John H. Brands provides accounting, tax and business advisory services to small businesses and individuals throughout the Chicagoland area. Many of his clients initially retained him to resolve an IRS collection issue and most of these cases involved filing several years of delinquent tax returns with minimal documentation, therefore he became very proficient in rebuilding financials using resources such as transcripts from the IRS, county recorder offices, etc. Because of his experience in tax controversy, exam and appeal matters, he has an intricate knowledge of IRS collections and is very skilled in IRS tax negotiation.
Mr. Brands is a CPA and EA and therefore has the business acumen that the CPA designation would suggest, and as an EA, the expertise in income tax and collections.
Mr. Brands is a licensed CPA and Enrolled Agent with more than 10 years of taxpayer representation, tax return preparation, tax research and accounting experience. He has a thorough knowledge of most tax types and related financial issues. His experience in collection matters includes Offers in Compromise, penalty abatements, installment agreements, trust fund recovery penalty defense, lien discharges and subordinations, claims for refunds, levy and garnishment releases and innocent spouse relief.
Mr. Brands graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from University of Illinois in 1999, and then received his Enrolled Agent designation from the Department of the Treasury in 2006. In 2008 he earned his CPA from the Illinois Board of Examiners.