make money, save time & reduce audit risk.

  • Are you looking for a reputable tax firm that can SAVE you MONEY and TIME while reducing risk of getting audit?
  • Do you want to make MONEY by applying appropriate tax credits and deductions?
  • Are you seeking a reliable tax and financial professional that can address your tax preparation as well as other financial needs?
  • Let’s legally pay the least taxes possible.
  • Review our pricing today.

    do you have the credentials & Experience to help me?

    • Enrolled Agent: a tax advisor who is a federally-authorized tax practitioner empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury
    • Over 20 years of tax preparation experience 
    • Economics degree from Haverford College
    • Completed financial planning curriculum with College for Financial Planning 
    • Licensed as a real estate broker under CA Dept. of Real Estate
    • Licensed as a mortgage broker under CA Dept. of Real Estate & NMLS
    • Licensed as an insurance broker under CA Dept. of Insurance
    • Hold securities licenses (Series 7, 66, 24) 
    • Manage an independent RIA (Registered Investment Advisor) firm
    • Worked for JP Morgan Chase, AIG, CPA firms, and a few others 
    • Taught mathematics and economics at Archer School for Girls & LAUSD

    5 Reasons To Hire Us

    • Strive to understand your situation beyond just your numbers
    • Educate you: You’re probably overpaying your taxes and don’t even know it. Read our Case Studies.
    • Solve your problems, not pitch products
    • Keep in touch with you
    • You get an unbias independent financial firm(s) under ONE roof
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     (Seamlessly integrate EVERY piece of your financial picture.

    • Individual & small business (less than $240k gross income) income tax preparation
    • Investment management (partner with TD Ameritrade/Charles Schwab)
    • Retirement planning (MoneyGuide Pro, a powerful planning software)
    • Home loan (partner with United Wholesale Mortgage, #1 wholesale lender)
    • Life (MetLife, AIG, and more) and Medicare (SCAN, UnitedHealth) Insurance

    File your taxes and gain a better perspective on your finances. You can save time and money and avoid miscommunication by using a single point of contact for all your financial needs.   Shift the time spent managing multiple professionals managing your money to enjoying the important things in your life.

    Easy Steps to

    financial security

    • Choose the financial service (tax, home loan, retirement planning, etc.) you need.
    • Reduce your stress by adding other services as needed. We’ll show you why working with ONE financial professional can help you SAVE time and money

    Wealthy & Healthy

    Retirement

    Retirement planning

    Investment management

    Social security & Medicare guidance

    Pension maximization

    Cash flow analysis

     

     

     

    Protect & Extend

    Lifetime Wealth

    Inheritance rollover

    Caring for your elder parent’s finances

    Loss of a loved one

    Life Insurance

     

    Discover

    Your Life Stages

    Basic finance for young adults

    Budgeting for your wedding

    Buying  or refinance your first-home

    Financial readiness for new parents

    Funding your  child’s college education

     

     

     

    From “the killing fields” to financial educator

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The founder of Gardena Financial, Kiak Tae, knows what it is like to be illiterate and poor. Kiak was born in Cambodia during “The Killing Fields” era to uneducated Chinese parents. As a young child, he and his family endured incredible hardship as they escaped the Khmer Rouge regime through the jungle, finding refuge in Thailand. Kiak was bit by a venomous snake on the journey and nearly lost his leg to the injury.

    Read more about Kiak's journey

    Kiak made a new start in the United States. He had no formal schooling before the age of 10. He realized he had to work harder than those with more resources. He resisted peer pressure from fellow immigrants to join the Asian gangs in the Echo Park area. Instead, as a teen, Kiak taught himself basic finance from books he found in the library.

    With some encouragement from the Fulfillment Fund and a few great teachers, he went to Haverford College, received a degree in economics, pre-med, a course short of a minor in mathematic, and began working in the field of finance for JP Morgan Chase, AIG, CPA firms, and many others. In 1997, a KNBC program called “Beating the Odds” featured Kiak’s story.

    He is an Enrolled Agent and holds Series 7, 66, and 24 securities licenses and Real Estate Broker, Insurance Broker, and Mortgage Broker.

    His firm partners with the #1 mortgage wholesale lender (United Wholesale Mortgage), Charles Schwab, and many other Fortune 500 companies to provide “independent” service to his client.
    Kiak Tae believes that everyday Americans can achieve more incredible wealth with a solid work ethic, a will, and a guiding hand. Providing financial resources and knowledge to the average American is his motivation for becoming a financial educator.

     

     

    FAQs

      

    How many people enjoy filing their taxes? Even with tax filing software, the risk of filing mistakes is costly. Tax software is only as good as the information you put into it. It does not always take into account your unique situation. We can help you maximize your returns while minimizing the risk of unnecessary tax audits.

    As an Enrolled Agent (or EA)—a federally-authorized tax practitioner certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, we can represent you before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Franchise Tax Board, Employment Development Department, and other taxing authorities for tax issues including audits, collections, and appeals. 

    The complexity and time take to complete your return determine the total cost. Standard tax returns have a set price, while more unique tax situations require a customized estimate. Contact us to get a cost estimate of our services.

    Generally no. Big banks have layers of overhead that include marketing costs, different levels of management compensation, employees, and shareholders. Mortgage brokers work with WHOLESALE lenders with a competitive offering and lower overhead costs. Our low-cost mortgage services have saved our clients thousands.

    Yes, a mortgage broker is a middleman. So are big banks. What stands between you and the banks are their layers of employees and costs. What stands between you and our WHOLESALE lenders are mortgage brokers.

    Wholesale and direct lenders originate loans, package them, and generally sell them to Wall Street.
    Wholesale lenders reduce their marketing and loan-processing costs by working with mortgage brokers. The rates they provide to mortgage brokers tend to be lower than those of direct lenders, and the broker marks them up to compensate for his work.

    Direct lenders tend to incur marketing and loan-processing costs. These costs are passed down to the buyer directly.
    In the end, the cost to you is likely the same. As a mortgage broker, we add value not necessarily by slashing loan prices but by looking at your situation holistically. We can lock in a great interest rate on your loan AND help you avoid potential tax and other financial mistakes.

    Pre-qualification is the first step in the mortgage process. A lender will get basic information on your income, debts, and general creditworthiness to give you a quote on loan.

    Pre-approval is the next step to provide financial documents such as tax returns, bank statements, and pay stubs. The lender performs a credit check at this stage.

    We recommend you sit down with a financial professional to factor in other variables unique to your situation. Most financial professionals recommend keeping your housing expenses (loan payment, property tax, and home insurance cost) to less than 28% of your gross income. We can provide this service.

    It will be based on the complexity of your tax filing situation and how cooperative you will be.  Our minimum filing fee is $250, with most paying between $385 to $695.

    Each of you will have a unique situation. First, we will try to understand your goals. Once we know this, we can outline the service you will need and the associated cost. For reference, our financial guidance comes with a $750 enrollment fee. Asset-based management fee ranges from .85% to 1.45%.

    We work with wholesale lenders. Generally, the difference between wholesale lending and retail rates compensates us.

    It will vary depending on the program we mutually agree to use. Some will be fee-based, while others will be commission-based. Regardless, we offer you options without conflicting with your interest.

    Life
    Medicare supplement
    Medicare Advantage plans
    Disability
    Long-term care insurance.

    Generally yes.  If you have no dependents, you may not need life insurance anymore.  Or perhaps you need a policy with different coverage. Our agent can fit you with the insurance products that give you peace of mind and fit your budget.

    *Dealing with complicated retirement tax codes

    *Understanding payout options of retirement and insurance accounts

    *Sorting out financial documents (certified copies of the death certificate, annuity papers, retirement plans, etc.)

    *Filing taxes for the deceased

    *Sorting through unfamiliar financial statements (bills, credit cards, mortgages, investments, taxes, etc.)

    *Determining the deceased’s pension, 401k, and other benefits

    *Retitling accounts with financial institutions

    *Notifying Social Security Administration

    *Determining whether or not to make significant changes immediately, such as paying off a mortgage or other debts

    Our clients tend to view money as a means, not an end. They value family over money.

    Our investment management clients usually have investible assets of over $200,000.

    Our clients approaching retirement are usually within six years from actually retiring and have investable assets over $150,000.

    Our financial guidance clients usually have over $20,000 saved and regularly save $800+ per month outside of 401(k) type programs.  They are willing to pay an annual retainer of at least $3,000.

    Our clients view us as part of their team and trust our recommendations.

    The best way to answer your question is to run a tax projection based on your current level and projected retirement income.

    We can go over Social Security retirement age, applying for Social Security, how much you will get, the taxation of your benefits, and many more.

    Medical costs are highly dependent on your health and insurance situation. We can go over the medical insurance options you have during retirement and what additional costs you can anticipate.

    It depends on your financial resources, age, health, and how you manage your risks. We can help you discuss this issue.

     If you are about five years from retirement, we can help you evaluate how financially ready you will be. We can position you with tax-saving strategies, prevent you from missteps, and explain what options you will have with your Social Security and or Pension plan. Here are some questions we can answer:  

    • How do you maximize your retirement income?  
    • How much taxes will you incur from withdrawing your retirement accounts?  
    • To minimize taxes, which combination of funds should you take out and when?  
    • What healthcare planning should you be aware of before retiring?

     

     

     

     

    No. Life is not all about money. Your happiness is ultimately about your Life’s driven purpose, whether in retirement or not, and with your definition of retirement. You can have this psychological and philosophical discussion with us. Then we can design financial vehicles to allow you to live your Life to the fullest.

    Generally, you will not incur a tax liability if you correctly complete rollover procedures. We are familiar with this process. Contact us for help.

    We can walk you through this process, reducing your potential mistakes.

    Help you reduce taxes by evaluating your retirement plans

    •   Project tax liability and plan accordingly 
    •   Discuss various tax filing obligations as a small business owner
    •   Reduce unintended consequences of small-business taxes
    •   Reduce stress by assessing your bookkeeping need

    Our knowledge best serves small businesses with gross revenue between $50k to $200k.

    They cannot stick to a disciplined approach to investing and allow short-term swings in the market to affect their long-term financial plan.

    We focus on long-term planning and investment and do not provide a stock trading service.

    A do-it-yourself kind of person will likely and constantly find ways to do something better, and therefore will likely not like their current plan.

    We don’t work well with people who want professional advice but are very fee-sensitive.

    Trust is essential. It derails our planning when a person continues to second guess our recommendation because of outside influences.

    Credentials

    What is an Enrolled Agent?

    An Enrolled Agent is a tax advisor who is a federally-authorized tax practitioner certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Enrolled Agents represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service for tax issues, including audits, collections, and appeals.

    What is an Investment Adviser Representative?

    An IAR is a professional working for a registered investment advisory firm and has passed a security test to offer investment advice.  Kiak Tae holds Series 7, 66, and 24

    What is NMLS Mortgage Loan Originators?

    Mortgage licensed professionals who are authorized to help consumers originate loans.  Kiak Tae is licensed as a real estate broker as well. These are just three of the five credentials Gardena Financial holds.

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