As we talk about what to do and not do with our dollars during the holiday season, retailers are eagerly awaiting and preparing for another way to get your money. After the “after Christmas” sales, furniture stores, electronics outlets, car dealers and anyone else with something to sell will be licking their lips about yet another high-spending season. It is a time of the year when consumers are quite vulnerable because many of us feel like we have “extra” money to spend. That extra money is called “tax refunds.”
Other than folks who get the earned income credit, most people do not view tax refunds as their own money that the IRS has held for a year or more. Many treat it like found money, which makes it very easy for us to go out and spend it on “Tax Refund Sales.” Truth is, it’s already your money; you earned it and the IRS is just giving it back to you. Irrespective of that reality, each year consumers splurge and go on buying binges with their “windfall” refunds.
This is not an effort to tell you how to spend your refund; that’s your decision. This is an effort to inform my readers about Compro Tax, a national Black-owned and operated tax preparation and financial services firm. As I have done virtually every year via this column and in the five books I have written, I continue to praise Compro Tax, especially around this time of the year, because if we have to hire someone to prepare our taxes, at least let it be a Black-owned company.
According to Franchise Help.com, “The tax preparation industry is big business – 38,287 firms operated in the field last year, generating $7.7 billion in annual revenue. Because it is required, tax preparation tends to be recession resistant.”
Compro Tax, started more than 30 years ago, comprises more than 200 affiliates throughout the country, was founded by Jackie Mayfield, and is headquartered in Beaumont, Texas. Mayfield and his partners, associates and staff are dedicated not only to being the best of the best in the tax industry but being great corporate citizens in the communities in which they reside. In addition, Compro Tax offices are open and active all year long rather than just moving in for the tax season and disappearing after April 15.
Further, prospective Compro Tax affiliates are offered across-the-board assistance with start-up and continuous training in an effort to stay up to date on all tax policies and other financial issues and benefits of which customers can take advantage.
If you hire someone to prepare your tax return, even if you do not use Compro Tax, please hire a Black-owned company. It makes no sense for us to be so ensconced in demonstrations and protests around Black dollars while not making every effort to spend some of those dollars with a Black-owned tax firm – and other Black companies, not just because they are Black but also because they provide excellent service.
Compro Tax is committed to improving communities and affording business opportunities to prospective entrepreneurs. As a glowing example of community involvement and “giving back,” Compro Tax built, owns and operates a convention/event center in Beaumont to serve the needs of residents for a top-notch, first-class meeting facility.
Eighty-two million tax returns are filed by paid preparers. Don’t you think that in light of our rhetoric about supporting Black businesses we should support Compro Tax? Franchise Help.com also wrote, “The vast, vast majority of tax preparers are small – 37 percent were run by a single person, while 53 percent were operated by less than ten. There were128,393 total employees in the field last year. There were plenty of tax returns to go around.”
Unlike other tax firms, Compro Tax does not hire folks in clown suits to wave placards in front of their offices to attract customers; Compro Tax gets its business simply by providing outstanding customer service from industry experts.
Finally, for those who believe that advocating for support of Black businesses is separatist, divisive or unfair, as some Black folks in Detroit voiced back in 2005 when Claud Anderson attempted to develop a Black business enclave in that city, I offer one more quote from the article on Franchise Help.com: “One approach some tax preparation businesses take to avoid the stark seasonality of the tax preparation business is to diversify and enter other related fields. Others, like Siempre Tax+ are focused on specific markets, like the ‘Hispanic’ population.”
I rest my case.
To find the Compro Tax office nearest you or if you are interested in starting your own Compro Tax office, go to their website http://www.comprotax.net or call 409-882-9893; toll free, 888-884-2829. And don’t spend all of your tax return in one place.
Jim Clingman, founder of the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people.