It was April 24, 2001, and I had just shut down a tax prep office with 15 preparers that completed a five-figure 1040 volume, and that hadn’t even existed five months earlier.
It was my last day on active duty in the U.S. Navy, and I was heading back home to Oregon. I only made it to Colorado, but that’s a totally different story.
As I left Norfolk, VA that day, I was obviously thinking about my future. Given my nuclear training, I assumed that the legacy of my Navy experience would be a career in nuclear power. The strange task of building a tax prep office from scratch to service the largest concentration of military personnel in the world was something I viewed as nothing more than the grunt work I had to do because I was on the short end of my enlistment.
I never thought it would become my career.
And that’s one of the great things about life: You just never know where it’s going to take you.
If I had had a crystal ball at the time, I would have treated that tax season differently. I would have actually learned how to prepare a return, rather than just treating it as an IT problem, among other things. It could have been a tremendous learning experience, if I had allowed it to be, and it would have put me several years ahead in life.
As I started civilian life, tax or accounting never even crossed my mind. And later in 2001, I chose a woman over a nuclear power job in New York. Then I somehow ended up in real estate. Then I ended up divorced, bankrupt, and homeless.
So seven years after my first tax season, I ended up having my second, entirely out of necessity. I consider it somewhat … Continue readingRead More