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It’s All a Part of the Plan

The new year brings promise of great things ahead. People everywhere are making resolutions, looking forward to what the new year may bring, and developing plans to help them reach their goals.

Mr. Jerry Kittrell: A Man of Service

Veteran’s Day, a time to step back and remember our service men and women. Whether during a time of war or peace, they deserve a hearty thank you for their service, and commitment to protect our freedom. Thank you to those who have served, are currently serving, and the fallen heroes. We appreciate all you do to support and protect our great nation.

Challenge Accepted

No matter what the dilemma, business owners sometimes feel they’re against a wall. The key is to make the best of what you have. Like the saying goes - when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.

For the Love of…Taxes

For the Love of…Taxes On one of many cold winter Chicago days, Kevin Cotton decided to seek sunshine and moved to Carson, California.  He had grown up in Chicago but wanted to make a new...

Terry Durkin, EA, MBA: Two Generations of EAs; Two Generations of Drake

“You’ll know what to do.” Terry and her mother had always been close. After Barbara Durkin was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2003, Terry decided to come home and help with her mother’s tax practice....

Moving Mountains in Minnesota

For Debbie Gellatly, getting started in the tax preparation business was certainly an uphill climb, if not an outright attempt to move mountains. When her contemporaries were in college, Debbie was getting married. (She was widowed at age 22, while expecting her first daughter.)

Loyalty Matters

Loyalty Matters: Edward Gonzalez Edward Gonzalez is a successful business owner, a dedicated professional, and a devoted husband and father. He is honest, outgoing, friendly, and has strong moral principles, but perhaps what sets Edward...
Tax Prep is a Family Tradition

Gary Boykin, EA: Tax Prep is a Family Tradition

While growing up in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Gary Boykin was first introduced to tax preparation at the age of four: “I remember running around the dining room where my dad was working on a...

Employee Spotlight: Jennifer Dills, Vice President of Finance

Balancing the Numbers The fall months bring colorful leaves, crisp weather, and – for tax professionals – gearing up for filing season. At Drake Software, this time of year is filled with frenetic energy: finalizing...

A Dream Comes Full Circle

Himes’s story begins when she was a high-school student in West Virginia. She enjoyed serving others and was good with numbers, so it made sense that her dream was to someday become an accountant.


New Scam Targets Tax Professionals

Security Summit Warns of New Email Scam
The Internal Revenue Service today announced a new email scam from cybercriminals that targets tax professionals. Using a two-stage process, this latest phishing scheme attempts to collect private data from tax preparers.

IRS Announces the First Day of Tax Season, Issues Refund Delay Reminder

IRS Announces the First Day of Tax Season, Issues Refund Delay Reminder
Tax professionals across the country are gearing up for tax season, which the Internal Revenue Service today announced will officially begin on January 23, 2017. The press release included yet another reminder about PATH Act-delayed refunds: taxpayers claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) will not have their refund issued until February 15, 2017.

New Features in Drake Software

Improve Your Efficiency in 2016 For the tax industry, the months leading into January build tension in increments, like a banjo string tightening from every turn of the tuning peg. The days are filled with preparatory tasks for tax professionals and software developers alike, a...

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