About us

Our Firm

Payan & Payan is a full-service CPA firm specializing in comprehensive individual and business income tax planning and preparation. Jason Payan established the firm in 2005 and has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to domestic and international clients in all aspects related to U.S. income taxation. Our experience ranges from income tax preparation to more in-depth services such as income tax and financial planning.

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients’ needs, thorough research, and sound analysis. Our firm is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We seek to be a long-term, integral member of our clients’ financial team.

Our Team

Jason Payan
CPA, Partner

Jason specializes in income tax planning, research and structuring for corporations, partnerships, and individuals. In the last 25 years he has served clients in the areas of Professional Service Providers, Real Estate, Restaurant Operations, and Gaming. He has six years public accounting experience in Big 4 Public Accounting and is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Masters in Taxation. Additionally, he is a member of the Nevada Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Melissa Payan
CPA, Partner

Melissa has worked in the public and private accounting sectors for over 25 years, specializing in income tax preparation for individuals and businesses. She also has extensive knowledge of financial statement preparation, budgeting and forecasting, and financial analysis. She has worked on clients in the Real Estate, Manufacturing, Medical and Retail Industries. She started her career at a Big 4 Accounting Firm after graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration.

Wade Holwell
CPA, Senior Manager

Wade has worked in the fields of business income tax, individual income tax, IRS examination representation and compliance, and accounting software assistance for over 25 years. Some of the industries in which he has served clients are Real Estate, Construction, Investment Companies, Medical Professionals, Gaming, and Food/Beverage. Wade graduated from the University of Wyoming and has two bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Business Administration. He is a member of the Nevada Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Alba Hall
Tax Associate

Alba serves as a Tax Manager for Payan & Payan CPAs. She is responsible for the preparation of individual & business income tax returns, small business payroll and foreign client liaison. As a Certified Acceptance Agent, she facilitates ITIN applications as well. Alba is a native of Tirana, Albania. Prior to joining Payan & Payan CPAs, she served as an Administrative Assistant for the VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University in Economics and Math.

Dominick Austria 

Dominick received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to Payan & Payan, CPAs, he worked for a Big 4 Accounting Firm. He has worked with clients in the areas of Technology, Real Estate Development, Gaming, Construction, and Hospitality. He specializes in small business and individual taxation which includes tax planning, income tax preparation, entity structuring and tax research. He is a member of the Nevada Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Logan Berends
Tax Associate

Logan is a Tax Associate with Payan & Payan CPAs. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration. Logan started his accounting career with Payan & Payan CPAs as an intern before becoming a Tax Associate. He has served clients in the fields of Real Estate, Gaming, Medical Professionals, and Cryptocurrency Investing. Logan is currently a CPA candidate and is studying to receive his Masters in Taxation at UNLV.

Deborah Gale
Administrative Assistant

Deborah provides administrative support to Payan & Payan CPAs team. Deborah is a Maine native and has worked in the accounting community as an Administrative Assistant and Office Manager for over 30 years. She has extensive experience with all administrative tasks and is able to tailor her skills to meet the needs of various clients. It is to no surprise that during her professional career she has received the affectionate title of Manager of First Impressions. In her free time, she enjoys knitting, reading and is a connoisseur of all things Christmas, her favorite time of year.



No matter your income we can assist you with your individual tax needs. We can help you plan and prepare for the most recent tax law changes as well as assist you with preparing your personal tax return. Even if you do not own a small business you need the help of a quality CPA to navigate the complex tax code.


At the core of the U.S. economy are small businesses. We can be a vital support in helping to plan and structure your business in order to achieve the best tax answer possible. We strive to maintain open & frequent communication with our clients so that tax minimizing approaches are identified at the earliest opportunity. Whether you are a business with many employees or a sole-proprietor with no employees we can assist you to accurately plan, implement & report an efficient tax strategy.

Projects & Consulting

In addition to our main focus of tax consulting, planning and preparation we are available to assist with any number of projects as you or your business needs. Whether it is dealing with the IRS, creating a budget, or looking to reduce your tax liability we can help.

Foreign and Expatriate Individuals

U.S. tax responsibilities are far reaching and go well beyond the physical borders of the country. We can assist you in learning, planning and preparing your U.S. income tax returns. U.S. Citizens living abroad and foreign individuals with U.S. sourced income must file tax returns each year. We can help with every aspect of this process.

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