Birnbaum Rick CPA

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First Class all the way , I am very happy with Rick and his staff . He is the best

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First Class all the way , I am very happy with Rick and his staff . He is the best

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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.

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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.

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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.\r
We have to be personally responsible for

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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.\r
We have to be personally responsible for

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Rick Birbaum has been my account for 24 years, I started with him when I was very young and in need of understanding how to handle money and my life. He has been nothing short of spectaclur, I have complete faith in him. After the big earthquake in 1994, I helped out in his office, and so I am not only his client, but have seen the inner workings of his business. This was not an easy time for him as his building had been condemned and had to move to a make shift location during the busiest time of tax season, but he was there getting things handled for his clients. He has always received me and my millions of questions and concerns with a cool calm demeanor and has helped me through tough times with advice that most accountants would not have the time or concern for. Sorry to hear that some of his clients haven't had the good fortune that I have, but I can certainly say that sticking with an accountant for 24 years,even when I moved out of state for 10, still having him to rely on for my taxes, and how to handle my money really speaks for its self.

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Rick Birbaum has been my account for 24 years, I started with him when I was very young and in need of understanding how to handle money and my life. He has been nothing short of spectaclur, I have complete faith in him. After the big earthquake in 1994, I helped out in his office, and so I am not only his client, but have seen the inner workings of his business. This was not an easy time for him as his building had been condemned and had to move to a make shift location during the busiest time of tax season, but he was there getting things handled for his clients. He has always received me and my millions of questions and concerns with a cool calm demeanor and has helped me through tough times with advice that most accountants would not have the time or concern for. Sorry to hear that some of his clients haven't had the good fortune that I have, but I can certainly say that sticking with an accountant for 24 years,even when I moved out of state for 10, still having him to rely on for my taxes, and how to handle my money really speaks for its self.

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I get an error 404 every time I try to thumbs up a review, so I decided instead, to publicly thank -everyone- who offered freedback regarding this CPA's probation and the audit issues he's caused. The IRS website has a listing of all CPA's, etc. who have been censored, etc. but having it here is much more important given the positive reviews.

Thank you all.

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I get an error 404 every time I try to thumbs up a review, so I decided instead, to publicly thank -everyone- who offered freedback regarding this CPA's probation and the audit issues he's caused. The IRS website has a listing of all CPA's, etc. who have been censored, etc. but having it here is much more important given the positive reviews.

Thank you all.

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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.

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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.

Pros: Rick Birnbaum

Cons: Employees

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We have been with Rick Birnbaum for many years. He is professional and we appreciate his abilities as our Tax Accountant. We always refer him to friends and clients. He is the bomb!

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We have been with Rick Birnbaum for many years. He is professional and we appreciate his abilities as our Tax Accountant. We always refer him to friends and clients. He is the bomb!

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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.

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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.

Pros: None

Cons: Everything about the man and firm.

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: Knows what he is doing!

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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!

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★☆☆☆☆

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!

Pros: none

Cons: you will be sure to audited

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You should all know that Rick Birnbaum is now on three years probation with the California Board of Accountancy. He will be constantly monitored and has to perform public service.

However, he still can practice.

Those A+ reviews are clearly made up since this man has been "convicted" of wrongdoing. He couldn't be trustworthy and ethical with some clients and unethical with others. If he cheats, he cheats.

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You should all know that Rick Birnbaum is now on three years probation with the California Board of Accountancy. He will be constantly monitored and has to perform public service.

However, he still can practice.

Those A+ reviews are clearly made up since this man has been "convicted" of wrongdoing. He couldn't be trustworthy and ethical with some clients and unethical with others. If he cheats, he cheats.

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i ignored the bad reviews and the bad service in his office for three years until i was not only audited for one year, but TWO years at once. it was a mess. after months of trying to get everything straightened out (and lots of $$$), i found out that action is finally being taken against mr birnbaum and that he is on probation for the following reasons:

The Accusation charges that Mr. Birnbaum is subject to discipline, in that Mr. Birnbaum committed gross negligence and dishonest acts in the preparation of federal income tax returns, in which Mr. Birnbaum reported false taxpayer information and deductions, and provided other information to the IRS on behalf of two taxpayers that he knew, or should have known, was false.
The Accusation further charges that Mr. Birnbaum is subject to discipline, in that Mr. Birnbaum knowingly prepared, published or disseminated false, fraudulent, or materially misleading financial statements, reports, or information to the IRS, including false deductions on the clients' federal income tax returns and false or misleading statements in letters submitted to the IRS on behalf of the clients.

Mr. Birnbaum does not admit the charges and allegations but understands and agrees that, at a hearing, the Board could establish a factual basis for the charges in the Accusation.

-california board of accountancy

just a heads up of what you are getting into if you use this accountant.

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★☆☆☆☆

i ignored the bad reviews and the bad service in his office for three years until i was not only audited for one year, but TWO years at once. it was a mess. after months of trying to get everything straightened out (and lots of $$$), i found out that action is finally being taken against mr birnbaum and that he is on probation for the following reasons:

The Accusation charges that Mr. Birnbaum is subject to discipline, in that Mr. Birnbaum committed gross negligence and dishonest acts in the preparation of federal income tax returns, in which Mr. Birnbaum reported false taxpayer information and deductions, and provided other information to the IRS on behalf of two taxpayers that he knew, or should have known, was false.
The Accusation further charges that Mr. Birnbaum is subject to discipline, in that Mr. Birnbaum knowingly prepared, published or disseminated false, fraudulent, or materially misleading financial statements, reports, or information to the IRS, including false deductions on the clients' federal income tax returns and false or misleading statements in letters submitted to the IRS on behalf of the clients.

Mr. Birnbaum does not admit the charges and allegations but understands and agrees that, at a hearing, the Board could establish a factual basis for the charges in the Accusation.

-california board of accountancy

just a heads up of what you are getting into if you use this accountant.

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Integrity and honor are as important if not more important than cash, prizes & the IRS. Rick has both integrity & honor. He is clearly an ethical man. He is consistent in his conservative and compassionate ways. He is also a hard worker and an intelligent man. His excellence with regard to taxes and general business growth is obvious. He has always provided me with excellent, rational guidance for the past 10 years.

I was deeply saddened to read a group of "negative (read: slanderous) reviews" - it is clear to me -
that some one out there has a personal vendetta that has zero relevance in this forum. There is no validity to this talk of Rick & Audits and criminal activity. Whoever is writing that stuff and "masterminding" that negativity - is simply projecting who they are onto Rick - and it's ugly and should be stopped.
I don't usually participate in these review systems, but in this case I felt it important that as many people as possible help set the record straight.

Rick Birnbaum is a focussed, diligent, kind hearted man. It's my privilege that he does my taxes and my company's. I am grateful for the service he provides with grace and accuracy. I recommend him highly.

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Integrity and honor are as important if not more important than cash, prizes & the IRS. Rick has both integrity & honor. He is clearly an ethical man. He is consistent in his conservative and compassionate ways. He is also a hard worker and an intelligent man. His excellence with regard to taxes and general business growth is obvious. He has always provided me with excellent, rational guidance for the past 10 years.

I was deeply saddened to read a group of "negative (read: slanderous) reviews" - it is clear to me -
that some one out there has a personal vendetta that has zero relevance in this forum. There is no validity to this talk of Rick & Audits and criminal activity. Whoever is writing that stuff and "masterminding" that negativity - is simply projecting who they are onto Rick - and it's ugly and should be stopped.
I don't usually participate in these review systems, but in this case I felt it important that as many people as possible help set the record straight.

Rick Birnbaum is a focussed, diligent, kind hearted man. It's my privilege that he does my taxes and my company's. I am grateful for the service he provides with grace and accuracy. I recommend him highly.

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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

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★★★★★

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

Pros: man is a machine works around the clock for pennies i knoow

Cons: getting an appoinmnet. but he will never leave u out to dry

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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....

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★☆☆☆☆

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....

Cons: Unreliable and not accurate

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I too have been audited for 2004 and found out from the IRS Advocacy that hundreds of Birnbaum's clients have been audited because HE was under investigation and had lied on everybody's return. In fact, a deduction for $1168 for "points" on my return (which I could not document) was found on all the others being audited! I still owe about $5000 which I totally dispute and as a result the fees and interest are adding up. The IRS took my stimulus of $574 and they will also take this latest refund for about $3000 which I certainly could use now with my job cut in half. In addition, I am having $100/month sent automatically to the IRS so they would not attach my wages!
He did not help me with the IRS audit and stopped answering my calls and emails. AND he filed both my 2004 and 2005 returns late after assuring me he'd filed for extensions. Now I have penalties for several thousand dollars just for that. I did report him to the business bureau that this site will not let me spell out and the report remains "unresolved." Today I am writing to the Ca Board of Accountancy and attaching all my letters to the IRS detailing all the errors resulting from Birnbaum's unethical practices.
I found an expert tax CPA who says he already has a client who was screwed for $35,000 (business return) by Birnbaum. They are still fighting it. Thank goodness he is becoming known for the true criminal he is.
I don't understand why he hasn't lost his license. How many complaints does it take?
I URGE YOU ALL TO TAKE ACTION TO GET THIS CRIMINAL OUT OF BUSINESS.

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★☆☆☆☆

I too have been audited for 2004 and found out from the IRS Advocacy that hundreds of Birnbaum's clients have been audited because HE was under investigation and had lied on everybody's return. In fact, a deduction for $1168 for "points" on my return (which I could not document) was found on all the others being audited! I still owe about $5000 which I totally dispute and as a result the fees and interest are adding up. The IRS took my stimulus of $574 and they will also take this latest refund for about $3000 which I certainly could use now with my job cut in half. In addition, I am having $100/month sent automatically to the IRS so they would not attach my wages!
He did not help me with the IRS audit and stopped answering my calls and emails. AND he filed both my 2004 and 2005 returns late after assuring me he'd filed for extensions. Now I have penalties for several thousand dollars just for that. I did report him to the business bureau that this site will not let me spell out and the report remains "unresolved." Today I am writing to the Ca Board of Accountancy and attaching all my letters to the IRS detailing all the errors resulting from Birnbaum's unethical practices.
I found an expert tax CPA who says he already has a client who was screwed for $35,000 (business return) by Birnbaum. They are still fighting it. Thank goodness he is becoming known for the true criminal he is.
I don't understand why he hasn't lost his license. How many complaints does it take?
I URGE YOU ALL TO TAKE ACTION TO GET THIS CRIMINAL OUT OF BUSINESS.

Cons: Got me audited, abandoned me, lied on my return, cost me $$

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Check out what the California Board of Accountancy has to say about Rick Birnbaum go to:
www.dca.ca.gov/ then under individual licensees input his full name Richard Birnbaum.
He messed around with one to many peoples taxes.

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★☆☆☆☆

Check out what the California Board of Accountancy has to say about Rick Birnbaum go to:
www.dca.ca.gov/ then under individual licensees input his full name Richard Birnbaum.
He messed around with one to many peoples taxes.

Pros: zilch

Cons: all

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I thought I had an atypical situation but after reading the other reviews understand that mine was not unique. Rick did a refile of one of my taxes (for a year I had prepared myself). After I submitted his revised version I was audited on it and the IRS determined that it was not *I* that was due the $5,000 from the Feds (as Rick had determined), but rather the other way around! The IRS determined that I owed $2,500! I called Rick about once per week to get his help (isn't a good accountant supposed stand behind you?) with limited success. When I was able to get a hold of him he told me, every time, that he was "going to meet with [his] IRS contact this week" to fix the situation and that it would "all be cleared up soon". This went on for about 8 months. Back and forth, with a long email trail of "don't worry I'll resolve it" from him. I naively trusted him and kept forwarding my IRS notices to him, about one per month. I finally contacted the IRS case worker assigned to my audit who told me that the IRS had "never been contacted by Mr. Birnbaum" and that they had "no progress on the case" other than conversations with me. In desperation, I was finally able to get Rick's assistant on the line and then teleconferenced in my IRS case worker. Rick's assistant made the entire thing out to be my fault and was rude and condescending. I was shocked. I decided to cut my losses. I paid the audited amount along with $200 in late fees. Bottom line, when I got in trouble for a return that he prepared he kicked me to the curb and left me for dead.

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I thought I had an atypical situation but after reading the other reviews understand that mine was not unique. Rick did a refile of one of my taxes (for a year I had prepared myself). After I submitted his revised version I was audited on it and the IRS determined that it was not *I* that was due the $5,000 from the Feds (as Rick had determined), but rather the other way around! The IRS determined that I owed $2,500! I called Rick about once per week to get his help (isn't a good accountant supposed stand behind you?) with limited success. When I was able to get a hold of him he told me, every time, that he was "going to meet with [his] IRS contact this week" to fix the situation and that it would "all be cleared up soon". This went on for about 8 months. Back and forth, with a long email trail of "don't worry I'll resolve it" from him. I naively trusted him and kept forwarding my IRS notices to him, about one per month. I finally contacted the IRS case worker assigned to my audit who told me that the IRS had "never been contacted by Mr. Birnbaum" and that they had "no progress on the case" other than conversations with me. In desperation, I was finally able to get Rick's assistant on the line and then teleconferenced in my IRS case worker. Rick's assistant made the entire thing out to be my fault and was rude and condescending. I was shocked. I decided to cut my losses. I paid the audited amount along with $200 in late fees. Bottom line, when I got in trouble for a return that he prepared he kicked me to the curb and left me for dead.

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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.

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★★★★☆

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.

Pros: He's a great accountant.

Cons: He's got alot of clients.

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I have been a client of his for 10-years or so. The front office staff are not always the most considerate, but Rick does a great job and I trust him completely.

Overall: very pleased with the service - I recommend him to all of my family and friends.

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★★★★★

I have been a client of his for 10-years or so. The front office staff are not always the most considerate, but Rick does a great job and I trust him completely.

Overall: very pleased with the service - I recommend him to all of my family and friends.

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My wife and I have been with Rick Birnbaum for over 25 years and not once have we had a single problem with Rick or his office. We were referred to Mr. Birnbaum under difficult circumstances. having left our previous accountant where we were being audited by the IRS. After several weeks, a few meetings, and many phone calls Rick and his office straightened out everything to our complete satisfaction. That was a long time ago and we have grown with Rick and his Tarzana office. Twenty-five years later, and we couldn't be happier! Anyone who really knows Rick knows this, too. Rick is a good man and a great CPA! Anyone writing anything else is straight out of Aesop's Fables ... sour grapes! Here's to another twenty-five years with Mr. Rick Birnbaum ... should we be so lucky! Cheers, Michael K. in Long Beach, CA

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My wife and I have been with Rick Birnbaum for over 25 years and not once have we had a single problem with Rick or his office. We were referred to Mr. Birnbaum under difficult circumstances. having left our previous accountant where we were being audited by the IRS. After several weeks, a few meetings, and many phone calls Rick and his office straightened out everything to our complete satisfaction. That was a long time ago and we have grown with Rick and his Tarzana office. Twenty-five years later, and we couldn't be happier! Anyone who really knows Rick knows this, too. Rick is a good man and a great CPA! Anyone writing anything else is straight out of Aesop's Fables ... sour grapes! Here's to another twenty-five years with Mr. Rick Birnbaum ... should we be so lucky! Cheers, Michael K. in Long Beach, CA

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My wife and I have been with Rick Birnbaum for over 25 years and not once have we had a single problem with Rick or his office. We were referred to Mr. Birnbaum under difficult circumstances. having left our previous accountant where we were being audited by the IRS. After several weeks, a few meetings, and many phone calls Rick and his office straightened out everything to our complete satisfaction. That was a long time ago and we have grown with Rick and his Tarzana office. Twenty-five years later, and we couldn't be happier! Anyone who really knows Rick knows this, too. Rick is a good man and a great CPA! Anyone writing anything else is straight out of Aesop's Fables ... sour grapes! Here's to another twenty-five years with Mr. Rick Birnbaum ... should we be so lucky! Cheers, Michael K. in Long Beach, CA

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My wife and I have been with Rick Birnbaum for over 25 years and not once have we had a single problem with Rick or his office. We were referred to Mr. Birnbaum under difficult circumstances. having left our previous accountant where we were being audited by the IRS. After several weeks, a few meetings, and many phone calls Rick and his office straightened out everything to our complete satisfaction. That was a long time ago and we have grown with Rick and his Tarzana office. Twenty-five years later, and we couldn't be happier! Anyone who really knows Rick knows this, too. Rick is a good man and a great CPA! Anyone writing anything else is straight out of Aesop's Fables ... sour grapes! Here's to another twenty-five years with Mr. Rick Birnbaum ... should we be so lucky! Cheers, Michael K. in Long Beach, CA

Pros: Kind, caring, courteous service.

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Rick Birnbaum is the worst accountant ever, How he hasn't already lost his license is unbelieveable. A friend referred me to him as I was looking for a new accountant. After using him for 1 year only for both my personal and business taxes for 2005, I am up to my ears in IRS notices. I try calling his office for assistance and what do I get excuse after excuse after excuse. Where is he when you need him? Hiding that's where he is. I will never ever refer this man to anyone. Not even my worst enemy.

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Rick Birnbaum is the worst accountant ever, How he hasn't already lost his license is unbelieveable. A friend referred me to him as I was looking for a new accountant. After using him for 1 year only for both my personal and business taxes for 2005, I am up to my ears in IRS notices. I try calling his office for assistance and what do I get excuse after excuse after excuse. Where is he when you need him? Hiding that's where he is. I will never ever refer this man to anyone. Not even my worst enemy.

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I myself adn my business have been using Rick for more then
10 years. He has done an excellent job for us and for the more then
ten people we have referred to him. I would recomend using
his services ten times over. There is no CPA out there who can
do a better job!!

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I myself adn my business have been using Rick for more then
10 years. He has done an excellent job for us and for the more then
ten people we have referred to him. I would recomend using
his services ten times over. There is no CPA out there who can
do a better job!!

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Rick's done my taxes for 6 years. I have been very satisfied with the service he's provided and I recommend him without reservation.

In addition to returning all phone calls and emails, Rick also assisted my wife and me in setting up a legal structure to support my wife's new day care business.

FWIW, I was audited once due to an IRS error (2005)--in the end, I owed nothing, and Rick's office handled the issue professionally, thoroughly, etc.

He's clearly busy, but has always gotten back to me... I can see where someone who needs a lot of handholding might get antsy.

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Rick's done my taxes for 6 years. I have been very satisfied with the service he's provided and I recommend him without reservation.

In addition to returning all phone calls and emails, Rick also assisted my wife and me in setting up a legal structure to support my wife's new day care business.

FWIW, I was audited once due to an IRS error (2005)--in the end, I owed nothing, and Rick's office handled the issue professionally, thoroughly, etc.

He's clearly busy, but has always gotten back to me... I can see where someone who needs a lot of handholding might get antsy.

Pros: A real expert & trusted advisor

Cons: Busy office

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Rick Birnbaum has been my accountant for 20 years. Not only has he done excellent work, he has given me good investment advice. I was audited once and Rick met with the IRS on my behalf. We won. He has always returned calls. His fees are more than reasonable. I have referred many friends and associates to him and there have been no complaints. I have also worked in the office of Birnbaum and Glucksman during tax season and know the ins-and-outs. Rick is no criminal. With regard to the previous postings - based on their dates and the mention of David Glucksman, I have to point out that the partnership of Birnbaum and Glucksman was dissolved during the past six months. It was not a happy parting-of-ways. It is very upsetting to see that public opinion has been drawn into a private business dispute.

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Rick Birnbaum has been my accountant for 20 years. Not only has he done excellent work, he has given me good investment advice. I was audited once and Rick met with the IRS on my behalf. We won. He has always returned calls. His fees are more than reasonable. I have referred many friends and associates to him and there have been no complaints. I have also worked in the office of Birnbaum and Glucksman during tax season and know the ins-and-outs. Rick is no criminal. With regard to the previous postings - based on their dates and the mention of David Glucksman, I have to point out that the partnership of Birnbaum and Glucksman was dissolved during the past six months. It was not a happy parting-of-ways. It is very upsetting to see that public opinion has been drawn into a private business dispute.

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Rick Birbaum has been my accountant for the last 20 years, and I hope he never retires. About 15 years ago, I was audited once. I did the preparation work and Rick met with the IRS. We won. The audit was caused by a deduction that I claimed so it was my fault. The process was not at all painful. I would ask the complainants in these posts to examine their own roles in their tax issues. As a business administrator, I am very demanding and critical but I know that my taxes have been accurately and properly prepared for the past 20 years, as have those of some highly qualified individuals, including investment bankers and mathematicians, I have introduced to Rick. None of them have been audited and there have been no complaints.

I have also worked in the now defunct Birnbaum and Glucksman. Birnbaum carries the weight of the entire practice on his shoulders and this is most apparent from January 2 to April 15. He works 15 to 16 hours a day. Truth is, his office is an unceasing whirl of motion to complete all the tax returns, and calls, depending on the timing of and the reason for them, often do not get returned until after April 15. The clients are well taken care of because Rick automatically files extensions for the regular clients who cannot get in to see him by April 15. I filed extensions for the past two years, and find it so much more relaxing to work with Rick later in the year. I liked his ex-partner, David Glucksman but there is no doubt that Glucksman's demeanor - rude, abrasive, confrontational, loud and demanding - was no asset to the firm.

I have come to know Rick as a decent, quiet, caring and unassuming gentleman. It is true that he sometimes does not convey all the minutia when explaining an issue but his advice is always correct. There will always be unhappy clients but some of these posts border on slander. I wonder if there are motives other than professional reasons for such vitriol.

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Rick Birbaum has been my accountant for the last 20 years, and I hope he never retires. About 15 years ago, I was audited once. I did the preparation work and Rick met with the IRS. We won. The audit was caused by a deduction that I claimed so it was my fault. The process was not at all painful. I would ask the complainants in these posts to examine their own roles in their tax issues. As a business administrator, I am very demanding and critical but I know that my taxes have been accurately and properly prepared for the past 20 years, as have those of some highly qualified individuals, including investment bankers and mathematicians, I have introduced to Rick. None of them have been audited and there have been no complaints.

I have also worked in the now defunct Birnbaum and Glucksman. Birnbaum carries the weight of the entire practice on his shoulders and this is most apparent from January 2 to April 15. He works 15 to 16 hours a day. Truth is, his office is an unceasing whirl of motion to complete all the tax returns, and calls, depending on the timing of and the reason for them, often do not get returned until after April 15. The clients are well taken care of because Rick automatically files extensions for the regular clients who cannot get in to see him by April 15. I filed extensions for the past two years, and find it so much more relaxing to work with Rick later in the year. I liked his ex-partner, David Glucksman but there is no doubt that Glucksman's demeanor - rude, abrasive, confrontational, loud and demanding - was no asset to the firm.

I have come to know Rick as a decent, quiet, caring and unassuming gentleman. It is true that he sometimes does not convey all the minutia when explaining an issue but his advice is always correct. There will always be unhappy clients but some of these posts border on slander. I wonder if there are motives other than professional reasons for such vitriol.

Pros: Expertise on tax laws and money management tools

Cons: Hard to get appointments by April 1.

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Rick Birnbaum has been my accountant for 20 years. Not only has he done excellent work, he has given me good investment advice. I was audited once and Rick met with the IRS on my behalf. We won. He has always returned calls. His fees are more than reasonable. I have referred many friends and associates to him and there have been no complaints. I have also worked in the office of Birnbaum and Glucksman during tax season and know the ins-and-outs. Rick is no criminal. With regard to the previous postings - based on their dates and the mention of David Glucksman, I have to point out that the partnership of Birnbaum and Glucksman was dissolved during the past six months. It was not a happy parting-of-ways. It is very upsetting to see that public opinion has been drawn into a private business dispute.

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Rick Birnbaum has been my accountant for 20 years. Not only has he done excellent work, he has given me good investment advice. I was audited once and Rick met with the IRS on my behalf. We won. He has always returned calls. His fees are more than reasonable. I have referred many friends and associates to him and there have been no complaints. I have also worked in the office of Birnbaum and Glucksman during tax season and know the ins-and-outs. Rick is no criminal. With regard to the previous postings - based on their dates and the mention of David Glucksman, I have to point out that the partnership of Birnbaum and Glucksman was dissolved during the past six months. It was not a happy parting-of-ways. It is very upsetting to see that public opinion has been drawn into a private business dispute.

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For more than 17 years Mr. Birnbaum has been doing my entire families taxes. He is a hard working and a very intelligent man. I have referred several associates his way with complete satisfaction. I would find it very difficult to find another person to trust as much as we trust Rick Birnbaum.

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For more than 17 years Mr. Birnbaum has been doing my entire families taxes. He is a hard working and a very intelligent man. I have referred several associates his way with complete satisfaction. I would find it very difficult to find another person to trust as much as we trust Rick Birnbaum.

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With all fairness. Rick has done my taxes for 7 years and only 1 year (2004) was audited. I said the same angry issues everyone is complaining about during & after the audit, but after dealing/speaking with a bunch of "so-called accountant" out there - Rick is actually very knowledgable. Unfortunately, his staff is just the opposite. Rick really needs to "clean house" in his office. They are the one ruining his reputation and everyone else's files. Has anyone ever considered that? When I was audited in 2004...Rick was all over it, but the ball dropped the moment he handed it to his hidious staff (which gets paid for working there), and they just sat on it, till it was too late. FYI: IRS lies!!! So if you really want to play the "blame-game", then redirect all your anger to the right direction - IRS employees. .. think how we get treated at the DMV. Do really think the IRS is any different? .

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With all fairness. Rick has done my taxes for 7 years and only 1 year (2004) was audited. I said the same angry issues everyone is complaining about during & after the audit, but after dealing/speaking with a bunch of "so-called accountant" out there - Rick is actually very knowledgable. Unfortunately, his staff is just the opposite. Rick really needs to "clean house" in his office. They are the one ruining his reputation and everyone else's files. Has anyone ever considered that? When I was audited in 2004...Rick was all over it, but the ball dropped the moment he handed it to his hidious staff (which gets paid for working there), and they just sat on it, till it was too late. FYI: IRS lies!!! So if you really want to play the "blame-game", then redirect all your anger to the right direction - IRS employees. .. think how we get treated at the DMV. Do really think the IRS is any different? .

Pros: Rick Birnbaum

Cons: His Employees

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I am a medical professional referred by another associate to Birnbaum's office for tax prep. After three years of unbelievable tax returns the audits started and Birnbaums criminal preparations became mine. He became unreachable, no return calls. When confronted at his office just smooth talk and lies over and over. After comparing my numbers with his final tax numbers I could see he was fabricating items way beyond mine. The final point is after penalties and interest I lost thousands of dollars assuming because he was a CPA that his work was credible and he would defend his work. Wrong. Hoping someone will have the resources to take this man to criminal court. Avoid Avoid

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I am a medical professional referred by another associate to Birnbaum's office for tax prep. After three years of unbelievable tax returns the audits started and Birnbaums criminal preparations became mine. He became unreachable, no return calls. When confronted at his office just smooth talk and lies over and over. After comparing my numbers with his final tax numbers I could see he was fabricating items way beyond mine. The final point is after penalties and interest I lost thousands of dollars assuming because he was a CPA that his work was credible and he would defend his work. Wrong. Hoping someone will have the resources to take this man to criminal court. Avoid Avoid

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I am a medical professional referred by another associate to Birnbaum's office for tax prep. After three years of unbelievable tax returns the audits started and Birnbaums criminal preparations became mine. He became unreachable, no return calls. When confronted at his office just smooth talk and lies over and over. After comparing my numbers with his final tax numbers I could see he was fabricating items way beyond mine. The final point is after penalties and interest I lost thousands of dollars assuming because he was a CPA that his work was credible and he would defend his work. Wrong. Hoping someone will have the resources to take this man to criminal court. Avoid Avoid

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I am a medical professional referred by another associate to Birnbaum's office for tax prep. After three years of unbelievable tax returns the audits started and Birnbaums criminal preparations became mine. He became unreachable, no return calls. When confronted at his office just smooth talk and lies over and over. After comparing my numbers with his final tax numbers I could see he was fabricating items way beyond mine. The final point is after penalties and interest I lost thousands of dollars assuming because he was a CPA that his work was credible and he would defend his work. Wrong. Hoping someone will have the resources to take this man to criminal court. Avoid Avoid

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I am also disheartened to read the following reviews regarding Rick Birnbaum, CPA. I was looking up Rick's office number on google, when the following reviews came up. I generally do not believe in corresponding on the internet in this type of manner. Rick Birnbaum has been doing my taxes for 8 years, and he is a wonderful, professional, timely, and conscientious CPA. Rick only inputs the write-offs, receipts, or instructions I provide to him. It is the tax payer/filer's responsibility to make sure their tax return is correct, before filing it with the IRS or FTB. The tax return states you are signing under the Penalty of Perjury. Therefore, if you are dumb enough to perjure yourself, then you need to take full responsibility of the consequences, and not blame others; i.e. your CPA. Rick's Office Manager is terrifc! On a side note, as a hiring manager, it is hard to find good help these days. Shame on those that have nothing better to do than write trash on the internet.

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I am also disheartened to read the following reviews regarding Rick Birnbaum, CPA. I was looking up Rick's office number on google, when the following reviews came up. I generally do not believe in corresponding on the internet in this type of manner. Rick Birnbaum has been doing my taxes for 8 years, and he is a wonderful, professional, timely, and conscientious CPA. Rick only inputs the write-offs, receipts, or instructions I provide to him. It is the tax payer/filer's responsibility to make sure their tax return is correct, before filing it with the IRS or FTB. The tax return states you are signing under the Penalty of Perjury. Therefore, if you are dumb enough to perjure yourself, then you need to take full responsibility of the consequences, and not blame others; i.e. your CPA. Rick's Office Manager is terrifc! On a side note, as a hiring manager, it is hard to find good help these days. Shame on those that have nothing better to do than write trash on the internet.

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It's a bit disheartening to read the reviews on Rick when all my experiences, as well as the numerous folks I know that employ his services have been very good. He is extremely knowledgeable, professional, and has always provided me with excellent advice. That being said, I can and will be unbiased. Here are the facts:

Negatives:
The authors of these reviews are really upset. I would be too if it cost me money.
His office staff are not the best as noted a number of times and he should work on fixing this.
He does 1000's of taxes per year in a very small window of time. Clearly, clients want and need more time (me included).
He is human and will definitely make mistakes (we all do), and his staff will too.

Positives:
Any outsider reading these reviews has zero knowledge of the intimate details in each of these cases. Maybe it was in fact Rick's mistake. But more often than not people aren't completely forthright with the information they provide their CPA. Not everyone keeps good records (Quickbooks, MS Money, etc) or comes properly prepared for their appointment. A tax return starts with the information we provide our accountant. If we forget, omit, or perhaps conceal something, that is clearly our responsibility. Trying to pass it off as the CPA's is simply unscrupulous.
I know of two personal cases of folks who were in fact audited on a return that Rick prepared. Both consisted of very complex portfolios. The first, paid zero to the IRS. But they also keep very good records. The second did in fact have to pay, but their record-keeping was questionable at best.
Again, the responsibility lies with us. We are the ones that sign the document that is actually sent.

All that being said, choosing an accountant is very personal and one has to be selective. You have to go where you feel comfortable. I can't say anything but great things about Rick. I recommend him to everyone I know.

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It's a bit disheartening to read the reviews on Rick when all my experiences, as well as the numerous folks I know that employ his services have been very good. He is extremely knowledgeable, professional, and has always provided me with excellent advice. That being said, I can and will be unbiased. Here are the facts:

Negatives:
The authors of these reviews are really upset. I would be too if it cost me money.
His office staff are not the best as noted a number of times and he should work on fixing this.
He does 1000's of taxes per year in a very small window of time. Clearly, clients want and need more time (me included).
He is human and will definitely make mistakes (we all do), and his staff will too.

Positives:
Any outsider reading these reviews has zero knowledge of the intimate details in each of these cases. Maybe it was in fact Rick's mistake. But more often than not people aren't completely forthright with the information they provide their CPA. Not everyone keeps good records (Quickbooks, MS Money, etc) or comes properly prepared for their appointment. A tax return starts with the information we provide our accountant. If we forget, omit, or perhaps conceal something, that is clearly our responsibility. Trying to pass it off as the CPA's is simply unscrupulous.
I know of two personal cases of folks who were in fact audited on a return that Rick prepared. Both consisted of very complex portfolios. The first, paid zero to the IRS. But they also keep very good records. The second did in fact have to pay, but their record-keeping was questionable at best.
Again, the responsibility lies with us. We are the ones that sign the document that is actually sent.

All that being said, choosing an accountant is very personal and one has to be selective. You have to go where you feel comfortable. I can't say anything but great things about Rick. I recommend him to everyone I know.

Pros: The knowledge and experience.

Cons: General office staff; not including the office manager Rosemary

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Rick Birnbaum is a FANTASTIC CPA!! I highly highly highly recommend him to anyone looking for a INCREDIBLE accountant. Not only has he saved me from the IRS but my friends whom are his clients also have only relayed extremely positive comments. Mr. Birnbaum works extremely diligently for each of his clients because unlike his former weak partner Glucksman, Rick actually cares about his clients. I feel really bad for his former stupid employees that tell lie after lie on this website to try to tarnish his perfect reputation among his clients. Mr. Birnbaum is an extremely intelligent CPA and the hardest working accountant I have ever come across in my professional career. I would completely trust Rick Birnbaum with my life. I am telling the honest truth in saying that: unlike his former negative and despicable partner David Glucksman, RICK BIRNBAUM AND HIS FIRM ARE THE ABSOLUTE BEST IN CALIFORNIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
***** FIVE STAR ACCOUNTANT IN ALL FACETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I feel bad for Glucksman cause without the top notch Rick Birnbaum he has no chance in surviving on his own.

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Rick Birnbaum is a FANTASTIC CPA!! I highly highly highly recommend him to anyone looking for a INCREDIBLE accountant. Not only has he saved me from the IRS but my friends whom are his clients also have only relayed extremely positive comments. Mr. Birnbaum works extremely diligently for each of his clients because unlike his former weak partner Glucksman, Rick actually cares about his clients. I feel really bad for his former stupid employees that tell lie after lie on this website to try to tarnish his perfect reputation among his clients. Mr. Birnbaum is an extremely intelligent CPA and the hardest working accountant I have ever come across in my professional career. I would completely trust Rick Birnbaum with my life. I am telling the honest truth in saying that: unlike his former negative and despicable partner David Glucksman, RICK BIRNBAUM AND HIS FIRM ARE THE ABSOLUTE BEST IN CALIFORNIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
***** FIVE STAR ACCOUNTANT IN ALL FACETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I feel bad for Glucksman cause without the top notch Rick Birnbaum he has no chance in surviving on his own.

Pros: CARES ABOUT HIS CLIENTS AND IS AN EXTREMELY HARD WORKER!!!!!!!

Cons: works too hard

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Rick is quick, polite, and manages to get me a good deal back on my taxes. The first year I went to rick, I was 3 years behind on my taxes - he straightened everything out & even managed to get some money back on my pre-paid estimate. No complaints here.

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Rick is quick, polite, and manages to get me a good deal back on my taxes. The first year I went to rick, I was 3 years behind on my taxes - he straightened everything out & even managed to get some money back on my pre-paid estimate. No complaints here.

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Rick is quick, polite, and manages to get me a good deal back on my taxes. The first year I went to rick, I was 3 years behind on my taxes - he straightened everything out & even managed to get some money back on my pre-paid estimate. No complaints here.

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Rick is quick, polite, and manages to get me a good deal back on my taxes. The first year I went to rick, I was 3 years behind on my taxes - he straightened everything out & even managed to get some money back on my pre-paid estimate. No complaints here.

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I just wanted to put on here that David Glucksman is now on his own and is no longer associated with Rick Birnbaum. Mr. Glucksman comes HIGHLY regarded by me, and I know several other accredited companies that also use him for services. He is a FIVE STAR accountant! His new address is 26500 W. AGOURA RD # 207 CALABASAS, CA 91302, and his phone number is 818-880-5522. Anyone looking to switch to David will be serviced in the most professional accounting manner.
Sandee Andrews
Andrews Powder Coating, Inc.

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I just wanted to put on here that David Glucksman is now on his own and is no longer associated with Rick Birnbaum. Mr. Glucksman comes HIGHLY regarded by me, and I know several other accredited companies that also use him for services. He is a FIVE STAR accountant! His new address is 26500 W. AGOURA RD # 207 CALABASAS, CA 91302, and his phone number is 818-880-5522. Anyone looking to switch to David will be serviced in the most professional accounting manner.
Sandee Andrews
Andrews Powder Coating, Inc.

Pros: Nice, friendly, RETURNS PHONE CALLS!! and, not with Rick Birnbaum any longer

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I have been going to Rick for the past year and have to say that I am very happy with the way my taxes have been going this past year. I had a horrible experience with my last accountant at H & R Block, and was looking to go to more of a CPA, who could really help me out.
Since I am in real estate, my tax return can get pretty tricky which is why I've probably been going through so many different accountants.
Rick took all my information after sitting down with him once, and was able to handle everything. It wasn't exactly a quick process, but what accountant is. I was very happy with my refund as it was a lot better then anything else I had ever received.
Some of his employees up front, seemed a little brain dead, but I'm sure this new year will bring new faces like it does in a lot of offices.
He seems to really know what he is doing, and I will definetly be going back to him for many years to come.

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I have been going to Rick for the past year and have to say that I am very happy with the way my taxes have been going this past year. I had a horrible experience with my last accountant at H & R Block, and was looking to go to more of a CPA, who could really help me out.
Since I am in real estate, my tax return can get pretty tricky which is why I've probably been going through so many different accountants.
Rick took all my information after sitting down with him once, and was able to handle everything. It wasn't exactly a quick process, but what accountant is. I was very happy with my refund as it was a lot better then anything else I had ever received.
Some of his employees up front, seemed a little brain dead, but I'm sure this new year will bring new faces like it does in a lot of offices.
He seems to really know what he is doing, and I will definetly be going back to him for many years to come.

Pros: Very Bright Accountant.

Cons: Some employees seem lazy.

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RIck has got to be one of the worst liers I have ever met. He should be ashamed of himself for all the heartache he has put so many of his clients through. Rick has beening lying to me for a long time now. Like many others, I was audited for taxes Rick did for me. He assured me he would take care of everything. Its been 2 years now of lies and unreturned phone calls. I'm still dealing with the IRS on my own with no help from Rick. Recently I found out the truth about rick and he is the one that is in some big trouble. So for all of you save yourself the stress, headaches and money. DON'T USE RICK BIRNBAUM.

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RIck has got to be one of the worst liers I have ever met. He should be ashamed of himself for all the heartache he has put so many of his clients through. Rick has beening lying to me for a long time now. Like many others, I was audited for taxes Rick did for me. He assured me he would take care of everything. Its been 2 years now of lies and unreturned phone calls. I'm still dealing with the IRS on my own with no help from Rick. Recently I found out the truth about rick and he is the one that is in some big trouble. So for all of you save yourself the stress, headaches and money. DON'T USE RICK BIRNBAUM.

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It's not too often you find a CPA who really cares. Rick is the exception to the rule. He has helped me through some extremely challenging issues and has been truly wonderful. If you are looking for a CPA, this is your man.

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It's not too often you find a CPA who really cares. Rick is the exception to the rule. He has helped me through some extremely challenging issues and has been truly wonderful. If you are looking for a CPA, this is your man.

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As I'm writing this review, I am on hold (yet again) for the 50th time - being told again - that our taxes are still not completed. Mind you, we met w/ Rick in May 2007 (after we filed an extension with the IRS) -- and he told us everything would be done in a month. It is now OCTOBER (extension deadline is NEXT Monday 10/15) and they still don't have our taxes done. And now they can't locate our file? I am so irate. ZERO ZERO stars. STAY AWAY!

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As I'm writing this review, I am on hold (yet again) for the 50th time - being told again - that our taxes are still not completed. Mind you, we met w/ Rick in May 2007 (after we filed an extension with the IRS) -- and he told us everything would be done in a month. It is now OCTOBER (extension deadline is NEXT Monday 10/15) and they still don't have our taxes done. And now they can't locate our file? I am so irate. ZERO ZERO stars. STAY AWAY!

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DO NOT USE RICK BRINBAUM...he is awful!! i am being audited for a tax return that he filed. after receiving paperwork from the IRS, i contacted rick and he assured me that millions of people were being audited for that year and that he would handle everything...and that he would get the amount i owe down or near to nothing. after being LIED to for many months by rick and his staff, i decided to contact the IRS myself. I found out that he had NEVER been in communication with them. i tried many times to get in touch with rick and, at this point, he is unreachable. the guy is a very shady man, at best and i will not be surprised if he ends up behind bars...DO NOT EVER HAVE RICK BRINBAUM GET INVOLVED IN YOUR TAXES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DO NOT USE RICK BRINBAUM...he is awful!! i am being audited for a tax return that he filed. after receiving paperwork from the IRS, i contacted rick and he assured me that millions of people were being audited for that year and that he would handle everything...and that he would get the amount i owe down or near to nothing. after being LIED to for many months by rick and his staff, i decided to contact the IRS myself. I found out that he had NEVER been in communication with them. i tried many times to get in touch with rick and, at this point, he is unreachable. the guy is a very shady man, at best and i will not be surprised if he ends up behind bars...DO NOT EVER HAVE RICK BRINBAUM GET INVOLVED IN YOUR TAXES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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After using Rick Birnbaum for several years, my girlfriend and I both just finished resolving a NIGHTMARE of audit and amended return issues, costing us thousands of dollars and during which we had to switch to another accountant because his office completely abandonded us in the middle of the process. Worse, five (yes, FIVE) other people I recommend to him are now facing the same problems and we've all been advised by other accountants that our old returns are ridiculous.

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After using Rick Birnbaum for several years, my girlfriend and I both just finished resolving a NIGHTMARE of audit and amended return issues, costing us thousands of dollars and during which we had to switch to another accountant because his office completely abandonded us in the middle of the process. Worse, five (yes, FIVE) other people I recommend to him are now facing the same problems and we've all been advised by other accountants that our old returns are ridiculous.

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After using Rick Birnbaum for several years, my girlfriend and I both just finished resolving a NIGHTMARE of audit and amended return issues, costing us thousands of dollars and during which we had to switch to another accountant because his office completely abandonded us in the middle of the process. Worse, five (yes, FIVE) other people I recommend to him are now facing the same problems and we've all been advised by other accountants that our old returns are ridiculous.

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After using Rick Birnbaum for several years, my girlfriend and I both just finished resolving a NIGHTMARE of audit and amended return issues, costing us thousands of dollars and during which we had to switch to another accountant because his office completely abandonded us in the middle of the process. Worse, five (yes, FIVE) other people I recommend to him are now facing the same problems and we've all been advised by other accountants that our old returns are ridiculous.

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