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Bob and Joanne Fiddler
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.

Staff Profiles

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.

Marcia Saranpa
Partner and Office Manager

Marcia begins her 20th year at Freedom in 2022. 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


Angela Moore
Tax Preparer & Bookkeeper

2022 will mark Angela’s 11th year with us. In addition to preparing tax returns she is responsible for the bookkeeping and payroll services for more than 25 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.

 


Janette McCord 
Tax Preparer & Bookkeeper

Janette begins her 4th year at Freedom in 2022. She has demonstrated a natural talent for understanding complex details and a willingness to dig into issues to be sure they are handled properly. In addition to tax preparation, she is responsible for the bookkeeping and payroll services for roughly 25 of our small business clients.


Lori Ucello
Head Receptionist

Lori returns for her 5th year and more tax season excitement! Her sweet and empathetic manner is appreciated by clients and co-workers alike. Her background in recruiting and as a small business owner combined with a willingness to do whatever is required to take care of our clients will serve us all well in 2022!

 


Conni Perkins 
Tax Preparer & Bookkeeper

Conni begins her 3rd year at Freedom in 2022. She’s displayed a talent for multitasking which is crucial during the hubbub that is tax season. As a former business owner, she understands the importance of handling clients and their concerns quickly and professionally. In addition to tax preparation, she is responsible for the bookkeeping and payroll services for roughly 25 of our small business clients.


Kayleigh McCord
Office Support

Kayleigh is a Junior at Crestview High School and dual enrolled at Northwest Florida State College. She is Junior class VP at CHS, is on the Swim, Flag Football and Weightlifting teams, and President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes & Book Clubs. In her “spare” time Kayleigh joins us to provide general office support.


Binx
Office Cat

Binx is in his first year with Freedom Tax. He came to us with a simple job application…”Starving kitten will work for food.” In his short tenure he has proven to be a morale booster and source of amusement. He knows how to make himself scarce when the office is busy and is not offended to be put outside if anyone is allergic or simply not fond of cats.