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Christopher Chapman

I love the Pacific Northwest.  I love the big trees.  I love our varied landscape.  I love our juxtaposition of high tech and the magnificent mountains.  Where else in the country can you stand on a tall building (like the Space Needle) and see three distinct National Parks, all surrounded by water and green?

And aren’t our summers the best?  So perfect.  I talk to people all over the country and they are all astounded that air conditioning isn’t required except for 1-2 weeks of the year.  Even then, it is very optional.

But I also tell the out-of-staters that it rains in Seattle 388 days of the year.  Please visit but don’t move here.

Truth be told, I don’t love our winters. Too dreary and dark.  Fortunately, before the Christmas tree is taken down, I become entirely absorbed in my tax work.  And when I finally look up, the tulips are blooming.  Bookkeeping is a year-round activity but when the weather gets better, I may do some yard work and I’ll definitely get on my bike.

I like my career.  There is always something else to learn.  And I do love my clients.  I love keeping track of them over the years and hearing about their lives.  I spend way too much time chatting and catching up.  It is just another opportunity for me to tell tall tales about myself and share a good laugh.

Bookkeeping and taxes come easy to me.  I like the feeling of entering all the appropriate numbers in all the appropriate spots and watching the financials and tax return come together.  I love it when all the T’s are crossed and the I’s dotted.  Completion is a big deal to me.

I have been in the accounting business for over 30 years and have 8 years of experience as a tax professional.  During those years, I worked as a Controller, owned my own accounting firm, had two children, rode my bicycle across the country and published a book on the Olympic Peninsula.

Here is the boring part…I have a B.A. from the University of Colorado in Biology and an MBA from the University of Michigan.  I am also an IRS designated Enrolled Agent and a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.

 

What is an Enrolled Agent?

EAs are the only federally-licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and also have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service.

What are the differences between enrolled agents and other tax preparers?

An enrolled agent is a person who has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service by either passing a stringent and comprehensive examination covering individual and business tax returns and representation of clients before the IRS or through experience as a former IRS employee.

Enrolled agent status is the highest credential the IRS awards.

When I am not doing tax and accounting work, I am riding my bicycle around the West and enjoying the many joys of living where we live.