Certified Public Accountant in Los Angeles, CA

About Profit is so much more than an accounting and income tax firm.

We specialize in taking all the tedious financial chores off the shoulders of busy professionals so that they can focus on areas where they excel.

We do this by offering a full range of accounting and income tax services at flat fees so that rather than focus on the billable hour, we focus on problem-solving and strategic planning. We are a results-only work environment and our entire team is motivated to exceed our clients’ expectations.

 

Wendy Barlin is a Certified Public Accountant with 25 years experience spanning diverse industries such as entertainment, professional services, hospitality, real estate and medical groups. Wendy is originally from South Africa and after a year traveling abroad, fell in love with the sparkle of the City of Angels and decided to make Los Angeles her home. Wendy is a member of the AICPA and CAlCPA societies.

 
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2019
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  • Tax Preparation
  • Payroll Processing
  • Bookkeeping

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Tax Prep Services for Software Company

"We have someone reliable who we can talk to and work through creative solutions to our problems."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Nov. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

About Profit (formerly Barlin Business Solutions) provides tax preparation services for a small software company. They also consult on situations such as structuring salaries, balance personal taxes, and solving a payroll problem.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Co-Founder, Software Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The services provided by About Profit (formerly Barlin Business Solutions) have resulted in time saved, peace of mind gained, and a wealth of helpful consulting advice. The single-person team is timely in responding to any and all complaints and open to problem-solving on a variety of issues.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the co-founder of a software development services agency.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Barlin Business Solutions?

We needed help with tax preparation.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Barlin Business Solutions has been able to provide consulting in addition to doing the actual tax filing and preparation. We actually went to them when we started the company, looking for insights on how to set up everything. For example, we were digital nomads, so we had a lot of questions about state-to-state issues and were looking for the right time to formally move the business to California. 

As a sole member LLC, we also were looking for personal tax advice and how to balance the business and personal tax implications of whatever decisions we make. We wanted to know how to pay ourselves and structure our salaries to avoiding any audit red flags.

As we’ve grown, we’ve had more complex things that happened. For example, our payroll company didn’t work out, and we had to handle a lot of notices with Wendy’s (Owner/Principal) advice as we fixed that. 

What is the team composition?

I just work with Wendy.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $10,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together around the end of 2015, and the partnership is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We have someone reliable who we can talk to and work through creative solutions to our problems. Wendy is a great person to bounce ideas off of and say yes or no when appropriate.

We’ve definitely noticed considerable time savings and increased peace of mind 

How did Barlin Business Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

We talk a couple of times a month just to address questions that come up. We only have 3–4 formal meetings per year. We communicate through email and phone. We did a couple of in-person meetings, but living in LA, if we don’t have to drive across town for something, we don’t.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Wendy is very prompt in responding to emails, even if it’s just a sentence to let us know what’s happening.

Are there any areas they could improve?

With the payroll company, I feel like that debacle could’ve been addressed a little bit better on her end.

Any advice for potential customers?

Just have clear communication. Wendy is prompt with her responses and isn’t afraid to ask to hop on the phone. She definitely makes time for her clients.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    She’s proactive in reminding us of deadlines and prompting us to make sure we’re doing what we need to do on our end.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    She’s saved us more money than she’s cost.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We’ve had a couple of clerical issues come up.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Personality-wise, Wendy is a good match for us.
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