Garrett M. Higgins

Partner, PKF O’Connor Davies LLP

Partner, PKF O’Connor Davies Advisory LLC

Garrett Higgins

"Exempt status is a privilege granted by the federal government. Hiring a firm that specializes in advising exempt organizations is paramount to maintaining and protecting this status on an annual basis. Our team of professionals have the skills, dedication and knowledge to help address the tax compliance and advisory needs of your organization."

Garrett M. Higgins is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. He serves as Partner-in-Charge of the Exempt Organization Tax and Advisory Services Group and has over 20 years of experience providing tax compliance and advisory services to tax-exempt organizations.

Garrett’s current tax-exempt clients include private foundations, colleges and universities, museums, health care organizations, large public charities, pension and welfare benefit trusts, and a number of other non-profit organizations. His considerable expertise extends across a broad range of tax-exempt and other accounting and audit topics. He has significant experience with public charities and private foundations as well as experience with the tax compliance and consulting issues affecting educational institutions, welfare benefit trusts, health care and other types of exempt organizations. His specific areas of tax and business expertise encompass unrelated business income tax planning, state and local tax planning and reporting, executive compensation, operational and transaction structuring, use of taxable subsidiaries of tax-exempt organizations, intermediate sanctions planning and compliance and fundraising. He is viewed as a technical authority and is regularly asked to author articles and present at firm-sponsored and other tax-exempt industry events.

In recent years, Garrett has had the honor of receiving the New York Enterprise Award for the Best Accountants and Attorneys for Growing Business as well as the Westchester Business Council’s Rising Stars “Forty under Forty” award.

Professional Affiliations & Civic Involvement

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA)


  • Certified Public Accountant (New York)


  • Queens College, Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Information Science