Tax time doesn’t have to be stressful


With Winter coming to an end, our attention moves to the Spring. Things like gardens, flowers and the warmer weather, but it’s also that dreaded time of year known as tax time. With changes to tax laws, it’s sometimes hard to figure your tax return out.

That’s why many people are getting their returns done professionally instead of tackling it on their own. That’s where a firm like Liberty Tax comes in.

Liberty Tax Service has now been operating in Sault Ste. Marie for three tax seasons. Although it is still relatively new to the Sault, Liberty Tax has over 3,500 locations across North America and has been operating for almost 20 years, making it the fastest-growing tax preparation service.

tax-1 “When this location opened, it was very exciting as it provided local area residents a wider variety of tax and accounting services to select from. The Grand Opening was a success and the ribbon cutting ceremony was assisted by Counselor Rick Niro,” said Angel Farrar, district manager for the Sault.

“At some point almost all of you have seen their mascot ‘Leafy’ outside waving to all the cars that come up Northern Avenue. Leafy is out there every day during tax time, happily inviting everyone in to come and see us. This year we even have small stuffed Leafy’s for sale for your enjoyment with all proceeds going to the local Soup Kitchen,” Farrar said.

tax-3Farrar has been doing taxes and bookkeeping for over 26 years. She started working at H&R Block and later opened her own bookkeeping company while developing her skills and keeping up with all the latest tax knowledge over the years. When approached with running the local office, she was very excited at the prospect of offering area residents with a new option for all their tax needs.

Farrar brought on a mix of other tax associates to help her make Liberty Tax a professional and pleasant office experience for all who entered. Her first addition was to have Krystal Murray join, who is experienced in all levels of taxes including corporate taxes. She has been working in the industry for over 10 years.

The rest of the tax specialists she brought in all have a variety of experience levels to help every client with every tax situation that could arise. They pride themselves on their professionalism and friendly attitude to all clients.

“We’re aware that some individuals find tax time stressful and are hesitant about filing; they will do everything in their power to make the entire process as easy for the client as possible,” Farrar said.

tax-2Liberty Tax provides Instant Refunds for clients who qualify, along with Basic and Complex tax preparation, including rental and business income as well as Corporate and US returns.

The local Liberty Tax takes pride in not only being family oriented but also involved in the community. Since their opening they have participated in Bon Soo events, the Grand Slam Curling as well as the sponsoring of local hockey players.