Northern Virginia's
Tax Specialists
We Reduce Taxes and Resolve IRS Problems

Most tax frustration is caused by either paying too much or not paying enough. When you pay too much, you cheat your lifestyle and harm your retirement. When you don't pay enough (or at all), the IRS shows up and misery follows. We are specialists in resolving these two problems.

If you're feeling overwhelmed by taxes, schedule an appointment today or call for more information. You will sleep better tonight.

Why Hire Us?


1. You Could Pay Less Tax.   We diagnose tax mistakes that could be costing you thousands and prescribe how to correct them.  If you work for yourself, you could save $150,000 or more in taxes over the next 10 years.  That's Creative Tax Planning! 

2. You Could Have a Great Retirement.   With the tax savings we find for you, you can increase your investment dollars to build a more secure future.  With tax-smart investments, you can do even better. 

3. You Could Have Peace-of-Mind.   For employees, we can plan your taxes and prepare your returns so you pay less and never worry about the IRS.  If you work for yourself, we can plan your taxes, prepare your returns, and provide bookkeeping, payroll, and unlimited support so you focus on profit instead of bookwork and taxes. If you have an IRS problem, we can resolve it.  It's awesome peace of mind.  


Van Lanier and BJ Lanier are father & son tax specialists in Herndon, VA. We reduce taxes and solve IRS problems for individuals and businesses in Northern Virginia.  Our practice is dedicated to helping people who are frustrated with taxes and want a change.

  • Van specializes in IRS problem resolution 
  • BJ specializes in tax planning and compliance

Our individual skills complement each other in uniquely efficient ways. The result is effective tax solutions and attentive service from a boutique firm that treats its clients like family.

Our Principles of Practice are derived from the Supreme Court ruling in Gregory v. Helvering, 293 U.S. 465, 55 S.Ct.266:

"A Taxpayer can decrease the amount of his taxes, or altogether avoid them by means which the law permits."

Whether we are resolving your IRS tax liability, preparing a tax plan, or preparing your tax returns, we aspire to keep your taxes as low as possible.  

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Van Lanier, MBA, Enrolled Agent

Van Lanier is a Certified Tax Resolution Specialist with 40 years of experience resolving financial and tax problems.  His practice area is tax resolution.   

Van represents businesses and individuals before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in matters of collections and appeals.  

After completing graduate school (MBA in finance), Van completed a three-year post graduate program in tax law and was elected a Fellow of the National Tax Practice Institute.  

Van is a federally-licensed Enrolled Agent and a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents, the Virginia Society of Enrolled Agents, and the American Academy of Tax Practice.

Van has served his church and community in leadership roles, and is currently a volunteer advocate with the Community Tax Law Project of Virginia.   

In mid-career, Van was the National Director of Turnaround Consulting for KPMG BayMark.  He also served three years as Assistant Director of Congressional Affairs for a financial regulatory agency in Washington, DC.

Outside the office, Van has held a Commercial Pilot license since 1970.  He has logged over 6,000 hours in 40 different aircraft and is a recipient of the FAA Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award.


BJ Lanier, MS, Certified Tax Specialist

BJ Lanier is a Certified Tax Specialist with10 years of experience saving people money by reducing their taxes.  His practice area is Tax Reduction Planning and Compliance.  

BJ works with small business owners and accomplished employees in Northern Virginia and throughout the United States.   He also manages our Concierge Tax Service offerings and prepares over 200 tax returns each year.   

BJ earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree, cum laude, from Shenandoah University and his Master of Science (LIS) degree, with highest honors, from The Catholic University of America. He is a member of the Institute of Business and Finance. 

Before joining NOVA Accounting, BJ was a project manager for two startup tech companies.  Prior to that, he worked for VeriSign Corporation where he traveled extensively in the Philippines, Canada, and the U.S.

In a previous life, he was a player and assistant football coach at the high school and collegiate level.   He also follows sports car racing and aims to compete in local events in the near future.    


Peggy Lanier, Office Manager

Peggy manages the office, and keeps everything running smoothly.

Peggy received her bookkeeping training from Northern Virginia Community College and Universal Accounting Center.  She is a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers. 

Peggy is a former Deputy Clerk of Court, Nassau County, Florida, and a bank teller supervisor.  Peggy is happiest when everything is filed correctly and all the accounts are balanced . . . good traits in a tax firm.

Peggy is a member of the Herndon Woman's Club and an active volunteer at Herndon community events.  When not working or volunteering, Peggy enjoys her role as "Mimi" to her four grandchildren.   She and Van have been married for 47 years, and still get along.