Our Incredible Staff

 

 

Here at Instant Tax Solutions, we are blessed to be able to work with great people who are not only experienced with their jobs, but passionate about them.

They bring hundreds of years of combined experience in the tax, financial and legal industries to our tax relief firm right here in the United States.

100% of our tax lawyers, consultants and employees are right here in the US. They all know each other, have their kids play sports together, and are here to help you get the results that you need.

Ian and Rebekah Woodman

Ian and Rebekah Woodman

Owners

Ian Woodman is the founder of Instant Tax Solutions. Ian studied accounting while attending college at C.S.U.N. in California. Ian has owned various businesses since 1997, but chose to get into the tax resolution industry in 2008, when he realized there was a need for tax payers to find honest and ethical tax help.

Ian’s vision of Instant Tax Solutions has always been to provide honest information to clients, which includes a free consultation, a flat fee, and impeccable customer service from the first time a client calls until the final resolution of the client’s tax problem.

Ian enjoys vacationing with his family, watching his kids play sports, attending concerts, and going to amusement parks.

Becky works at Instant Tax Solutions part-time to assist in the accounting department. Becky attended North Idaho College while seeking her nursing degree. Becky brings her caring and creative mentality to ITS, which benefits all our clients greatly.

Becky spends most of her time raising 4 kids and watching all the sports they play. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, taking vacations, or just sitting around a fire pit with friends.

John Nelson

John Nelson

General Manager / Senior Tax Consultant

John Nelson, General Manager at Instant Tax Solutions, is an accomplished professional with over 23 years of experience in business management, human resources, training, and consulting. With a mindset of service and advocacy, he is responsible for supporting and managing the daily business operations, brand management, and strategic business development.

Prior to joining ITS, John was a District Manager in the banking industry. His greatest strengths are his vision, drive, and leadership. John thrives on challenges, particularly those that succeed client expectations – never over-committing and under-delivering.

John holds a BA in business from College of Idaho. In his free time, John’s hobbies include anything and everything sports.

Steve Sherer

Steve Sherer

Tax Attorney

Clients benefit from Steve’s extensive knowledge of IRS procedures and the Tax Code. His years of experience applying that knowledge in administrative hearings and negotiations before the IRS have made him a powerful force on the side of troubled taxpayers.

Steve has his Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Chico and his Juris Doctor with a Taxation Concentration from University of Pacific. His background includes over ten years of experience as a Tax Attorney working in the Tax Relief industry.

Relocating from Northern California to North Idaho in 2014, Steve enjoys the mountains, trees, and the rustic–yet vibrant–atmosphere that the Inland Northwest has to offer.

Ani Labayan

Ani Labayan

Case Manager, E.A.

Since 2008, Ani has been providing quality IRS and State representation services to clients in the industry. Ani’s dedication to high standards, attention to detail, and work ethic has brought clients the relief they needed when times were the most rough. Ani is a certified Federal Enrolled Agent and graduate of California State University. Ani enjoys camping, travelling, boating, and reading books and articles. Ani takes a lot of interest in animal rights and says if she could, she would rescue them all.

Eric Joseph

Eric Joseph

Case Manager, E.A.

Eric’s in-depth experience and strategy of representing clients before the IRS and State, has helped clients of Instant Tax Solutions for over 6 years. Before joining ITS, Eric worked for the IRS as an Auditor and Revenue Agent for 17 years. Eric graduated from University of Texas with a Bachelor’s degree.

In his spare time, Eric enjoys swimming, diving, and traveling the world.

Jacob Armstrong

Jacob Armstrong

Case Manager, E.A.

Jacob Armstrong has been helping individuals and businesses take care of their tax and financial needs for over 5 years. As an Enrolled Agent, Jacob is prepared to negotiate with the IRS on your behalf, petition penalties for abatement, and negotiate the best settlement possible.

Jacob is a member of the American Society of Tax Problem Solvers. When not negotiating on behalf of our clients, you will find him outdoors with his wife and children.

Mark Walstrom

Mark Walstrom

Case Manager, E.A.

With over 18 years of experience in providing tax resolution to individuals and businesses, Mark is a recognized expert in dealing with IRS and State problems. Mark holds a license as an Enrolled Agent and is an expert in the field of taxation.

Mark enjoys lifting weights, staying fit, and playing golf and softball.

Christine Hill

Christine Hill

Case Manager, E.A.

Christine Hill is another extremely educated Case Manager at Instant Tax Solutions. She is a Federal Enrolled Agent with over 11 years of experience. Christine finds satisfaction helping clients resolve their tax issues and saving them money, whether it is through education of paying Estimated Tax Payments, obtaining an Offer in Compromise, or helping a person understand the steps they need to take to correct tax related issues.

Prior to becoming an Enrolled Agent, Christine was employed with the British Government where some of her duties involved analyzing administrative and financial procedures for handling of seized drugs, weapons, and explosives. This line of work brought her to contact with the department that trained K-9 Officers.

Christine holds a Bachelor of Science of Accounting from the College Business Administration and Entrepreneur Studies. She is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council. When not assisting clients, she spends her leisure time gardening and learning about scientific discoveries.

Michael Kabealo

Michael Kabealo

Case Manager, E.A.

As a Federal Enrolled Agent, Mike describes his role as a Case Manager as one of which he has been fighting for the rights of American taxpayers for over10 years. Mike is a graduate of Ohio University in Athens, OH.

He enjoys spending time outside with his kids and traveling the globe with his wife of 13 years.

Mark Murray

Mark Murray

Case Manager, C.P.A.

With over 20 years of experience in accounting, Mark Murray is a seasoned Certified Public Accountant that has brought positive and professional resolution to Instant Tax Solutions’ clients. Mark joined Instant Tax Solutions as a Case Manager in 2011. His experience in communicating with all Federal and State tax agencies has successfully helped hundreds of clients in obtaining wage garnishment modifications, bank levy releases, and overall tax resolution.

Mark received his Undergraduate at University of Montana. He then continued to receive a Masters of Accountancy from University of Montana. Upon earning his Masters, he earned and carries a dual licensure with both Washington and Idaho as a CPA.

Jennifer Leonhardt

Jennifer Leonhardt

Case Manager, E.A.

Jen is a loving wife and a proud navy mom to her two amazing children.

She has held many management roles through her career life but left those roles behind and went in search for an opportunity to help people. Jen stepped into the tax debt relief industry in 2013 and quickly realized this is where she needed to be.

As an Enrolled Agent along with her compassion and strong will, Jen continues to receive heart felt satisfaction in helping people lift their burden of tax debt from their shoulders.

When not at the office, Jen is always with family and friends enjoying life, especially if she is at the lake or river.

Holly Matous

Holly Matous

Tax Preparer, Tax Department Manager, E.A.

As the Tax Department Manager, Holly offers high-level expertise, combined with a caring commitment to the co-workers and clients of Instant Tax Solutions. Clients count on Holly for her quality service, responsiveness, and ability to help make their business grow and prosper.

In addition to currently being a CPA Exam Candidate and studying to complete the CPA Exam, Holly is licensed to practice before the Internal Revenue Service as an Enrolled Agent on all tax issues. Holly’s main area of focus in accounting is taxation. She holds a BA with Emphasis in Accounting and a BS from Lewis-Clark State College.

Some of her personal interests include: hiking, running, skiing, traveling, and spending time with her kids.

JoDean Hysom

JoDean Hysom

Tax Preparer

After graduating from Eastern Washington University magna cum laude with a BA in Accounting and Management Information Systems, JoDean went into tax preparation and brings to ITS over 7 years of experience.

Additionally, JoDean volunteers for VITA and AARP. Her off-the-job interests include being outdoors with her family, camping, hiking, watching movies, and crafting.

Tom Burke

Tom Burke

Tax Preparer

Tom joined Instant Tax Solutions in 2017. Tom has graduated with a BA from Eastern Washington University with honors, Magna Cum Laude. He also has 2 related degrees in accounting and business from Spokane Community College. He has recently passed the uniform CPA examination and is on his way to becoming a CPA.

When Tom is out of the office he enjoys being outdoors, visiting family, and is a huge fan of sports.

Melissa Roberts

Melissa Roberts

Tax Preparer

Melissa has worked as a tax professional since 2008 and is currently working towards obtaining her Enrolled Agent license. Melissa joined Instant Tax Solutions in 2012 after working as a tax manager and preparer for 4 years in the tax industry. Melissa attended North Idaho College and Lewis Clark State College working towards a degree in Business with an emphasis in Accounting. Melissa brings over 18 years of management experience. She delivers a great work ethic, integrity and professional attitude to her work and customer service. She has helped our clients become compliant again with the IRS and State with accurate tax filings. She takes great pride in the quality and commitment she personally gives to each client.

Melissa enjoys spending time reworking vintage goods, lazy days with her pets, as well as spending time with her greatest achievement…her son. Born and raised in Idaho, Melissa loves the four seasons and the activities they bring. One days she hopes to travel the world.

Parker Phillipson

Parker Phillipson

Tax Preparer

Parker previously worked for two CPA firms before joining ITS in June of 2018. Parker graduated from Washington State University with a Finance degree. After joining the workforce, Parker found a passion for taxation and decided to pursue a Masters in Accountancy at Colorado State University and to take the CPA Exam.

When he is not in the office, Parker enjoys going golfing, scuba diving, and hunting with his 1-year old black lab, Danni.

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Davis

Tax Prep Administrative Assistant

Elizabeth joined ITS in February of 2017, as a valued member of our Reception Team. With her eagerness and drive to learn all the inner workings of ITS, she quickly began helping in all departments of ITS. When the opportunity arose to assist in the tax department Elizabeth was eager to help. Before joining ITS, Elizabeth operated a small landscaping business. With a degree in horticulture and over 8 years of experience in the field. This has now become a hobby for Elizabeth that she loves to share with friends and neighbors.

When Elizabeth is not assisting the Tax Prep team, she is proudly raising her 2 young children and enjoying horticulture as a hobby. She enjoys any type of activity that gets herself and her children outside and enjoying the fresh air!

Elijah Woodman

Elijah Woodman

Tax Prep Administrative Assistant

Elijah joined the Instant Tax Solutions team in 2014 as a receptionist directly out of high school. Due to his prior commitment to the Armed Forces, Elijah left for 2 years and returned in 2017 and became an administrative assistant for our tax team.

Elijah has shown both growth and maturity since becoming an employee at age 18. He spends most his time with his newly engaged fiancée. In his spare time, Elijah enjoys playing sports, video games, concerts, and traveling.

Shane Clift

Shane Clift

Executive Administrative Assistant, In-House Tech Support

Shane joined Instant Tax Solutions in 2009, with 15+ years of office experience, and wears many hats at ITS. Shane is responsible for providing administrative support to the Resolution team, troubleshooting in-house tech issues, following up with clients, and preparing necessary documents throughout the process of resolution.

Rick Johnston

Rick Johnston

Administrative Assistant

Rick has been with Instant Tax Solutions since 2010. Coming to ITS from a 15 year career in a lumber mill, Rick has adapted amazingly over the years to become one of the longest tenured employees at Instant Tax Solutions. His casual and easy going mentality makes it a pleasure for all of our clients and fellow employees to work with.

In Rick’s spare time he enjoys spending time with family, camping, fishing, and everything outdoors.

Mindy Simpson

Mindy Simpson

Administrative Assistant

Mindy joined Instant Tax Solutions in June of 2018, as an Administrative Assistant. She takes pride in assisting our team and ensuring great customer service to our clients. She is hardworking and detailed oriented which makes her a great asset to our company.

Mindy enjoys her free time with her husband and their two children fishing out on the lake during summer months.

Alise Tanner

Alise Tanner

Office Assistant/Accounts Receivable

Alise joined our team in 2017 and is one of Instant Tax Solutions newer employees. She started as a receptionist and her drive has allowed our firm to assign many different job activities to her, which includes handling Excel tracking for the owners, all IT customer service, Accounts Receivable, procedural development; and many other items.

Alise has a Paralegal Certificate from North Idaho College. Prior to working at Instant Tax Solutions, she was a paralegal for an attorney in Spokane, Washington.  Alise has more than 5 years of office experience, and she enjoys finding new ways to make our company function more efficiently.

Alise has two daughters (7 and 10) whom she positively adores. In her free time she immensely enjoys reading, writing, gardening and camping.

Stacy Leslie

Stacy Leslie

Accounts Receivable

Stacy joined our firm in 2016 after relocating to the area from Southern California. Her warm personality and ability to communicate with clients makes her a valuable team member at Instant Tax Solutions. When you reach her, her calm manner and smile shines over the phone. Stacy has over 9 years’ experience in the tax and accounting industry and holds a Bachelor’s degree from California State University of Fullerton.

She is also a proud mother of four wonderful children. She is happiest when reading a book and spending time with her family.

Jessica Porto

Jessica Porto

Receptionist

Jessica joined our team in 2017 as a receptionist. She worked as a cosmetologist before coming to Instant Tax Solutions. She has an extensive work history entailed with customer service.

Jessica has 2 kids and when she isn’t spending time with her family, she loves to spend her free time either reading or enjoying the outdoors.

Glen Barber II

Glen Barber II

Senior Tax Consultant

Glen Barber II joined Instant Tax Solutions in 2009 as an experienced consultant. Glen consults with a diverse array of clients on a daily basis, helping liaise between our clients and the resolution team to ensure an exceptional client experience. He achieves this objective by going through the initial consultation and then preparing a resolution strategy based on our clients’ current financial situation and their objectives for resolution.

Prior to consulting, Glen served 7 years in the US Army. He also earned an Associate’s Degree from Angelo State University. Outside of ITS, Glen enjoys hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, snow skiing, sports, and travelling.

Aaron Brumfield

Aaron Brumfield

Senior Tax Consultant

Aaron Brumfield, Senior Tax Consultant brings over 25 years of professional marketing and business development experience to Instant Tax Solutions. Aaron is responsible for business development, taxpayer consultations, and customer service.

Prior to joining ITS, Aaron was involved in business development with Qwest and Verizon Directories Corporation. He also served as a Marketing Director for a local cutting edge Media Technology Company. Aaron’s strengths include leadership and figuring out creative ways to help clients.

Aaron holds a BA in English/Business Option from Washington State University. In his free time, Aaron enjoys family, outdoor activities, and sports.

Jace Rutherford

Jace Rutherford

Senior Tax Consultant

As an experienced Senior Tax Consultant, Jace consults with clients to help get them the relief they need. When things need to happen quickly to get a wage garnishment or bank levy addressed, Jace walks clients through the complete resolution process in an efficient and comfortable manner.

Jace is actively involved in coaching the area’s youth, teens, and young men in baseball. He also enjoys spending time and travelling with his wife and 4 boys.

Jeffrey Cohen

Jeffrey Cohen

Senior Tax Consultant

Jeff grew up in Southern California and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Psychology. After graduating, he went to work for a large financial services company and spent 19 years as a financial advisor.

Jeff is a single father of a 9-year-old girl and they spend their free time in the mountains, camping and fishing with their 2-year-old black lab/boxer.