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).
Jason Watson, EA, MBA
Managing Partner, Business Development
After an inside referral, Jason Watson was selected to head up the business consultation team within the Watson CPA Group. 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.
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. He is quick to point out that while some basics cover all situations, every business is truly unique. Jason has also written a book called Taxpayer’s Comprehensive Guide to LLCs and S Corps. To add to the fun, he also likes dirt biking, boating in Wisconsin, running and flying airplanes for United Express.
Lynda Stark-Harding, CPA
Senior Accounting Manager
Lynda is responsible for accounting and payroll processing for our clients. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, has over 20 years of accounting experience and has been a CPA since 2006. Lynda enjoys helping clients understand their financial statements. With understanding comes better business operations decisions.
Lynda loves exploring Colorado with her family, if she gets any time off from work (which is never).
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. After 10 years of following her Air Force husband all other the world, she became 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 after last tax season and just like Hotel California, she can never leave. She looks forward to working with all of you in between skydiving and drag racing.
After beginning her career in public accounting, Aimee worked in internal audit and corporate accounting. She has spent the last 8 years working with small businesses in the Colorado Springs area. Aimee earned a BBA from the University of Notre Dame, and loves spending time with her husband and 2 kids. Reading, exercising and consoling the Irish after each Michigan game round out her interests. After a decade in Colorado, the views of the Rockies never get old for this Midwestern transplant. And the line at Golden Corral never seems too long.
Brooke Bellmore, MBA, CPA (in process)
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 during the winter 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.
Angie has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Missouri State University. She has been with the Watson CPA Group since 2012 (employee #3) setting up new clients for tax, accounting, payroll and business formation. Angie also does per diem calculations for our flight crew clients (probably not anymore since Lynda keeps her busy). Prior to the Watson CPA Group she worked in the Financial Banking and Environmental Cleanup fields as an accountant and accounting manager.
Joanna McFarland, MBA, CPA (in process)
Joanna has a MBA in Accounting and has over 13 years of tax and accounting experience. She specializes in small business accounting and loves to help clients with their bookkeeping needs. She is a wiz with QuickBooks and is Xero Accounting certified (Xero is a great alternative to QB online).
Joanna loves being a wife and mother, right after being an accountant. Any free time she has is spent with her family, whether it is being a Girl Scout leader, fostering puppy mill dogs, or just hanging out. She is an avid member of her church and helps out with accounting needs when necessary.
Since 2012, Katie has been working in the accounting profession and is currently pursuing an Accounting degree. As a part of the Business Development team, she works to set up new clients for tax and business services, and business formation. Prior to this career field, Katie was an Air Traffic Controller in the US Air Force and can identify with our flight crew tax clients. She has followed her husband and his Air Force career to Colorado.
Katie’s home life is covered in fur. As avid animal lovers, she and her husband have opened their home as foster parents for adoptable homeless dogs. She loves to be outdoors with her two dogs, and is enjoying repainting and redecorating.
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