Doing Your Taxes Does Not Need to be Taxing
In high school, Murphy resident Melissa Trainer took two years of accounting as elective courses. She laughingly said, “Who does that?” However, her parents did not feel she had the personality of an accountant, so once at college, she pursued a molecular biology degree. Three credit hours away from earning a bachelor of science degree in molecular biology and faced with 12 additional years of school to be eligible to have a private practice, she dropped her science classes and buzzed her way through 60 credit hours of business courses in a 24-month period. She earned a BBA in accounting, BA in international business and BA in Spanish. Upon graduation, she worked as an accountant for a small business, then was an auditor and then did corporate accounting. She said, “I spent more time at work than home. I decided my priorities were out of whack. My whole life I wanted to be a wife and a mom, and to be present. I wasn’t present. I quit my job and started Trainer Accounting and Consulting. I’ve been very happy with this decision and have no regrets.”
Trainer Accounting and Consulting, PLLC was established in 2014. Trainer said that she practiced privately for many years before leaving her corporate job. She worked from home beginning in 2014 and opened her office at 318 W. FM 544, Suite A2 in Murphy in 2017. She said she chose this location because it is central to most of her clients and it is one mile from her house. “I spent 30 minutes driving each direction during my corporate job, which was more time away from my family. It is important to me to be at my children’s school events. It is also easy for me to meet clients in the evening.”
Offering a variety of services allows Trainer to work with both individuals and small businesses. She handles personal taxes, small business taxes, bookkeeping, payroll and serves as a consultant. Regarding the consulting services she said, “I listen to business owners to hear what their biggest headaches are. I help them find solutions. It could be revitalizing their accounting procedures, determining if additional head count is necessary, etc. Sometimes a person has been doing things the same way for years. I help them see new options.”
Trainer tells of a time last year when a couple who had recently moved to Murphy saw her ad in the Murphy Messengerand called her. They had always self-prepared their tax return up until this time. Trainer reviewed their prior year’s tax return and pointed out some deductions they had missed. She showed them if they would make those amendments, they would receive an increase in their tax return. The couple was very pleased and referred their adult children to visit Trainer.
She adds that the Murphy community has been very generous in their recommendations. “I feel very blessed that I’ve established a relationship with my clients that they feel comfortable recommending me.”
The deadline to file individual tax returns is Apr. 15. Trainer explained why it is beneficial to hire Trainer Accounting and Consulting, PLLC to do your taxes versus self-preparing, “I have years of experience. I have the ability to ask you questions that software won’t ask you. I can discuss with you deductions that are available if you work from home, if you have vacation homes you rent out, and much more.” She advises, “Don’t spend your precious time stressing over it. What might take you 10 hours, might take us two.” During tax season, Trainer hires interns from UTD. These are students who are earning their masters in accounting. She currently has one full-time employee and another full-time position available.
Every year she said her goal is to continue to grow her firm and continue to learn. She said, “I learn from my experience to better my firm without losing sight that family comes first.”
The Trainer family has lived in Murphy since 2011. She has been married to her husband, Edwin, since 2006. They have two sons, Cody and Dylan, both attend Boggess Elementary.
Please contact Melissa Trainer at 469-626-8292 or calendly.com/TrainerCPA. For more information, visit the website at www.trainercpa.com.