  • Gift Tax Returns
  • Foreign Income and Tax Issues – FBARs, Form 3520s, Form 5471
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Court Accounting
  • Form 1099s


  • UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association – Life Member


  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics with Emphasis in Accounting, UC Santa Barbara
  • Minor in History, UC Santa Barbara