Episode 1 | 6 Mins
Welcome to #TaxTalk
Learn a little bit about me, what #TaxTalk is and how it came about, and what you can expect to hear on this podcast.
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Welcome to #TaxTalk with Kesha JonTae’.
My name is Kesha JonTae’. I am a CPA and an Enrolled Agent with over 10 years of experience preparing tax returns for anybody from individuals with low income to multibillion dollar corporations.
Over the years I have seen and heard a lot of different things when it comes to taxes. I actually like to make the joke that I’m like Farmers… “I know a thing or two because I’ve seen a thing or two”.
Usually around the fall, when people are getting ready for the end of the year, and getting ready for tax season coming up, you see a lot of different posts going all around social media about taxes: what things you can do at the end of the year to save money or to on taxes, what kinds of things that you can do when you get your tax refund, how to save money next year on taxes, etc.
A lot of it is from people who have absolutely no background or experience in the tax industry, and they give half truths.
#TaxTalk actually started on my Facebook profile, just kind of randomly. I’ve been making random posts about taxes around this time of year and especially during tax season. I’m actually a tax advisor for Turbo Tax during tax season, so I talked to a lot of people. Last season I probably talked to several hundred people during the tax season.
So during tax season, and right before tax season, I start making posts on Facebook basically rebutting a lot of the stuff that I hear and clarifying a lot of the stuff that I hear, but usually in kind of like a no nonsense manner. I try to tell it like it is, with no fluff.
I officially started naming these posts #taxtalk this past winter, and it kind of blew up. I haven’t gone viral (yet!), but it got to the point where people were looking forward to what I was saying, and when I would post I got a lot of of interaction.
So I decided to make it an actual series on my Facebook business page and then branch out to podcasting and YouTube, bringing it all together and round it all out so that I can share my rants about misinformation. One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to taxes is misinformation: people putting the absolute wrong things out there – like you can hire your children and not have to give them a W2 – or people putting half truths out there, which confuses everybody.
A lot of people hear this misinformation and run with what they see on the internet and they don’t talk to a tax professional first. This gets myself and my fellow tax professionals up in arms about it because we spend a lot of time during tax season and even after tax season fixing the mistakes that people have made from running with information that they found on social media.
So on this podcast and in this blog, you will hear me ranting about different things that I’ve seen that are not true. You’ll hear me talk a little bit about updates and things about what’s going on in the tax industry. You’ll hear updates and things about what’s going on in my business and my life so I might bring a little personal to you guys.
And I hope to also bring some interviews with some of my friends that are also tax professionals as well. So again, I just wanted to do a quick intro to let you guys know who I am how Tech Talk came about and what you guys expect can expect to see and hear on this platform.
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