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Meet Carol Chrisopoulos of Chrisopoulos CPA aka Malcolm Accounting in Bay Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carol Chrisopoulos.

Carol, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
The company started nearly 60 years by James C. Malcolm, I was one of his employees. I worked as bookkeeper/accounts payable/receptionist for two years until I get my Certified Public Accountant license and started to take on accounting and tax work. For many years, I worked side by side with Mr. Malcolm and have learned tremendously from him. After Mr. Malcolm decided to retire at age 89, he asked me to purchase his practice as the company was his baby and he wants to see his baby keep going. Therefore, I become an owner of this company after working with him for 14 years.

I was an accounting assistant since I was 19 for a British insurance company in Taipei, Taiwan and continuing providing A/P & bookkeeping service for a chain restaurant that based in San Diego since 1997. Accounting and tax work are the only things I know for the past 25 years of my professional career. In the recent years, I am providing more tax planning & consulting services as I love seeing tax savings for my clients, that is the most rewarding moment of my day.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Fortunately, everything had been nice but I did have some challenges over the past few years. For a few years, we had an employee had cancer and was taking a lot of time off and later, we lost one of our partner due to health reason, I had to work more than I like with my young child, I had to work at home a lot. After Mr. Malcolm retire, I had to move to a new location for various reason. I couldn’t have done all these with the help of my family and my two amazing assistants.

Luckily, our clients are very loyal and understand through all these. We were able to keep up the good work just maybe a little delay. Now, I have the best office every, two of my assistants are with me for 5 years plus and we have been through so much together, they are more than employees to me, they are also my friends.

Please tell us about Chrisopoulos CPA aka Malcolm Accounting.
We are specialized in tax preparation and tax planning. We also provide bookkeeping and payroll series to our clients. Most of our clients are high net worth professionals, they need a lot of help planning before year end so they can minimize their tax liabilities. I also have several foreign clients that trusted me 100% with all their affairs in the US that I took care of their tax preparation, business filing, and banking needs.

I am most proud that we always get back to the client within 1 working day, I am not a procrastinator and I can’t stand work not being done on time. My assistants are excellent, they don’t let anything slip through, always on top of everything

.Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I grew up with my grand parents and cousins in the mountain range, my granddad is a farmer, I love to play at his farm by the river with my cousins. Lots farm animals around, best childhood memories.

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