Howard Choder, EA
In 1982 I moved to Seattle (from Pittsburgh, PA) and fell into a job at the Internal Revenue Service quite by accident. I thought it was going to be a temporary stop, but remained there for 15 years holding various positions in the Downtown Seattle office.
I discovered that tax law was a good match for me as it blends numbers with law. After 15 years, I had risen to the top of my profession and my only promotion available to me was going into management at the IRS. That’s when I left to start my own practice.
I initially started working out of my house and met clients in coffee houses around Seattle. My business continues to grow every year with many professional and client referrals.
In addition to providing Tax Accounting, IRS Problem Solving, and other general tax solutions, I have also added Financial Planning to my practice. I have passed all of the preliminary exams and now just need to sit for the final board exam in order to become a Certified Financial Planner.
Matt Browne, EA
“The Tax Wizard”
Matt was born and raised in Kansas, which he remembers fondly now that he doesn’t have to spend much time there. He started working for Taxman in 2011, shortly after arriving in Seattle. First as Howard’s assistant, then helping with tax preparation, and in 2014 he became an Enrolled Agent, allowing him to prepare tax returns and represent clients dealing with all kinds of IRS issues. Prior to moving to the west coast, Matt spent several years in Washington DC lobbying and working in the finance and accounting department of a large national non-profit. This provided a non-traditional but effective training for both tax preparation and in dealing with the government. Whether you need assistance with your tax return, surviving an audit, or dealing with IRS collection issues, Matt is here to help!
When away from the office Matt enjoys spending time outside exploring the Pacific Northwest, or inside watching basketball.
Carey Homan, CPA
“The Balance Sheet Queen”
Growing up in Eastern Washington, Carey attended Washington State University – originally for a hospitality degree, but she soon realized working for the travel industry meant watching everyone else travel while you man the fort. She switched to accounting and graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration and a Masters in Accountancy. After all, you can count beans anywhere in the world. While attending WSU, Carey rowed for the nationally ranked crew team.
After graduation, she had had enough of the wheat fields and joined the Peace Corps, where she spent 2 years living and volunteering in Ukraine. A love of beets, pelmeni and cross-stitch was discovered. Returning to the states via the Trans-Siberian railway to Beijing and a flight back to Washington, she started working part-time for Taxman as an accounting assistant/administrator, where she discovered a love of taxes. She then moved to a CPA firm in Redmond, where she worked on a number of tax, accounting and finance projects. After 4 years of taxes and financial statements, Carey is excited to be back and focusing on Tax work only.
When not working, Carey enjoys traveling (an unused passport is a wasted opportunity), exploring Seattle’s music scene (listener only), and exploring the PNW.
Joe was born in Eastern Washington, but moved to the Seattle area at age 10. After discovering the natural beauty the Pacific Northwest has to offer, he plans to never leave. He attended Central Washington University and graduated with a B.S. in Accounting and a minor in Economics. Joe has worked solely in taxation since graduating and wouldn’t have it any other way. He is currently in pursuit of his CPA certification.
Joe is passionate about investing and is the founder and president of a local investment club. Naturally, he also prepares the club’s financial statements and tax return. Joe’s other hobbies include playing basketball and golf, going to concerts, and hiking.
“The Air Traffic Controller”
Ariel was born in Los Angeles but considers Seattle her true home. She studied at the University of Washington, took a stint at the University of Amsterdam, and is now happily ensconced on thriving Capitol Hill. She’s the hub of communications here at Taxman & Associates, and would love to connect you to whichever member of the team will serve your needs best.
When she’s not putting you in touch with a tax expert, Ariel spends her time swing dancing. She travels the world competing and teaching dance, and in Seattle, you can find her in a ballroom six nights a week.
Shirley Tan, EA
“The Terminator” – You want her on your side!
Shirley Tan, our newest member, joined the Taxman’s team in December of 2018 after more than 17 years as a revenue agent with the IRS. Like Howard, Shirley had risen to the top of her profession with the IRS, and decided to use her extensive knowledge in IRS audits, complex tax issues as well as tax saving strategies to help taxpayers. During the years with the IRS, whether in its downtown Seattle office or downtown Bellevue office, Shirley was a mentor to many less experienced agents, especially in the area of flow through tax law (partnerships and S corporations). With her inside knowledge and business expertise, Shirley can help you to develop the best tax strategies and untangle your tax problems in no time.
Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Shirley travels extensively to visit her friends and family in China. A WWII history buff, she also travels to Europe annually.
“The Secret Agent”
Originally from North Carolina, Anna has an information technology background and was a manager in an electronic funds transfer company until a little over 2 years ago. She always had been interested in taxes and took her first H&R Block tax course 20 years ago. She began her employment again for H&R Block 2 years ago before starting to work for Howard.
Anna has a range of hobbies including: volunteering, being a docent at the Woodland Park Zoo, hiking, snowshoeing, and anything outdoors.
Nikki moved to the Pacific Northwest with her husband in 1998. She worked in the advertising industry until 2004 and became a full time mom to her daughter, Bode. At age 3, her daughter said that she should probably go to work, as she was in preschool so Nikki took a part time job with The Taxman in 2007.
Nikki worked as Howard’s assistant until the close of tax season in 2009 and became a personal trainer to other moms she knew from the neighborhood. This season Nikki’s back with the Taxman to help in the “busy season” and still works early mornings as a personal trainer doing strength training and cardio exercise.
Nikki’s interests are skiing, hiking, running in Ragnar relays with friends and volunteering at her daughter’s school. This year she joined a book club in hopes of actually reading a book.
“Can’t Claim Her As A Dependent”
Originally from Tacoma, Washington, listed for free on Craigslist, we knew we had to act immediately to rescue our new dog, Shady Jane (formerly known as Sadie Jane). Shady’s best friend is any tennis ball connected to a chucker. Yes, she adores her human family, but would ditch us in a second for a job chasing tennis balls! She is a mutt with some funny mannerisms (she can smile and sneer at the same time!), but we are sure she has border collie running through her veins. She is smart, loves to crunch numbers, sniff new friends and scare the hell out of our letter carrier.
*In addition to these wonderful attributes, she plays well with others and has never bitten an IRS worker. Although, with trying to figure out the new tax law, all bets are off.