gua: Help with taxes, bookkeeping

Denise Graham of K&J Associates gives her clients a personal touch

Published: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 4:22 p.m.

Local residents who want to have someone with the time and expertise to help prepare their tax returns with a personal touch and attention to detail have another source to utilize this tax season.

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Denise Graham, owner of K & J Associates book keeping and tax preparations, stands in front of her business in the Liberty Center at 3131 NW 13th Street in Gainesville.

ERICA BROUGH/Special to the Guardian

Denise Graham, the owner of K&J Associates, at 3131 NW 13th St., Suite 8, said she decided to open her own business because she wants to empower people.

"I want to be able to educate every customer on an individual basis," said Graham, who opened her doors on Dec. 28. "I want to make people aware of the options they have. If they know the different options that exist for them, they can make better and more informed choices concerning their taxes."

K&J Associates specializes in individual, corporate and business tax preparation and bookkeeping. The company also has the ability to secure rapid refunds.

Graham, 38, said she has 12 years of experience doing taxes. She spent the last two years planning and researching before opening her business.

She is a 1990 graduate of Williston High School who received an associate of art's degree in accounting from Santa Fe College in 2008. She currently is working on her bachelor's degree in accounting at St. Leo University with plans to graduate this fall and become a certified public accountant.

"I love doing taxes and I am constantly educating myself about the changes that take place regarding tax codes and tax laws," Graham said.

Tandra Simmons, a Gainesville resident and business owner, has been getting her personal and business taxes done by Graham for three years, and she is very comfortable with the work Graham does for her. She said Graham is very professional and has a lot of integrity.

"She does a great job and she is very reliable," Simmons said. "She doesn't cut any corners and she lets you know that. There are no limitations on what she will do for you as long as you stay within the guidelines. She is a good person and she loves her work."

Simmons is the owner of N.M.B. Foundation LLC., a business that specializes in the care of the elderly and disabled. She said Graham is always making sure paper work is in order throughout the year.

"She is always on top of things and that makes me feel real comfortable," Simmons said.

Al Blunt, an Ocala resident and business owner, said Graham also handles all of his taxes and has been doing so for more than two years. He said Graham is very knowledgeable and doesn't mind sharing what she knows to help her customers gain the maximum tax benefit they can legally get.

"She is a good person and she does good work," Blunt said. "I have all the trust in the world in her."

Graham has two daughters, Keona West, 17, and Jaquisha Graham-Wilcox, 12, and the name of the business, K&J Associates, is in honor of Keona and Jaquisha.

Graham said the tax services industry is extremely competitive, but she believes she can carve out her own niche and be successful.

"Again, it goes back to me being able to spend time with the customer and give them the individual attention they need," Graham said. "I study surveys conducted by reputable organizations that tells me the kinds of things people are missing when it comes to preparing their taxes. With that information, I can ask different questions of my customers that may shed light on the best way to prepare their taxes. A lot of little different things can make a difference on tax returns, and by me asking the proper questions, I can deliver better service to the customer."

Hours of operation are from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 352-376-4901.

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