19510 Ventura Blvd Ste 201, Tarzana, CA | Directions 9135634.172134 -118.558221
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Neighborhoods: Tarzana, South Valley
Not satisfied – I had Rick Birnbaum do my taxes as he was recommended to me by a friend. When I met him he was very personable. But when I went to pick up my return it was obvious that it was just a tax return mill. No one talked to be about my taxes. After waiting for about an hour I got to talk to an associate. In addition a year later the IRS sent me a letter stating that the sale of a home was not reported. It turns out that there was a simple worksheet that could've been billed out and included in my return that would've prevented the problem. But I guess it took too much time. He charged me $250 dollars for my original return and $200 to fill out the worksheet. I'm so glad I changed to a CPA who looks out for my best interests instead of trying to do thousands of returns with as little work as possible.
A wonderful accountant, a great human being! – I met Rick in 2003 and he was the one who opened my eyes about taxes. He found all the mistakes that my old accountant did, has been doing my taxes ever since, and I have never had one problem.
We have to be personally responsible for what information we give Rick. If we give him a bunch of crap to work with, he will work with it but in the end it is us who sign the dotted line and have to be honest, truthful and responsible.
Thank you Rick!
Great accountant – I am not buying this negative reviews. Rick has done my taxes since 1998 and only 1 year (2004) was audited. and Rick take care of it yes I had to pay the IRS some my refund back but it wasn't so bad this guys who are complaining more likely they tried to screw the IRS if you are stupid enough and don't know your EIN number or you don'd read your taxes go to H & R block. Rick is very knowledgable. Unfortunately, his staff is just the opposite. if you need help you need to email Rick directly his staff sucks.
Rick Birnbaum is a horrible accountant and has no ethics!!!! – Rick Birnbaum is a total fraud, he will do your taxes by making up numbers and in most cases not even taking the time to check the financial documents which you have provided him. He also has a nasty habit of disposing of tons of clients paper work (most of which contain private information) by simply tossing them in the trash without so much as shredding them. This man has no morals and most of the "positive" reviews which you read here are written by his own employees or fellow crooks for whom he comits tax fraud for.
Great CPA – I've been a client of Rick's since 1984 and he has done a great job of getting me all of the deductions that I'm entitled to. I have been audited 2 times - the first time the IRS gave me a zero basis (apparently I bought a townhouse for free) and fined me for taxes on the full sales price - Rick represented me - the IRS corrected THEIR error and I even got more money back. The second time the IRS didn't give me credit for income taxes that I had paid - again, Rick represented me and the error was corrected.
There's a saying - GIGO garbage in - garbage out - if these so-called disgruntled former clients gave Rick garbage then they are fully responsible for their errors not Rick.
He keeps current with continuing education and completes the returns in a timely manner.
Worst accountant ever! – I was audited twice and watched by the government for years because of Birnbaum's mishandling of my affairs. Do not ever let him have an opportunity to handle your money directly or you just might find it missing!
Rick Birnbaum has been my account for over 6 years – my dealings with rick have been nothing but a check up at a children's doctor. The man has a certain demeanor about him, no matter how bad u think u are off, he does this thing that makes u calm with in seconds. i saw a post about "auditing". I tell u this its almost offensive because rick is conservative. Thats why he is so great i don't think its in him to bend or break rules .the man will never tell u anything other than is going to be ok and not to worry . I really get upset at this yearly coment, Rick Birnbaum is a man that believe still does this job because of his obligation and relationships with his clients. since i met him i refer any one to him and believe me he never plays debt collector and he will never turn away a walk in customer. I have seen alot of accountants and this one is extraordinary any one that has an issue probably has and will always have issue this man just did 3 years and fixed a lump sum of money the irs was taking for a past llc i was the ceo of. mean i went to him confused didn't know where to start and he did what he always doesn't say to much ask you simple questions and always gives you his theory of the importance of making all the right moves to benifet from our irs infrastructure. If it wasn't for rick i would have to move this month and thats the truth cuz times are tough and no being in line and uncontrollable circumstances are a day to day thing
I don't know anyone that doesn't use Rick why would u go anywhere else. for 100 plus dollars why should he even sped the time thats the mystery about taxman.
2 thumbs up.
just Google birnbaum and 818 make yuor appointment for 1 month later its ok everyone waits happily
I don't recommend using his firm – I have used Rick's firm for 5 years for my personal and business tax returns. For the first four years I would have given them a 5 star rating. However, they completely screwed up my 2006 taxes. They put the incorrect EIN number for my company, resulting in a large fine by the IRS. Rick was able to fix this issue so I went ahead and gave him the benefit of the doubt. When I filed in 2007, I wrote notes with the correct EIN EVERYWHERE in the documents I provided them. They still screwed it up, AGAIN. In addition, they have been receiving letters from the Franchise Tax Board for my company for a year saying that I owe additional money; they never let me know, so the fines and penalties just continued to add up. I have switched to a new accountant for my 2008 taxes, and spent upwards of $5000 to get the 2007 mistakes corrected and refiled as well as paying the additional penalties that the Government and California levied against me... I feel betrayed. Do not use Rick Birnbaum....
Rick has always done right by me. – I've been a client of Rick's for 9 years and after reading these reviews it really seems like some people are being a bit harsh and most of the complaints appear to stem from the 2004 tax audit. Some things to consider:
1) 2004 was a massive tax audit year. I personally knew over a dozen people that were audited that year. Not all Rick's clients, not all in Los Angeles, but nationwide. For all of us, it was our first year being audited and that strongly suggests the impetus for the audits was increased pressure to generate more Gov't revenue and not shoddy tax prep work.
2) Rick was able to reduce the tax payment for the 2004 audit by 85%, free of charge to me. Do I wish it were 100%? Sure, but Rick has always done a wonderful job keeping my initial payments lower than expected, so I wasn't disappointed.
3) I have always been able to see Rick for appointments. Not always right away, but within a week or two. That said, you can't expect a long meeting in late March or April, and you have to be flexible in your scheduling, but I have never been turned away. I work in an industry where busy practices often defer visits for months, so I don't expect to be seen right away. I have received replies by email as well.
4) Every year Rick is able to minimize my tax burden well beyond what I would expect. Except for 2004, I have never been audited and I have never seen an outrageous claim or deduction on my returns.
5) Who cares about his staff? I don't hang out at the accountant's office. I couldn't care less if they gossip. The waiting room is and should be tiny in an accounting office, so I don't really see why this matters at all. They call me when my return is ready and either mail it to me or have it ready for pickup when they say it is.
6) 4 stars because 5 stars means perfect and perfect is impossible in a supremely busy practice. I have and will continue to refer my friends to Rick Birnbaum.
Birnbaum, CPA – I have been a client of his for 10-years or so. Rick and his staff do a great job and I trust him completely.
Overall: very pleased with the service - I recommend him to all of my family and friends. I will not go anywhere else for my tax needs.
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