ABOUT KATHRYN BRUNS CPA
Kathryn was born in New Jersey, attended Rutgers University for her undergraduate degree in Accounting, and then focused on furthering her education in Taxation. She has worked for a wide variety of large companies in the New York metropolitan area in various tax positions that has included government auditing and "Big-4" tax work. After this overall tax "bootcamp" for several years, she then specialized in multi-state income and franchise tax serving various companies and industries. Although Kathryn always loved the tax work and the friendships made during the course of her jobs, she did not like the corporate/institutional environment in which her time and talent was used to serve unknown investors and other impersonal beneficiaries that had competing goals and values.
Road to Self-employment
In 2004, Kathryn formed a tax company with the dream of someday owning her own practice where she could partner with people in a culture of integrity and service. For many years, this company sat inactive waiting for the right time for her to make the leap to self-employment. “Life” got in the way: changing personal residences, taking new jobs, and eventually becoming a mother. Finally, in 2017 Kathryn decided the time was right to make the life changes that she always wanted to. She left her last corporate job and felt that New Jersey was not the place for her and her daughter to continue to call home. Kathryn settled on relocating to western North Carolina after visiting the area, and shortly thereafter activated her dream, the tax business she formed thirteen years before.
Since living in western NC, Kathryn has enjoyed home growing her tax practice and meeting a wide variety of people with diverse backgrounds. When not running her business, Kathryn enjoys spending quality time with her teenage daughter and their tiny Chihuahua-Pomeranian "Pinta". One of their favorite things to do at home is to create an ambiance in the spirit of whichever season or holiday it is and enjoy family movie night. Shopping and dining at many of the area's local downtown businesses is also a favorite. Kathryn also has a great time exploring the abundant natural beauty of the area. Western North Carolina's fabulous weather year-round provides ample opportunity to get outside and enjoy it's offerings.
Professional Skills and Values
Kathryn started working at a very young age to earn spending money to provide for herself, which developed in her a strong work ethic and sense of responsibility and independence. Kathryn is a strong believer in advocating for yourself in life and she uses her understanding of human nature in strategic ways that facilitate justice and encourage empowerment. Her experience as both a tax auditor and a taxpayer representative enables her to understand the goals and limitations of both parties in a tax controversy, and she can advise clients accordingly. Kathryn believes in direct personal service for her clients, and plans to always stay small enough to do so. She seeks to offer the highest technical quality of work without the high overhead and complications that larger firms need to pass through to clients.
Take a look at Our Resume for more on Kathryn’s skills and experience, and feel free to contact her to chat with her about how she can help you. I would be happy to share about myself and my business to see if we may be able to have a mutually beneficial working relationship.