Tranquility in Taxes

Meet Drisa

I have always loved working with numbers, talking about taxes, and balancing budgets. As I progressed in my career, I realized that researching and sharing tax strategies and solutions is my calling. Empowering individuals and businesses in pursuit of their dreams is my passion. As a dedicated tax professional with over a decade of experience, my mission is to provide guidance that makes a meaningful impact in the lives of those I serve.

After graduating from Colorado Mesa University with a B.S. in Accounting and an MBA, I contributed to national public accounting firms in Colorado-based offices before dedicating efforts and energy to the CPA firms Brigante, Cameron, Watters & Strong and PDM in California, where I now call home. Today I own and operate my tax and business advisory practice, DAC Advisory Services, PC.

Numbers are what I know, that and the importance of trust. I’m proud to put my values into practice as an active member of ProVisors, The Torrance Memorial Young Physicians and Professionals Alliance, The American Institute of CPAs, and The California Society of CPAs. Sharing my skills with the community is a priority, which is why I serve on the Board of Directors for Sandpipers, a 100% volunteer-based philanthropic organization serving the South Bay community of California since 1931.

When I’m not meeting with clients or volunteering, you can find me on my yoga mat or road bike (if you don’t see me on the tennis court or swimming laps first!) I’m also dedicated to spending time with family, and love traveling back to Colorado for visits together.

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

Services

My services are designed to provide personalized solutions to meet your individual needs. We will work closely together as a team to make sure your tax and accounting strategies allow you to thrive with the future in mind.

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Tax Return Preparation

One thing we all share in common? We all have to pay taxes. But not everyone handles the process correctly or painlessly. 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 filing the right forms, in the right way and with the right government agencies.

Tax Planning

Want a stress-free tax season without surprises? Tax planning is your opportunity to be proactive about your future – ensuring you’re compliant 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 good graces.

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Accounting

Hiring a personal advocate to keep an eye on your business financial statements is a practical way to not only support tax compliance and planning, but also position your business for financial growth year after year. I specialize in accounting oversight, which means I will review your books on a regular basis and make recommendations that will help you and your business to thrive.

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

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!

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

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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 taxes. 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.

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

There’s no substitute for personalized guidance. Software programs don’t always ask the right questions or understand how the tax law applies to your specific situation. Hiring a proactive tax expert not only saves valuable time and resources, but also sets you up for long-term success and peace of mind.

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, collaborator, and 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 and so is the pricing of my services. 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.

Here are the baseline costs for two common services:

  • Personal Income Tax Return Preparation and Filing – $500

  • Business Income Tax Return Preparation and Filing – $800

Do you take meetings on evenings and weekends?

I am open to all of the ways that we can work together, and that includes being flexible to accommodate your schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions

I understand that choosing a CPA is a powerful 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. 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 understand that choosing a CPA is a powerful 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. 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 taxes. 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.

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

There’s no substitute for personalized guidance. Software programs don’t always ask the right questions or understand how the tax law applies to your specific situation. Hiring a proactive tax expert not only saves valuable time and resources, but also sets you up for long-term success and peace of mind.

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, collaborator, and 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 and so is the pricing of my services. 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.

Here are the baseline costs for two common services:

  • Personal Income Tax Return Preparation and Filing – $500

  • Business Income Tax Return Preparation and Filing – $800

Do you take meetings on evenings and weekends?

I am open to all of the ways that we can work together, and that includes being flexible to accommodate your schedule.

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

Contact Me

424-367-1330

360 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 2000 El Segundo, CA 90245