Tax and Business Consultants
The Watson CPA Group is not a group of tax preparers or number crunchers- we are tax and business consultants and our firm will take you through the cycles of your personal and business lives. Many accountants are only compliance oriented, and while IRS compliance is critical, being proactive is equally important.
Not every business runs the same or has the same needs. We want to ask the appropriate questions, listen, and develop a game plan that works for you. Topics such as health insurance, retirement planning, educational assistance programs, health reimbursement arrangements and accountable plans are just some of the areas that define the form and function of today’s business. Square pegs don’t go in round holes- we’ll find the right solution for you and your business.
Moreover, our goal at the Watson CPA Group is to always prepare comprehensive and accurate financial reports, filings and tax returns, but equally important is your understanding of how this stuff “works”. To the extent necessary, we want you to be comfortable with your tax and accounting world so together we can successfully plan for your future.
The Watson CPA Group also embraces technology by utilizing secure client portals and online submit forms to exchange documentation. However, we remain committed to direct delivery, face-to-face interactions and personal relationships with our clients. We are Colorado Springs CPAs but provide nationwide tax and accounting service.
Here is your Watson CPA Group team-
Tina Watson, CPA, MBA
Tina Watson became a Certified Public Accountant in 2003. Tina has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Business Administration and consults with a variety of small businesses including Defense Contractors.
Tina takes pride in helping her client understand how the numbers come together. She believes that the extra time spent with a client illustrating the mathematical nuances helps everyone better understand their business. As a mother of three and avid tennis player, Tina still finds time to enjoy traveling, exercise and the occasional moment of downtime (which is like a unicorn).
Sally Rhoades, CPA
Sally began her tax career in 1988 with Ernst and Young (never heard of them, are they big?) in Nashville and became a CPA licensed in Tennessee in 1989. For 10 years, she followed her Air Force husband all other the world and was a full-time mother of two and a volunteer at various Air Force tax assistance offices. She has lived in Belgium and Germany and has deep experience with expat and military residency issues. Sally joined Watson CPA Group in early 2014 and became a licensed CPA in Colorado. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, tailgating at USAFA football games, and spending time with her family.
Doug has been a Certified Public Accountant for more than a decade and began his accounting career in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As a recent transplant to Colorado Springs, he prefers the accounting and payroll worlds over the tax world. Doug brought his own payroll service to plug into the Watson CPA Group which functions as a joint venture for the benefit of our clients.
Yes, he is a huge LSU fan. Yes, he is a huge Saints fan. And he also holds the record for having the most non-matching monitors on a single desk.
Mayzie Brown, CPA
Accounting / Tax Manager
Mayzie Brown became a CPA in Colorado in 2011. In 2002, she earned her BS in Accounting from the University of Colorado right here in Colorado Springs. She loves numbers, but her true love is taxes! Mayzie has been a part of the Watson tax team for two years and has recently become a full-time employee in the accounting department – don’t worry, we’re working on a way to clone her so we can still utilize her brain during tax season.
Mayzie worked for the IRS for seven years prior to joining Watson CPA Group. We forgive her for this (no, really!) and her unique perspective has proven invaluable when tackling a tax return. Outside of work Mayzie has a happy, busy life with her husband and their two active boys. She enjoys musicals, concerts, and travel.
Catherine Mast, CPA (in-active)
Catherine Mast graduated from California State University Fullerton with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1993. After relocating to beautiful Colorado and becoming licensed under the State of Colorado as well, she became a stay-at-home Mom to her 4 children but also volunteered her time and talents in the community as a Founder of The Classical Academy, the largest Charter School in the State of Colorado and she assisted her husband in his various Real Estate Businesses over the years.
Catherine returned to public accounting and joined Watson CPA Group 3 years ago after sending her firstborn to college and she enjoys working with small businesses with their internal accounting operations and procedures. Outside of work, family time is her priority and she also enjoys playing tennis, water and snow skiing, hiking and traveling throughout the year.
Heather is a dedicated professional with more than a decade of accounting experience. Adept at interpersonal skills, she is highly trustworthy, ethical and discreet, committed to exceptional customer service and driven by challenges. Confident and poised in interactions with all ages and levels of individuals. Detail-oriented and resourceful in spearheading, organizing and completing projects.
In her downtime Heather enjoys volunteering with dog rescues, spending time with her family, camping and hiking. But downtime will be over soon since she is expecting her first baby in October.
Brooke Bellmore, MBA
Staff Accountant (part-time)
According to Brooke, she likes to take raw data and turn it into usable and accurate financial reports that help people see what is happening in their business. She has been providing this type of service for over 11 years and has been focused on working with small businesses since 2007. In her current role, Brooke prepares financial statements and processes payroll for multiple clients.
The mother of two daughters is expecting to sit for the CPA exam at some point while spending time learning Kempo Karate. As a part of her upcoming black belt testing, Brooke is also dispatched to enforce our reasonable positions at all IRS meetings. And she loves anything to do with reading, animals, plants, nature, sports, and genealogy.
Administrative Assistant, Business Development
Amanda will be the first to tell you she loves organization, efficiency and a fast-paced environment. This brought her to Watson CPA Group during tax season and she never left! Amanda has become an addition to the year-round team as an administrative assistant and business development team member. During her day she wears many hats and enjoys moving from one project to another.
In her personal life Amanda loves to spend time with her family, friends and animals. She also loves to curl up with a good book and her cat, usually with some kind of snack nearby.
Independent Consultants and Advisors
The Watson CPA Group collaborates with a wide variety of independent professionals to add depth and comprehensiveness to our client interactions. The following consultants and advisors maintain their practice alongside your Watson CPA Group team.
Tony Rossi, Esquire
Attorney and One Call Team Member
Tony Rossi is an Asset Protection Lawyer with the One Call Team. Tony focuses on Estate Planning, Veteran’s Benefits, Special Needs Planning, Medicaid Planning, Inheritance Tax Planning, and Wealth Management. His prior experience also includes family issues such as divorce, child custody and guardianship.
Tony is a Certified Veteran’s Administration attorney, trained by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and also is a Certified Medicaid Planning Attorney
Insurance Advisor and One Call Team Member
John Stone is a life and disability insurance specialist with the One Call Team. John focuses on debt elimination, funding estate tax and special needs obligations, as well as business life insurance needs such as key person coverage and buy/sell funding strategies for business owners.
John also specializes in lifestyle and income protection needs, as well as business applications of disability including buy/sell funding and key person coverage. John attended West Point and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Marshall University in West Virginia.
Jason Watson, EA, MBA
Small Biz Consultant and One Call Team Member
Jason Watson is a small business consultant specializing in LLCs and S Corporations. His passion is speaking with small business owners and creating a map for the future. Jason enjoys (really!) talking about S Corps, self-employment taxes, health insurance issues and retirement planning within a small business. He is quick to point out that while some basics cover all situations, every business is truly unique.
Jason has owned two small businesses in the past and holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. To add to the fun, he also likes dirt biking, boating in Wisconsin and hiking the incline.
Expectations of our Clients
We select our clients on two important criteria. First, we expect our clients to be open, honest and responsive in communication. Second, we only accept clients who view our partnership as a collaboration, where our challenges and successes are shared.
Our address is 9475 Briar Village Point Suite 325, Colorado Springs, 80920 which is located in the Briargate area on the northeast corner of Briargate Parkway and Chapel Hills Drive. We understand that location can be very important to you- please know that we are dedicated to adding convenience to your tax and accounting needs and your busy life.
Since we share the building with physicians and dentists, parking can be a challenge. There is a parking garage on the north side of our building and there are spaces typically available in the overflow lot in front of Marco’s Pizza. Parking is free of course.
As you make your trip to our offices, remember that we have 7-Eleven, Back East Bar and Grill, Salsa Brava,Marco’s Pizza and Lulu’s Yogurt all within a few feet of our building. In addition, there are physicians, dentists, massage therapists and chiropractors on the campus.
And don’t forget the Shoppes at Briargate just down the road. Make the Watson CPA Group your one-stop shop for your tax and accounting needs, your appetite and your errands.
We look forward to working with you!
The Watson CPA Group Team