About Christie (Sun-young) Lee

Credentials & Qualifications

  • 18+ years in Korean tax management & accounting
  • Bachelor in Business Administration in 1998 Hong-ik University, Seoul Campus
  • USA Certified Public Accountant (2003, Maine, USA)
  • Member of European Union Committee, Korea
  • Member of Australia & New Zealand Commercial Committee, Korea
  • English Interpreter Instructor for Korean Institute of Certified Public Tax Accountants

What I do

I solve problems and give my clients the peace-of-mind in knowing that they have a proven professional on their side to help them navigate the world of taxes, accounting and finance in Korea.

Proven & trusted tax expert, advisor and educator

Currently, I lead the International Taxation Team at Hana Tax Management Corporation (Hana Tax), one of the largest tax and accounting firms in Korea. I have consulted with 85+ multinational corporations regarding accounting and tax related issues, and facilitated over 40 seminars related to accounting, US GAAP and IFRS, Korean tax, and international double taxation.

18+ years of credentials and experience

Tax management, accounting, bookkeeping, filing & reporting, international tax advisory, labor laws and cash management are among the areas of expertise I’ve developed in my storied career at some of Korea’s top accounting institutions:

  • Hana Tax Management Corporation
  • Dasan Tax Management Corporation
  • Prudential Investment Trust Corporation

Financial advocate for foreign expats & enterprises

  •  Advisor to Foreign Advisory Committee of Seoul City Hall
  •  Member of European Union Committee, Korea
  • Seminar Instructor & Advisor to Foreign Startups: SMBA, Seoul Global Center, Seoul Global Startup Center
  •  Member of Australia & New Zealand Commercial Committee, Korea
  •  English Interpreter Instructor for Korean Institute of Certified Public Tax Accountants

Where my voracious passion for accounting mastery began

Accounting runs in my family, and I still remember my early exposure to the craft from seeing my father come home after a long day at his tax practice. Fast forward ahead to the mid 1990’s, and I was an undergraduate working towards my bachelors in business administration at Seoul’s Hong-ik University (Hongdae). Like most young business majors, I did not know where my studies would take me; management & strategy, sales & marketing, accounting & finance, operations or human resources?

This uncertainty all changed when my passion for accounting was ignited and made clear during my time as an exchange student in North Carolina, USA.

I had a chance to study at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) from 1996 to 1997, and during my first semester I enrolled in a class that would would become the pivotal point that sparked my future career – ACCT 3136, Managerial Cost Accounting.

This course shattered all my pre-conceived notions about accounting being dull, boring or bland. Instead it took me beyond the spreadsheets, and into the world of a factory production line. Where I was intrigued by the whole process of seeing how raw materials are purchased, molded into a work-in-process, and later finalized as finished products for the marketplace.

The power of numbers truly spoke to me, and I began to understand how this power can transform and empower industries. I was hooked and became a voracious consumer of accounting principles with an insatiable desire for all information accounting. Over the next 17 years my brain became comfortable with the painstaking details of tax codes, and changing rules and regulations.  My appetite for this information has become a life-long passion to master accounting as both an art and science.