Your peace of mind is my business.

Your peace of mind is my business

We focus on pro­vid­ing con­sult­ing, tax plan­ning and com­pli­ance ser­vices to closely‐held busi­ness­es in all phas­es, from start‐up through tran­si­tion or sale. Individuals ben­e­fit from our tax plan­ning and com­pli­ance ser­vices as we address their spe­cif­ic needs from the wealth accu­mu­la­tion through retire­ment phas­es (includ­ing chal­lenges in the aging process).

We provide a hands on approach to business consulting, and tax planning and compliance services.

Barbara Cyphers, CPA

Barbara Cyphers, CPA

Types of Businesses Serviced

  • Professional ser­vices
    • Legal
    • Medical
    • Consulting
    • Engineering
  • Advertising and mar­ket­ing
  • Retail and dis­tri­b­u­tion
  • Food ser­vice

Credentials & Affiliations

MS in Taxation, Golden Gate University

BS in Business Administration, Cal State University East Bay

Membership in AICPA and CA Society of CPAs

Previously on boards of Alameda Chamber of Commerce, Tri‐Valley Estate Planning Council, Walnut Creek Education Foundation, PTA, Alameda Girls Club

Love letters” from our clients

Indeed, Barbara seems more like a busi­ness part­ner, giv­en her com­mit­ment to our prac­tice, and her con­sis­tent, exem­plary sup­port and coun­sel. Michael F.


I appre­ci­ate the excel­lent work you did with my tax returns. You are very kind and patient. Lynette L.


I real­ly appre­ci­ate your fan­tas­tic effort on my behalf. Richard A.


You pro­vid­ed us with a lot of good infor­ma­tion to help us pre­pare for retire­ment. Val & Mike G.

As a val­ued client, you will ben­e­fit from how we empha­size reg­u­lar com­mu­ni­ca­tion through­out the year.  For exam­ple, busi­ness own­ers are encour­aged to pro­vide copies of inter­im finan­cial state­ments so that we can proac­tive­ly iden­ti­fy issues and plan­ning oppor­tu­ni­ties.  With reg­u­lar com­mu­ni­ca­tion, there should be no “sur­pris­es” at tax time.

We help facil­i­tate effec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion between busi­ness own­ers and between fam­i­ly mem­bers encour­ag­ing face‐to‐face meet­ings.  In this process, we can assist in “break­ing the ice” around uncom­fort­able top­ics and help to define and mon­i­tor goals.

Our job is to edu­cate and inform.  We encour­age you to ask us lots of ques­tions and, if you don’t under­stand our respons­es, we are not doing our job!  We promise to make com­plex issues, tax laws and devel­op­ments under­stand­able.  You will learn how to “bul­let­proof” your busi­ness to min­i­mize IRS audit adjust­ments.

We work as a team with your oth­er pro­fes­sion­als, includ­ing attor­neys, invest­ment advi­sors, per­son­al finan­cial plan­ners, retire­ment plan admin­is­tra­tors, out­side accoun­tants, etc. If request­ed, we can make refer­rals and direct you to valu­able resources avail­able in the local com­mu­ni­ty.