Truth: Clarifying Business Startup Misconceptions
“My goal is to help individuals and businesses get out of trouble and stay out of trouble when it comes to their taxes and accounting.” Shan-Nel D. Simmons, EA MBA is a fixer of tax and accounting problems. A former IRS revenue agent with several accounting degrees and corporate accounting experience, Shan-Nel is rare gem within the tax industry.
With over 17 years of experience, her career started humbly as a night audit manager at the Ramada Inn in Corpus Christi, TX at 18 years old where she revamped the entire audit process for increase reporting accuracy and transparency while reducing procedural redundancies within two months of hiring. “I was a fixer then and didn’t know it. But I have always enjoyed not only balancing the books but also creating systems for businesses and individuals that increase workflow speeds and reduce internal control weaknesses.”
Shan-Nel continued her accounting career by working for the corporate headquarters of companies such as First Data, Chevy Chase, JP Morgan, Aerotek, Penn Parking, and Vericom. While moving up the corporate ladder, Shan-Nel earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration in Accounting, an MBA in Accounting and Finance, and a graduate certificate in Advanced Accounting. She is also federally licensed as an enrolled agent, a license that allows her to help people and businesses with their taxes in all 50 states; and she is a notary.
In 2016, Shan-Nel founded Nel’s Tax Help, LLC, a tax and accounting company based out of Maryland helping individuals and businesses throughout the United States. “When I was a revenue agent, the one thing I would constantly hear during tax audits was ‘If I had someone like you I would not be in this mess’. After hearing this sentiment for the millionth time, I knew I had to make myself available to proactively solve people’s tax problems.” Since opening over two years ago, Shan-Nel has helped solve the tax and accounting problems of clients in 16 states and the District of Columbia. To date, she has resolved over a half of a million of tax debt, penalties, and interest for clients as a one-woman operation.
In addition to providing tax and accounting solutions, Shan-Nel is a public speaker where she provides tax advice on podcasts, as a keynote or featured speaker at conferences, and while serving as an expert on panels. She has written several tax-related articles and was featured as an expert on Credit Karma and Best Company. She has given several in-person and virtual workshops to help other entrepreneurs and adults learn about how to do their taxes right.
She is also an author. She authored A.S.K.ing for Success: My Faith Walk from Employee to Entrepreneur, and she co-authored Get It Done!: Building the Business of Your Dreams. She also founded Bmore About It, a homeless and poverty awareness group, where she leads community cleanups in Baltimore City, provide homeless mothers-to-be with backpacks filled with newborn supplies, and regularly share employment opportunities to those who need it the most. She also won the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year ACHI magazine award for the DC/Maryland area.
As the sole owner and worker of Nel’s Tax Help, Shan-Nel’s greatest joy comes from seeing her clients win their tax problems and conquer their accounting woes for their businesses and their lives. When she is not working, Shan-Nel is a wife of 13 years, and the parent of a spirited 3-year-old daughter. She also enjoys wine, cooking dinners for family and friends, smooth jazz and Prince, and great pedicures.
“I’ve achieved many things thus far – and I’m not even 40 years old yet! Being an entrepreneur has allowed me to craft my own definition of success. I know I am living in my God-given purpose because when I can help other business owners win with their taxes and accounting, I win too! I am blessed to be a blessing.”