Authoritax started on a Macbook in 2010.
It may have been a coincidence that an ad was read in a parish bulletin looking for volunteer tax preparers by our founder, Dean Ferraro.
But Dean doesn't believe in coincidence. Listening to his heart, he decided to join the VITA/TCE program run by the IRS for low income and elderly tax payers. He passed all the difficult tax law testing and became a tax volunteer.
It was a busy tax season with many locals coming in to have their taxes done. Providing such a vital service, serving the community, is what drove Dean to continue in his mastery of taxation. It was a very successful volunteer tax season.
In their first season, his VITA site served over 150 taxpayers!
$65,000 worth of tax refunds went back into the community.
One man cried tears of joy, as he now had enough money to see his sickly parents who hadn't seen him in over 15 years.
Dean was a VITA volunteer for over four years, wearing the tax preparer, quality reviewer, trainer, and even site coordinator hat at any given time.
One day during tax season, a client who made too much money to qualify for assistance from VITA/TCE came in looking for Mr. Ferraro.
"You've done my taxes for two years and helped me so much, why can't you help me this year?" asked the confused client.
"Sorry, sir, but IRS regulation only allows us to help those under the income limit. You made too much last year to qualify," replied Dean.
"OK you know what, can I just pay you to help me again this year?" asked my FIRST client!
After being asked into business, it was time to get serious....
So he decided to take the IRS' Enrolled Agent test covering all aspects of the Federal Tax Code (sounds fun, right?).
Once he passed the tests, three in all, he became an Enrolled Agent and has been helping taxpayers as a professional ever since.
"Enrolled Agents are granted unrestricted rights to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service, demonstrate special competence in tax matters and are required to stay current with tax law and regulations by completing a minimum amount of continuing education annually." - from Dean's IRS Enrolled Agent Diploma.
He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Reuters, on radio and even teaches tax law at the IRS.
His company Authoritax has successfully helped many taxpayers and can help you, too.
If you'd like to experience the difference born out of volunteer service, try Authoritax for your tax needs this year.
We can prepare tax returns, help with IRS and State tax issues and assist you with tax planning.
Need help with a tax matter? Click here to get a hold of a tax professional at Authoritax. or call 949-542-2394