SIKESTON - Although April may seem far away, Karen Lance and the tax preparers of the Jackson Hewitt Tax Service of Sikeston and Poplar Bluff, say now is the time to start to prepare.
Over 120 million individual taxpayers experienced the initial roll-out of President Bush's new tax laws this past tax season and for many the experience was a good one, said Lance. "Many taxpayers kept more money in their pockets or got back more in their refund. But understanding what the new tax laws means to their unique situation, for many was not an easy task," she said.
According to Lance, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service spent time since last year's tax season with educating themselves in order to help their customers realize an increase in their refund amounts or a reduced tax liability when compared to the previous year.
"Our upgraded, proprietary software, coupled with the knowledge of our experienced tax preparers, helped many taxpayers of Sikeston and Poplar Bluff to ensure that they took advantage of all the tax laws that could benefit them," Lance said.
Lance recently took part in the Jackson Hewitt Tax Service regional workshop in St. Louis. The workshop highlighted additional tax law changes slated for this year. Other Jackson Hewitt employees attending were Debra Robertson of the Sikeston office and Debbie Downing and Erin Strack of the Poplar Bluff office.
The team studied current customer trends to learn how to better serve their communities. Franchise owners were informed of upcoming changes to operations, customer service issues and provided with training techniques for their staff, allowing them to walk away with the tools needed to better serve their customers in Southeast Missouri.
"A number of significant tax law changes have been made that take affect for 2002 and will benefit taxpayers as they go out to have their returns prepared next tax season," said Lance. "The training we received at the workshop is a great start to our preparation for providing quality service and know-how to our customers."
In Sikeston, Jackson Hewitt Tax Services is located at 514 S. Main St.