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29 days of security

It’s a little bit fitting on a day when all of the cell phones in the United States went off with a Presidential alert that today’s paranoia topic is on the increasing impact of phone scams.  Today’s alert wasn’t a scam, but unless you were aware of it, you might not know that it was a real live test of the Emergency Broadcast system.

On a near daily basis we get calls to our land lines and cell phones about any range of topics that are flat out not true.  For example in the United States our tax collection entity, the IRS never calls you out of the blue.  They send old fashioned snail mail letters.  Microsoft never calls you up and says your computer is sending out viruses.  Apple never calls you up and tells you your iPhone needs a patch.

I personally feel that signing up for don’t call me sites doesn’t work.  I think the best way is to look for means to blacklist callers.  For AT&T there is a call protect app that blocks known scammers.  Xfinity voice has a similar blocking means.

So what are you using to get alerted to phone scams and to block phone scams?

Just a little bit of rain

The other day at the office we had a bit of rain fall.  We had over 2 inches of rain fall in our area in about an hour.


Fortunately we were luckier than some of the offices in the area as the local news video showcases.  Some businesses just down the street had quite a bit of water flood their offices.  We only had water in our back old file storage area and nothing impacted the rest of the main office.

The post office may have the creed of “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”.

We can now say that more than 2 inches of rain doesn’t stop us from preparing your tax returns!

For all our clients have a very Happy Easter and remember your taxes are due on Tuesday, April 18th! Remember you can send your efile documents to us at

New additions

In today’s people on the move section of the Fresno Business Journal we’re announcing our new hires …..peoplemove

Our other new addition to the firm, Karen Bradley joins our firm effective February 6th.  You can read more about Karen’s background here.


This is Fresno…. this is cool

Makes you want to live here, doesn’t it?

Remember, we’re hiring.

Interested in Litigation consulting?

We are looking for a CPA interested in getting involved in the specialty of Litigation Consulting as well as Tax and Accounting work.   The role will be assisting the firm’s two main litigation partners in organizing, investigation, and examination of various accounting records and documents for purposes of divorces, business valuations, damage analysis, and other economic calculations needed.

During the months from January through April you will also assist in the preparation of income tax returns, accounting and financial statements, and other more traditional accounting functions.  The company is a small boutique accounting firm that specializes in litigation consulting.  As a result the tasks are less boring than a traditional CPA firm and bring out more investigation and detective skills than the normal CPA firm.

Contact Susan at


We don’t just look at spreadsheets, we dance and sing too!

Certified Public Accountants aren’t often seen as being exciting.  Whenever you watch an award show that showcases the CPAs that count the ballots, it’s often that CPAs are made fun of as being  …well… a bit boring.  But who knew that after the work day is over and we go home to relax, some of us have pretty remarkable talents.

Case in point is our Senior Forensic Accountant in the office, Mike Smith.  In the last few years he’s been not only working hard in the office, but in his spare time volunteering and performing in the annual “New Wrinkles” show.  This year, the Fresno Bee had a great article showcasing not only how talented he is, but how the show introduced him to a new chapter in his life.  Both he and Cynthia are a delight and we’re delighted to see both of them showcased in this article so everyone can see how extremely talented the two of them both are.


The anticipation of fall

octThe days are shorter, the clouds are in the sky, the air is crisp and  … uh… well another Indian Summer as we’re still hanging on to our 90 degree temperatures.  The weatherman keeps promising cooler temperatures and we’re all hoping that the promised rain will come soon.

For some of you we’re coming to the final due date of your tax return, better known as the October 15th deadline. We’re already working with you to complete the 2014 tax year. For others of you we’re heading into the start of the hectic holiday season and the start of tax planning time for 2015.

It’s not too early to start thinking about those taxable transactions to possibly move into or out of 2015.

While there are some general recommendations posted here, please give us a call at 559-252-8585 for ideas specific for you and your needs.


Planning for a rainy day

rainyFinally!  We have puddles in Fresno!  It’s raining today.  Hopefully this will be the first of many such rainy days in our future as we obviously need the rain!  It’s funny that a phrase we often use in financial planning is to “save for a rainy day”.  Here in the Central Valley we WANT those rainy days.  But one should always plan for financial emergencies. We’re nearing the end of the year and it’s time to stop a moment and see if there is anything you need to do to ensure you are set for the year end.

Do you need any year end tax planning?  Deductions you are missing out on that you should be taking?  Donations or Estate planning that you need to do?  Retirement options to think about?  This is the perfect time to make an appointment and come in to start planning.  From business deductions to personal deductions we can help to ensure that you have in place everything you need to ensure you are maximizing your tax savings.

Click here for a special year end tax planning newsletter for more information and give us a call to make an appointment to come in and plan.  And here’s to many more rainy days just like today.


Merry Christmas!

It’s almost hard to believe that here we are again near the end of December and the Holiday Season is upon us. That also means that the Income Tax Season isn’t far behind. During this Holiday Season, we’d like to take this opportunity to say, “Thanks for letting us serve as your accountants”. All of us in this office have certainly enjoyed working with you during the past year.

Our office is now preparing for the tax filing season which begins January of 2012. We would like to remind you that our job will be made easier, more efficient and especially less costly for you, if your income tax records are submitted to us in an organized fashion. To help you achieve that task we can send you a 2011 summary checklist. If you would prefer, we can also provide you with a pre-printed organizer that lists your 2010 tax information and provides space to place your 2011 information. To request, please send an email to with “Organizer” in the subject line.

It is not too late to do some tax planning for 2011. If you have not been in to talk with us about tax planning this year and you feel that you should, please contact us at your earliest convenience so that we can schedule an appointment as early as possible.

All of us here at Tamiyasu, Smith, Horn and Braun would like to wish you a happy and joyous holiday season.