*WHAT IS AN ENROLLED AGENT?
An Enrolled Agent (EA) is the highest credential the IRS awards. Individuals who obtain this elite status must pass a three-part exam, adhere to ethical standards and complete 72 hours of continuing education courses every three years. Enrolled Agents, like Attorneys and CPAs have unlimited practice rights. This means they are unrestricted as to which taxpayers they can represent, what types of tax matters they can handle, and the IRS offices before which they may represent clients. Enrolled Agents may stand in the place of any taxpayer negotiating a collection issue, responding to a tax audit, or representing taxpayers before IRS appeals.
Lin Leclair, E.A. – Owner, President Email Me
Lin established 1st Choice Tax Services in 2005. She majored in Accounting at the University of Maine. She has been working in the tax business for 25+ years and became an Enrolled Agent in June of 1995.
Lin’s excels at assisting her clients in tax planning for the future. She has successfully represented multiple clients in IRS audits. She is a frequent instructor for the state society of National Association of Enrolled Agents and the National Association of Tax Professionals. Lin currently holds the title of President for the Arizona Chapter of National Association of Tax Professionals.
She and her husband Dan are retired foster parents. They maintain involvement in Arizona’s foster care system by serving on several nonprofit and state agencies Boards that strive for the betterment of foster children.
George Harris, E.A. - Owner, Secretary Treasurer Email Me
George is a co-owner of 1st Choice Tax Services and has over 18 years professional experience managing and preparing complex returns. He has been an Enrolled Agent, licensed to practice before the IRS, since 2005 and holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Purdue University. He serves on the board for the Southern Arizona Chapter of Enrolled Agents and is a frequent instructor of advanced level tax courses for many professional organizations throughout the state.
During his career, he has worked for fortune 500 companies and operated several small business. He has experienced the many challenges facing small business owners, and takes pride in being able to provide clients sound and practical business, accounting, record keeping, and tax solutions to make their jobs easier.
George enjoys making our complex tax code, “less taxing” for his clients. He is well versed in the preparation of all types of individual and business tax returns, but especially enjoys clients with complex investments, rentals and small businesses. He also specializes in Estate and Trust tax returns and serves as a resource for many Financial Advisors and Estate Planning professionals.
David Capotosti, E.A. Email Me
Dave Capotosti is a retired Air Force officer with 30 years of military service in the USAF. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and his Master’s degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology. Dave learned to do taxes in 1999 by attending the H&R Block Basic Income Tax Course while stationed in Albuquerque NM. He worked for H&R Block from 2000 through 2005. During that time he taught several advanced tax seminars for H&R Block and in 2005 earned his Enrolled Agent designation. He began working with 1st Choice Tax Services in 2005 and has been with us ever since. Dave specializes in tax returns for business entities such as partnerships, corporations, trusts, estates and non-profit organizations.
Robert Padilla, E.A. Email Me
Robert is a bi-lingual Arizona native with over 15 years of experience preparing individual and small business tax returns. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He has worked for both the U of A and local government in areas of finance and accounting. He lives in Tucson with his wife and 2 daughters. Robert is also an avid golfer and U of A sports fan.
Janice Roberts Email Me
Janice graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors in Business and a Masters Degree in Secondary Education and taught business at Palo Verde and Amphitheatre high schools in Tucson. After marriage and while raising four children, Janice spent 40 years working for the largest tax preparation firm in the US, where she gained extensive experience preparing individual income tax returns, instructing upper level tax courses and was a role model to other preparers in the level of personal and caring service she provides her clients. She is an avid Wildcat’s basketball fan.
Barb Richards E.A. Email Me
Barb is originally from Phoenix but was raised in Illinois. After graduating from the University of Illinois she managed a medical practice. She was an accountant at the University of Illinois for 13 years before moving to Tucson in 1998. Since that time, Barb has worked locally in accounting for a national tax firm as a tax preparer for individual returns and nonresident students. Barb became an Enrolled Agent in January 2014. Barb enjoys working with wood and making furniture.
Amelia Cruz Email Me
I am originally from Kansas City, Missouri but have lived most of my life in beautiful Tucson. Running a business from my home prompted me to take a tax prep course in 2005 which led to my tax preparation career working for a major national tax firm specializing in preparing simple and complex individual tax returns. I take pride in creating a close relationship with my clients so that I can offer them the highest quality tax preparation and planning. I enjoy spending time with my family and pets and am a voracious reader.
Perry Higgins E.A. Email Me
Amela is from the small copper mining town of Silverbell, Arizona. While working on her accounting degree, she drove a 240 ton muck truck for ASARCO, Inc. She later made a career in banking as a Financial Advisor. In 2015, she was hired by a large tax corporation in one of their elite year round offices as a Tax Advisor. She has been completing personal and small business returns as well as tax planning and assisting with audit representation. In 2019, she went back to school to earn the highest credential from the IRS, her Enrolled Agent, and is looking forward to finishing her degree she started so long ago.
Jill grew up in Tucson. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She met her husband while attending U of A, and they have a daughter and a son. While working for a certified public accountant, she became an Enrolled Agent. Jill prides herself on attention to detail and looks forward to talking with clients to understand their unique tax situation in order to provide accurate tax preparation and tax planning. When not working, she enjoys reading, so a good book recommendation is always welcome!
Perry has degrees in mathematics, education, and school counseling, and the Enrolled Agent certificate from Pima Community College. He served in the Navy for 5 years, mostly in engineering. Perry then taught math and student success courses at Pima for 25+ years before joining the 1st Choice team. He became an Enrolled Agent in January 2020. Perry enjoys researching genealogy and watching NFL football.
Jill Bradley E.A. Email Me