Kuhn Tax Service opens in Parkersburg

Photo by Jess Mancini Tamra Kuhn opened Kuhn Tax Service earlier this month. The tax preparation service for individuals and small businesses is located at 400 Division St.

PARKERSBURG — A woman who started as a volunteer tax preparer has opened a tax service in Parkersburg.

Kuhn Tax Service opened Feb. 2 after requisite IRS background checks were fully completed and approved, said owner Tamra “Tammy” Kuhn. The tax service is located at 400 Division St. in the old Bob’s Bicycle Shop site by the Fifth Street Bridge on West Virginia 14.

“I’ve been busy since Day 1,” Kuhn said. “It’s been constant.”

She and her husband of 36 years, George, who is retired, have owned property in Parkersburg for 15 years. They are from Florida, came to visit several times a year after her husband’s brother’s family, also from Florida, moved to Parkersburg 10 years earlier in the 1990s.

After a visit to Parkersburg with her husband, they decided “it was so nice and friendly” and bought property here where they built a home.

“West Virginia’s gain, Florida’s loss,” she said.

She was born in New Kensington, Pa., near Pittsburgh where her family still resides. Kuhn says she is a Steelers fan, but she is loving the Mountaineers more every day.

The business is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. People can call and ask questions for free from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Preparation fees are $50 per wage earner, with discounts offered to senior citizens, students, and small businesses. Quick reviews and quotes are free.

During her career she was in the construction industry, a Realtor in Florida and an owner of a used auto parts business. That background gave her the experience to know what the tax issues are for small business owners, she said.

“I can help you start your business,” Kuhn said.

Kuhn is a graduate of the Daytona Beach Community College, now Daytona State College, where she received an A.S. degree in business administration. She is preparing to become a Certified Public Accountant.

She has been preparing personal income tax returns for more than 20 years, starting as a volunteer helping senior citizens and low-income taxpayers for over 15 years.

Kuhn has competed the voluntary 18-hour AFSP-Annual Filing Season Program and is registered with the IRS to prepare personal income tax returns, including e-file of federal and state returns.

The Kuhns raised five children in Florida, his, hers, theirs, and her little sister. A mom, wife, sister, and auntie, she also has been a waitress and roof truss designer, besides a business owner, construction worker and Realtor in Florida, but her favorite job is as a personal income tax preparer.

“This is my job for the rest of my life,” she said. “I like it here.”

When she is not doing that, her hobby is refinishing furniture. She and her husband will go from yard sale to yard sale looking for good-quality furniture that has seen better years.

“I like to take an old piece of furniture and make it new again,” Tammy Kuhn said. “You met me at your garage sale.”

Although she doesn’t hit the links, Kuhn drives golf balls at the driving range. “It is a stress reliever, fun and relaxing,” she said. “My 90-year-old grandfather, Bob, taught me to golf.”