Why DePauw Johnson?

If you believe a tax professional should do more than prepare the tax return, we agree.

Our focus is on adding value to our client's tax situation. Too many tax preparers simply gather the figures at the end of the year, compile a tax return, and give you the results, without any concern for the cause of the tax burden or the ability to help you make meaningful changes to produce different results in the future.

We work with our clients to become an integral part of their tax compliance and reduction strategies. We believe in developing partnerships with clients and being available to them year around. Our clients are our allies and we understand how to devise tax saving strategies specific to their needs.

The Team

The DePauw Johnson team of experienced professionals provides our clients with personal attention and is
always available to assist them with any tax preparation concerns they may have.

Andy DePauw | PARTNER

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Andy is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. In 1978, after working for 3 years for a national bookkeeping & tax service, he opened his own practice. He has been self-employed ever since. In 1987 Andy shifted his practice from San Luis Obispo to Vista where he lives with his wife, Sandy and 2 children, Ryan & Stephanie.

His professional affiliations include charter member of the Central Coast Chapter of the California Society of Enrolled Agents, charter member of the Palomar Chapter of the California Society of Enrolled Agents, National association of Enrolled Agents. He maintains these professional designations by complying with the required continuing professional educational requirements of these organizations.

Andy is also involved with his community. He is a gold member of the Vista Chamber of Commerce and Vista Sunrise Kiwanis as well as of the National Association of Enrolled Agents and of the California Society of Enrolled Agents.

Jeff Johnson | PARTNER

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Jeff Johnson has been helping individual and small business clients with tax and financial planning for over 15 years. Utilizing a comprehensive planning approach he works with clients on strategies for paying less tax and protecting their assets.

He also works with owners of closely-held businesses by providing employee benefit strategies, business succession plans, and business appraisals.

Starting with a degree in finance from the University of North Dakota, Jeff has continually increased his financial education. He currently holds the industry designations of Enrolled Agent (EA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP®). In addition, he holds a life and health insurance license from the state of California.

Jeff is a member of the California Society of Enrolled agents and the Financial Planning Association.

Michael Lund | PARTNER

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Michael is a graduate of Cal State University San Marcos, with degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting. He started his career exclusively handling accounting work and has since expanded his expertise to include complex tax preparation, business planning, consulting and trust advisement. Throughout this process, he has gained recognition for his competency, hard work, and in 2018 he became a partner at DePauw Johnson.

Growing up in a blue-collar and family working construction through high school and college, he understands that hard work pays off – not just for him, for his clients too. He’s put this work ethic into helping his clients grow their business and reach their long-term goals. His greatest satisfaction comes from helping clients maximize their potential, which is done by looking at the whole picture, and not just taxes.

Michael holds an IRS Enrolled Agent license for unlimited representation rights with the IRS and maintains all the continuing education requirements to keep up with changes in the tax and accounting industry. Continuing to adapt to new changes keeps him in a position to advise clients effectively, and do the planning needed to help them meet their goals.

Ria Richmond | TAX PREPARER

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Ria has a passion for helping business owners and individuals manage and grow their financial well-being. With experience in both public and private accounting since 1996, she provides her clients with expert advice, professionalism, responsiveness and peace of mind.

Coming from a hard-working family in Europe, Ria arrived in the U.S. dreaming the American Dream. While working she put herself through college and earned a Bachler in Accounting from University of Illinois at Chicago and then later in life a Master’s in Business Administration and Management from Benedictine University. She holds a CRTP from the state of California.

Her experience has enlightened her in how small “mom and pop” businesses really work as well as how very large corporations, such as Chicago Tribune, operate. This diverse experience humbles her, and this is reflected in how she works with her clients and peers.

In addition to helping businesses as a career she has also been a volunteer at Tri City Auxiliary and other various city events for years. This is her way in giving back to our community.


bookkeeping specialist

Fran Silver

(Bookkeeping Specialist)
Payroll Specialist & Tax Consultant

Susanne Rooks

(Payroll Specialist & Tax Consultant)
tax consultant

Rita Devlin Zapko

(Tax Consultant)
tax Administrative Assistant

Patricia O’Brien

(Administrative Assistant)

What Makes Us Different?

  • We have been serving Vista & North County San Diego for over 35 years
  • We offer year-round tax services
  • Our tax professionals have advanced tax designations and average 15 years of experience
  • We have team members dedicated specifically to payroll and bookkeeping services
  • We retain more than 90% of our individual clients & 95% of our business clients each year
  • The tax consultant you will work with completes a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education annually
  • Our firm is technology driven
  • Last year we prepared tax returns in 32 of the 50 states and assisted clients located in Canada, Mexico, Argentina and Panama
  • We offer custom quotes for your business & guarantee satisfaction

About the Firm

Founded in 1978, DePauw Johnson is a well-respected and recognized accounting firm in Vista, CA, serving businesses, individuals and fiduciaries.

Our 35 years of experience, combined with our extensive training and education in each of the areas in which we specialize, enables us to be trusted advisors to all of our clients – whether they are businesses or individuals. We provide tax return preparation and planning, accounting and bookkeeping services, comprehensive business consulting, payroll services, and business valuations. At DePauw Johnson, our goal is to assist our clients in every aspect of their financial lives.