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Canita Gunter Peterson

Canita Gunter Peterson CPA, CFST


Tax Services; Panama City Market Leader

Insurance, Private Sector, Individuals

Since 1995, Canita Gunter Peterson has been providing consulting, tax, and accounting services. She serves a wide variety of business and individual clients with respect to federal, as well as state and multi-state taxation. In addition, she has been involved in mergers and acquisitions, litigation support services, IRS examinations, and representation and examinations related to various state tax issues.

She holds the Certified Florida Sales and Use Tax (CFST) designation. She has provided sales tax consulting services related to compliance and reporting solutions for different industries.

A native of Chipley, Florida, Canita Gunter Peterson is the Panama City/Bay County Market Leader. She works with clients throughout the Panhandle, the state of Florida, and additional states throughout the U.S.

Professional Associations:

  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA)
    • Women in Leadership Committee
    • State Tax Committee
    • Membership Committee Task Force
    • Certified Audit Committee Task Force (Sales Tax)
    • Young CPA Committee Task Force
    • FICPA/DOR State Conference Committee
    • Women Leadership Summit Committee
    • Past Chair, FICPA/DOR Liaison Meeting
    • Past Chair, State Tax Committee
  • Member, American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries

Community Activities:

  • Professional Advisor Council, Community Foundation of North Florida
  • Board of Directors, First Commerce Credit Union
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Chair, Tallahassee Downtown Re-Development Commission
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Tallahassee Lenders’ Consortium
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, American Red Cross, Capital Area Chapter
    • Past Audit Committee Chair and Executive Committee
    • Past Chair-Elect, Board Development and Executive Committee
    • Past Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Past Member, United Way’s Fund Distribution Committee
  • Leadership Tallahassee, Class 20
  • Past Finance Committee Member, The Governor’s Club
  • Past Member, Girl Scouts’ Women of the Year Gala Committee


  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting (Cum Laude), Florida State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Finance (Cum Laude), Florida State University
  • Masters of Science in Accounting, Florida State University

Awards & Honors:

  • 2018, “25 Women You Need to Know” Tallahassee Democrat
  • 2014, “Top 10 Public Accounting Professionals in Florida” National Academy of Public Accounting Professionals