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As clients of Sales Tax Specialists, Inc. for over a decade, we highly recommend their services. Professional, highly skilled, and extremely knowledgeable, Kai Mickey and his team worked tirelessly on our behalf going above and beyond what was expected. We hold them in the highest esteem and we’re deeply grateful for their professional services.

Patricia and Andrew Laspino
Sea Elm, Inc.

Sales Tax Specialists, Inc. has assisted us with several of our clients. In all of these cases the results were fantastic for our clients. Utilizing our clients’ records Kai was able to develop accurate audit working papers that were provided to the auditors at the onset of the field audits.

The auditors reviewed Kai’s work and accepted the results, securing quick and efficient completion of the audits with extremely favorable results at a very reasonable cost. Kai is technically very competent, very practical, and able to work with anyone. Kai, and his firm Sales Tax Specialists, Inc., is my first choice any time I need sales and use tax assistance.

Bob Rubin – Attorney
Boutin Jones, Inc.

Receiving our audit letter was one of the most helpless feelings I have ever had being a business owner. I searched around and found Sales Tax Specialists. I actually called on a weekend night and left a message. I was called back by Kai the next morning, which was a Sunday, and he walked me through my options for well over an hour on the phone. He also managed to help relieve some stress with his knowledge of the process.

Getting help that quickly and even during non business work hours made my decision quick and easy to use them for my audit. Sales Tax Specialists handled everything for me so I could focus on my business and not worry about the daily stress of the audit process. I would recommend Sales Tax Specialists to anyone with sales tax issues as they were very professional, helpful, and the process was far better than could be expected from them.

Trae DeBeaubien – President
Get Ripped Nutrition, Inc.

Kai was very helpful with our problem with the Board of Equalization. They were going to charge us more than $40,000 plus more in penalties. Kai helped us fight back against their false allegation. He is very professional, honest, and worked very hard for our cause. He helped cut it in half and got the penalty thrown out. I would definitely call upon his service in the future if the need arises.

Pedro Pulida – Owner
Ed’s Liquor

I have a client that seems to be a favorite target of the SBOE. After the first disaster of an audit, when the next time hit us, we hired Kai Mickey to help us get the resolution that the client wanted and deserved. We worked directly with Kai to prepare the work papers for Kai to review and adjust to get a great and deserved result. I am thrilled as is my client. He is so knowledgeable in this arena it makes my job easier. We will continue to use Kai Mickey and STS in the future.

Mary Philippsen – EA
By the Numbers Tax & Business Services

After nearly six months of constant back and forth with the Board of Equalization regarding our audit, the owner and myself were beyond frustrated and lost as to what to do. We were referred to Kai and Sales Tax Specialists, Inc. by our accountant and things could not have gone better once the process started.

Kai was extremely thorough in finding out what was going on and explaining what our options were and suggesting what he felt was best given our circumstances. Because of his help, we were able to get the audit outcome we felt we deserved. I would strongly recommend Kai and Sales Tax Specialists, Inc. to help anyone in a similar bind.

Devarie Anderson – CFO

Sales Tax Specialists has become an integral part of our business. With the extensive knowledge of the experts at STS, we have been able to navigate our sales tax audits and secure proper results.

We highly urge any business that is going through any tax issues to enlist the aid of STS. We can, without hesitation, say that the tax audit process was much easier to handle with Sales Tax Specialists help. Thank you for helping us keep our business.

Rusty Berry – CEO
Aquatic Outfitters, Inc. dba; Scuba Schools of America

When tax attorneys had all but given up on our case, we were very fortunate to meet Kai at Sales Tax Specialists, via the internet. He took on our case and treated as if it was his own financial future on the line. With his professional knowledge and experience with dealing directly with the State Board, he was able to reduce our liability to zero! Thank you for giving us our life back!

Fred Van Rooyen – Individual

It was a pleasure working with Kai Mickey in preparing our California Sales Tax returns. They were always prepared promptly and professionally and he was always available to answer any questions we had. I am pleased to recommend him.

Rick Woodworth – Vice President
Crystal Productions

Sales Tax Specialists was an invaluable asset in resolving my client’s sales tax issue with CA-BOE. The body of knowledge of CA regs, their understanding of the law and subsequently of my client’s situation and needs made a resolution of this audit a complete success.

I am sure that without their assistance and intervention the results of the settlement would have been disastrous. But thanks to the STS team, the client was pleased with the outcome and we intend to use them for any sales tax controversy in the future.

Michael Marshall, EA – President
Clarendon Street Partners, Inc.

I just wanted to let you know that I have rarely hired a consultant in any capacity that has been as professional and effective as you.

Thank you for your attention and care.

Michael Merrill – President
Michael Merrill Design Studio, Inc.

Sales Tax Specialist, Kai Mickey, gave me back my peace of mind that the “tax man” has some one to answer to. Don’t try and do these audits alone. It can be very stressful & Sales Tax Specialists will do everything they can to help you. Thank you Sales Tax Specialists!

Lana Smith – Owner
Parklane Lounge

Working with Kai helped turn an overwhelming problem into something quite do-able. Kai was very easy to work with; quick to respond to any questions we had; and he really stayed right on top of the BOE for us until all issues were solved. I would highly recommend Sales Tax Specialists.

Monica Brady – Office Manager
R&C Supply Company

Sales Tax Specialists, Inc. is a highly professional and helpful organization. Kai Mickey and his staff are a pleasure to deal with and they strive to provide timely and accurate assistance. AF USA, Inc. has come to rely heavily on their expertise.

Matt DeLesdernier – Vice President
AF USA, Inc.

STS provided excellent guidance for Those Guys, Inc. (“TGI”) throughout the appeals process with the CA Board of Equalization. STS diligently worked on behalf of TGI to obtain a successful and satisfactory outcome. Most importantly, Kai Mickey is the consummate professional with an incredible skill set to navigate, work with and understand the BOE and their processes. Thank you!

Derek Harding – Vice President
Those Guys, Inc.

The BOE decided that our Nevada company had Nexus in California and and said we owed them sales & use tax for the prior three years. Kai helped us figure out exactly what was owed, helped us recover some of that money from our California customers, and walked us through this entire process with the BOE. He saved us time and frustration. I would recommend their services to anyone.

Pamela Fitts – Accounting Manager
Sports Attack

Thank you Kai for helping me through a tough time. Your company was always first class and on top of all the problems I faced. Thank you for your friendship and understanding. I’ll never forget your help.

Steve Drake – Owner
The Brass Tee

We found Kai knowledgeable, responsive, and extremely competent in assisting us to successfully resolve our sales tax issue with the state. His professional and personal approach was a pleasure.

Norman Johnson – President
Managed Asset Companies

Kai Mickey, from Sales Tax Specialists, Inc., was very thorough and easy to work with. He assessed our issue quickly and helped us to reach a successful conclusion with California. I would recommend Sales Tax Specialists for any company with questions about dealing with the CA Board of Equalization.

Mike Polis – CFO
Crown Tonka California, Inc.

I was referred to Sales Tax Specialists by my accountant and I was impressed from the beginning by his knowledge, honesty, dignity, and professionalism. Kai is very experienced and knows how to fix any tax problem. His fees are more than fair. He walks you through every step of the way and helps you fix the problem in the best possible way. Thank you very much for your honesty and decency.

Morey Dastgheib – President
Autobahn Gallery

Sales Tax Specialists, Inc. has been very professional and knowledgeable in relation to California Sales and Use Tax laws. Under their guidance our company felt confident in the advice we were being given and were pleased with the final results in relation to this project. Thanks very much for the assistance.

Jason Patton – Director
Tax Stuller, Inc

Sales Tax Specialists, Inc. went above and beyond the call of duty to solve my sales tax problem. He ultimately reached a settlement acceptable to both parties. Kai was relentless in his pursuit of a fair outcome.

Patrica Kappan – President
Orange County PK Investments, Ltd.

Kai’s approach to responding to the Board of Equalization’s requests simplified the process and allowed me the confidence to concentrate on my primary responsibilities.

James Svesta – VP of Finance
ACS, Inc.

Kai helped us get into compliance and resolve what could have been a tax accountancy nightmare! We appreciate the direction and educational experience.

Donna Preston – COO
Broner Glove Company

Kai was extremely helpful and knowledgable in bringing our problem to a successful conclusion.

Wally Kinchen – Individual

Great Job. Your service was excellent and the outcome even better. Thank you.

Denise Marsh Jordan – Individual

Helped us navigate uncharted waters successfully.

Brad Van Allen – V.P.
Northwest Paper Box Manufacturers, Inc.

As a foreign company, the intricacies of California State sales tax laws were that much more confusing. Sales Tax Specialists helped us make sense of the requirements and ensure we set ourselves up so that we met these requirements

Tim Kroetsch – Controller
Torre & Tagus Designs, Inc.

We could not have survived the State Board audit without the help of Kai. His thorough planning and detailed work made it possible for us to get the best possible outcome from our case. We highly recommend Kai and will definitely seek his services if we were ever in the same situation.

Angela Yip – Owner
Uncle Joe’s Liquors

Very knowledgeable in the California Sales and Use Tax area. Provided timely information and analysis, which was required to bring our California Sales and Use Tax to current status. Was available for consultation as needed and provided guidance for future activities. The cost of services provided was definitely in line with the benefits received. Would definitely use this company again in the future if the need arises.

Steve Hartford – Controller
Ultrafryer Systems, Inc.

Kai did a great job for me. He knows the ins and outs of the system and gave me excellent advice and more than one option to settle my audit in a positive way. I give him my highest recommendation.

Paul Phelps – Owner
Cost Plus Carpets

A knowledgeable and thorough representative, Kai’s background in audit procedures is exceptional. He left us at ease through our audit and prevented us from owing on charges by properly reviewing the auditor’s work and our files. An extremely professional individual, you will feel confident and satisfied.

Diana Khalil – Accounting Manager

Kai took a personal interest in my transaction and helped me with detailed instructions to complete the transaction. Thanks for the help!

Bjoern Fischer – Individual

Kai and the staff at Sales Tax Specialists, Inc. did an awesome job helping me get through my BOE audit. I would recommend their firm if you ever find yourself in need of experienced professionals to guide you through the complicated process of a sales tax audit.


Kai came out to our office and provided our Core Accounting Services department with a great class on sales tax. He kept it lively, answered questions, geared his presentation towards our needs, and kept the team engaged on the topic. We all learned so much and are so appreciative of his knowledge and expertise on sales tax.

Tami Davis – Core Accounting Services Manager
Grimbleby Coleman, CPA’s, Inc.

Working with Kai was a pleasure. He is thorough and lays out all the facts in a manner that is easy to understand. His experience as a former tax auditor is so valuable as is his understanding of both the taxpayer and the auditor’s position at all times. Kai is a professional who is prepared for all scenarios. He works with the facts and understands his clients. He is able to work with client and auditor and provide the best service to one and all the necessary information to the other.

Mark & Jill Brouillard – Owners
Brouillard’s, Inc.

Sales Tax Specialists was the company we turned to when we were informed by the State of California that we had to collect sales and use tax from our California customers. Kai Mickey and his staff from Sales Tax Specialists helped us with the process of paying the back taxes to 2005 and collecting much of this tax. Kai was there to guide me through every step of this procedure. Kai was always available to answer any question I had pertaining to gathering sales data, collecting tax, or paying the tax. I would highly recommend Sales Tax Specialists and Kai if you are in need of help with sales and use tax for the State of California.

Jeff Kilpela
Core-Met, Inc.

I have worked with Kai Mickey for more than fifteen years and have great respect for his and the STS team’s expertise and finesse representing business owners before the Board of Equalization. Kai and I met in the 1990’s when one of our largest clients was targeted by BOE. Our firm had been representing the client and we were surprised by the aggressive approach taken by BOE. Fortunately, Kai’s involvement turned things around and from that time forward, our default procedure has been to involve him and his firm when (or sometimes before) our clients are having challenges working with the BOE.

Kai has a comprehensive understanding of the CA laws pertaining to sales and use tax as well as the BOE procedures and practices. He is professional and skilled at analyzing and communicating exposures, if any, faced by clients under audit and identifies the optimum solution that will be accepted by the BOE and best for the taxpayer. I have very high confidence that any business facing BOE challenges will benefit from retaining STS for consultation, guidance and possible representation.

Rex G. Davis – CPA, CFP
Principal RG Davis & Company

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