In the U.S. entrepreneurs, small businesses and anyone who earned $600 or more are preparing for the 2013 tax season. The good news: you have until midnight on April 15, 2013 to file your taxes for 2012 (unless you file for an extension). The bad news: If you’re self-employed, collecting all of your receipts and expenses, making heads or tails of any deductions you’re due and figuring out how much you need to pay in quarterly taxes are just a few issues that can make tax season a nightmare – that is unless you have a qualified expert who can help.
Janice McKay is the enterprising sister behind Tax Time Girl, a mobile tax preparation and tax advice service. She specializes in tax preparation services, tax planning and tax compliance advice. She has been preparing taxes for more than 15 years, but her latest venture, Tax Time Girl, is relatively new.
“I’ve always been interested in accounting and taxes,” Janice explains. “I started by helping friends and family in the mid-1990s. After [earning] a degree in accounting, I took several [additional] tax classes. I’ve worked for a national tax [preparation] service and even taught some tax classes. After several years, I decided the corporate grind wasn’t my style.”
Many people find the IRS incredibly intimidating and the constantly changing tax laws confusing. A qualified accountant can be an important ally for the self-employed. Janice makes every effort to provide a service that is customer service-oriented and convenient for her clients.
“My goal is to keep my process reasonable, access to my services convenient and my service quality high. That’s why I come to my clients. It’s also why I’m constantly researching and learning about tax regulations. Congress and the IRS make changes several times every year. The IRS will often post 70+ updates and explanations of rules every year. I want my clients to have the most accurate returns possible.”
Be sure to visit the Tax Time Girl website more information.
FYI: I will be interviewing Sister Janice live during tax season to get advice for entrepreneurs and small business owners this tax season. The interview will be posted on the site available to you at no cost via podcast, so stay tuned for more information!