Tranquility in Taxes

Meet Drisa

Raise your hand if you’ve ever said:

Accounting is overwhelming. Spreadsheets are a pain. And tax season is the worst.

I get it, I do. But not to me.

I have always loved working with numbers, talking about taxes, and balancing budgets. More than that, I have always loved taking care of people—making them feel safe, supported, and secure enough to pursue a life they truly love. And I’ve been able to live a life I truly love by working as a tax and accounting professional for nearly a decade.

I started my career in my home state of Colorado after graduating from Colorado Mesa University with a B.S. in Accounting and an MBA. I worked as a CPA for well-known firms BKD and GHP Horwath, in their Denver offices. After moving to California in 2011, I spent five years working for Torrance-based firms Brigante, Cameron, Watters & Strong and PDM. I’m a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the California Society of Certified Public Accounts, the Torrance Memorial Young Physicians and Professionals Alliance, and serve on the Board of Directors for Sandpipers, a volunteer philanthropic organization.

Suffice it to say, I offer superior tax and accounting services. But I’m not your average CPA. I’m not stuffy. I’m not traditional. I’m not just in it for the money.

I am educated. I am a professional. And I am invested in you, your financial security, and your peace of mind. To me, you are not the numbers on your tax return. You are not a client code in a database. You are not merely more hours I can bill. To me, you are more than just a number.

Because my mission, in my work and in my life, is to be of service. And as your tax professional, my goal is to provide you with the financial strategy, the structure, and the solutions that serve you best and allow you to live the life of your dreams.

The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.
- Albert Einstein

Services

You deserve personal attention. You are a unique individual with a unique financial situation and unique needs—and I will treat you as such! Forget the cookie-cutter systems that send off tax returns without so much as a “How do you do?” We will work closely together to make sure your accounting and tax strategies are not only compliant (keeping the IRS happy), but also compensatory (keeping you happy).

How’s that for unique?

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Tax Return Preparation

One thing we all share in common? We all have to pay taxes. Not everyone handles the process correctly (or painlessly)—but you can! Filing your tax return requires following very specific rules, and I’m here to take care of that for you. I work with both individuals and businesses to make sure you’re filling out the right forms (the right way) and filing them with the right people. (Because this is something you don’t want to do wrong.)

Tax Planning

Want less stress come tax time? I can help you get everything sorted long before April 15th. Tax planning is your opportunity to be proactive about your financial future, and ensure you’re compliant (or, following the rules) with the IRS while taking advantage of opportunities that help you pay less tax. By working with me to plan for your taxes throughout the year, you’ll have a structure and a strategy that supports you and your finances for the long-term.

Tax Consulting

If you’ve ever gotten an ominous-sounding letter in the mail from the IRS—with confusing language and seemingly-veiled threats of liens, levies or jail time—you know how scary dealing with tax authorities on your own can be. But together, we’ll create a step-by-step plan to get you back into the IRS’ good graces—and you and I both know they’ve got very specific rules to get you there. It doesn’t have to be hard. It doesn’t have to be scary. And you don’t have to do it alone. I’ve got your back.

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Bookkeeping

If you’ve got a business, you need bookkeeping. (You might need it as an individual, too!) I specialize in bookkeeping oversight services designed to support tax compliance and planning. That means I’ll review your “books” (in other words, a recording of your financial transactions) on a monthly basis. This isn’t just data entry—combined with tax planning, bookkeeping sets you (and your business) up for financial success year after year.

You must pay taxes. But there's no law that says you gotta leave a tip.
- Morgan Stanley

Happy Clients

My husband and I have been entrusting Drisa with our tax preparation/accounting for 3 years, and we couldn’t be happier with her. She’s thorough, knowledgeable, professional, personable, and she always takes the time to answer any questions in detail. We’ve referred our friends and clients to her because we know she’s experienced and efficient yet she does it all in such a calm, friendly manner. If you are searching for an accountant who gets the job done well and is at the same time a pleasure to work with, look no further.

Dariann L.

Small Business Owner
Santa Monica, CA

I met Drisa while volunteering with the Special Olympics over a year ago and she is as smart as she is kind. Upon getting to know one another on a personal and community level, Drisa shared her vision of entrepreneurship and being a trusted advisor about taxes and accounting to individuals, especially women. Since my taxes had become more complex, it was a given to consult with Drisa, She accommodated my early morning meeting before work, prepped me in advance with what I would need to have on hand, and communicated with me with the fastest turnaround of refund I have ever had in being a taxpayer. Drisa is a gem for sure.

Arryn W.

Business Development Director
Hermosa Beach, CA

I have been working closely with Drisa for several years. She has been an instrumental part of my success. I own several rental properties and keeping all of the moving pieces organized is challenging. Not only has Drisa been filing my tax returns, she has been a wealth of knowledge, helping me understand how my investments affect my tax position. She is able to give me monthly breakdowns of the profitability of each of my properties and prepares detailed tax projections for me when I’m trying to decide if/ when to sell them. I trust her and find immense value in her services.

Robby E.

Real Estate Investor
Redondo Beach, CA

When searching for a new accountant, Drisa came highly recommended. Having worked with her for three years, I know why. I am grateful to have her as my accountant. She is a fantastic person and an incredibly able accountant. She has saved me thousands of dollars over the past three years. I have always been able to reach her on the phone to have one-to-one conversations with her. I cannot recommend her enough.

Amir F.
Small Business Owner
Los Angeles, CA

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Amir F.
Small Business Owner
Los Angeles, CA

When searching for a new accountant, Drisa came highly recommended. Having worked with her for three years, I know why. I am grateful to have her as my accountant. She is a fantastic person and an incredibly able accountant. She has saved me thousands of dollars over the past three years. I have always been able to reach her on the phone to have one-to-one conversations with her. I cannot recommend her enough.

Drisa has been doing my personal and business taxes for the past several years. She is detailed oriented and ensures that everything is properly accounted for. I highly recommend Drisa as she is easy to work with while efficient and she really knows what she is doing.

Sara C.
Branded Content Director
Long Beach, CA

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Sara C.
Branded Content Director
Long Beach, CA

WOW

I am an actor and a writer, and this past year I had a lot of odd "day jobs." Come tax season, I was stressing about how this puzzle could possibly be put together, and I was worried about how my health insurance fit into the mix of things...Then I met Drisa. She is so calm and her demeanor just puts you right at ease. I handed her all of my paystubs and documents, and she just took care of it all. She's also guiding me on how to set myself up better for next tax season. She's truly amazing!

Jessica S.
Actor/Writer
Manhattan Beach, CA

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Jessica S.
Actor/Writer
Manhattan Beach, CA

I am an actor and a writer, and this past year I had a lot of odd "day jobs." Come tax season, I was stressing about how this puzzle could possibly be put together, and I was worried about how my health insurance fit into the mix of things...Then I met Drisa. She is so calm and her demeanor just puts you right at ease. I handed her all of my paystubs and documents, and she just took care of it all. She's also guiding me on how to set myself up better for next tax season. She's truly amazing!

Drisa has not only made my personal taxes a breeze year after year, she walked me through, step-by-step, how to create an LLC and file taxes for my business.  If ever I had a question, she was available to answer it.  She stopped at nothing to make my life easy come tax season - even with a full plate of clients.

Clay P.
Film Producer
Los Angeles, CA

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Clay P.
Film Producer
Los Angeles, CA

Drisa has not only made my personal taxes a breeze year after year, she walked me through, step-by-step, how to create an LLC and file taxes for my business.  If ever I had a question, she was available to answer it.  She stopped at nothing to make my life easy come tax season - even with a full plate of clients.
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The only thing that hurts more than paying an income tax is not having to pay an income tax.
-Thomas Dewar

Who do you work with?

I work with progressive, motivated, passionate people who are excited about life and ready to manage their finances in a way that truly supports them. They want individualized guidance and personal attention. They want a relationship with someone who’s as invested in their financial security and long-term future as they are. They want to work with me.

Why should I hire you to do what I can do with TurboTax?

Because I am a professional. Because I am proactive. Because I am someone who is deeply invested in your financial security and your foreseeable future. Sure, you could use a self-guided computer program—but if you want exceptional knowledge of tax laws, specific strategies for your success, and personal attention to your financial goals, then you want to work with me. And I want to work with you, too!

Do you offer an initial consultation?

Of course! I don’t want to be just the “person who files your tax returns”; I want to be a true advisor, a collaborator, a friend. Our ability to connect and work well together is as important to me as it is to you, and having an initial meeting is important to ensuring we’re a great fit!

How much do you charge?

Your financial situation is unique. My services are unique. And my pricing is unique as well. Please send me a note so we can learn more about how I can best serve you, and the investment that would require. Again, my goal is to support your financial security, not detract from it—so if we are meant to work together, I am confident your investment in me will match your expectations.

Do you take meetings on evenings and weekends?

I absolutely do! I am open to all of the ways that we can work best together, and that includes being flexible to your schedule. Please contact me to set up an initial consultation, and we’ll find a day that works best for both of us!

Frequently Asked Questions

I know choosing a CPA isn’t an easy decision. Our finances are the foundation of our livelihood—supporting our families, our homes, and our dreams. So I don’t expect you to make this investment lightly. (I wouldn’t either.) Here are a few of the more common questions I receive. I hope they will help put your mind at ease, as you research the right CPA for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

I know choosing a CPA isn’t an easy decision. Our finances are the foundation of our livelihood—supporting our families, our homes, and our dreams. So I don’t expect you to make this investment lightly. (I wouldn’t either.) Here are a few of the more common questions I receive. I hope they will help put your mind at ease, as you research the right CPA for you.

Who do you work with?

I work with progressive, motivated, passionate people who are excited about life and ready to manage their finances in a way that truly supports them. They want individualized guidance and personal attention. They want a relationship with someone who’s as invested in their financial security and long-term future as they are. They want to work with me.

Why should I hire you to do what I can do with TurboTax?

Because I am a professional. Because I am proactive. Because I am someone who is deeply invested in your financial security and your foreseeable future. Sure, you could use a self-guided computer program—but if you want exceptional knowledge of tax laws, specific strategies for your success, and personal attention to your financial goals, then you want to work with me. And I want to work with you, too!

Do you offer an initial consultation?

Of course! I don’t want to be just the “person who files your tax returns”; I want to be a true advisor, a collaborator, a friend. Our ability to connect and work well together is as important to me as it is to you, and having an initial meeting is important to ensuring we’re a great fit!

How much do you charge?

Your financial situation is unique. My services are unique. And my pricing is unique as well. Please send me a note so we can learn more about how I can best serve you, and the investment that would require. Again, my goal is to support your financial security, not detract from it—so if we are meant to work together, I am confident your investment in me will match your expectations.

Do you take meetings on evenings and weekends?

I absolutely do! I am open to all of the ways that we can work best together, and that includes being flexible to your schedule. Please contact me to set up an initial consultation, and we’ll find a day that works best for both of us!

What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin.
- Mark Twain

Contact Me

310-426-2641

400 Continental Blvd. 6th Floor
El Segundo, CA 90245