Christopher J. Chapman, EA, MBA
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 Greater 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 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 numbers 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 9 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.
Let Us Help:
I hope you’ll forgive me for being blunt.
I am Christopher J. Chapman, I’m a EA, MBA and realize that you may not be used to seeing a tax professional talk like this. It’s not my intention to offend (I’m actually being very careful with my words–I am a tax professional, after all).
But I think you’ll agree that the times we’re currently facing require a little straight talk.
Here’s a certain truth: the State and Federal Government would love to have more of your hard-earned money in their accounts. Sure, even though it’s painful, none of us begrudge paying our legal and fair share of taxes. But the problem is that regular taxpayers, like you, are missing out on legal and safe deductions, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars in unclaimed refunds every year!
As a tax professional, it truly breaks my heart, knowing that just a few thousand, or even a few hundred bucks for us “regular guys” out of that vast pool of overcharging could make a world of difference–and they are just sitting there, unclaimed! And with the economy we’re facing now…it’s essential that the “right” professional handles your taxes and other financial matters.
You see, all tax professionals are not the same. From the “discount” chains (notice the quotes) to classic accounting firms, most fly through tax season in a disorganized mess–bleary-eyed and hopped-up on caffeine. It’s no wonder that they treat you like a number and lapse into excuses and tax-talk. (I told you that I would be blunt.)
Click the button on this page to take your first step. And of course, feel free to poke around our site and discover why I’ve been called “The Most Trusted Tax Professional in the Greater Seattle Area.”
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I don’t blame you…many folks are fed up with the other options out there. Our schedule is very full…but if you call us at 425-941-3501 or Email Us, we’ll give you two options for coming in right away! We will NOT make dealing with a tax professional as painful as it’s been in the past!
Talk again soon,
Christopher J. Chapman, EA, MBA
Having worked with a bookkeeping corporation prior, I was so happy to find a real, local person, who can actually meet you at your house. When I hired Christopher, our books had been neglected, and had some very confusing numbers. Christopher and I went back and forensically audited prior years and was able to fix every mistake. Now that our books are accurate, we still meet on a regular basis to make sure everything is tip top. On top of all that, Christopher is very reasonably priced. All in all, I have had a very positive experience, and continue to employ Christopher to this day.
Chapman Tax was incredibly quick to respond to my tax situation and had me filed within a week. Will be working with him again and plan to make referrals