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Tax Season Is Near

The Association of Black Tax Professionals has the resources needed for your peace of mind.

Whether you are a Black tax professional looking for a way to promote your business and find new clients, or you are on the other side of the table and looking for a Black tax professional to handle your taxes and accounting matters, there is a website that covers it all. Comprehensive and resourceful, blacktaxprofessionals.com is the new online directory from the Association of Black Tax Professionals. Accounting-wise, it’s everything you have been looking for but didn’t know existed—until now.

Year after year, millions of taxpayers in the U.S. prepare and e-file their own tax returns, which can increase the risk of errors and the uncertainty of which tax deductions or tax credits to claim.

The Association of Black Tax Professionals consists of a community of Black tax and accounting professionals from throughout the U.S. Shonda Love, a Financial Business Strategist in Arlington with three tax offices in Dallas and surrounding areas, formed the association two years ago based on an unmet need. Statistics have shown that year after year, millions of taxpayers in the U.S. prepare and e-file their own tax returns, which can increase the risk of errors and the uncertainty of which tax deductions or tax credits to claim. The Association of Black Tax Professionals envisioned a community to provide value and restore the trust of Black people for tax preparation, accounting, tax planning, and/or tax debt resolution. In turn, Love also believed that every tax preparer should be supported by caring, experienced, and well-educated tax and accounting experts. The association offers CPE courses, webinars, training, mentorship, coaching, and marketing strategies to industry professionals. An ambassador is assigned to each region who provides support to members through knowledge, resources, effective advocacy, and the relationships they need to succeed professionally and personally. “I saw a need,” Love says. “Something was missing for Black professionals in this industry. Since starting the Facebook group, the association has grown to include more than 3,000 members.”

The Association of Black Tax Professionals’ website and directory carries the motto, “Our Site. Our Community. Our Commitment.” Says Love, “Our goal is to meet the needs of our people, and no longer will the question prevail in our Black community, ‘Where can I find a black tax or accounting professional?’”

Courtesy of The Association Of Black Tax Professionals

Love launched the online directory for the Association of Black Tax Professionals as a platform where users can search and connect with tax and accounting professionals, whether in person or remotely, who not only resemble, but share, some of the same experiences. “People are wanting to restore trust in the tax industry overall,” Love says. “So many people try to prepare their own tax return and are clueless about the ever-changing tax laws and credits. There is a sense of distrust, so people just think they should do it themselves. However, people are missing out on tax credits and can easily make mistakes that could be detrimental if they get audited.”

The online directory serves as a trusted and vetted resource to find not only the best in the business but also someone they can relate to.

As tax season rapidly approaches, Love is ready for tax professionals and the public to have access to this growing online directory, which features contact information, credentials, and bios on tax professionals, CPAs, tax attorneys, and tax debt resolution professionals. For these pros, it’s a great way to market their skills and make connections throughout the country. “I tell them to get online and get found,” she says. For those in need of these professional services, the online directory serves as a trusted and vetted resource to find not only the best in the business but also someone they can relate to. “Taxpayers don’t always know where to go,” Love says. “They can do a Google search and see the name of the business and the contact information. This directory allows them to learn a little more about the people they are considering hiring. In one place, we have a plethora of tax professionals who can work with your individual situation.”

Tax professionals who wish to list their business can visit blacktaxprofessionals.com and register their information for a free, featured, or annual listing. Taxpayers can visit the same site to browse by name, category, or area/state. To keep up with the demands of the busy upcoming tax season, the directory will relaunch in late December to provide the most up-to-date, comprehensive resources. Taxpayers can search for the help they need, and tax professionals can use the directory to grow their tax business and boost their online presence.

To register, search, or learn more about the online directory of the Association of Black Tax Professionals, visit blacktaxprofessionals.com.

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