About Optima Tax Relief

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The Optima Tax Relief team has had one vision since inception – to help Americans nationwide deal with the aggressive collection policies of the State/IRS tax agencies.

As we know, tax issues can create great stress, depression, and anxiety. It can seem overwhelming when an individual tries to take on these collection agencies by themselves while being at risk of garnishments or property seizures. Optima Tax Relief puts its experience to work, understands how to deal with these issues, and takes the burden away from you.


Who is Optima Tax Relief?

Our Company Mission
Quite simply…Our goal is to obtain the best possible result with your specific tax situation and allowing you to put this issue behind you.
Our History
The founders of Optima Tax Relief first met over 12 years ago while at the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. It is there that they quickly realized the overwhelming burden that unmanageable tax liabilities can place on Americans from every walk of life.
How Tax Relief Works
There are numerous ways to obtain “Tax Relief”. Our knowledgeable, friendly, and experienced Tax Team at Optima will discuss your case, analyze the results and propose the best course of action. If you have a pending Tax collection or Seizure, we can help immediately! If we need to investigate further, we will do so. If you can do this on your own, we will tell you. Our ultimate goal is to bring you within compliance, protect you from collection, and create a solution that works for YOU.
Our Promise
We stand behind our work and as a guarantee, Optima Tax Relief will refund monies paid under the OTR Client Agreement within the first 15 calendar days without any penalty or obligation*.

Our Core Competencies

  • Tax Negotiation & Settlement
  • IRS Audit Defense
  • Tax Levies & Liens
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Back Taxes
  • End Penalties & Interest

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Meet Some of Our Legal Team & Tax Professionals

Kristen Bemis

Kristen BemisGeneral Counsel
Kristen Bemis has 10 years of legal experience advising both public and financial companies regarding regulatory and compliance issues. She helps to make sure Optima adheres to the highest standards and maintains best practices within the industry. She is a licensed attorney in both the states of California and Nevada. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of San Diego and a Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
Philip Hwang

Philip HwangDirector, Resolutions – Lead Attorney
Philip Hwang is dedicated to delivering excellent representation and legal advice with regard to legal tax issues. He has a wide range of experience in tax law ranging from working at the South Brooklyn Low Income Tax Clinic to providing audit defense and international tax planning for multinational corporations. Philip earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Hofstra University School of Law with a concentration in Taxation Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. He is admitted to practice law in California as a member of the California State Bar.
Jenny Wei

Jenny WeiTax Attorney
Jenny is passionate about helping businesses and individuals resolve their tax issues. She has a history of helping families in need with volunteer programs. She participated in the Low Income Tax Clinic and was an auditor for the State of California. Jenny takes pride in defending taxpayer rights. She holds a degree in Accounting, Business Administration, and in Psychology. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of California.
Michael Wenkart

Michael WenkartTax Attorney
Michael graduated from Chapman University with a B.S. in Business Administration as well as a J.D. and LL.M. in taxation from the University of San Diego. He has experience in tax preparation, researching complex tax issues especially international tax issues including inversions. As a member of the RO team at Optima, his focus now is assisting clients to navigate and defend against the aggressive collection tactics of the IRS’s revenue officers.
Carlos Maggi

Carlos MaggiTax Attorney
Carlos earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Whittier Law School with a concentration in Business Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is admitted to practice law in California as a member of the California State Bar and is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (Taxation Section) as well as the Beverly Hills Bar Association (Taxation Section).
Negar Taghilou Cox

Negar Taghilou CoxTax Attorney
Negar is dedicated to deliver excellent results for her clients. She brings with her several years of tax resolution experience dealing with Offers in Compromise, Collection Due Process Hearings, Appeals, and advance representation involving personal and business matters. She earned her Bachelor degree in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Negar also has an LL.M degree in Taxation/International Taxation & Offshore Planning from Saint Thomas University School of Law. She is admitted to practice before United States Tax Court and the Supreme Court of the State of Michigan.
Tan Le

Tan LeEnrolled Agent
Tan graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a major in Accounting. He’s been working as an accountant and tax preparer ever since. Tan’s main area of expertise is in audit representation. His tax preparation expertise spans from individual to corporate taxes.
Alina Yuryeva

Alina YuryevaEnrolled Agent
Alina is an enrolled agent with over 4 years of tax accounting experience. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Entrepreneurship, and International Economics. Alina is currently pursuing her Master Degree in Taxation from California State University, Fullerton.
Hoa Ha

Hoa HaEnrolled Agent
Hoa graduated from California State University Fullerton with a major in Accounting. During the last 7 years, Hoa worked as a tax preparer, tax planner, and adviser. Hoa also spent 2 years on IRS VITA program. Hoa is certified in Covered California Counselor, Property, and Casualty Insurance Broker.
Daniel Wright

Daniel WrightEnrolled Agent
Daniel Wright has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and over 20 years of experience in both the public and the private sector. He has managed everything from small publicly traded companies to mid-size not-for-profits. With this extensive accounting experience and as a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Daniel is uniquely qualified to assist our business and audit clients.
Rosie Steele

Rosie SteeleEnrolled Agent
Rosie Steele is proud to have grown within Optima Tax Relief; she started as a Customer Service Representative and is now a fully licensed Enrolled Agent. She is part of the Advanced Collections team which deals primarily with Revenue Officers and believes that communication is key to a successful resolution.
Nguyen Ngo

Nguyen NgoEnrolled Agent
Having over 10 years of experience in tax fields, as a tax preparer and tax consultant, Nguyen Ngo always strives her best to help her clients with any tax related issues. She is currently a member of National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP). She used to be an accountant and mortgage loan consultant before entering tax industry. She graduated cum laude from Cal Poly Pomona University with double majors in Business Administration and Operations Management.

Meet Our Founders

Harry Langenberg

Harry LangenbergCo-founder, Managing Partner
Harry Langenberg, has over 10 years of financial services experience, including investment banking for technology-based firms at Merrill Lynch & Co. in San Francisco, CA. He is a graduate of both the Wharton Business School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jesse Stockwell

Jesse StockwellCo-founder, Managing Partner
Jesse Stockwell has spent the majority of his career in consumer finance where he’s founded multiple successful firms that help individuals in need of financial guidance. He helps to set Optima’s strategic objectives and has previously held positions in investment banking with Prudential Securities. He’s a graduate of the Wharton Business School.

Meet Our Management Team

David King

David KingCEO
David brings with him 12 years of experience in growing and running financial services firms. With an emphasis on Customer Service, he has helped to facilitate the “Client Comes First” approach at Optima Tax Relief. Prior to joining Optima, David held a leadership role at Secured Funding where he pioneered many of their best practices for sales management in the mortgage industry.
Jarrod Bassin

Jarrod BassinEVP & Chief Revenue Officer
Jarrod’s career spans nearly 17 years in consumer and real estate finance. Focused on optimizing the delivery of our services, he works toward the continued advancement of our systems and processes to ensure the best possible customer experience.
Christine Bui

Christine BuiSVP of Client Care & Financing
Christine Bui leads the payments department at Optima Tax Relief where crunching numbers is her passion. She brings 10 years of financial services experience and was an Escrow Manager prior to joining the Optima Team. She graduated with a degree in Business Administration emphasizing in Management Information Systems.
Art Fedich

Art FedichSVP of Marketing
Art brings 15+ years of internet marketing experience in SEO, SEM, content, affiliate, social media, and email marketing to the Optima team. He works closely with the Managing Partners as well as the senior management in all departments to ensure Optima’s “Client Comes First” approach is paramount in all marketing initiatives.
Richard Hamiprodjo

Richard HamiprodjoSVP, Accounting
Richard’s diverse professional accounting career spans nearly two decades with emphasis in banking, mortgage lending, consumer finance and property management. He started his career as an intern at Citi prior to obtaining his BA degree in Economics at the University of California, Irvine while later receiving his MBA. He has held various corporate management level positions working with both private and public companies. A dedicated professional, Richard is passionate about numbers and leads the firm’s accounting team.
Raymond Dinnen

Raymond DinnenVP of Sales Training and Development
An original member of the Optima Tax Relief team, Raymond has over 10 years experience with financial services. Responsible for training agents to present every detail of resolution services, Raymond takes great personal pride in Optima’s ability to solve tax payers issues.
Kevin Romine

Kevin RomineVP, Sales
Kevin Romine, has over 15 years of financial services experience. He is responsible for the growth and development of our client enrollment process. Kevin encourages productivity through positive reinforcements, nurturing tax associates through mentorship and process discipline.
Jasmine Thomas

Jasmine ThomasAssociate Vice President, HR
Jasmine leads the Human Resources department at Optima Tax Relief. She has worked in the HR Field for about 7 years and is extremely passionate about impacting an organization and its employees in a positive way. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics at UC Irvine and later pursued her Masters in HR Management at Chapman University. Jasmine is excited to roll out innovative programs and employee focused initiatives to help keep Optima’s title as one of the Best Places to Work!
Tim Lin

Tim LinSr. Director of Software Dev.
Tim studied accounting and finance before joining Optima as a Project Manager. He likes his tea like he likes his version control: strong, a little sugar. Tim is also self-taught programmer. Luckily for us, he stumbled upon Optima after a brief plunge into 3D Printing.
Nikkie Phan

Nikkie PhanSr. Director of Payments
Nikkie helps lead the payments department at Optima Tax Relief. She brings in over 7 years of accounting experience and has extensive training in different aspects of accounting. She continues to progress her skills and enthusiasm for getting a job well done.
Michelle Botta

Michelle BottaDirector of Sales
Michelle has over 15 years experience in real estate financial services and auditing. Her focus surrounds the growth and development of the team in order to deliver the best client enrollment experience. She is passionate about improving efficiency and communication. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Technical Management.
Alisha Nesheiwat

Alisha NesheiwatDirector of Case Management
Alisha leads the Case Management department at Optima Tax Relief. Alisha is motivated and dedicated to help service both the case management department as well as our clients at Optima Tax Relief. She does this utilizing her 10 years of customer service experience along with her 8 years of leadership in a variety of roles. Alisha is passionate in seeing growth not only in her department but within Optima as a whole.
Sarah Macapobre

Sarah MacapobreDirector of Investigation
Sarah has been a part of the Optima team since its humble beginnings and now manages the Investigations Team. She has 9 years of Customer Service experience and over 5 years of experience in the tax & accounting industry. Sarah is an Enrolled Agent and holds an Undergraduate Degree in Civil Engineering.
Lauren Asuncion

Lauren AsuncionDirector of Document Management
Lauren is exceedingly passionate in assisting others, alongside providing her clients with utmost reassurance and fulfillment of relief. She has been with the company and in the tax industry for 3 years now and has 7 years of Customer Service background. She has held prior experience in case management role and previous title in banking.
Charles Hughes

Charles HughesDirector of Business Development
Having traveled the country training Optima’s business affiliates on our tax resolution services, Charles had the unique opportunity to receive face to face feedback from people about their fears and concerns regarding their financial troubles. He brings this experience back to the office when working to ensure our clients are treated in best possible fashion.
Diane Barbee

Diane BarbeeDirector, Marketing Data & Community Engagement
Diane’s diverse professional background includes over 18 years experience in investment banking, accounting, advertising and human resources. She graduated with Honors from California State University Fullerton with a degree in Human Services. She currently leads her team in the creation and analytic tracking of marketing initiatives. Since joining Optima Tax Relief in 2013, Diane has been a driving force behind Optima’s cultural endeavors.
*The testimonials were provided by actual Optima Tax Relief, LLC clients and are the clients’ sole opinions and experiences relating to the services. Compensation may have been provided to each actual client for providing a testimonial of their honest opinion and experience. The testimonials provided were dependent on the facts of the specific client’s situation. These are individual results which will vary based on circumstances. We do not claim that they are typical results that consumers will generally achieve. Nothing included herein should be taken as a guarantee, warranty, prediction or representation about the results of your situation. All testimonials and related information displayed in the form of text, audio and/or video are shown as they were received in their true and original form and have not been modified or altered in any way, except in some cases, where they have been edited only for the sake of brevity.
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