Washington’s Top Rated Local® Accounting Firms and CPA Award Winner: Olaru’s Premier Tax Services

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Olaru’s Premier Tax Services is a 2018 award winner for accounting firms and CPAs in Washington!

If you’re in need of accounting or tax preparation services in Vancouver, Washington, there’s no better company to turn to than Olaru’s Premier Tax Services.

Olaru’s Premier Tax Services has earned dozens of online reviews with an average rating of 5.00 stars, a stupendous Rating Score™ of 96.00 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for being ranked among the top 10 accounting firms and CPAs in all of Washington!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Yuliya is the best! I know she is busy with clients, but she always gets back to me and goes the extra mile to take care of me and my business. I appreciate how much she cares. I never feel like she is holding a stopwatch every time I call or watching the clock every email she reads from me. I can tell she truly cares about my success as a professional and my progress as a business. Her knowledge is worth every penny I’ve paid her! I would totally recommend her if you needed an accountant!” – Austin C

Not Your Average Accounting Firm

Many of the clients that Olaru’s Premier Tax Services works with have never had their tax returns reviewed with them before. They typically have just signed and were told the balance they owed. That’s not the kind of experience clients get at Olaru’s Premier Tax Services.

At Olaru’s Premier Tax Services, they take the time to really get to know their clients, so that they can help them find the right solutions for their needs. They are also highly focused on continuing education, and they work with many other firms to work through unique client situations.

Olaru’s Premier Tax Services also utilizes software that makes it easy for clients to provide them with necessary receipts. This makes for a much easier process for clients going through audits, and it lowers the chance of having deductions denied by the IRS. If an audit finds that deductions weren’t allowed, it could mean penalties and interest for as many years back as the client was audited, and for some people, those penalties can be large.

Yuliya Olaru, the owner of Olaru’s Premier Tax Services, is a part of the Vancouver Chambers and the Columbia Professional Alliances, which allows her to offer more services to her clients.

We asked Yuliya why they do what they do and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what she had to say:

“Our mission is to provide knowledgeable and efficient accounting services with professionalism and affordability. We are good at what we do, and we believe we can help clients with our approach.”

Building Success Through A Great Reputation and Word of Mouth

Yuliya credits her company’s strong online reputation to their willingness to ask their clients for reviews. They also post a lot of useful information on their website and in their blog, and they encourage their clients to utilize that information.

Word of mouth has been the biggest source of growth for Olaru’s Premier Tax Services. They also offer promotions to get new clients in the door, including a 10-percent discount on any first-time consultation and $50 off for filing with them for the first time.

We asked Yuliya what advice she has for other business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here are her words of wisdom:

“Always make sure that you are asking your clients to post reviews.”


Congratulations to the team at Olaru’s Premier Tax Services for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Yuliya, for taking the time to speak with us!

If you’re in need of tax services, we highly recommend Olaru’s Premier Tax Services. Visit their website today.

Utah’s Top Rated Local® Accounting Firm and CPA Award Winner: Liberty Tax Service

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Liberty Tax Service is a 2018 award winner!

With an awesome 92.00 Rating Score™ and a truly impressive online reputation, Liberty tax service is one of the top 10 businesses of their kind in the entire state of Utah! Here are just a few of the reviews that got them here:

“John has been helping us with our taxes for the last 10 or so years. For me, it is so worth it to spend the money to pay John to take care of filing because I am so confident in his ability to find us breaks that will more than make up for what we are paying out — not to mention what a hassle it is to try and do it all yourself. John is ethical, thorough, and just an all-around good guy. I have recommended him to friends over the years and will continue to do so moving forward.” -Tara F.

“Liberty Tax is great! I was helping my in-laws with their taxes and then they ended up going to Liberty and they were able to find way more deductions on their taxes than I could on an online program. I will for sure have them file my taxes next year!” -George U.

“A close friend of mine was suddenly left a widow 4 years ago. She was beyond devastated by this tragic loss, as her husband had always handled all of their financial affairs. Her brother-in-law helped her find financial records and so forth and recommended Liberty Tax Service to her, as Tax Day was fast approaching. She has never stopped talking about how kind, professional, helpful, and understanding the employees were to her then and since then. She could never have believed they would provide so much loving support during the darkest days of her life. Kudos to this wonderful company!” -Trudy T.

Not Your Average Tax Service

John Crandell, president of Liberty Tax Service, took some time to speak with us about his business. When asked what the Liberty tax Service difference is, he said “We don’t worry about our competition. We focus on being the best we can be at what we do. Our mission is to help people not be scared of the IRS or tax system. We have the knowledge of the tax code, and use it to help our customers, and ease their fear. We focus on our customer experience and making sure our customers are happy each and every time they work with us.

Building Success Through a Focus on Customer Satisfaction

The secret to success for Liberty Tax Service seems to be simple. When we asked, John just said, “We ask all of our customers to give us a review.” As for his advice to other businesses that want to improve their online reputation? “Always put your customers first and genuinely care about their success.”


Congratulations to the team at Liberty Tax Service for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner!

Utah’s Top Rated Local® Accounting Firms and CPA Award Winner: Madsen and Company: Certified Public Accountants

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Madsen and Company: Certified Public Accountants is a 2018 award winner for accounting firms and CPAs in Utah!

If you’re looking for tax, accounting or consulting services for you or your small business in South Jordan, look no further than Madsen and Company: Certified Public Accountants.

Madsen and Company: Certified Public Accountants has earned dozens of online reviews with an average rating of 4.84 stars, a wonderful 94.44 Rating Score™ and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for being ranking among the top 10 accounting firms in all of Utah!

Not Your Average Accounting Firm

The team at Madsen and Company caters their services to small businesses and real estate investors, but they also offer high-quality tax services to individuals.

No matter how big or small the service may be, in everything they do, Madsen and Company focuses on providing great customer service to their clients. They also work hard to help their clients save more money than what they pay Madsen and Company in fees.

Here is just one of the many five-star reviews Madsen and Company has received that demonstrates the caliber of service they provide:

“Steve has been our business and personal CPA for over 15 years now. He is honest, reliable and just an all-around great guy. He is always available to answer any questions we have, and he is always on top of everything we need. I would highly recommend him and his staff.” Michael W

We asked the owner of Madsen and Company, Steve Madsen, why he does what he does. Here’s what he had to say:

“I do what I do because I am good at it and I enjoy it! I love helping people with their accounting and tax needs”

Building Success By Taking a Proactive Approach

Steve credits his company’s impeccable online reputation to his team’s willingness to always ask customers to submit reviews after they have helped them.

This proactive approach has made reviews the number one source of growth for the company, because they compel potential clients to call and meet with them. The company also gets some referrals and utilizes Google AdWords to get their name out there during tax season.

We asked Steve what advice he has for other business owners who are looking to build their online reputation and grow their business. Here are his words of wisdom:

“Proactively ask for reviews, and provide good customer service at a reasonable price.”


Congratulations to the team at Madsen and Company: Certified Public Accountants for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Steve, for taking the time to speak with us!

Whether you have a tax issue with the IRS or the state, we highly recommend working with Madsen and Company. Visit their website today!

Arizona’s Top Rated Local® Accounting Firms & CPA Award Winner: Mesquite Tax, LLC

Top Rated Local® is proud to announce that, thanks to their wonderful 95.66 Rating Score™, Mesquite Tax, LLC is a 2018 award winner in Arizona!

Mesquite Tax, LLC has earned more than 100 positive online reviews, an exemplary Rating Score that any company would envy and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for accounting firms in Arizona.

“Listen, if you need tax help, go to Tyler. We’ve never really had our taxes professionally done but were really overwhelmed this year. We extended, and after unsuccessfully pursuing other recommended firms, Tyler was able to accommodate us right away. He answered every question and was patient with my less-than-ideal paperwork (read: a mess of documents) and on top of that, had our return completed in a couple of days. I’m happy to say we’ve found our tax guy!” – Hannah P

Hannah’s review is just one of the many five-star reviews Mesquite Tax has received from their satisfied clients, and it exemplifies the difference between this one-of-a-kind accounting firm and its competitors.

Mesquite Tax is Not Your Average Accounting Firm

Owner, Tyler Hamelwright, is the one-man team behind Mesquite Tax, handling everything from answering the phones to greeting customers as they walk in the door. As a small company, Mesquite Tax is able to provide a much more personal experience for its clients. He’ll even consult for free with his clients for 10 to 15 minutes over the phone.

In the accounting industry, many companies are behind the times and antiquated in the way that they do business. Mesquite Tax, on the other hand, makes it a point to keep up with all of the latest technology and practices. In fact, Tyler’s system is so efficient that it allows him to get a client’s tax return done in a single visit.

When asked why he does what he does, Tyler had this to say:

“A lot of people think of tax accounting as just numbers. I focus on the relationship and the events in my clients’ lives. I am genuinely interested in my clients’ success, and I enjoy working with return customers and checking up on them.”

Building a Strong Online Reputation Through Honest, Hard Work

Mesquite Tax’s impeccable reputation has come from its many online reviews, which are the result of always doing the right thing for the client. Tyler encourages his clients to leave reviews, and after every project, he’ll send out an email with a survey to gauge how the client felt about his service. He also offers discounts to clients who leave referrals.

In addition to growing the business through building a strong online reputation, word-of-mouth is a big part of the Mesquite Tax’s growth strategy. Tyler has also put on seminars with local groups and has provided information about filing options to neighborhoods in his community.

We asked Tyler what advice he had for other businesses that are working on growing their business and building their online reputation. Here’s what he thought we should know:

“The younger generation relies on reviews, especially when they are new in the area and checking out their options. Be open and willing to ask for feedback and reviews from your customers.”


Thank you so much, Tyler, for taking the time to share your wisdom with us, and congratulations to Mesquite Tax, LLC for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner!

If you’re looking for a trustworthy accounting firm in Mesa, we highly recommend choosing Mesquite Tax, LLC. Check them out online today!

Arizona’s Top Rated Local® Accounting Firms & CPA Award Winner: Craig L. Elggren, CPA, PC

Top Rated Local® is proud to announce that Craig L. Elggren, CPA, PC is an award-winning CPA in Arizona, thanks to their amazing 94.00 Rating Score™.

Whether people in Arizona are looking for an accounting firm who can help them with preparing their taxes, financial planning, QuickBooks, small business accounting or any other accounting issue, there’s no better option than Craig L. Elggren, CPA, PC.

As an experienced, friendly and affordable accounting firm in Gilbert, Craig L. Elggren, CPA, PC has received many positive reviews from their happy clients, helping them earn an award-winning Rating Score and a 2018 Top Rated Local award. Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“My husband and I have been with Craig Elggren for several years. We are absolutely thrilled with his expertise. He always is quick to answer our questions and does a great job keeping up with the newest tax laws. Thank you, Craig, for always having our back.” – Mason and Natalie D

Every business would love to get the kind of reviews that Craig L. Elggren, CPA, PC has earned over the years, so we sat down with Craig L. Elggren himself to learn his secrets to success. Here’s what he thought we should know:

What is your secret to such a strong online reputation?

We try to live up to what the reviews say in the first place. There are no smoke and mirrors. We don’t give incentives to give reviews; we just work really hard to live up to our clients’ expectations.

What makes you different? In other words, if you had one minute to sell somebody on why they should choose you, what would you say?

Our love of professionalism and communication are what really set us apart.

We also try to stick very closely to our promised timeframes. We don’t pull any wool over our clients’ eyes; we lay it all out for them. We try very hard to educate our clients and let them know why things are the way they are, and they appreciate that.

Why do you do what you do? In other words, what is your mission and/or how do you attempt to make the world a better place?

When I was in high school, I took a bookkeeping class and fell in love with it. One thing led to another, and when I went to college at the University of Utah for my undergrad and the Thunderbird School of International Management for my master’s, it aligned with what I wanted to do. I had an opportunity to become a controller with small firms, which turned into me acquiring clients and starting my own practice.

Outside of building a strong online reputation, what else do you do to market and grow your business?

Our reputation is very important, and it’s not just online. We provide good service, and in turn, we get referrals from our clients. Up until about six or seven years ago, the practice was just my son and myself, and we worked through word of mouth. Approximately 60 percent of our leads now come through online advertising, and the rest are from happy clients.

What advice do you have for other businesses trying to build a strong online reputation and grow their business?

Say what you’ll do, and do what you say.


Thank you so much, Craig, for taking the time to share your wisdom with us! And congratulations to the whole team at Craig L. Elggren, CPA, PC for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner!

If you’re looking for accounting services in the Gilbert area, or you’re simply interested in learning more about Craig L. Elggren, CPA, PC, visit their website today.

Top Rated Local® Award Winner: Baker CPA

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Baker CPA, a Colorado favorite in accounting, is an award winner for their excellent Rating Score™.

Owned by Seth G. Baker, Baker CPA has spent the last few years becoming a Castle Rock institution. They pride themselves on giving their clients an unparalleled service experience, treating every person they serve like family. Their dedicated staff works hard to make sure that all Baker CPA clients know they are being treated with the utmost dignity and respect.

Baker CPA clients are certainly enthusiastic about how much they appreciate the Baker team. Here are a couple of our favorite reviews:

I popped into the office the day before taxes were due, seeing if he had time to file. Mine were complicated enough that I needed help but no so much that I knew it would take a while. I was lucky enough to catch him at a break and he was kind enough to squeeze me in. He was very knowledgeable and took time listen to my situation, formulate what needed to be done and to explain everything he was doing and why totals added up as they did both that I owed and was getting back. Prices were fair and the service was excellent. I highly recommend and will be returning” Joshua, 2018, Google

“Seth is one of a kind. On a personal note he is kind, polite and always with a smile. On a professional level — he knows his stuff. He is thorough, he is trustworthy and most of all he will get you all the information you need even if it means he needs to explore other and unfamiliar territories of his profession. He is not intimidated by any professional challenge both domestic and international, and following others recommendations we can now safely say that we definitely picked the right CPA for us.” Chen, 2016, Google

Seth took a break from working hard for his clients and spending time with his wife and five children to sit down with us and tell us how he has managed to make his online reputation so good.

What is your secret to such a strong online reputation?

We offer our clients the best tax service in the state, so our online reputation really boils down to quality. We take pride in our honesty and are always looking out for our clients, no matter what.

What makes you different? In other words, if you had 1 minute to sell somebody on why they should choose you, what would you say?

Our aggressive pricing and constant availability to the people we serve really help us stand out from the crowd. By keeping our fees lower than that of our competitors and offering a valuable service, we maintain positive relationships with our clients.

Why do you do what you do? In other words, what is your mission and/or how do you attempt to make the world a better place?

This business was born out of our love for helping people — plain and simple. We love taking the frustration of accounting off your plate.

Outside of building a strong online reputation, what else do you do to market and grow your business?

We are lucky to have so many enthusiastic clients. Most of the people we work with end up referring us to other people, leaving positive reviews, or often both.

What advice do you have for other businesses trying to build a strong online reputation and grow their business?

Do what’s right for your clients. Good business breeds good business. By doing that, we’ve built a reputation that speaks for itself.

Thank you Baker CPA, for sharing your wisdom and providing such an excellent service.

For those of you looking for a CPA in Castle Rock, Colorado, look no further than Baker! You can find out more about them on their website.