Miles Lawrence, EA, Esquire
Miles holds two professional licenses that allow him to serve client needs: (1) Enrolled Agent is a federal license that authorizes him to practice as a tax preparer and perform the vast majority of tax work that LTS clients require; and, (2) Attorney is a State of California license that also qualifies him to represent LTS clients before the US Tax Court and perform other tax controversy or tax advocacy work if necessary. Both licenses complement each other and provide an excellent background when managing LTS and working with our LTS clients in relation to tax matters and the broader spectrum of issues that touch the area of taxation including estate, financial and asset protection planning.
Richard "Dick" Moore, EA
Dick has been a practicing tax preparer since 1973, and has been an Enrolled Agent since 1979. A military veteran, past Rotary President, and past corporate CFO for two different manufacturing companies, as well as a publishing company, he brings a wealth of experience to the profession and LTS team. Dick's tax philosophy is – be pro-active – you always have a choice. Dick has been an associate working at LTS since 2005. He’s available for consultation for any business planning and tax questions you may have.
Tom Rice, EA
Tom is an Enrolled Agent and a practicing tax preparer with LTS. He brings with him a substantial business background in accounting systems, real estate development and manufacturing software implementations. Tom co-owned and operated a real estate development and construction company immediately prior to joining LTS and currently co-owns a residential care facility for the elderly. Tom welcomes the opportunity to serve LTS clients.
Brett Strother, EA, CPA
Brett is an Enrolled Agent and certified public account currently practicing as a tax preparer with LTS in Carlsbad, CA where he has been an Enrolled Agent and California CPA in the tax preparation and consulting industry for nearly fifteen years. He received his BS in accounting from CSUSM and has worked his way up from medium to large accounting firms, including most recently EY, where he served as Senior Manager in the San Diego Real Estate department. At EY he focused on partnership, REIT and corporate accounting, taxation and structuring which included compliance, consulting memos, income tax provisions and audit support for private and public companies.
Kim Lawrence has worked in administration at LTS since 2002. Prior to this she worked in Berlin, Italy, Cuba and San Diego as a Christian missionary and social worker. Her education includes BA in Psychology and graduate degrees in Biblical studies and social work (MSW).
Rhonda Ibrahim has worked as the office and technology manager for LTS since 2013 serving various administrative capacities. In addition, she holds a BS in accounting focusing on her bookkeeping practice where she is committed to providing accounting services to individuals and small businesses who desire personalized attention and prompt professional results. As a QuickBooks Pro-Adviser, she specializes in providing QuickBooks setup, training and consulting service for small businesses.
Thank you for entrusting Lawrence Tax Service for your tax preparation needs. We know you have many professionals to choose from including the debate of whether to attempt your own tax preparation. Frankly, some of you may have never heard of an Enrolled Agent which is the primary certification for all LTS practitioners. Enrolled Agents specialize on income taxes. Becoming an Enrolled Agent involves passing a three-part examination given by the IRS for which the passing rate percentage is only 56% of test takers. On average, the professionals at Lawrence Tax Service complete over 120 hours of continuing education every year despite the EA requirement of only 72 hours every three years. Why go so far beyond? Because we feel this amount of education is necessary to stay current with the ever changing tax laws, and is a resource to strategize relative to our clients’ individual tax situations.