Our Team Supporting You
EA (Enrolled Agent) - Founder and Chief Executive Officer
A graduate of the prestigious Pomona College with a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics, Dave spent many years after graduation honing his communication and executive skills in specialized executive training and work experience.
Dave holds the highest federal tax credential, Enrolled Agent, which certifies his tax expertise and allows him to represent his clients as an attorney before the IRS.
He founded Torchlight Tax and Financial Services, a full-service tax firm, that does all kinds of tax preparation--business (sole proprietors, partnerships, LLCs, C-Corporations, S-Corporations), Estates and Trusts. The product of Torchlight Tax is the tax dollars our clients save without cheating or putting them at risk.
Torchlight also does support services such as bookkeeping and payroll which are needed to file a tax return properly. Quality IRS Representation which settles IRS Debt most favorably for our client has also been a specialty of Torchlight Tax. Due to surging demand for IRS Representation, Dave formed GuardDog Tax as a department of Torchlight Tax and gave it its own website.
Chief Organizing Officer
Shaun has extensive training and experience in communication and administrative skills. He handles the myriad day-to-day organizing actions necessary to keep the firm running smoothly while expanding rapidly.
A graduate of Whittier College, Jim opened his tax law practice in 1993 and has been a practicing tax attorney ever since. He heads up the legal departments for both Torchlight and GuardDog Tax.
As a practicing tax attorney, Jim joins the EAs and CPAs and support staff of Torchlight and GuardDog Tax and allows Torchlight to have an enhanced ability to handle tax problems of any kind.
A graduate of Washington University in Saint Louis with a Bachelor of Science in accounting, Ken has been servicing taxpayers for over 30 years as an Enrolled Agent. He has extensive experience in all types of personal tax returns, business returns (sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLCs, C-Corporations, S-Corporations), Trusts, Estates, non-profits, and pretty much all aspects of the tax field. His main duties include tax preparation, IRS representation, quality control (side checking tax return filings before submission) and apprenticing new EAs and CPAs.
Ken has also kept up with the ever changing worlds of IRS codes and regulations. This, along with 60,000 hours of practical tax experience, makes Ken the go-to guy for oddball tax questions and situations.
Yaping began her studies in China, where she got her first MA in accounting. Arriving to America in 2001, she got a BS in accounting at Rutgers College and a Masters in Taxation at Fordham University and went on to become an EA.
An EA with 12 years of tax experience with top New York City accounting firms, Yaping is expert in IRS representation and tax preparation for corporations, trusts, estates, and personal and business tax returns of all types. Fully fluent in English and Chinese, Yaping brings an international flavor to GuardDog Tax. She also has special expertise in tax planning and tax preparation for high net-worth individuals, domestic and foreign corporations, and foreign investors. While located in Manhattan, she can handle many of our clients via secure internet lines.
Andrey is a seasoned accountant with seven years of income tax and accounting experience and a Graduate of the University of Missouri Saint Louis with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. As a licensed CPA, Andre will be doing tax return preparation, IRS Representation and Accounting for Torchlight and GuardDog Tax.
He additionally is qualified to do corporate audit or financial reports as needed by our clients.
Andrey enjoys helping taxpayers and business owners with their bookkeeping, accounting, and tax needs. He likes answering clients’ questions and clearing up any confusions, and is willing to spend time doing so. He subscribes to the firm’s philosophy that our clients have a right to ask questions until they understand.
An EA with over 30 years of experience in Nevada and California, Luis offers expert tax help in English and Spanish. He is experienced in personal and business returns of all types, and is comfortable negotiating with the IRS. He is available to see you in a local Las Vegas office and also can do tax returns for all 50 states over secure phone and internet lines.