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Palm Desert Accountants

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Denali Accountants
from 17 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Scott W.
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I am writing this letter to recommend Sharon Burns to anyone who is looking for the best of the best in the world of accounting. Sharon has been the most professional and studious accountant that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Sharon has worked with me for the past 6 months. She came to my company while there were many issues with our accounts and quickly reviewed, corrected and advised us on how to move forward in the most appropriate way. I was so pleased with the job she performed. She has been someone I could count on to always perform impeccably and has been a tremendous asset to my company from day one. I am so pleased with her work ethic and expertise that I am compelled to let others know just how valuable I have found her to be. While working for me, she has been responsible for preparing monthly statements and financial reports for clients and investors. Her knowledge of taxes and computations, advising clients on budgets and forecasts, administering payroll and coordinating audits is way above what I have experienced with other bookkeepers and accountants. I hope to keep her around for as long as she is willing to work with us. She has always been committed to excellence and can work well under pressure and against tight deadlines. Sharon is highly detail oriented, a trait that has served her well during his time here. She is enthusiastic and energetic and has earned the admiration and respect of everyone here. One of Sharon’s talents is working thru the changing regulations and requirements of my industry and she has always identified issues and problems before they became real issues and problems. Sharon is a favorite bookkeeper/accountant among new businesses in the community as she has a talent for determining the viability of a business idea and recommending adjustments to make the idea more feasible as an actual business. She is an expert at helping new companies formulate a business plan and obtain the necessary financing as well as helping them set up their initial bookkeeping and financial reporting systems. It is with great pleasure that I recommend Sharon Burns to anyone who wants their books in order and monitored by the best. I am confident that she will be an asset to your company. Best Regards, Scott Wright President National Botanicals, LLC

William H. Witbrodt, CPA
from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
George F.
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He did my overdue 2013 income tax very professionally at a very reasonable fee. I definitely will be using him for everything accounting wise in the future.

  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Leo R.
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Naomi has provided quality/professional services. I highly recommend her for anyone looking for bookkeeping and payroll support. She has been extremely helpful in providing the necessary reports/forms to complete my quarterly tax filing. THANKS NAOMI...

  • 4 years in business
Christina M.
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Joey assisted our construction company with audit of 2014 & 2015 General Ledger, and Job Costing in QuickBooks Pro. She provided us with instruction and correcting entries going forward so that our books are correct and reflect a more accurate picture of our job costs. We will definitely continue to consult with Joey on an as needed basis as we move forward with the growth of our business!

Allman & Allman, APAC
from 1 review
  • 12 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Brooke B.
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Everything accounting! With our previous accountant, we felt held hostage to the numbers game. With A Plus (Genna), we are being educated about the intrinsics of how the numbers work and how they can work for us. What a blessing to have someone so animated, personable, and professional to work with!

Ed T.
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Karen was a pleasure to work with. She was hard working , responsible, and had great accounting skills that we had put to good use. She had a wide variety of experiences and was a great member of our team.

  • 20 years in business

I sign my name with excellence in every project --- whether it's HR or accounting work, my client's satisfaction is guaranteed! I have over eighteen years experience in both fields.


I personalize my business to KNOW my clients, and they KNOW me.


Certified Tax Preparation and Accounting has over 30 years of accounting, tax preparation, and legal experience(s) in dealing with the Internal Revenue Service, Franchise Tax Board, and State Board of Equalization. No client is too big or too small to get the representation and services to which you are legally entitled and can afford. All services offered are tailored to the client's needs and requirements. Our client satisfaction and retention is greater than 96% and includes representation from attorney's, CPA's, enrolled agents, accountants, or bookkeepers as the situation dictates and deemed necessary for resolution. Thus, services are comprehensive and affordable. The services provided are customized to the client's needs and are as follows: accounting; profit and loss statements; payroll services, year end preparation of W-2's; 1099's, and preparation of all taxes of prior year delinquent or unfiled taxes; and multistate returns negotiation of settlements for tax liabilities, liens, levies, and wage garnishments. Audit representation is available before all taxing agencies. Tax planning and liability projections are also available upon request. Certified Tax Preparation and Accounting is a versatile company with mobile capabilities. We come to you to assure accurate, complete, and timely compilation of returns. To the client, this means convenience and thorough assimilation of information; thus, there are minimal potential costly delays in processing data and filing of returns. All services are reasonable and affordable tailored to your specific needs. It is our belief at Certified Tax Preparation and Accounting that all clients deserve the best treatment because we work for your benefit and resolution of your concerns and problems. Consequently, get the competence and service you deserve and can afford. Certified Tax Preparation and Accounting services all of the Coachella Valley, Inland Empire, Upper Desert, and parts of Southern California. Try the best and see the difference from the rest of them.


Perfect Cents Bookkeeping and Payroll is your alternative to hiring an onsite bookkeeper. I am able to save you the headache of maintaining your businesses books and the piece of mind knowing that your information is being managed professionally.


I am experienced in preparing business and personal returns. I am accurate and thorough. I care about the client!


I provide accounting and bookkeeping. I have over 25 years of experience in full-charge bookkeeping, HR and office management!


I have 23 years of direct management of accounting and operations for various S-Corporation-level professional services firms including law firms and architectural and engineering firms. I have supervised as many as 60 people at a time, managed international billing, banking and collections. I will work directly with your CPA and tax accountant on annual tax filings. I have managed shareholder agreements and buy-sell orders. I oversaw financial statement audits as well as managed the FAR (Federal Acquisition Audit) for all fee determinations with all federal departments and state DOTs. I am a certified trainer on Deltek Vision software. I am experienced in numerous different accounting and billing software programs from QuickBooks to PCLaw.

  • 12 years in business

Our professional staff boasts a combined, seasoned background of over 36 years experience in all aspects of the accounting field and provide numerous accounting, administrative support services, small business startup and financial advisement services to individuals and small and large businesses. No matter how involved it gets, we put in the extra hours and get the job done, efficiently, every time..we have what it takes. At the end of the day, I know we put in our best work, maximized our time, resources and our clients paid for the best. We not only build strong professional relationships with our clientele but personal ones as well...we are like a small family, our foundation is strong and based on trust, honesty, hard work and integrity.


Owning my own business for 20 years give me a unique perspective for any small business owner. I have a bachelors's degree in accounting and over 20 years experience with Quick Books. I can handle your accounting, payroll and organizational needs. Some of the services I can provide: Payroll, Inventory, WIP, Prevailing Wage, A/R, A/P, Journal Entries, Accruals, Clean up Item List, Sales Tax, Workman's Comp, Bank Reconciliation, Start up and wind down of business. I will work with your current tax professional to make sure you have reliable accounting information to file your returns.

  • 28 years in business

I provide accounting services for small independent business owners, from daily postings to month-end P&L. I prepare quarterly tax returns, both employer and sales tax. I am available for business consulting to help steer a business in the right direction for growth.


We provide monthly accounting and payroll services to our clients, along with providing income tax preparation. Please check our website for all services we offer.


I offer the following services: * Monthly accounting including period end close, preparation of reconciliations and financial statements, preparation of period end management reporting package, etc. * Accounting projects such as setting up accounting system, establish and/or document accounting policies and procedures consistent with Best Practices, accounting catch up work, G/L clean up, budget preparation, etc. * QuickBooks set-up, training and troubleshooting * Tax advisory, preparation and e-filing for individuals and businesses. My Credentials: * I am a registered tax professional with the IRS and the California Tax Education Council (CTEC) as mandated by the State of California. * I am an Authorized IRS e-File Provider which requires fingerprinting and passing a federal background check. * I have passed all three parts of the SEE exam and have applied for my Enrolled Agent license to practice before the IRS. * I am a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor with Pro, Premier and Enterprise Solutions.


Experience in full AP/AR, month end close, bank and credit card reconciliations, GL reconciliations, Preparing financial statements, Journal entries, Multi company's, Inter-company ADP Payroll. Worked in Real estate/Construction, Healthcare, Manufactured and Non Profits.

  • 3 years in business

Over 20 years of experience in Accounting!!

  • 1 year in business

CGC Accountants & Advisors is a full service CPA firm providing tax, accounting & auditing, and business consulting to the Coachella Valley and beyond.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost to hire an accountant?

Accountants’ rates vary based on their education, licenses, experience, and the work for which they are being hired. An accountant may charge an hourly rate when a company or individual needs their services on a short-term basis, such as when performing an audit or requesting assistance setting up a financial database or process. Hourly rates can range as widely as $40 per hour to $300 or more per hour, depending on your geographic location and the accountant. Check out the average hourly rate for accounting services in your region.

Accountants may offer a package rate for weekly, monthly or annual services to reward ongoing customers. Many accountants offer online services where small businesses can access online accounting software and payroll assistance, and the accountant — for a monthly or other recurring fee — provides financial analysis and reporting of their numbers. For basic monthly accounting services, an accountant might charge anywhere from $75 to $500 or more, depending on what was included in a given package, the size of the client’s business, and the complexity of work requested. Nationally, full-time staff accountants earn between $40,000 and $80,000, depending on experience and other factors.

Who can file my taxes?

Any individual with a preparer tax identification number (PTIN) is eligible to file your income taxes on your behalf. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean they will be the best candidate to provide the help you need with your income tax preparation. The IRS explains that CPAs, attorneys and enrolled agents are all allowed to legally represent their clients before the IRS. They have a more thorough understanding of tax code than an individual operating solely with a PTIN or an Annual Filing Season Program participant who provides their services on a volunteer basis. Consider the complexity of your tax return and what level of expertise you’ll require. Before entrusting someone with your private financial and personal information, do some research on their qualifications. The IRS has a searchable database where you can verify the background and credentials of your income tax preparation professional. Once you have selected someone, ask about their service fees and confirm their availability. Then provide them with all the documentation they require, including W-2s, 1099s and more. Always ask to review the paperwork before it is submitted, and never sign a blank tax return.

What is an accountant?

Accountants are financial professionals who have received an accounting degree from a four-year university or college. By trade, accountants prepare, maintain and examine the financial statements of an individual, business or institution. An accountant prepares reports for tax purposes and can also perform audits of public companies. Common tasks include creating budgets, analyzing profits and losses of a company, processing payroll, preparing financial statements for company leadership, and creating and maintaining financial database systems for a company.    

Accountants do not automatically have a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation unless they have passed the Uniform CPA Examination and received the proper license. Regardless of whether they are CPA certified or not, accountants can assist businesses and individuals with bookkeeping and financial reporting, while CPAs are more knowledgeable in tax codes as a result of the CPA licensing examination and continuing education requirements. CPAs are also eligible to represent clients before the IRS if audit support is required, while a non-CPA accountant is not. Academic background, years in the field and professional reputation all can affect an accountant’s rates.

Check out the average hourly rate for accounting services in your area.

How much does it cost to get taxes done?

Hiring a professional to help with income tax preparation can be priceless. Pro help can mean no mistakes and a maximized tax return. The cost to get your income taxes done depends on the professional you hire. Tax attorneys or in-demand CPAs will often have the highest rates for their services. Next in the pricing tier are enrolled agents, who will usually have higher rates than individuals solely working with a preparer tax identification number (PTIN). Nationally, the average cost of income tax preparation ranges from $150 to $190. Income tax preparation prices can also vary based on where you live and the complexity of your tax returns. Here are some examples of average income tax preparation prices from an enrolled agent:  

  • Taxpayers filing only a W-2 tax form: $50.
  • Taxpayers filing a W-2 along with additional tax forms such 1099-INT and 1098-E: $150.
  • Taxpayers with several tax forms and one or two additional considerations such as a rental property, investment transactions, K-1 income, 1099-MISC or a simple small business: $225.
  • Taxpayers with multiple activities (rentals, K-1 income, small business, etc.), several stock transactions and more: $395.

Nationally, the average hourly rate nationally for a tax prep professional ranges between $150 and $450.  

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