Co-owners of Fair Tax and Accounting celebrate opening with Chamber ribbon cutting
Participating in the ribbon cutting held at Fair Tax and Accounting in Morristown on Oct. 8, hosted by The Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce, are from left, Chamber ambassadors, Karen Crumbley, Gregg Harrell, Randy DeBord, chair, and KC Alvarado; Melody Jones; Deedee Moyers, co-owner; Claude Moyers; Tammy Walker, co-owner; Michael Walker, Russ Becker, Nancy Fisher, Wayne and Lee Cothren and Edee Webb, Chamber ambassador.
During the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting held on Nov. 8 at the newly established offices of Fair Tax and Accounting, 2013 Chamber Chair Randy DeBord went over the basics of taxes.
“Tax and accounting; two things that we fear, especially the taxes,” he told the crowd. “And if you don’t do the taxes, you can end up wearing a striped suit.”
“We try to keep everyone out of the striped suits,” co-owner Tammy Walker said. “We offer tax preparation, accounting and payroll services: everything from the smallest EZ return up to the corporate return.
“You can bring us your boxes, your bags, your receipts — we might fuss a little, and we might train you not to do that next year — but we’ll get them done for you, and we’re going to charge you fair and reasonable rates,” she said.
Walker introduced co-owner Deedee Moyers as her sister and best friend.
“This has been our dream forever, and now it’s real; how neat. We appreciate you guys. We couldn’t do it without you,” Walker said.
After the photo opportunity with the oversized Chamber scissors, Walker discussed the businesses’ support of C.E.A.S.E. in Hamblen County.
“We’re sponsoring them this year. They need cans of soup for the end of the day, especially in the winter; paper products; new and used linens; bath towels and washcloths, especially. So we’ve set up a drop off center here at the office,” she said.
“They helped me years ago, and they are just such an important charity and they don’t get enough attention,” Moyers said.
“People think domestic abuse is a thing of the past and it’s not; it’s still out there, it’s prevalent, along with sexual violence, and we wanted to help,” Walker said.
“That’s why we picked them,” Moyers said.
The sisters have talked about opening their own tax and accounting place for at least 10 years, according to Walker.
“We’ve worked for somebody else; Deedee for 15 years, and this is my 11th year,” Walker said. “We’ve always said, ‘we should just open up our own,’ and then we would stall.”
We would say, ‘It’s too risky,’” Moyers said.
“You would think this wouldn’t have been the year we did it, because we both left our jobs and then my husband lost his job,” Walker said. “We just decided, ‘Well, we gotta go for it.’ Business is about all or nothing.”
Fair Tax and Accounting took over space once occupied by a video store and other retail businesses at 1311 Liberty Hill Rd. An extensive remodeling project left them with 2,500 square feet of private offices and a large, open area filled with comfortable seating, including couches, and cheerful décor.
“We really wanted to give our clients a place wehre they felt comfortable and relax, Moyers said.
“Because they are usually very uncomfortable during tax season,” Walker said.
“Usually in a tax office, the chairs are hard, and during peak times, you might be sitting there for two hours; we hope you’re not here, but you could be,” Moyers said.
“We knew that our tax office couldn’t be like any other out there,” Walker said. “We’re not like anyone else and so our office couldn’t be. We love what we do; we love our clients.”
“They are the best,” Moyers said.
Clients of the sisters, who followed them to their new business, mingled with Chamber ambassadors and sampled an extensive buffet of home-cooked foods after the ribbon cutting.
“I’ve worked with Dee and Tammy, with my taxes, for more than 10 years. I’m never going anywhere else. They know taxes; they are very intelligent, that’s for sure,” Peggy Martin said. “I’m getting ready to ask them to take over my payroll.”
Fair Tax and Accounting offers tax services starting at $40 and offer audit protection, fee withholding, free E-file and direct deposit. The company also provides a debit card for any client who does not have a checking or savings account.
“We also offer free fax service, and notary service,” Walker said.
“We are here all year, and make ourselves available to our clients every day not just during tax season,” Moyers said. “We will help you with any questions you might have and are always willing to go the extra mile for you. Please come in a give us a try, I promise you won’t be disappointed. We have fair prices, and we aren’t going to try and charge you an arm and leg to file your return; we want your business not only this tax season but we want you to come in and see us year after year.”
For more information, call Moyers or Walker at 423-289-1507.
-By Glenna Howington, Tribune Staff Writer