Bob and Joanne Fiddler
We (Bob and Joanne Fiddler) moved to the area in 2002 from Jacksonville in order to be closer to family in Okaloosa County. Former district managers with Jackson Hewitt, we decided to “go it alone” and opened Freedom Tax Service Plus in Crestview in the fall of 2002. After getting established, we recruited Joanne’s sister, Marcia Saranpa, away from her long career in the legal field to join in ownership.
Our staff, our Freedom “family”, is the key to the success we’ve enjoyed all these years. Each year, every tax preparer completes many, many hours of continuing education, so you can have confidence that you are dealing with competent folks. Each of our preparers is listed in the IRS’s nationwide listing of tax professionals (http://irs.treasury.gov/rpo/rpo.jsf) which was published for the first time in 2015. Inclusion in the listing requires preparers to register with the IRS, complete many continuing education hours, and pass a competency exam. Should we encounter a situation that requires additional research, our membership in the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) gives us a “lifeline” to highly trained CPAs and Tax Attorneys.
Partner and Office Manager
Marcia begins her 15th year at Freedom in 2017. With experience comes knowledge and Marcia is recognized as one of our “go to” people for complex tax issues. Her 20+ years as a paralegal and office manager at a Fort Walton Beach attorney’s office allows her to provide additional insight that is often valuable. A stickler for policies and procedures, Marcia keeps our office in compliance and running efficiently. In addition to preparing oodles of tax returns, Marcia also handles the bookkeeping and payroll for more than 15 of our small business clients.
Senior Tax Preparer
2017 will mark Sherry’s 12th year with Freedom Tax. A retired USAF Chief Master Sergeant, in 2006 Sherry was looking for a seasonal job that would provide some “mental stimulation”. We are so glad that Sherry became addicted to us! Her military background and knowledge is invaluable in assisting our many military clients. She is a clear and logical thinker, who serves her clients with professionalism and compassion.
Tax Preparer and Assistant Office Manager
Michele begins her 10th year with Freedom in 2017. In addition to tax preparation, Michele serves as our Assistant Office Manager and handles bookkeeping and payroll for more than 20 of our small business clients. We especially appreciate her penchant for suggesting new and better ways of doing things.
Andrea (Andee) DeJesus
Andrea begins her 10th year at Freedom in 2017. A Crestview native, Andee seems to have grown up with half of our clients. A friend to all, her cheerful, helpful, and hardworking manner is appreciated by her fellow employees and clients alike.
2017 marks Angie’s 10th year with Freedom Tax. While always providing excellent tax preparation services, Angie believes taxes don’t need to be dry and boring. Her wit, good nature, and impersonations frequently brighten a client or a co-workers day.
Jessica begins her 5th year at Freedom Tax in 2017. She joined us with experience from an unnamed competitor. Jessica is dedicated to providing excellent service and is quick to verify that a client’s situation is being properly handled.
Tax Preparer & Bookkeeper
2017 will mark Angela’s 5th year with us. In addition to preparing tax returns she is responsible for the bookkeeping and payroll services for more than 20 of our small business clients. She has a keen attention to detail and her calm, unflappable manner is especially valuable during the hectic days of tax season.
Casey joins Freedom Tax after many years as a customer service representative in the local vacation rental industry. She is a very quick learner who is dedicated to taking excellent care of our clients. She claims to be looking forward to the excitement of tax season!
Chip begins his 5th year with Freedom in 2017. He works fulltime teaching youth at the Okaloosa County Jail. Chip joins us each day after school and on Saturdays to serve as receptionist and all around helpful office guy. His cheerful, polite, and professional demeanor is a welcome sight to clients and co-workers.