ATS TAX & FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS, INC.

aka "The Tax Angels"

1075 First Street, Suite 6 | Benicia, CA 94510 | Phone: 707.745.1040 | Fax: 707.745.0281

Meet the Angels

Sylvia Barata EA, Founder/President


Born and raised in Northern California, Sylvia began her tax career in 1975 with the IRS.  While there she grew to love working with people while using her analytical number skills.  She answered tax question, instructed IRS employees, monitored the toll-free line for accuracy, supervised and made many public appearances as the media relations tax expert.  She was recognized for her expertise with many awards; including “Federal Employee of the Year.” 


After 10 years with the IRS, Sylvia, along with her many developed skill, ventured out on her own to help taxpayers in need.  Her desire was to work closely with a client from start to finish.  She became an Enrolled Agent and opened Affordable Tax Service; now known as ATS Tax and Financial Solutions Inc. 


For more than 40 years Sylvia has successfully been preparing both individual and business tax returns as well as assisting her clients in working through the negotiation process of settling tax debt.  With her extensive knowledge, Sylvia also assists clients with personal finance decisions, holds educational sessions, and encourages people to do the right thing.  She is knowledgeable about the special rules for clergy, people with disabilities, foreign tax issues, and small business matters. 

Sylvia is dedicated to bringing clients the best service possible with sincere caring and understanding.  She and her team of Tax Angels work diligently to help guide clients toward their individual solutions and goals.

Darleen Rose, Office Manager and Technical Assistant


Born and raised in Northern California, Darleen has been with ATS since January 2001.  She has many years of general office experience including Human Resources.  She is detail-oriented and organized which aids in her review of documents and tax data entry.  Darleen is dedicated and loyal to the Tax Angel goal to help clients get through the unpleasant annual task of tax filing.  ATS has been her home away from home for many years past and many more to come.

Deborah Wilson, Client Relations Specialist


Deborah joined ATS in January 2008.  Her previous career experience of teaching children is truly a God send.  She is patient, kind, non-threatening and creates a calm environment for the stressed-out tax client.  Deborah earned her “angel wings” by providing professional support and outstanding service to ATS employees, clients and prospective clients alike.  We at ATS affectionately call her “the littlest angel.”  With Deborah you are guaranteed enthusiastic support and friendly service with a smile.

Jerry Pollard, CTEC


Bio to follow...

Sandi Regina, Administrative Assistant


Sandi has been active as a Tax Angel since January 1990.  She has weathered the ups and downs of ATS with incredible perseverance.  She has been involved with every aspect of its growth.  After 15 years of unfailing dedication she retired, but keeps returning seasonally.  Her knowledge goes beyond the office duties of ATS, and is engraved in her very soul.  Sandi, although not a tax preparer, lives and breathes the goals of the Tax Angels.

Teresa Thompson, Administrative Assistant


Teresa is new to the Tax Angel team.  She has brought with her a fresh look and positive ideas to aid in our many improvements.  Her creativity and attention to detail come from her prior experience as an Early Childhood Education Director for several years.  Teresa is a mother of 2 small children and has learned patience, understanding and the ability to jump in wherever needed.  She is our resident writer and editor for the TAXANGELS website.  Her friendly enthusiasm is always ready to step in as backup to the other Tax Angels.  Teresa has a passion for learning and helping others; and for fun her favorite sports are reading and relaxation.