American Financial & Tax - Client Services
Client Services
American Financial and Taxoffers a wide range of services to our individual and business clients. Because our firm is relatively small, our clients benefit by getting personalized, quality service that is beyond comparison. Below we have listed the services that we offer to our clients along with a brief description. As the list below is by no means all-inclusive, please feel free to inquire about a service if you do not see it listed. If it is not a service we provide, we would be more than happy to refer you to a qualified professional.

 


Consulting Services

Accounting Software Selection & Implementation

With the number of computerized accounting software packages available for small businesses and individuals growing every day, selecting one that is right for you has become increasingly difficult. As accounting professionals, we are exposed to most programs through trade journals and actual use. Our experienced staff can help you choose and implement the system that best fits your needs.

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Business Entity Selection

Choosing the form of entity of your business (e.g. "S" corporation, sole proprietor, limited liability company…) is a crucial decision that can have longstanding tax implications, positive or negative. We can assist you in evaluating the pros and cons of each entity type to help you determine the most advantageous form of business for your company.

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Consulting Services

We gauge our worth by the personal and business successes of our clients. We can help your business identify areas negatively affecting profitability and growth and develop solutions that are practical and technically sound. In addition to acting as a sounding board for management, we provide comprehensive, flexible strategies that address the issues affecting your business. The following are just a few of the areas in which we provide consulting services:

*Accounting software selection and implementation

*Type of entity selection

*Business valuations

*Buying/selling a business

*Computer systems

*Financial & retirement decisions

*Estate, trust & gift planning

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Computer Consulting

Whether you are contemplating the addition of new computer hardware or overhauling your network, our experienced staff can assist you with many of the difficult decisions that must be made when designing your business' computer systems. 

An especially critical component of using computers is having a backup that works.  Something that is easy to use.  A solution that is transparent.  A solution that is safe, even if your computers were lost, stolen, or damaged.  Did you know that a large percentage of business close whithin three months when their data is lost?  It doesn't cost to call, and could save all you have worrked so hard for.

You may contact George directly at gmulak@americanfinancialtax.com or 714-585-5602

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1099 Tax Law Enforcement

The way the IRS is approaching 1099 and reporting is being followed more closely and being more strictly enforced.  It is very important to note that for some time now the IRS and the state of California are preparing to go after misclassified workers.  Because of Vicki's involvement with our legislators in endeavoring to assist taxpayers to pay less taxes she has been close to this issue.  Taxpayers who are non compliant will be boxed into a corner.  It is our goal to keep you safe.  Here is a booklet we have prepared to inform you of this issue.  Please feel free to distribute it as you wish.  We put it into the Public Domain.  All we ask is that you give Vicki credit for the document.  Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions or need consulting on this matter.

You may download the document here:  1099 Reporting

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Accounting Services

Audit Services

Oh, no, they said the "A" word. Audit. Your heart rate increases a little just hearing the word. And now, you’ve opened the mail and there it is-- The Internal Revenue Service, Federal Tax Board, EDD or Board of Equalization is requesting an audit. If we did your filings we will represent you at the audit, we stand behind our work one hundred percent. We will represent you at any and all audits or hearings required. It’s a part of our total commitment to our clients. “But you didn’t do the work”, you say. “A national chain does my taxes and now that it’s July, their office is closed.” “My bookkeeper did them, but she’s not comfortable with an audit.” Or even, “Uh, the guy who used to do my taxes is …um…doing two to five in a federal correctional institute.” No matter who prepared your paperwork, we can help you with an audit. Under federal law, only a CPA, an Attorney or an Enrolled Agent can represent a taxpayer to an IRS Collections Officer. And of the three, Enrolled Agents are the only tax professionals required by Federal Law to maintain their expertise through continuous professional education. You’re in good hands, Vicki not only attends classes, she teaches other professionals. (click here to read about Enrolled Agents and here to read about Vicki) We’ll review your filings to insure there are no obvious errors. We’ll talk with the agency ordering the audit to insure we have the necessary documentation. If we find errors or omissions we’ll take steps to correct them; filing amended returns, adjusting your record-keeping procedures or whatever is necessary to correct any problems we encounter. We’ll be ready to represent you at the audit. By the way, The IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 allows federally authorized practitioners a limited client privilege. This privilege allows confidentiality between the taxpayer and the Enrolled Agent under certain conditions. The privilege applies to situations where the taxpayer is being represented in cases involving audits and collection matters. Feel free to discuss the issue of privilege when you meet with Vicki. If you’ve received notice of an audit, don’t hesitate. Call our office and schedule an appointment immediately. In an audit, communication is key.

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Bookkeeping/Write-Up

We are excited to offer QuickBooks ProAdvisor status for our clients.  Our Certified QuickBooks Advisor is ready to assist with setup, training, cleanup, and remote assistance for new and existing clients working with the QuickBooks program.

We’re proud of our bookkeeping staff. We offer full service bookkeeping and payroll services. Whether it's for an individual or for a business, we’ll keep your books and prepare the necessary statements—accurately and professionally.

Our financial statements are flawless. You’ll find them complete, concise and of a quality consistent with or more likely, higher than, industry standards. We leave no gray areas. Our statements can, without question, be used in any appropriate manner, be it submitting them to various government agencies, tax specialists or banking institutions.

Our clients can rely on our expertise. Every member of our staff has been trained both here in the office and at professional seminars and meetings to keep up with the ever-changing world of tax and finance. We read the journals as well as the updates from the various state and federal agencies. Keeping current is just one of our many ways of better serving our clients. We are also proud of our state-of-the-art computer system and the skill each staff member has in utilizing them. Computer programs are only as good as the skills of those using them and it is a matter of pride with us to insure every staff member is computer literate. Our clients come to us because of our personal service, attention to detail, and lack of government notices. If you are in need of Bookkeeping and/or Payroll services, call us. We’ll be delighted to discuss it with you. We have many clients also come to us with those QuickBook, Quicken, Great Plains, Peachtree, and other accounting program reports that don't seem to be working right, or well enough for them. Please call us now to set a time that we may go over them with you.

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Tax Services

Estate & Trust Tax Preparation

Effective estate and gift planning facilitates the orderly transfer of assets to your beneficiaries, provides security for your surviving spouse, and can reduce or eliminate the tax due on the transfer of your business and other assets. For business owners, providing for business continuity and succession of ownership is essential. We can guide you through the complex process of getting your financial affairs in order.

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Sales Tax Services

Many of our clients are responsible for collecting and submitting sales taxes in many different vicinities. We can assist your company in the compilation of information and preparation of sales tax returns in an efficient and timely manner.

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Tax Planning & Preparation

Taxes.  They’re inevitable and unavoidable.  We can, however, plan for them, and we must file them; it’s part of the cost of living in modern society, and planning is an important way to decrease tax liability 

Tax season is a busy time around American Financial and Tax.  The office becomes a maelstrom of activity; with days regularly becoming longer and longer as the April 15th deadline approaches.  We are dedicated to being here at times that are convenient to our clients, and to providing the best tax preparation services available. 

In California, over two million tax returns are prepared each year by Enrolled Agents.  Considering there are only 4000 EAs in the state, that’s an average of 500 returns per EA.  Most people receive their tax documents toward the end of January, effectively we have 75 days (working 24/7) to complete those 500 returns.  Factor in the intricacies of many returns and the fact that each return involves not only federal but state or multiple state returns and you begin to understand the complexities of meeting the deadline.   And remember, we have many out-of-state clients as well! With that in mind, it's no wonder our clients come back to us year after year. We have a comprehensive tax planner packet that is mailed out to our clients early in Januray. In that packet, we include a personal tax appointment time, and information from the previous year's tax return, so we miss nothing.

Do I really need an Enrolled Agent?  Absolutely.  Enrolled agents are the only tax professionals who specialize in tax matters.  They are the only tax professionals who are required by federal law to maintain a stringent annual schedule of professional education in the field of taxation.  With tax regulations becoming more convoluted and confusing each time the government announces another “simplification” coupled with the enormous changes in tax laws and differences between state and federal requirements, can you afford not to use the services of an Enrolled Agent? 

Whether you need to file as a partnership, a corporation (including S-Corps) or an individual return, we can handle it.  Because of our dedication to staying up-to-date on tax related matters, you can be sure you will get the benefit of every tax reduction, deduction or credit available under the law.  We are proud of our quality assurance procedures-every page of every return is checked and double-checked to insure for accuracy.  Our expertise applies to individual returns of only a few pages as well as enormously complicated corporate returns. Remember, We SpEAk Tax! 

No matter how far we expand our days and hours of operation, every year we are forced to refer filers to other professionals; all too often those who could benefit from our experience and expertise wait too long to schedule an appointment. As with all other financial matters, planning is the key.  Call our office now to schedule your tax preparation appointment! 

Also, start now organizing your files-- after all, we can only work with the information you provide.  In addition to the W-2's and 1099's you receive in the mail each year, there are a host of other documents that can benefit you.  Call our office, we’ll be more than happy to schedule an appointment and/or advise you of the needed and necessary paperwork. If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, then a few minutes a week spent on tax paperwork preparations could be worth a great deal of tax savings to you! 

Let us reassure you, we stand behind every return we prepare.  Should you ever receive notice of an audit/inquiry involving any item we prepared, we stand ready to represent you before the IRS, EDD, BOE or FTB. Our office is a full-service office; we are open twelve months a year, year after year.  We stand behind our work 100%, period.  And remember, Enrolled Agents are the only tax professionals licensed by the Department of Treasury to represent individual taxpayers before the IRS.

Depending on availability of time, we usually offer a 30 minute free consultation.  You can get a lot of answers in 30 minutes!  Call our office, schedule your tax planning or tax preparation appointment today.

Tax planning and preparation form a winning combination for our successful individual and business clients. Whether you are an individual or a multi-tiered partnership, our experienced staff can develop tax strategies that take advantage of new tax laws and legislation.

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Other Services

Notary Public

California is among a handful of states that require notary education in the form of an approved course, a notary exam, and a thorough background check prior to approval. After receiving approval, California notaries public must purchase a notary bond, a seal stamp from an approved vendor, and a notary journal, at a minimum. Bring us your important documents for notarization.

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Miscellaneous

Public Speaking Events - Booking Financial Planning

One of the most exciting aspects of Vicki’s life as an Enrolled Agent and a Certified Financial PlannerTMhas been the demand for her presentations on a number of tax issues. The past year Vicki has been very busy-- not only in her private practice but on the speaking circuit as well. This year she’s traveled throughout California and our neighboring states. Vicki trains the experts. There are fewer than 45,000 enrolled agents in the entire United States. All are well educated and all are required to keep their skills current. A few have taken their responsibilities to the highest level and they are the crème de la crème – many of Vicki’s presentations are designed to aid these Enrolled Agents and Certified Financial Planners in keeping current with the changes in tax law and to meet their continuing education requirements. A natural speaker, Vicki provides clear and precise information in a well-organized, informative and interesting format.

If your organization is interested in this dynamic speaker, please contact our office as soon as possible. We are currently accepting engagements for 2014 and 2015. Do you need a presentation made for you? Or, do you need to purchase a copy of one of Vicki's presentations (on CD and the syllabi) for your own study or for continuing education within your office?

We are available to speak at your events. Please review our schedule below. If you wish to participate in one of the events, visit our Events Calendar in the Info Center for a detailed description of the times, locations, and event details.

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2013-2014 Speaking Calendar

Vicki's speaking calendar is the second tab off of the main website.  Feel free to review it and give us a call if you have any questions.

Or, click on the link below. 

2013-2014 Speaking Calendar

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Enrolled Agent - IRS Representation

The Enrolled Agent profession dates back to 1884.  Because of many questionable claims for Civil War losses, Congress acted to regulate who could represent citizens in their dealings with the Treasury Department.  ”Enrolled” means licensed by the Federal Government. “Agent” means authorized to appear in place of the taxpayer before the IRS. EAs are advocates for the taxpayer, not the government.    

Enrolled Agents are the only taxpayer representatives who receive their right to practice from the United States government,  CPAs and attorneys are licensed by the individual states.  Unlike CPAs and attorneys who may not specialize in taxation, EAs are required to demonstrate to the IRS their competence in matters of taxation and are considered The tax professionals. 

In the entire United States there are fewer than 45,000 Enrolled Agents.  The title is not bestowed upon an individual, it is earned.  The field can only be entered in two ways:

One, by taking a rigorous two-day exam administered by the IRS covering taxation of individuals, corporations, partnerships, trusts and estates, procedures and ethics. The test is given once a year, traditionally, and only 1/3 of those who take the exam pass.  Those who pass this exam are then subject to a rigorous background examination, once that is passed; the individual is licensed as an Enrolled Agent. The second method is open to those who were employed by the IRS for five or more years who as a regular part of their job applied and interpreted provisions of the IRS code and regulations. 

Enrolled agents, unlike CPAs and attorneys, are required by the Federal Government to complete a minimum of 72 hours of continuing profession education and to report it every three years to the IRS.  Members of the National Association of Enrolled Agents are further required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education each year.  Vicki not only attends, she is often the Instructor. Click here to read about her presentations.

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