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Armando came to the U.S. at the age of 19. He worked in the fields as a welder for National Steel when he decided he wanted more. So he put himself through school and obtained an Associate Degree in Accounting from San Diego Community College and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from National University. In addition, Armando earned his Certified Public Accountant license issued by the State of California.


Armando started his career as a controller for a chain of convalescent hospitals. He then joined the firm of Hayman and Bresenoff in 1977, where he became partner in 1985. The firm was later renamed Armando C. Ibarra CPA, APC. In his more than forty years as a  public accountant, Armando developed experience in all areas of accounting such as audit, business consulting and business start-up and financing. He also developed experience in many phases of the income tax world including complex return preparation, tax audit representation and tax planning.


Under his stewardship, the firm has grown steadily in both size and reputation - adding partners: Armando Ibarra, Jr., and then Fernando Carrillo and Wendy Soto to establish the present firm name, IBARRA CARRILLO SOTO CPAs + ADVISORS. Today the firm is engaged in international income tax preparation, accounting, financial planning and advisory to corporations and individual taxpayers who are involved in cross-border transactions. Armando has endowed the firm with an enduring commitment to both its clients and the community it serves, which the firm continues to uphold.

Armando actively practiced public accounting for over 40 years before retiring in 2016.



  • Distinguished Professional, “El Informador,” 1998
  • Hispanic Executive of the Year, “Quien es Quien,” 1993-1994



  • BS (Business Administration), National University
  • AA (Accounting), San Diego Community College