Neil "The Tax Dude®" Johnson

Neil "The Tax Dude®" Johnson


Neil Johnson (aka The Tax Dude®) has been a tax professional for over fifteen years and has prepared thousands of tax returns for individuals, small businesses, trusts and estates. Neil's background in taxation coupled with his experience in personal financial planning gives him a base of knowledge truly appreciated by his clients. Neil, a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and a certified public accountant since 1988 had been the President of Johnson Financial Services, Ltd. (JFS) Starting with a handful of clients in 1991, he built a diversified tax, accounting and financial consulting practice. His business clients consisted primarily of advertising agencies and other graphic arts related businesses. With JFS, Neil operated one the first non commercial tax preparation practices to file tax returns electronically to the IRS and state taxing authorities. He did this despite needing to buy a slower modem to conform with the long outdated IRS technology. In 1993, JFS became a Registered Investment Adviser with Securities and Exchange Commission and Neil was also appointed as an arbitrator for Arbitration Forums, Inc. Neil served on the board of directors for David Bruce & Company, a software developer for the financial markets, between 1993 and 1995. During this period, he was instrumental in its successful acquisition by First Options of Chicago. In 1996, Neil sold his practice to Ostrow, Reisin, Berk and Abrams, Ltd. Prior to selling his practice, he had over 300 business and individual clients with offices on Michigan Avenue and in Mount Prospect, Illinois. Prior to starting his own practice, Neil has worked in the trust tax department with The Northern Trust Company and as tax manager at CTS Financial Group, Inc. Neil also has experience with one of the former "Big Eight" accounting firms, Coopers & Lybrand. That's if you count that half day in 1988 before he learned he was hired by a botique practice headed by the former managing partner of Oppenheim, Appel, Dixon & Company. Neil has also served as a management consultant to the food service industry. His clients included Michael Jordan's the Restaurant and Compass Group USA, Inc. Over the years, Neil has gained extensive knowledge on what he calls "The Three D's" (divorce, debt and death). Each of these situations provides unusual and often complicated challenges for many people. Neil remembers his early divorce engagements and how he "followed the money" before the phrase was common place and practicing forensic accounting before it became its own niche. Neil has helped numerous clients deal with IRS and state taxing authorities. He has successfully negotiated IRS penalty abatements totaling over hundreds of thousands of dollars. Neil has also helped his clients obtain installment plans, offers in compromise and innocent spouse relief. He gets a real chuckle watching former IRS attorneys on television pitching these services as if they are truly advocates for the taxpayer. In addition to being one of the top tax pros in the U.S., Neil has also been on the forefront of technology use by accountants. He remembers back to the 1980's when most tax professional were preparing tax returns by hand or using "service bureaus" (the original outsourcing of confidential taxpayer information). Neil was among the first tax practitioners to use in-house tax preparation software and was often humored when other tax pros called it cost prohibitive. Thanks to BlackBerry® technology, Neil can often be reached by e-mail during non typical business hours. To view questions I have answered and how questioners rate me, please visit:



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Karen Calcagno Wright

"Neil, Hello, I like your profile and would like to connect via email as seller financing and financial planning are an interest to me. Tried to send message but it would not go thru as red star is over for now. Thanks for selecting me as liked for your profile and hope to contact you soon. Karen Wright Wright Cash Locators"

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"Hello Neil Thanks for the invitation your website is very nice. I am happy to be in your network Greetings from Austria J;-)hanna"

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"Neil is a great networker and his profil shows me that he has extensive experiences in his business. I am glad to have him as a professional contact. Have a great day! Best Regards, Hanno Reitschmidt Advertisement blogs SPREEFORUM International GmbH"

Elena Sotnichenko

"Neil, thank you so much for your help! I truly appreciate it! :)"

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"Neil, I sincerely think you are a valuable asset to any network! That's why I would like to invite you to join me on my website . That is, if you haven't already of course ;-). "

Ali Raza Ansari

"It is an honour to be connected with you on Ecademy! Best wishes, Ali Raza Ansari"

Neville Daniels

"I am glad to count Neil as one of my contacts in my network. Neil is a much appreciated part of it. Best wishes. Neville A. Daniels World-Wide Business Learning and Personnel Development "

Lucky King

"Dear Neil, Thank you so much for your generous consideration to connect here. You seem to be a very accomplished and busy young man. I found your profile very interesting and wish you Best business success always. God Bless You Lucky King"

Lucien Meert

"Dear Neil, I am glad to count you as one of my contacts in my network. You are a valuable part of it. A great connection, I appreciate !! Best wishes. Lucien "

Monica Do Coutto Monni

"Neil is an asset to Ecademy and a dynamic entrepreneur! Congratulations, Neil, and all the best! Monica"

sapna arora

"Its my honor to be connected with you."

Olga Korshunova

"Dear Neil, Thank you for adding me in to your network & contacts, I believe this network engine will support and help as build & develop successful entire business, It is always great to associate with other members. If you need my assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. Best Regards Olga "

Naseem Ahmed

"Mr. Neil is the expert on Tax and Financial advisory matters with great financial accounting experience which spread over decades. He is well known as "Tax Dude" as big tax adviser and possess strong networking experience too. He possess very handsome and charming personality with good creative mind... Assessed on 27.03.2009 at 1:47 AM Mr. Naseem Ahmed Chief Executive Niha Merchant Marine Services"


"Great to be connected with Neil Johnson. A glance at his profile gives an idea why he is known as "The Tax Dude®" which is truly applicable. Power Networking is the trend of the New-Gen Businesses...and this makes sense in connecting with great professional like Neil. Hope our connection on Ecademy manifest into some mutually beneficial relation. Wishing Neil all the very best in his ventures. Warm Regards, Nadeem (nadeemfarooque @ g m a i l .com)"

George Joseph

"Dear Neil, Thank you so much for accepting me as a network partner. I am happy to have found YOU, as a person not only interested in your life and profession but also interested in the life struggles of others. I am confident that you will one day visit us. In the meantime, please visit our website for a better understanding of my life and work: With much good wishes and looking forward to networking with you in the days to come. George "

Mohsen Salehi

"Dear Neil, Thank you for connecting with me. It is a pleasure to meet and network with quality people like you. Keep up the great work and make sure to keep in touch. Please let me know how we can help one another grow. Respectfully, Mohsen Z. Salehi "

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Lydia Michelle Habets

"Dear Neil, Thank you for connecting to me on Ecademy and it is a pleasure to make your acquaintance. I'm looking forward to share some ideas or doing business with you in the future. In the meantime if we can be of your assistance in any kind, you can contact me directly at : With kind regards, Lydia Michelle Habets "

Diana Cave

"Thank you for the connection and I look forward to networking with you in the future. I wish you great success and may all your intentions be manifested. Diana "

Akhila Mehta

"It's a pleasure being in your network.Please stay in touch and I will do the same. I wish you much success in 2009! Akhila :)"

Liza Morado

"Dear "Tax Dude", You must be very busy right about now. My husband is working on our taxes and it is always a tense time as he has to look up how much we initially paid for stocks, so I imagine you are doing that same thing for a lot of people right now. Well, when you just need to look away for a moment, a mental getaway, then go see my art at Best. Liza Morado"

Lee Parent

"Hi, Neil. Thanks for connecting. It will be a pleasure to be a part of your network. Hopefully our networking will be mutually rewarding. Lee"

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Pinky Goswamy

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Jennifer Bloom

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Reinaldo Lopez

"Hi Neil, Thanks for connecting. Look forward to a prosperous and successful networking. Hope your having an awesome 2009. Best Wishes, Reinaldo Lopez"

Muhammad Siddique

"Glad to be connected and that you are part of my circle of friends. You are a valuable part of my network, and thank you for being part of ecademy. Sincerely, Siddique Writer at "

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"Dear Neil, Let me tell you my honest congratulation to yr job here on Ecademy and really appreciate! I rated you good! I'm proud of being in yr network! I'll try to do my best to be good enough here like you! Welcome to Budapest! Don't forget to ask for my help, and that you have a friend in Budapest!Come as a VIP, simple or dental tourist as you like it. I wish you good health and very prosperous happpppppppppppppy new year! Best regards, Andrea Turcsányi "

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"Hi Neil, Thanks for rating me and I am delighted to be on your network. Feel free to ask for any technical issues related to websites and web based programming. Regards, Arup Bhanja Bangalore, INDIA. "

Barbara Wagner

"Thank you for adding me as a contact, happy to know you. Take care about your self. Barbara "

Michael Fisher

"Thank you for inviting me into your network. I look forward to developing a mutually beneficial relationship. "

Helen Ward

"Hi Neil, A great pleasure to be a part of your network. My many thanks for inviting me and for the 'good' rating. It is a pleasure to return the favour! Hoping to be in contact again soon. With fondest regards, Helen "

Dr George Kerford

"Hi Neil, Thanks for adding us as a contact. I represent World Association of Persons with disAbilities [WAPD] and we will certainly assist you or your associates in any manner possible. Dr George "

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Gregory Elfrink

"Neil looks professional and has the experience to backup his image. I am looking forward to learning more about his tax consultation and other aspects of his business life, and I encourage anyone reading this to also take the time to learn about Neil."

Colin Jeffrey

"Neil seems to be a great guy, Its a pleasure to be part of his network"

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Susanne Hottendorff

"Thanks for your interest and connecting! Saludos y gracias. Danke. Susanne"

Fiona Tankard

"Hi Neil Thanks for inviting me to join your network. I love your professionalism and see that you work and play hard too. Best wishes Fiona "

Cristin Badgley

"Its great to know you..thank you for the connection. Cris Badgley"

Akhtar (make it happen) Khan

"Neil is what a networker should be. He invited me to connect. Immediately, I asked him for advice on tax issues that I may be facing, and, without any hesitation he gave detailed advice and asked me to email him for specific discussion. Thank you Neil. Look forward to working with you."

Don Olise

"Neil, Delighted to connect with you. Thank you for the invitation. Don"

Nadia Harper

"Neil is a great networker I am very pleased to be included in his network. Nadia."

Ronald L. Taylor

"It is an honour to be connected with you on Ecademy. I look forward to our networks being of mutual benefit to one another."

Helen OConnor

"Hi Neil, thank you for contacting me. Happy to be connected. Hoping we all experience major growth from our new found connections. "

Barbara Ross

"I am very glad to be in your network. Thanks Barbara Ross"

Christian Brunet Levitan

"Thank you for adding me as a contact, happy to know you."

Tric Ortiz

"Hi Neil, Thanks for connecting. I was surprised to see you connected with another associate, Valerie VanBooven. She and I have been connected in business for over 2 years. Any friend of Valerie's is certainly a friend of mine. I look forward to interacting with you here at Ecademy."

Chey Mann

"Neil is an excellent networker!"

Harry Schanen

"Thanks for connecting Neil, it's pleasure to be in the same network! Let me know if, I can be of any help in your business! Best, Harry"

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Marla Martindale

"Hi Neil, I look forward to learning from you, I mean who wouldn't want "The Tax Dude®" on their side? hahahaha. I happy to have this opportunity to be able to connect with you and look forward to networking with you as well. Blessings, Coach Marla"

Arif Aziz

"True ecademist, I am pleased to be connected with Neil."

Betty Donelly

"hello Neil ! i believe it was Heidi who introduced sweet of her... taxes...what can i say...if five percent appears too small, be thankful i don't take it all! (the beatles - Taxman) i am sure you are a great asset to many americans out there! keep on rockin tax dude! take good care betty donelly"

Claudia Xavier de Lima

"Happy to have you in my network, Neil. If you wish to contact me, please, access my email through my website listed below. Hoping we´ll have a great exchange! Claudia visual artist "

susan govea

"Neil has a giving spirit and his concern shows through his outreach! He has given me great advice concerning an upcoming audit that has already put me at ease and lowered my anxiety. Plus, I know he is there in case I need him. What a great guy!! (And a great guy to know)....AND he kayaks -- what more could you ask for?"

Sam Stockdale

"Thank you for adding me as a contact :)"

Massimiliano Mauriello

"Hi Neil, many thanks for the connection request ! I'm pleased to get connected with a professional like you. I see you're currently reading "Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance". Great book ! Have a good reading and enjoy it. I wish you the greatest success. Max "

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"A pleasure to be connected with you"

Philip French

"dear Neil. Thanks for the network contact .Neil obviously knows what to do with Tax issues. Best Wishes Philip French"

Alison Bourne

"Thank you Neil for connecting with me. With a name like that, I fail to see how a Tax Dude can ever be anything but GOOD! The fact you live in Chicago one of my favourite US cities also scores you some points! Hope we can somehow help each other through our networks and I look forward to working with you in the future. Kind regards Alison "

susan govea

"I am so excited that Neil has asked me to connect with him! I think he was sent to me because I need his services right now! Thanks, Neil! Please let's connect! I need your help! Susan"

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Rob McCarthy

"It is a pleasure to be connected with Neil. Best regards. Rob focused intent "

Jennie Lawrence

"Hi Neil and thanks for making this connection possible Please do keep coming back and continue with your networking I have been here now for 3 months and the changes and the people have been just Great - for me perhaps the changes are still all on the surface but good things are happening All the time - today was a great day and all is to just showing up and suiting up and asking For help if I needed it ... Ecademy and its people are just grand to know ... Jennie "

Danish Thanvi

"I'm very happy to be connected with Neil on Ecademy and look forward to being of mutual benefit to one another."


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