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Leadership

Tamar L. Johnson, CPA
Principal and Lead Tax Accountant

Background

Tamar is a Certified Public Accountant, holds a BA in Accounting from the University of Oregon, and is a member of the AICPA.  She has expertise in the areas of accounting, individual, and business tax law.

Prior to owning Total Tax, Inc, Tamar held tax and auditing positions at Lithia Motors in Medford, Oregon, and tax firms in Eugene and Bend, Oregon.

In 2011, Tamar co-founded a second firm focused on tax relief services and operated both firms until 2017 when she sold her interest to consolidate her teams under Total Tax, Inc.

Regardless of where she has been, her influence has created the highest levels of client satisfaction.  Her years of working in the tax industry have taught her the importance of building lasting relationships with clients based on best-in-class customer service.  Tamar leads Total Tax, Inc by example and expects that each client be treated like family.

Interests

In her free time, Tamar enjoys supporting her beloved Oregon Ducks, attending her kids activities and rafting the wild and scenic Rouge River in southern Oregon.

Paul Jameson, EA
Founder of Total Tax Return and Contracting Senior Tax Accountant

Background

Paul received his BA from The University of California at Berkeley and spent nearly ten years as a consultant and tax professional before founding Total Tax Return in 1991. He is an Enrolled Agent and has over 30 years of tax accounting and consulting experience in the areas of individual and business tax, and representing clients facing audits and collections before the IRS.

Paul is currently semi-retired and primarily performing project work for Total Tax, Inc on a contract basis, but his extensive knowledge and experience continue to be a valuable resource for our staff and clients.

Interests

The other half of Paul’s time is spent challenging his climbing skills at many of the west’s natural rock climbing attractions and backpacking the mountains and coasts of the Northwest and California with his wife.

Becky Eaton, EA, CPA
Director of Resolution Services

Background

Becky received a BS in Accounting from Lewis and Clark State College and has both her Enrolled Agent’s license and her CPA.  She is a member of the NAEA and has held senior positions in the tax industry for several years.

Becky’s leadership has produced a team with a competitive drive to achieve only the highest quality outcomes.  Just as impressive is the emphasis on service she has instilled across the organization.

She also serves as one of our Senior Case Managers.  She leads by example and fights for her clients with a tenacity and persistence that is contagious.

Interests

Becky is equally competitive outside of work.  She is an avid runner and competes several times a year in Marathons across the west, including here in the Coeur d’Alene half marathon.  She also enjoys an evening out with friends trying the latest trend in brew pubs, and attending her son’s sporting events.

Tim A. Bales, MBA
General Manager

Background

Tim brings 20 years of management and consulting experience to Total Tax, Inc from the tax and insurance industries. He holds a BS in Economics and a MA in Business and Marketing from Washington State University, certifications from Eastern Washington University and formal certificates in management disciplines including LEAN and 5S.

Tim’s contributions to Total Tax include process, systems and procedure innovations that drive information security, efficient sequence of workflow and impressive accuracy. Tim works with our IT resources to implement process and systems solutions that eliminate errors, minimize waste, and maximize customer value. Tim is a firm believer in the principles of continuous improvement and is driven to find ways to further the client experience.

Interests

Tim enjoys fly-fishing the many area rivers, supporting the Washington State Cougars and Seattle Seahawks and getting out on the area lakes with his family for summer activities.

Angela Case, EA
Senior Tax Accountant

Background

Angie came to Total Tax, Inc in 2011 with a background in tax preparation.  She is an Enrolled Agent and an expert in back tax returns.

As a Senior Tax Accountant, Angie works closely with clients and regularly receives kudos for her ability to keep it simple.  Returning clients request her at tax time to keep them out of trouble and out of the IRS cross-hairs.

Interests

Outside of work, Angie likes working on home improvement projects with her husband, traveling, and spending time with her kids.

Scott Mullerliele, EA
Case Manager

Background

Scott is an Enrolled Agent with a background in the banking and financial services industry, specifically collections and debt restructuring. He understands IRS collections and the needs of troubled taxpayers.  Scott combines that understanding with strong financial analysis skills to guide clients into the best possible outcome for their IRS case.

Scott’s straight forward approach to communication and case resolution ensure that clients can trust his guidance and are well informed on their case status and the strategy for resolution.

Interests

Scott is recently married and enjoys spending time with his wife, traveling to places with sunny beaches and a good IPA. He also enjoys spending quality time with his daughter and cat who is always good for a laugh.