Meet the tax professionals at Grant and Associates—
Terry Lynn Grant
Terry began preparing tax returns in 1974 as a seasonal employee for two different tax preparation firms while concurrently building her practice. During that time, she was mentored by a tax and business professional in tax preparation and small business consulting. She has owned and operated Grant and Associates since 1986.
Both of Terry's parents and three of her grandparents owned and operated businesses. Growing up in an environment of self-employed individuals gave her a wonderful perspective and confidence that, of course, she would be self-employed too. For thirty-five years, in addition to her tax practice, she owned and operated a wholesale compact disc distribution company. In its heyday, the company had sales close to two million dollars and employed 20+ staff. This gives Terry an in-depth understanding of the issues faced by clients who are business owners.
Terry has often taught classes in starting a small business at the invitation of various professional associations. Through these classes, we have acquired clients with many different businesses, including therapists and health care offices, in home day-care, consulting practices, and retail and wholesale establishments.
Jeanne E. Harrington EA
Jeanne has been a tax professional for twenty-eight years. She started preparing tax returns in 1988 at H&R Block. During her many years there, she taught classes in advanced tax topics and supervised other tax professionals. Jeanne joined Grant and Associates LLC in 2007. She has a bachelor's degree in business and accounting, and is an Enrolled Agent licensed to practice before the IRS.
Jeanne and Terry attend courses annually through their professional organization, the National Association of Tax Professionals. Their annual continuing professional education hours are far in excess of the basic number required for Enrolled Agent status and the new tax professionals licensing requirements. With the many changes that occur in tax law each year, they consider the hours of study and review a necessity for keeping up in the field of taxation.
What is an enrolled agent? An enrolled agent (or EA) is a federally authorized tax practitioner empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before the IRS. Enrolled Agent status is the highest credential awarded by the IRS. One who has earned this status must adhere to ethical standards and complete 72 hours of continuing education courses every three years. Enrolled Agents, like attorneys and certified public accountants (CPAs), have unlimited practice rights. This means that they are unrestricted as to which taxpayers they can represent, what types of tax matters they can handle, and which IRS offices they can represent clients before. They are authorized to practice in every state.
Sue has been with Grant and Associates since 1989. She provides many of the administrative support services needed to keep the office calm, organized, and running smoothly during tax season. Clients interact with Sue around scheduling, phone questions, return pick up, and billing.
Jesse graduated from Michigan State University in 2012. She has a background in design, with computer experience including Mac and PC operating systems. Attention to detail and a collected attitude make her a skilled customer service representative. Always eager to gain knowledge, Jesse is excited to apply her skills to the tax world.