Bethalto welcomes a new tax preparation business, TaxWorks, to its downtown area at 130 W. Central St.
Owner Jeanie Stephens decided to open the new business in April of last year after previously working for her mother, Wanda Jockisch, at ActionTax in Godfrey. Officially opening earlier this month, TaxWorks offers individual and business tax preparation in addition to other filings such as sales tax returns for businesses and Federal Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA).
Because of the Individual Shared Responsibility Provision under the Affordable Care Act, some taxpayers may be seeking the help of a tax professional this year and Stephens is making sure that her office is ready to meet the increased demand when tax season officially begins on Jan. 20.
Nancy Rhodes, also a former employee of Jockisch’s, has agreed to work with Stephens at the new office. With 15 years of experience in the preparation of income tax returns, Rhodes is excited about the move and looking forward to a successful season at the new location.
As for her mother’s business that still operates, Stephens says: “There’s really no competition between the two businesses. With my mother’s office continuing to operate in Godfrey and mine in Bethalto, there’s enough distance between us that there’s no reason why we both can’t offer affordable tax preparation to clients all over the area.” Stephens said while she has learned a great deal from her mother over the years, she also wishes to put her own stamp on TaxWorks. Along with having a different business name, she hopes her customers will find the professionally designed website, informative brochures, digital copies of returns and online appointment scheduling to be convenient and reassuring during an often busy and stressful time.
“It’s all about those little touches,” Stephens says. “At TaxWorks, we hope to create a unique experience for our customers who may be looking for individual attention in a professional and modern setting.”
For information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.gotaxworks.com or call (618) 377-3336.