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Brian Alan Lang EA

San Francisco

With over seven years of full-time tax preparation experience and more than 15 years in the financial industry, my focus is providing personal, prompt attention to my clients. As an accredited Enrolled Agent (EA), I am licensed by the Internal Revenue Service to represent individuals, partnerships, and corporations before the IRS and all state tax authorities. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University, a Master’s of Science from the University of London and I am currently a candidate for a Master’s of Business Taxation from the University of Southern California. My expertise includes: Individuals, including those living overseas or earning foreign income Foreign Nationals living in the US or with US sourced income Partnerships, Limited Liability Corporations and S and C corporations IRS audits and inquiries, including delinquent filings In addition to working as an independent tax professional, I also prepare returns for Greenback Tax Services, TurboTax Personal Pro and Attorneys Tax Relief.

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What do you love most about your job?

I love interacting with my clients, helping them find new credits and missed deductions and then hearing what they did with the money they saved! US taxes are especially complicated for small businesses and people with international issues. I want to help people by managing their taxes, so they can focus on the more important things.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Prior to my career in taxation, I was a derivative trader with Morgan Stanley and Mitsui in New York, Royal Bank of Canada and Dresdner in London and Fortis in Paris as well as a FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) consultant for Credit Suisse in Zürich. Having lived and worked overseas, I immediately realized how complicated taxes can be for expats, and began helping friends prepare their returns, and it quickly evolved into my focus. I recently received a Master of Business Taxation from the University of Southern California. I specialize in international tax issues and working with small businesses.

Why should our clients choose you?

I combine experience from many varied aspects of tax preparation to give my clients a well-rounded perspective and a one-stop tax service. I've worked with a tax-relief law firm, as a FACTA consultant for Credit Suisse, as a derivatives trader, and am currently getting a Masters in Business Tax. So I can answer almost any question or quickly find the answer.

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Broadly speaking, the higher your income and the more sources of income you have, the higher the fee is likely to be.

Your professional tax accountant will be able to advise you on the full range of options available and what is most suitable for you. Use Bark to get free quotes and get in touch with local tax accountants today.

There are a number of factors that are worth considering when choosing your tax accountant. These include:

  • Professional qualifications - You should check that they have completed relevant qualifications which are regulated by their professional body. In addition, they should be keeping their skills and knowledge up to date through continuing professional development. They are also required to hold Professional Indemnity Insurance.

  • Invest time - Invest time in finding the right adviser. Research their websites and meet those on your shortlist. When you meet them decide if they are approachable and understand businesses of your size and in your sector. It is helpful if they have expertise in particular areas of tax that you require advice for. Find out if they provide services that you may need now and in the future.

  • First meeting - Check in advance whether the first meeting is free of charge.

  • Charges - Establish the basis of fees and when they will be payable. Ask for an estimate and check what is included such as additional charges for other services (e.g. VAT, Payroll). You may be able to minimise charges by doing some work yourself and by using a compatible accounting package.

  • Terms of engagement - You should receive a letter setting out what your adviser will and will not do for you in the terms of the engagement.

  • Keeping them informed - You should keep your adviser informed of any changes in your business or personal circumstances. Plus, you should seek their advice in advance if you are considering retiring, selling or giving away an interest in your business or a significant asset.

You can be confident that any of the Bark local tax accountants listed will give you a reliable and professional service.

It can be tempting for sole traders to monitor their own financial situation and attempt to save additional overheads when margins are tight.

Hiring a tax accountant can save you money and free up time in which to grow your business interests. Plus, partnering with a good accountant can help protect your legal positioning, guarding against common mistakes that have avoidable consequences.

Filing tax returns can be worrying for those who have never done so before but tax accountants can take the stress out of managing your financial records.

Some of the services your business taxation expert can provide include:

  • Bookkeeping

  • Helping you pay the right amount of tax

  • Improving tax efficiency

  • Financial compliance

  • Creating/developing your business plan

  • Sourcing funding for growth

  • Growth management

  • Extracting value from your business

  • Tax returns

  • Making tax digital

  • Exit planning

Absolutely! Online accountancy is becoming increasingly popular, not least because it offers convenience and flexibility, which is ideal for those of us with busy schedules or accessibility issues. As long as you're able to discuss your needs with your expert over the phone or via video chat, then you're good to go.



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The average rating for Bark Tax Accountants in Oakland is 4.92, based on 21 reviews.

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