Alhambra Tax Center: 50 years of doing business in Alhambra

By Glenn Barnett

Between Raymond, Peter, and Michael (in picture), they have 90 years of tax preparation experience.

The story of Alhambra Tax Center is that of post-World War II in Alhambra. Raymond Aston, an immigrant from Great Britain, introduced flexible aluminum conduit for electrical wiring to the United States. The conduit was manufactured at a plant on Date Street and Orange Avenue in Alhambra. The very first house built in the United States with aluminum flexible conduit was on North Fifth Street in Alhambra. Before his introduction of aluminum, the conduit was made with more expensive steel. Mr. Aston eventually sold the company and moved on.

After selling the conduit business, he started Alhambra Tax Center in 1970 with his wife Jean. It was located next to the old El Rey Theater at Fourth and Main Street, which is now the site of Denny's. In the early ‘70s, he started a free tax service for seniors, first at the Alhambra Library and then at the Joslyn Center. The idea caught on, and today these services are provided by AARP. Due to the redevelopment of downtown (and the Whittier earthquake), Raymond moved the office to the current location at 1009 E. Main, across the street from Bun & Burger.

During 50 years of tax preparation, Alhambra Tax Center has done tax returns for a Nobel Prize winner, a million dollar Lottery winner, professional baseball players, an award winning screen writer, and an award winning music group. They have done many types of tax returns, including individual, business, and trust. Alhambra Tax Center was one of the first e-filers (Rapid Refund) with the IRS.

Today you will be greeted by Jean at the front desk, the heart of the business, and there will be an occasional visit by Raymond. The tax returns are completed by two of their three sons, Peter and Michael. The boys grew up in Alhambra and attended Park Elementary and Alhambra High School. Michael kept his roots in Alhambra, with his two children attending Emery Park Elementary School.

Between Raymond, Peter, and Michael, they have 90 years of tax preparation experience. You can reach Alhambra Tax Center at 626-282-1084, or make an appointment this tax season through their website at http://www.alhambrataxcenter.com./

Don’t miss Michael’s monthly Tax Tips column in Around Alhambra.


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Oct 2021


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