philtax is primarily operated by Philip Fiegler. Philip has been an Enrolled Agent for over 20 years. We limit the number of clients we have, so we are not for everyone. We know who you are when you call. You do not need to remind us that you are “Joe Smith’s friend”, or “Jane Jones‘ husband”. We provide personalized service. We look at short and long term tax ramifications all the time. Philip is not someone who just takes your tax forms and cranks out a tax return while you sit there. He constantly thinks about how today’s decisions might affect something down the line.

philtax is available all year round to answer your questions and take care of your issues. We have significant experience with IRS problem resolution, and pride ourselves on keeping current with all their areas of focus. We have a complete understanding of the operational procedures of the IRS Examination and Collection divisions. We are not looking to build short-term relationships. We try to provide tools to help you succeed, and take pride in being able to explain complex tax issues in language that a lay person can understand and relate to. We constantly try to educate and teach clients things they can do to save on taxes, and provide tools and advice to keep their professional fees reasonable.

We ask more questions than some other practitioners do. We want to make sure you remain in compliance while taking advantage of everything that the tax code allows.

Professional Network

When you need another professional like an attorney or an insurance agent, we often know someone whose skills we are confident in and whom we consider to be a trusted party with integrity.

Philip Fiegler

Philip Fiegler decided he wanted to become an Enrolled Agent in late 1991. He studied accounting and tax in 1992, and passed the Enrolled Agents Exam on his first attempt in 1993, after finishing one tax season at H & R Block.

He prepares returns for individuals, corporations, partnerships/LLCs, estates (including Form 706), and trusts. He specializes in self-employed people, many of whom are in creative fields, real estate investors, complex estate and fiduciary matters, and representation before the IRS and other government bodies.

He is a member of NAEA/CSEA, NCPE Fellowship, and became a Fellow of the National Tax Practice Institute in 1999. Philip previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of his local CSEA chapter for 4 years, and was the Program Chair for 3 years. He has done Graduate work at NTPI and is a 10-year attendee and member of the American Academy of Tax Practice (AATP). NTPI and AATP are the two preeminent organizations for specialists in IRS representation. He currently serves on the Northern CA practitioner liaison panel, a group of about 15 people who meet annually with top IRS officials to discuss policies, procedures, and systemic issues.

Philip has also been a speaker providing continuing education for tax professionals at many local and regional seminars since 1999. He has also presented multiple times at the Professional Fiduciary Association of CA annual educational event, which is attended by Fiduciaries and Attorneys.

Cool Quotes

“I am proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is – I could be just as proud for half the money.” – Arthur Godfrey, Entertainer

“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” – Albert Einstein, Physicist

“Income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf.” – Will Rogers, Humorist

“Did you ever notice that when you put the words “The” and “IRS” together, it spells “THEIRS” – Author Unknown

“Our tax code is so long it makes War and Peace seem breezy.” – Steven LaTourette, Congressman from Ohio

“There are two systems of taxation in our country: one for the informed and one for the uninformed.” – Learned Hand, Judge, Second Circuit Court of Appeals (1872-1961)