• WHO WE ARE

    WHO WE ARE

Tax Preparers, Accountants & Bookkeepers in Orem, Utah

Most of the year you will find us at the office observing regular business hours. But during tax season it is not unusual to find us burning the midnight oil. Once in a while, we try and find time for ourselves and our families. We wanted to share some of what we do at the office and what we would like to be doing when we are not at the office.

Get to know us!

    • Elaine Collins - Owner

    Elaine has over 18 years of experience in Public Accounting and Business and Individual tax preparation. She became an Enrolled Agent* in 2002 and furthered her professional development by becoming an NAEA Fellow with the National Tax Practitioners Institute, also attending 3 years of specialized training in IRS Audits and taxpayer representation. She has represented hundreds of clients in IRS audits, letters and hardship cases, helping her clients find a resolution to their IRS problems. As well as her extensive knowledge of all thing’s taxes, her areas of expertise include: QuickBooks Training, Payroll, New Business Entity Set Up and Small/Medium Business Planning. Her ability to connect with her clients and create long-term relationships is uncanny and wonderful, and you will never laugh more with anyone than with Elaine in your tax preparation meeting.

    Elaine is an accomplished seamstress and enjoys sewing and quilting for friends and family. She has made some of the most amazing and beautiful quilts for her family, and we will try and post some pictures of them when she will let us brag about her. When she is not at work, her time and focus are spent with her family, husband Brad, 6 children and 12 grandkids. She enjoys baking, including wedding cakes and could be considered a triple threat at your next wedding – make your cake, sew your dress and file your new tax return with your new spouse!

    • Devon Douglas - Administrative Assistant

    In other words, she does everything we don’t want to!!  She keeps Elaine, Angie and the office running – without her we are helpless!  As Angie said to someone one day, “I just work here, you’ll have to check with Devon”.  Devon was also an accomplished real estate Loan Processor/ Loan Officer and is very helpful with our clients who have tax related real estate questions, bankruptcies and credit issues.  She now manages all of our bookkeeping and payroll clients and has become an accomplished bookkeeper.

    She is a wonderful and engaged aunt to her nieces and nephews and spends a lot of quality time with them.  She is that second mom every kid needs!  She is devoted to her family and creating time and memories and has extended family in other states and visits… not as often as she’d like.  Her other interests include reading and . . . . uh reading!!  Her ideal day is spent in a chair at Barnes & Noble’s with her cell phone OFF.

    • Shelby Brown - CLIENT EXPERIENCE MANAGER

    Shelby is a jack of all trades. She runs our front desk and does your typical “receptionist” tasks but also jumps in to help wherever it’s needed. With prior tax preparation experience she has basic knowledge of taxes, but that knowledge has been expanding so she can further help the office and our clients. Because she’s involved with so much that’s going on in the office, we have an inside joke about how she’s the “real boss” and helps keep everyone on their toes. But don’t worry she knows who the REAL boss is. She helps keep us on track!

    In her free time, she enjoys getting out and going on a walk or hike or even just a drive being out in nature. Staying in and having a movie night is always a good option too! Shelby has a big movie collection, we’re not joking, and she loves music and is always singing. Her nieces and nephews are her “kiddos” and they’re her everything. She has a big heart and is always thinking of others.

    • Vickie Brown - Bookkeeper and Tax Preparer

    Vickie is the ninth out of eleven children, a mom of seven and grandmother to five. Her family is everything. She was blessed to be a stay at home mom for 13 years in AZ. Her family then moved to NM where her and her husband bought a screen-printing business and ran it together for 15 years. running a business can be stressful! Lucky for her, she knew QuickBooks and taxes and was able to take care of all of their accounting. So that helped relieve some of the stress. While also running this business, she worked for a tax & accounting firm doing bookkeeping and taxes for 8 years and found many native friends in both of those industries! The even taught her a little Navajo, (Hello) and shicheii (Goodbye grandma and grandpa).

    In the summer of 2015, her family decided that UT was going to be their next adventure. They moved on a whim, and it has been a blessing every step of the way. In her spare time she likes to sew, bottle foods and binge watch with her husband of 36 years. She's proud of the fact that she is organized, and able to juggle work and home life well. Since moving to Utah, she has continue to expand her knowledge of bookkeeping and taxes through side jobs with individual businesses. 

    She enjoys accounting, people and she doesn't shy away from a challenge! She says that it gives her the opportunity to learn more about taxes! At her prior job she was always the one who got the "difficult ones". By getting these though and not turning them away, she gained so much knowledge just jumping in feet first and figuring it all out. She was the person in the office who took on all the IRS audits, and cleared almost every one of them. It was a great feeling of accomplishment. 

    "The Tax Trio has now given me the opportunity to join a great firm, with great clients. I'm excited about this new opportunity."

    • Becky Halliday - Senior Accountant

    Becky has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Accounting and is currently working on her Masters of Accountancy. Her goal is to become a licensed CPA. She has 20+ years of professional accounting experience which includes 8+ years working for CPA firms providing full-service accounting services, payroll processing, sales tax filings, and QuickBooks Desktop and Online training. Her career choice was influenced by helping her father who owned his own business and hated collections and paperwork. She has added tax preparation to increase her ability to provide effective efficient planning and tax filing to reduce the stress of tax filings. She loves helping businesses to grow and learning about new resources that can assist her clients.
    Becky enjoys spending time with her daughters and dogs.Her interests include horseback riding, camping, tatting, crochet, knitting, embroidery, hand-quilting, and sewing. She looks forward to being able to read for leisure. Her vacations usually involve spending time with family.