Isabel Johnson, CPA

After getting my undergraduate degree in International Economics from the American University of Paris, I worked for over a decade as a production assistant in the film industry in Vancouver BC. Looking to make a change, I travelled the world and began practicing yoga. Landing in Portland in the late 90’s, I founded a yoga studio with three other teachers. After a year of teaching I started helping with the books and found I had a knack for working with numbers. Eventually, I enrolled in the Post-Baccalaureate Accounting program at Portland State University and became a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Upon graduation from Portland State, I took a position at Perkins and Company, the largest local accounting firm in Portland. After four years at Perkins, I moved to a smaller firm, the Epstein Group, which was walking distance from my home. Once my son was born in 2013, I started my own tax practice. This adjustment has allowed me to work part-time and spend quality time with my family.

Tax preparation and planning – my main focus is small business taxes, particularly the restaurant industry, rental property owners, and those with investment holdings.

My philosophy:
Taxes affect (almost) everyone. One of my goals is to take our vast and complicated tax law and apply it to your specific situation, and explain it to you in a way that is understandable. I enjoy working for myself because it gives me the opportunity to work and communicate directly with the client and assist them with their tax needs.

If you have a simple tax return (W-2 wages, own a home, no dependents) you may be better served by using another tax preparer’s services or an off-the-shelf product. However, I am happy to consult with you if you have tax questions.


$125 hourly consulting rate

All my tax returns are fixed fee. After our initial meeting, I will give you a price for your return. This fee will cover tax prep, planning, meetings, emails, and phone calls. One fee covers your tax services for the filing year and I revisit this fee every year in January.


Tax Humor:
 A tax preparer is someone who solves problems you didn’t know you had in a way you don’t understand.

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