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Arlene Al-os , CPA, MBA

Arlene Al-os, CPA, MBA Sy Al-os Accountancy Corporation provides accounting and tax services to individuals, corporations, LLCs and business entities. The Firm has a niche in defending taxpayers audited by the IRS and other governmental agencies. The firm celebrates its 38th anniversary in 2015.
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Victor Santos Sy graduated Cum Laude from UE with a BBA and from Indiana State University with an MBA. Vic worked with SyCip, Gorres, Velayo (SGV - Andersen Consulting) and Ernst & Young before establishing Sy Accountancy Corporation in 704 Mira Monte Place, Pasadena, CA 91101. He has 50 years of experience in accounting, consulting, and tax work.
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The Firm proudly welcomes Arlene Al-os in 2015. She obtained her bachelors of Science in Accountancy from Mindanao State University and MBA from Ateneo de Manila University. She teaches intermediate accounting at UCLA and was a professor of Economics at Asia Pacific College. She has over 15 years of experience including member firms of KPMG and BDO Seidman accounting firms.
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What to do when the IRS contacts you

WHAT you need to do when you received a call or notice from the IRS? Below are some tips that you should be aware of: • Revenue Officer (RO) observes fair tax collection practices and taxpayer rights. • You have … Continue reading

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Consumer alert tips: The IRS is calling or at your door

DO not get scammed. Scammers may impersonate in person, through phone call, or e-mail,  and pretend themselves as IRS agent or representative. Remember that the IRS: • Will first mail a bill if you owe any taxes using United States Postal … Continue reading

September 06, 2017

Sale of real property outside of the US

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August 16, 2017

Tips to remember when you owe the IRS

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August 09, 2017

10 tips to handle an IRS notice

IF you receive an IRS notice, keep the following suggestions in mind: • Be alarmed, but do not panic. Call your tax professional for guidance. Do not delay your response. Mail your response at least one-week before the specified deadline. … Continue reading

August 02, 2017

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