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Wendy R. – Los Angeles, CA
Generally, I’m a bit cynical about tax professionals. Someone slapping me with a 700 dollar bill for a return that should take 20 minutes is in my opinion a travesty. The knowledge you get from most “tax professionals” is thin, and while my taxes aren’t complicated, I still want solid advice. I may have some upcoming problems in 2013, and I needed to speak with someone now to (belatedly) file my 2012 return and move me towards a good plan for 2013. His rates were MORE than fair as well, I feel like I got MUCH more than I bargained for.
Isai is a warm, congenial, wise professional. Totally quick on his feet, great knowledge of tax law, puts you at ease and takes the anxiety out of the process. Which I really needed. I’m a little uptight about an agency that can quickly ruin your life if things don’t go well.
He was gracious about providing a lot of wisdom and planning, quickly processed my late return, and was a true professional. Nice guy too, breaks down the stereotypes about the jaded, shark-like attorney that we tend to carry in LA. I absolutely recommend him, especially if you’re buried deep and nervous about filing – he had me sorted out in a matter of a half-hour.
Give him a call or email, he’s a good egg. Public parking around the corner, easy in-and-out, and definitely a long-term partnership that I was happy to form.
Ron S. – Los Angeles, CA
The reviews have been pretty consistent with Isai Cortez. His professionalism and vast knowledge in tax issues is above par. I called him with a tax matter that would have the IRS garnish a huge percentage from my pay check. He put a stop to that right away, in fact the same day I called. Filing taxes is always my nemesis so I have been jumping around for years between H&R block, Liberty, and others and felt short on the services I payed for.
Thanks to yelp and the other reviewers,I found Mr. Cortez. Now he is the only tax preparer/attorney I and my family will go to. If you get into a jam with your taxes…ehmm the IRS, like in my case, or filing a simple to complex tax return, save yourselves the headache and call Isai. He’ll save the day!
Lana B. – Los Angeles, CA
When I called Isai Bismark Cortez regarding a tax matter, he was very helpful and friendly on the phone. I subsequently went to see him at his office, and Isai was very professional, knowledgeable, and generous with both his time and his advice. I’ve worked with him for my tax matters for over a year. I would have no hesitation working with him again and sending him any tax problems I have.
Ultimately, he is the most capable, responsive, sensitive, and reasonably priced tax attorney.
allen b. – Los Angeles, CA
I usually reserve my time for more important things than leaving yelp reviews, unless I’m extremely unhappy or extremely impressed; in this case, its definitely the later. After years of filing my taxes using an online service, I approached H and R block. The elderly lady that attempted to help me was more than willing to try, but I found myself answering her questions more often than she was answering mine. When I was telling her about tax refunds I’ve heard of that she didn’t have a clue of, I knew this wasn’t the place for me.
I was referred to Bismark Tax from a friend who uses them and for the last two years, they have made my tax paying experience exponentially better than its been before. I travel often, and work in three different states. I had one conversation with someone from their office and within minutes, I had a complete understanding of how my taxes work, and I was told of a number of opportunities to save myself a lot of money.
If it wasn’t enough for them to find refunds for me and their actual knowledge of the tax code, I was also surprised by their affordable prices. Before I found them, the bar was set extremely low. I was walking into and out of so called tax offices which were little more than fast food tax shacks. My specialist went above and beyond my expectations for what a tax service should do, and at a price I couldn’t believe.
Thank you so much! After having trouble with the IRS I started seeking out help. I had owed on back taxes, and was having a lot of trouble. Bismark Tax counseled me through it and helped resolve the pending issues. Isai was very patient and explained anything I didn’t thoroughly understand. The least I could do is write a review. Taxes can be frustrating and if you need help this is you guy.
I owed the IRS over $20,000. Me and my family were in a lot of trouble and Bismark Tax helped us settle with the IRS for less than $200.00. I am tremendously grateful. He assured us with confidence and helped us feel secure. Bismark Tax were very kind and understanding to our tough situation. The amount of communication with the process is open and outstanding. We were always in the loop and were never wondering what was going on, if I ever had a question I needed answered (just to settle my own worries) I was encouraged to reach out to them. They helped relieve us of a lot of fear and worry about our future and one of the most important aspect of the whole process is that i never once felt like a NUMBER. Feel free to ask me any question about my experience, I would be elated to share it with you all.
I just met Isai Cortez 2 days ago & he’s already had my bank levy reversed. I’m very impressed with his professionalism and quick turnaround time & am looking forward to working with him in the future to resolve my back tax issues. Thanks for your help! Steve B.
I was experiencing serious panic attacks every time I received mail from the IRS and State. Not kidding, ask my wife. I was 4 years behind and owed A LOT, because ’09 was the best year I had. I wasn’t running, just misinformed, confused, and…well, scared. Bismark Tax was referred to me and from the minute I made the call, they have helped me relax. They do all of the communicating with the IRS and State and get IMMEDIATE results! How do they do that??? They have NEGOTIATED and REDUCED the amount owed, worked out and set up a reasonable payment plan, and helped me better understand how taxes work over all. I am new to any of this, so do not have tons of experience with tax firms, but when I share stories with friends, sounds like I scored. Thank you Isai and team for always being accessible and helping me get out from under the dark cloud :)!
For the last 8 years, I haven’t paid my taxes.. This was partially due to me being an idiot and not wanting to deal with the hassle of it, but also because when i was 21 I started a business that never went anywhere. I never closed this business officially so as far as the IRS was concerned, it was still a valid business and due to that, they had been assessing me taxes every year. Before I went to Isai, I owed upwards of 26k just for 2006-2008, and they had assigned an IRS officer track me down. Isai was able to stop the process of this officer being assigned to my case, and, all said and done, was able to not only get me current on my taxes, but also was able to get me about 2k back in refunds.. This was after 8 years of acrued penalties and interest on what could have been about 75k in taxes owed. Isai is an amazingly hard worker, very trustworthy, and very straightforward. If you need someone to help you out with your taxes, I couldn’t recommend any higher than him!!
I almost never write reviews like this, but I wanted to write one for Bismark Tax after meeting with Isai because it was an extremely positive experience. I’m self-employed and work as an independent contractor, which means my tax situation is a frustratingly complex nightmare. My business has been growing pretty quickly, meaning even more expenses and complexity, and I realized I’ve definitely outgrown TurboTax and really need some professional guidance. Shopping around for CPAs, including two high-priced firms, only left me with more unanswered questions, and one of them mentioned a potentially audit-triggering issue that led to a couple hours of paranoia-inducing internet research on IRS horror stories. (Seriously, it’s like reading WebMD when you’re coming down with something–you end up convinced you have a brain tumor or an African plague. Not recommended. Just see a doctor.) Isai immediately impressed me with his depth of knowledge, he gave me direct answers to all my questions rather than raising new ones, and he even found a mistake that I had made in last year’s tax return–which the other CPAs missed–that would have saved me some serious money. I also liked that he’s a very bright guy who recognizes that growing his business means providing excellent client service, which is something I can appreciate given my own client- and word-of-mouth-driven consulting business. And as an actual tax attorney who defends clients facing IRS audits, Isai’s feedback was extremely well-informed, and I left his office feeling hugely relieved. Given that Bismark also provides tax preparation services, I’ve officially found my go-to firm for all my tax needs. Bottom line, I’d enthusiastically recommend Bismark Tax to anyone with an IRS issue… AND, as in my case, anyone who’s just trying to avoid one while minimizing their tax bill
I am truly thankful that I was recommended to go to Bismark Tax, they truly are great at what they do. I worked directly with Isai Cortez. I work Monday thru Friday 8-5 and I live about 60 miles away from his office. Isai was willing to make special arrangements to meet with me on Saturday when his office is closed on the weekends. I can’t say how grateful I was that he was willing to meet with me on the weekend. After our initial meeting he gathered all my documents and my biggest concern was that I was facing wage garnishments, and that was my main concern to have that stopped immediately. Isai understood my concern and assured me he would have it taken care of that Monday. I followed up with him and he advised he was working with the State to stop the garnishments, a few hours later i received notification from my employer that the garnishments had been modified. I was relieved and was truly impressed at how quickly he was able to take care of that issue. I have a long case that I know without a doubt Isai will handle. I am truly thankful for his hard work, and reassurance that all will turn out great for my situation. Without a doubt I would recommend anyone to use Bismark Tax, Inc for any tax related problems. They truly are there to help. Thank you! Jessica M.
I was having a conversation with an attorney that works there about how a tax preparer messed up my taxes in 1998. The attorney started asking me questions and I just told him “it was in 1998 so there really isn’t much you can do.” He kept asking me questions. So he had me fill out a form to talk to the IRS and got me back a check for $500 from 1998. I don’t what this guy did, but he is good. I recommend Mr. Cortez at Bismark Tax. $500 isn’t much, but I appreciated him fighting for the little guy or woman
These guys really know what they are doing. I had an issue where I owed $30k to the IRS and it was about to go to $60k and they were about to start garnishing my paycheck. I have 2 kids I support and I am the sole bread winner. If they take from my paycheck then my kids don’t eat. The attorney at Bismark Tax really came through for me and got me to around $15k and he’s working on getting it lower. Believe me the relief I feel everyday is amazing. I highly recommend these guys.