Introducing the TaxBuzz Top 50 Tax and Accounting Professionals of 2016 (US)
2016 was a banner year for TaxBuzz, with over 1.4 million visitors and tens of thousands of appointments set. We are a platform that brings together top-rated CPAs, EAs and accounting professionals.
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Here are the TaxBuzz Top 50 for 2016. These professionals received the highest overall client ratings and quantity of reviews through 2016.
Dennis O'Connor, EA - San Diego Tax Man
Dennis is new to our list, but wow did he knock it out of the park in 2016. With over 50 client reviews, Dennis consistently provides an outstanding service to San Diego area taxpayers. Cherilyn M. (verified client) summed it up best. "Dennis is the bomb! And, his prices are very fair!"
Robert Becerra, EA - Becerra Income Tax Service
Bob is an Enrolled Agent working with clients throughout San Bernardino. Bob has over 25 five star reviews and a very loyal client base. Joanna L. from San Bernardino left this glowing review. "I have been with Bob for 6 yrs. I appreciate the various services that are offered, even after my taxes have been done, I can call anytime and ask questions. I highly recommend their services! Don't be fooled by tax services that advertise a low fee you get what you pay for!"
Christi Bender, CPA - Christi Bender, CPA
From Phoenixville, PA, Christi has claimed her spot as one of the top CPAs in Pennsylvania. Terms like "trustworthy" and "responsive" are dotted throughout her TaxBuzz profile. Tanya G. summarized what many of her clients had to say. "She is trustworthy, very responsive and extremely knowledgeable. She is very personable and always makes you feel that she has your best interest as a priority. Five stars across the board - always!"
Kurt Siegenthaler, CPA - Kurt A. Siegenthaler CPA PC
Kurt works with both individuals and business owners out of his Woodstock, GA office. Kurt has built up a very strong practice that is evident with his client testimonials, over 20 and climbing. Alli L. repeated a common theme from other clients in her review. "Kurt is awesome!!! We highly recommend him. I wouldn't use anyone else. He's very knowledgeable and friendly."
Ella Cole - Executive Tax & Financial Services, Inc.
Ella lands on our Top 50 list from Hawaii. With over 20 glowing client reviews the Aloha spirit is alive and well. Shelia S. reiterated what many clients had to say. "I have been a client of this company for 15+ years and the service and guidance has been exceptional and 2nd to none. Professional, trustworthy, timely and honest. Would recommend them 100% plus."
Paul Haglund, EA - Paul Haglund & Company, LLC
Paul is our #1 rated tax and accounting professional in the state of Minnesota. Based in Lakeview, his clients consistently rank him five stars for his service and expertise. Ann C. from Farmington summed it up best. "Paul has been doing our taxes for several years and I highly him. He is always available to answer questions via email or phone. He is informative and we trust him."
Ahlberg Auna, EA - Axtax, Inc.
Federal Way based Ahlberg Auna works with clients throughout the country, including many based in Washington and Hawaii. Ahlberg is a genuine professional and his reviews reinforce his stature as one of our Top 50. Vicki B. reiterated the points many clients shared. "Al has been our tax agent for many years now and we trust him explicitly with our taxes. He is a 5 star tax preparer and we won't use anyone else."
Connie Bracher, EA - Acorn Tax & Bookkeeping
Connie is from Crestline, CA and is the owner of Acorn Tax & Bookkeeping. She is very active in her community, while serving on many Crestline boards. Connie works with both individuals with their tax preparation needs and small business owners throughout the Crestline area. Her clients love her based on her 17 five star reviews. Melissa U., a verified client, shared this about Connie and Acorn. "She is an absolute gem and worth her weight in gold! I highly recommend Acorn Tax & Bookkeeping to any business needing these services."
Marlene Wentz, EA - Marlene Wentz, EA & Associates
Marlene is based in Clearlake California and has a diverse client base of individuals and small business owners. Many of her clients are clients for life. Many clients who have moved out-of-state still utilize her services. Peter V. (verified client) echoed the comments from many of her clients. "Wentz has done better work for us than our two previous CPAs who though very bright did not dig into the detail and care about the positive results as did Marlene. She is the best tax preparer we have had in decades."
Leon Covell, CPA - Covell & Hogan LLP
Leon is a managing partner at Covell & Hogan LLP. With over 40 years experience, Leon shares his vast knowledge with his client base and it shows. Based in Escondido, Leon's clients appreciate his expertise. Alfred M. may have said it best. "Lee Covell, his associates and staff, are extremely professional, knowledgeable, responsive, courteous and friendly."
Raven Gilmore, CPA - Gilmore & Gilmore, CPAs PC
Raven is one of our top-rated Las Vegas CPAs. Terms, like "trustworthy", "timely" and "partnership" are evident throughout her client reviews. Paul P. may have summed it up best. "Raven has been my accountant for years now. I trust her 150%. I respect her opinions and knowledge. She is accessible if I have any questions. I have referred her several times and all my friends thank me for doing so."
Susana Ballou, EA - Susana Ballou & Associates
Susan serves the beautiful Petaluma area of Northern California. Her clients appreciate her passion and responsiveness. Marilyn W. from Santa Rosa may have said it best. " What can I say about Susana that hasn't been written already! She is my rock when it comes to taxes and figuring everything out for me. Once I finally get the paperwork to her, she takes charge. We are very thankful. She does fantastic work and always gets the right answer. Thank you."
Karen M. Stevenson, EA, MBA - Stevenson Tax And Accounting, Inc.
Karen is a highly ranked Enrolled Agent based in Algonquin, Illinois. Her practice covers the gamut, from individual tax preparation, small business accounting to financial elder care. She stays on top of the tax law with her 30+ hours of continuing education. Laura K. reinforced what others have said about their experiences with Karen. "Fast, Efficient, Ethical, Knowledgeable --- This describes Karen's service. These have been the most carefree years of tax season our family has ever known ---despite a move overseas, adoption tax credits, and my previous mistakes in filing (which left our family the richer, after Karen noticed them). Well done!"
Peggy Hall, EA - Hall Of Taxes
Peggy is a dedicated tax professional and master of her craft. Based in Moraga, CA, Peggy has a diverse client base that is impressed with the advice Peggy provides. Oakland CA client Johnny L. is just one of Peggy lifelong relationships. "Peggy has been my trusted tax confidant for over 30 years. She has been available to answer my tax-related questions throughout the year. She is very professional, efficient and a wealth of knowledge in her field. She makes the tax filing process less worrisome & worth it. I highly recommend her."
Tiffany Franklin - Kingdom Group Financial
Tiffany is a dedicated and hard working professional who has a very loyal client base. Tiffany made a believer out of Houston client Ashley J. "This year was my first time utilizing Kingdom Group Financial and I wouldn't go anywhere else moving forward! I have had illegitimate tax prep before which Tiffany Franklin is helping me to rectify the chaos. Very professional, personable and knowledgeable in her job! Much success to Kingdom Financial Group!"
Steve Madsen, CPA - Madsen And Company
South Jordan, Utah CPA Steve Madsen is a TaxBuzz verified professional, which means he has passed our stringent background screening. A graduate of Southern Utah University, his practices caters to the needs of his neighbors. He works with both individuals and small business owners and has attracted many fans. Sonja B. was over joyed with her experience with Steve. "I can't thank Steve and his team enough. He looked at the way we had been doing our business taxes and immediately was able to suggest a change that not only saved us thousands on that year's tax and future taxes but he was able to go back to prior years and do amended returns and get us even more back."
Peter Flournoy, CPA / PFS - Peter W. Flournoy, CPA
Peter works with clients out of his Norwalk, CT office. He specializes in tax, estate and financial planning and works with high net worth individuals throughout the area. His extensive knowledge has helped more than one client out of a jam. Janine H. sure was happy she found Peter. "As a new client, I have been very impressed with Mr. Flournoy's work. He not only saved me money on my current year's taxes, but he also reviewed three prior years of self-filed returns & got me a total of six thousand dollars of refunds! I didn't even know I had that money coming to me until he found it! Forever grateful."
Marilyn K Ratliff, EA - BTI Professional Services, Inc.
Tustin based BTI Professional Services, Inc. and Marilyn have been earning amazing reviews from her clients. Michael D. sure is pleased he has Marilyn on his side. "I've been using Marilyn at BTI to prepare my complex tax returns, involving many transactions with rental properties, for nearly 20 years. She never fails to provide outstanding service. She has incredible knowledge of state and federal taxes. I couldn't be happier with the services she provides as an Enrolled Agent."
Rodney Couts, EA - Seaside Resources
Rodney is based in Carlsbad and manages a robust practice. Clients use terms like "great", "personable" and "knowledgeable" when describing their experiences working with Rodney. Carole & John M. from Oceanside sure are grateful they found Rodney. "He is a gem in every respect. Not only did he help us clear up our tax problem but also found ways to save us money going forward. He is a man of the greatest integrity and exuded confidence in straightening out our dilemma."
Deborah Martinez & Earl Shanken - Martinez & Shanken, PLLC
Deborah and Earl run a thriving practice in Gilbert Arizona. They specialize in small business consulting and accounting. Gilbert, AZ based client Elaine B. had this to share about her experiences. "From the start of my business, Martinez and Shanken have been there to help me with any issues I have and to guide me to become a very successful business owner. They really do care if your business is successful and will help you along the way to achieve your goals! So refreshing to see such a good level of service and a helpful positive can do attitude! I highly recommend their services."
Connie Bair, EA - Bair's Bookkeeping & Tax Service
Connie is based in Rescue California. 2016 was a great year for her practice and her clients sounded off with one five star review after another. Connie works with both individuals and small business owners. Folsom CA John S. shared this with us. "Connie has been doing my personal/business taxes for at least 10 years now. You couldn't ask for better service! Besides her professionalism she's just awesome to work with. You won't be disappointed."
John Depasquale, CPA - John Depasquale CPA/CFF, CFE
Stevenson Ranch CPA John Depasquale is a former forensic accountant and Internal Revenue Agent. His clients really appreciate his responsiveness and timely callbacks. Porter Ranch verified clients Chris and Steve B. backed up other client testimonials with this five star review. "John is the most dependable CPA I have worked with. He responds very promptly to all phone calls or emails (seriously, do you never take a vacation or a day off?) and gives a thorough answer. He makes the whole process less painful."
Mari Rimple CPA - Rimple CPA LLC
Mari is a Precott CPA who works with a broad range of clients, including business owners and solopreneurs. Chuck H. from Prescott seems to be a believer. "I personally have had several businesses and worked with several CPA's. Mari Rimple rises to the top of that list in all the categories listed in review. I would add Timely and Efficient! I expect our business relation will continue for a long, long time. She knows what she is doing and is a joy to work with."
Desarie Anderson, CPA, EA - Anderson Accounting, LLC
Desarie is an Atlanta CPA with a diverse client base. She provides accounting, Quickbooks support and tax preparation services to her clients. As an entrepreneur herself, Desarie brings a unique viewpoint on how business owners can succeed. Erica A. may have said it best. "If you are looking for an accounting firm that is efficient, timely, professional and who will keep you straight with this IRS, this is who you want to work with!"
Sharon Theriot Macke, CPA - Macke & Company, CPAs
Metairie, Louisiana based Macke & Company, CPAs clients talk glowingly about their experiences with Sharon. Susan G. addressed the personal attention you receive when working with Sharon. "Excellent personal service with exceptional attention to detail. With Sharon you are NOT just a client or a bunch of numbers!"
Tiffany McMillan, CPA - Tiffany Mcmillan, CPA
Fairfax Virginia based Tiffany McMillan, CPA has been helping individuals and entrepreneurs through some of the toughest tax and accounting issues. Allison H. from Chesapeake VA had this to say about her experiences working with Tiffany. "I absolutely love working with Tiffany! She is straight-forward, excellent at answering questions, and gets the job done on time without any worry! I would highly recommend her to anyone."
Barbara Wright, EA - Wright Accounting
Sarasota based tax professional Barbara Wright has been helping taxpayers minimize their taxes for many years. Terms like "highly recommend", "knowledgeable", and "efficient" seem to sum things up. Mike M. from Bradenton Florida had this to say about his experience with Barbara. "Barbara does a wonderful job handling all our tax related work for our entire family. For a number of years now she and her firm has demonstrated the professionalism to handle both domestic as well as international tax planning and preparation and I never worry about a thing! I highly recommend her and her staff!"
Jack Hercher, CPA - Hercher & Company, P.C.
As a Greenwood Village, Colorado CPA, Jack works with clients throughout the state. He specializes in accounting, business consulting and financial statements. Sometimes clients do the selling better than any ad. Rich and Nancy L. summed it up best. "As a business owner, my wife's tax situation has never been simple. Jack has guided us expertly in that regard, as well as advising us on the best tax strategies for college savings and investment accounts. We always look forward to our annual visits with Jack and have the utmost confidence in his guidance as we begin to position ourselves for retirement."
Bret Willoughby, CPA - Tax911.com, Inc.
Bret is one of our highest rated professionals. As an expat tax expert, Bret works with taxpayers worldwide. With complex tax issues, you need to work with a CPA who knows the law. With over 900 clients across 90 countries, one can say Bret has seen it all. His clients truly appreciate all that he does for them. Stephen M. said it best in one simple review. "These guys are the absolute best tax experts out there for overseas Americans."
Edward Daoud, PhD, MBA., EA - Capstone Financial & Tax Service
Oceanside based Capstone Financial & Tax Service has attracted 14 solid five star reviews. Clients stay with him even when they move out of state. Paul P. shared some high praise. "High quality service and excellent recommendation. We are from another state and they do our taxes by correspondence. This year we visited the office to do our 2015 taxes and we are impressed and thrilled by Dr. Daoud's professionalism and attention to detail. We are happy and we will continue using his office to take care of our financial needs. We also recommend him to others without any hesitation."
Diana Malone, EA - Diana M. Malone, EA
Pearland, Texas Diana Malone manages a virtual tax preparation office. Working with clients remotely requires excellent customer service and knowledge of the tax law. Diana's clients seem to think she deserves such high rankings. Michael & Diana S. from Houston Texas summed it up best. "Diana is highly knowledgeable in her line of profession. We've dealt with other "tax professionals" but after dealing with her we couldn't see ourselves dealing with anyone else. She is prompt in answering any questions one might have via telephone or email. She has a great personality and is extremely patient. Extremely satisfied."
Channika Daniels, EA - Priorities First Tax Center LLC
Based in Phoenix, AZ, Channika and Priorities First Tax Center are available year round to help with your tax needs. Elaine C. from Phoenix Arizona, highlighted Channika putting her clients first. "Highly recommend Channika to anyone who is looking for a tax consultant. She has her client's best interest in her heart thru every step of her service to you. I'm so impressed with her drive to stay informed on what the law says. I appreciate the advice she gives me about managing my personal and business taxes."
Holly Gunnette, EA - HGI Financial Services
As a Riverside based tax professional, Holly has been honored as the Enrolled Agent of the year and Juropa Citizen of the year. Holly must be doing something right with so many repeat clients. Cindy G. offered the following review. "We have used HGi Financial since Holly Gunnette opened her business and have been faithfully served with excellent tax preparation and other business matters. The integrity, and high standard of service, are qualities much desired in all things financial and HGi Financial meets these requirements above and beyond!"
Mark Rhynes - Rhynes Tax & Bookkeeping Service
Mark combines his accounting education with an impressive set of financial certifications. There is a reason so many clients travel long distances to work with Mark and his team. He has earned the respect of his clients and his reviews highlight what to expect when working with him. Michael M. from Rialto appreciates their relationship. "Rhynes Tax & Bookkeeping is your best option for professional, knowledgeable and caring service. Have you ever entered a place of business and felt tense the whole time you were there? Having to handle taxes every year is stressful enough. The staff at Rhynes Tax & booking service will eliminate that stress because of their kind demeanor and attention to every detail you feel may be an issue."
Lynne Fahrer, CPA - Lynne S. Fahrer, CPA
North Bellmore CPA Lynne Fahrer has attracted some great reviews in 2016. Terms like fantastic, great and best are among the more common adjectives used. Jerry S. from Plainview New York may have said it best. "Lynne is fantastic. Year over year she is extremely reliable and diligent, even remembering things about my previous filings that I've long forgotten."
Rudolph Isaacs, CPA - Isaacs Accounting, P.C.
Pikesville CPA Rudolph Isaacs is a cut above the rest. His reviews really tell the story of the people and businesses he has helped. Denise K, from Pikesville sure was glad she found Rudolph. "In 2010 I came to Rudolph Isaac , CPA in a time of crisis. Not only did he fix my problem, he was knowledgeable in the area of my concern. In all of my years receiving services form Rudolph Isaac I have never been disappointed with his abilities or professionalism. We have come to trust him since he is always available when we need to speak to him personally."
Mark L. Tremblay, AFSP - E.P. Tremblay
Mark is a seasoned tax preparer based in Somerset, Massachusetts. His client reviews acknowledge his responsiveness and trustworthiness. Ric W. offered the following insight. "My wife and I have been utilizing E.P. Tremblay to prepare our taxes for the last couple of years and could not be more satisfied. When we became new clients Mark took the time to personally understand our employment situation both past and present. The turn-around time on getting our taxes done has been quick, but more importantly, we know that our tax preparation is being done by a team of professionals that value honesty and integrity."
Katherine Middleton, EA - Katz Consulting Bookkeeping & Tax Services, LLC
Abilene based Katherine Middleton, EA and Katz Bookkeeping and Tax Services, LLC help Texas business owners navigate the complexity of the tax code. As a former tax auditor for the state of Texas, Katherine knows her way around the code. She specializes in cloud and virtual accounting solutions. Patrick L. is one of her remote business clients from California and offered this five star review. "I was fortunate enough to stumble upon Kathy. After our first month I knew she was what I needed. She is knowledgeable, timely, and she collaborates well. She saves me a lot of time and the end result is work that is more accurate than what I would do. She is also fearless in her willingness to go investigate and learn how to do something new."
Teszra Cody, EA - One On One Tax And Financial Group, LLC
Teszra works with clients on tax and financial matters. Her Asbury, NJ based practice is thriving and her 16 five star reviews seems to back up what she promises to deliver. Maddie C. shared her experience with Teszra. "Teszra is absolutely the first person you should go see or contact if you've got any questions or issues regarding your credit, taxes, IRS problems, just anything financial. She is very trustworthy and knowledgeable in all of these areas and will patiently work with you in anything you need help in. She is truly such a great person and cares so much about her clients. You will be very happy going to her for anything you need. I highly recommend her for always."
Alice Stern Burnett CPA EA - The Burnett CPA Group LLC
Columbia Maryland CPA Alice Burnett, provides tax and business advice to an array of Maryland residents. As a QuickBooks Pro Advisor, she provides her clients with expertise needed to get through the numbers each year. Wayne B. shares how Alice has grown with her business. "Alice is an important part of our business success. As our business has grown, she has helped guide us through all of our financial decisions, not just taxes. I highly recommend her!"
John May - Income Tax Service
Bakersfield tax professional John May has an extensive tax and accounting background. He previously served as the Accounting and Budget Manager for the California Department of Transportation, where John helped oversee an $18 billion dollar budget. He takes this experience and shares it with his clients in private practice. Tobi P., a verified client from Bakersfield obviously values his relationship with John. "I have had John May preparing my taxes for years. I have referred many people. I will not go to ANYONE else."
Crystal Scanlan - Integrity Accounting
Huntingtown Maryland QuickBooks advisor has always wanted to be an accountant and started honing her craft when she was a child. Her zest for helping clients is evident in her five star reviews. Mason R. Chicago shared this experience with us. "Crystal was as good as advertised. She was well prepared with online tools, very inquisitive so as to not miss anything and maintained excellent communication the whole time. We even found a write off that I had no idea I qualified for, saving me another $1500! I will be using Crystal again and will recommend her as well."
Kelvin Jenkins, EA - Horizon Client Services, LLC
Kelvin is a North Richland Hills Enrolled Agent who specializes in small business owners and solopreneurs. His clients seem impressed. Kathaleen B. was in dire need of help and was happy she found Kelvin in her time of need. "Kelvin was referred to me, when my taxes were in shambles because of a marital separation. Since that time, he has been such a lifesaver for me. Thank you Kelvin for your professional and knowledgeable expertise. HE IS THE ONE!!!"
Darvincia Warren, AFSP - DW Tax Preparation
Darvincia has been blowing clients away with her knowledge and expertise for years. Her results and review testimonials say volumes of what you can expect when you engage Darvincia for tax preparation services. Donna H. gave this stunning testimonial. "Darvincia was heaven sent! This woman is very knowledgeable and knows her business inside and out! I have not had much (if any) of a refund for the last 7 years or so. Since I have been dealing with Darvincia I have been pleasantly surprised and extremely happy with my refunds. My only regret was that I did not meet her sooner!"
Philip J. Liner, CFP - Priority Quick Tax, Inc.
Phil has built up a successful tax practice in Chesterfield, Michigan. As a CFP, Phil has additional training in regards to financial services. Clients describe his practice as first class. Kimberly R. from Chesterfield is a believer. "Very professional and friendly. Phil offers a wealth of knowledge. I would absolutely refer my friends and family to Phil Liner for your financial investments as well as tax preparation."
Dr. Richard Spead, Ph.D., MST, PA, EA, CFE, CFS, CBM, ATA, ATP, ABA, DABFA, FACFEI - Spead Tax Group, PLLC
Dr. Spead has the credentials and the experience to get his clients through the toughest tax situations. As a tax problem specialist, Dr. Spead has helped resolve many a sticky tax situation. Linford S. from New London shared this insight. "Dr. Spead is everything he professes to be. He is an expert not only on accounting but also on the laws governing the IRS. Laws that are sometimes overlooked or abused by agents in their determination to collect. Dr. Spead enjoys a unique relationship of both respect and caution with the IRS. His record of successful representation of clients is well known by agents. He is a very skillful negotiator for the rights of taxpayers."
Maria Slyman - Allied Professional Services, LLC
As a St. Cloud Florida tax professional, Maria has helped taxpayers minimize their taxes and take the stress out of tax preparation. Kimberly T. from Saint Cloud, summed it up best. "Knowledgeable, friendly, reasonable, and extremely trustworthy, they have been an asset to our business and have made several suggestions that have made things easier for our business as well. We highly recommend using Allied Professional, and we can't imagine ever using another accountant."
Lorra Brown, CPA - LBE Consulting, LLC
Lorra works with individuals and entrepreneurs assisting with their tax and accounting projects, both big and small. Customer service seems to be the common theme in her reviews. Steven D. from Atlanta Georgia is another happy client. "Lorra is the best, her expertise and knowledge is like no other! I've used LBE Consulting for several years and will continue to be a happy and loyal customer. Thanks!"
Karen Drescher, CPA - Karen C. Drescher CPA PC
Karen has been on our TaxBuzz top 50 two years in a row. With 21 reviews and counting, Karen delivers exceptional advice and service to her clients. As a full service CPA, Karen helps clients with IRS tax problems, tax preparation and their accounting needs. IRS tax problem client B. V. from Peachtree City had this wonderful resolution to his tax case. "Karen represented me in an IRS audit and she ended up taking my case to Appeals. Yesterday she worked the case and got me from owing $70,000 to $3000! She's an excellent representative if you need help in an IRS audit! And she used to work for them! Thanks Karen! Great job!!!"
Yuliya Olaru - Olaru's Premier Tax Services, Inc.
Yuliya is a Vancouver, Washington tax and bookkeeping professional. She has a fast growing client base and has been steadily exceeding her clients' expectations. Anastasia M. had a tremendous result on her 2015 tax return and shared this glowing testimonial. "Yuliya did a great job. She took her time to explain things and she also taught us how to save money. She saved us over 18K for our 2015 tax return. She earned our trust and we will be back for many years."
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