The Worst Tax Preparer Reviews

Client Review of

Brian I. Gilpin, CPA

Vacaville, CA

Vacaville, CA
March 24, 2021

(Racist) I would like to share my experience with Mr. Brian Gilpin. My wife gave him a call for some tax advice today 3/22 he answered the phone with a very cocky tone. She had to pass the phone over to me because she couldn’t deal with him. I noticed a huge change in his voice when he asked for her first and last name and she gave him her name which is a Hispanic last name. When I took over the phone call he asked me how long we have been in business for And said your wife mentioned you guys owe $30,000 in taxes from last year. He then asked me, “Why don’t you guys just pay it then?” And he said this in a very smart sarcastic tone. I said, “well we are in the process of arranging a payment plan with the IRS. And Brian said “ figures, you’re “KIND” are always behind on their taxes. It’s a shame that you cannot pay your taxes. I was shocked to hear what I was hearing? We are in 2021 and it’s sad to see we are still dealing with so much racism from so-called business professionals in our community that feel superior over other individuals with different skin color or nationality. I asked him, “excuse me?” And he still had the audacity to clarify himself by saying “I have lots of Hispanic Latino clientele and the majority of them on average are behind on their taxes. It’s a shame! I am not trying to be racist or anything but I’m just speaking facts” I honestly just needed to hang up the phone at that point. It was disgusting. My jaw dropped and my heart begin racing. I did not want to lose it on him. I figured I would just take the appropriate route by reporting him to all available resources, The BBB, NASBA, YELP, Google, Clutch.CO, whitepages, CPA Directory.com etc For a business professional like this to be serving the public is beyond me. I do not understand how someone like this could even get licensed in the state of California. When you’re dealing with and serving the public you should not be making racist or prejudice remarks or opinions or viewpoints when dealing with clientele in the marketplace. It is extremely offensive and not right. I hope that anyone that comes across this review can come forward and open up to share their experiences with Brian as well because his license should be revoked as a practicing CPA in the state of California. I am very sure if he came off this way to us after a 30 second conversation over the phone. I can only imagine what else he must say to his existing clientele with who he deals with on a daily basis. Situations like these in our community should always be escalated and handled correctly by reporting it to the appropriate agencies. I am taking the roll in doing the right thing and reporting Brian to the state of California. Anyone else that would like to screenshot this and put this on their social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc is welcome to. I give full consent to share my review so that other people in our community here in the cities of Fairfield, Vacaville, Vallejo and Sacramento etc. do not render services from Brian I. Gilpin
Client Review of

Ruth E. Keen

Saint Robert, MO

Dixon, MO
March 21, 2021

We were fairly new to the area and we looked for a local business to prepare our taxes as I like to support local businesses. Due to selling a house and other circumstances and time my husband wasn’t confident enough to prepare them himself. We were referred to Mrs. Keen through a colleague of my husbands who supposedly knew her and was very fond of her. I reached out to Mrs. Keen via e-mail and made an appointment that I had to change due to a corona scare and we had to quarantine. I was out of town for a while and came back to attend the appointment with my husband at Mrs. Keen. Upon arrival my husband had told me that his colleague and him went out to a local restaurant and he there made acquaintance with Mrs. Keen. During the dinner my husband said they made small talk like you do when you meet people for the first time. But after a while he said that Mrs. Keen had asked him some very personal and somewhat uncomfortable questions and normal ones like what he works and if he was married. She then started to get very close and touchy with him and tried to “hit” on him and my husband admitted to me that he liked the attention. She even had invited him to come to her house the next evening for dinner since she felt lonely like him and since her partner was not in the state. She also had gotten his phone number and had called my husband the same evening of them meeting in the Restaurant. I had checked the phone number she had used and to my surprise it was not the number listed on her Facebook page for her business. My husband (stupid him) went to the said dinner with Mrs. Keen and he explained to me he wished he would have never gone there. He apologized to me and asked for my forgiveness for what had happed at the evening and the following days with her. At the time my husband started conversing with her for a few days he had no clue that she was the tax preparer we were going to see. After he told me her name, I knew in an instant with whom he was with and I told him.