Meet the tax professionals at Old Town Business and Tax Service—
Vickie A. Black, E.A
Vickie began building her extensive tax and business knowledge 26 years ago. During that time, she acquired many educational and industry certifications, including the Enrolled Agent designation.
Known for her integrity and understanding of complex tax issues, she is frequently consulted by other industry professionals for strategic advice, on-going business development, and taxation. For the last 20 years, Vickie has taught intermediate to advanced tax curriculums. She enjoys giving tax presentations to companies, non-profits, and service organizations with an emphasis on tax and estate planning.
Vickie was a branch manager for a multi-national tax preparation company. She has operated her own highly respected and growing firm, St Johns Business and Tax Service, for over a decade. Vickie currently serves as a board member and Treasurer for the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) Michigan Chapter, a prestigious industry think-tank.
Jeanne E. Harrington EA
Jeanne has been a tax professional since 1987. She began her tax career preparing tax returns 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.
Brad holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He has been working in both private sector and individual tax accounting arenas most of his career. Twenty years ago he left his position as General Accounting Manager at the World Headquarters of Brach’s Candies to pursue the dream of golf course ownership. To balance the course’s seasonal schedule, Brad began working in tax preparation during the off season. A downswing in the golf industry prompted him to return to the corporate world full-time. Most recently, having sold the golf course, Brad returned to part time tax preparation at St Johns Business and Tax Service, working with Vickie. Brad is skilled at preparing individual, partnership, estate, and trust tax returns.
Gail also works for St. Johns Business and Tax Service. Among her various roles, she is the resident Quickbooks expert, specializing in small business bookkeeping and payroll. Gail has a Bachelor's Degree in Business. She has held several top corporate positions, as well as spent time self-employed, managing the golf business with her husband, Brad. In previous years, Gail has assisted with basic tax preparation and is excited to branch further into this area where her detail-oriented skills will be an asset.
Terry Lynn Grant
Terry began preparing tax returns in 1974 as a seasonal employee for two different tax preparation firms while 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.
For forty years, in addition to her tax practice, she owned and operated a wholesale compact disc distribution company with national and international sales and over 20 employees. This gives Terry an in-depth understanding of the issues faced by clients who are business owners.
At the invitation of various professional associations, Terry has often taught classes in starting and operating a small business. Through these classes, we have worked with clients in many fields, including therapists and health care offices, consulting practices, and retail and wholesale establishments, giving our firm a wide range of experience with various businesses.
Terry holds an undergraduate degree in business and accounting and a master's degree from Michigan State University.
All tax professionals at Old Town Business and Tax Service 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.