Tax planning is an important process for any profitable business owner or physician. To ignore this process could mean you are paying too much tax or will have some bad surprises when it is time to settle up with the taxing authorities. Tax planning will eliminate these “bad surprises”. A great benefit to tax planning is you know exactly where you stand and can budget appropriately, smoothing out the bumps in the road.

We listen to the client’s desires. There may be some tax strategies that are too complex for what a particular client desires. Or simply put, to that person, the tax savings may not be significant enough to outweigh the additional complexity. This is where the expression “don’t let the tax tail wag the dog” comes from. All financial decisions are not necessarily tax driven.

We saw a tremendous need to emphasize the tax planning process of the business owner, physician and high net worth individual. With the complexity and ever changing nature of our tax laws and systems, the CPA is most the most qualified and capable advisor. Our goal is simple, good service and no surprises. Our practice will be limited to only the clients that we feel will benefit from our unique approach.

Meet Robert Chakarian, CPA

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Robert has over 30 years of experience in the public accounting field. He has a wide range of experience with an emphasis in tax planning.

Currently, Robert is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the Board of Directors for Children’s Dental Health Association (CDHA) in San Diego. CDHA operates an outreach program to educate and screen children in schools in low-income areas and operates a dental clinic in the Golden Hill area of San Diego for the children of low-income families. He currently serves as on the board of Mountain Shadows Community Homes, a 117 bed facility for the developmentally disabled located in Escondido. He also served two terms on the Pacific Beach Planning Committee. During his term the community adopted a master plan and made many improvements to the community with the cooperation of the San Diego City Council and the residents of the community.

Robert has many years of lecture experience as mentor to college students majoring in accounting and business, as a professional to other accountants, and as an advisor to high net worth individuals and physicians. He published a quarterly newsletter, The Examiner, which was mailed to a select group of San Diego County physicians to update them on changing tax laws and other financial opportunities.

Graduating with a degree in accounting from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, Robert attained part of his education through the extended studies program at San Diego State University. Shippensburg University’s business program is well known in Pennsylvania and is accredited by the Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. He is a Certified Public Accountant and licensed to practice in the state of California through the State Board of Accountancy.

Robert is an avid surfer and beach volleyball player. He coaches high school beach volleyball teams in his free time.

Meet Erin McCabe, CPA

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Erin brings over 20 years of accounting experience to Chakarian & Associates, CPA’s. He has a very diverse backround which includes experience in public accounting, accounting for private corporations, and he has also worked independently as a sole proprietor. While working in public accounting he gained experience in many facets of the profession; financial statement preparation, corporation and partnership taxation and audits for closely held businesses and non-profit organizations. Erin became certified by the state of California in January 2001. He manages taxation for corporation, partnership, LLC and trusts at Chakarian & Associates. He understands and posseses the attention to detail that is required when preparing tax returns and documents filed with government and taxing authorities.

Erin is a native to San Diego and a San Diego State Alumni. His passion is coaching little league baseball.

Melissa (Missy) Kroeger, Office Manager

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Missy Kroeger is a seasoned marketing professional with over 20 years experience in marketing, communications, public relations, event planning and advertising having started her career in the high tech marketing arena working for companies such as HNC Software, Peregrine Systems, and Aperio Technologies. She is responsible for office management, accounts receivable and payable, customer service and event planning. She is incredibly organized and detail oriented ensuring you top notch customer service. 

Missy is entrenched in local lacrosse, as the "professional fan & statistician" for her kid's teams.