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Edward Garcia

Edward Garcia, BBA, EA, CSA

Founder/CEO

Ed has been practicing as a tax accountant and financial advisor for over thirty years to small and medium sized businesses and individuals. He has built Associated Tax Consultants into a vibrant and fast growing medium sized accounting firm that services hundreds of small and medium sized businesses, along with many individual clients in South Florida, by providing accounting, financial management, tax planning, insurance, estate planning, bankruptcy planning, and many other services. In addition to over thirty years of public accounting experience, Ed also has senior level Corporate and Entrepreneurial experience.

Ed is licensed to practice before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as an Enrolled Agent. He provides financial services through his Securities (Series 6, 63 and 66), Insurance and Annuity licenses. He is also a licensed mortgage and real estate broker and has consummated several acquisitions. And with his computer interests, Ed has helped many clients into the computer age, and is a QuickBooks Pro Advisor.

Currently, Ed is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA), Broward Chapter of Enrolled Agents, and The National Society of Tax Professionals (NSTP). In addition Ed is a past member of The National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) and Past President of the Florida Accountants Society - Dade Chapter.

Outside of the office, Ed enjoys racquetball, gardening, computers, carpentry and walking. In his younger years, he served four years in the Air Force, was active in National Boxing Association in Florida and New York. He earned a Bachelor's degree from the Florida International University (FIU) with a double major in Accounting and Management with Minor in Teaching.


Israel Diaz

Israel Diaz B.A., E.A.

President, Accountant, Business Consultant, Tax Advisor

With over 10 years industry experience and the Enrolled Agents designation under his belt, Israel is an excellent leader with a keen mind. He is an asset to the firm as well as the coporate clients he specializes in working with. Israel was mentored by one of Miami’s top accountants, so when it comes to clever and impactful tax planning you be hard pressed to find a more capable or reliable advisor.


Maria Arias

Maria Arias

Corporate Specialist

Maria is a corporate accounting professional with 29 years working with local businesses. She provides exceptional service to our clients in both an advisory and real-time filing capacity. Maria is motivated, diligent, and always strives to deliver a seamless process during the most hectic moments.


Roberto

Roberto Ibarra

Roberto Ibarra is a distinguished accountant and tax advisor. His is a University of Miami Alumni with four decades of experience who has overcome many hurdles to arrive where he is today. As an allied advisor for Synchrony Tax Group, Roberto is able to deliver a wealth of tax saving and cost cutting strategies garnered over a long career. With his help we are certain to move into the future with the guidance of the past.


Ismarys Ruiz

Ismarys Ruiz

Account Specialist

Ismarys has been a mainstay in our office for over 20 years. Her dedication and ability to multitask is extraordinary, as is her ability to discover nuances of state and federal processes. With her help and support we are certain we will be able to handle whatever curveballs the future brings along.


Delma Serrano

Delma Serrano

Account Specialist

With a whopping 50 years of experience, there is truly very little Delma hasn’t seen or done in the accounting world. Her tireless work ethic and staunch desire to support everyone around her makes her one of the foundations of the office. We are very fortunate to benefit from her wisdom and wit.


Claudia Romani

Claudia Romani

Account Specialist

Claudia has been in the accounting world for a decade and a half. She is able to get things done so well and so quickly most of us are sure she is hiding extra people under her desk. She is currently preparing to take her CPA exams which will only improve her already astronomical value to the organization.


Tony Albistu

Tony Albistu

Financial Consultant and Tax Preparer

Tony is a professional with years of experience in finance, business consulting, and client relationship management. He has been a crucial part of organizations mergers and acquisitions, enhancing the transition through creating an environment where clients still feel at home. Tony has been trained by one of Miami’s most capable accountants, as such he is quite knowledgeable in all tax matters.


Laura Valdez

Laura Valdez

Administrative Assistant

Laura is the face of our office, if you call or email us, the first person to help you will always be her. She is a truly capable professional who juggles many tasks while still representing us as a courteous and cordial hostess. With her manning the front of the office, each and every person who comes in is sure to recognize her focus and pleasant manner.


Lizette Soto

Lizette Soto

Lizette is our newest addition to the team with an immaculate accounting background. Whether is handling compliance in payroll or paying companies sales tax, Lizette is well equipped to handle all company needs. Lizette has shown to not only adapt to every accounting setting, but she has proven to be of great value to the firm through her diligence.