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 17th year at Freedom in 2019. 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 oversees the bookkeeping, payroll, and notary services that Freedom provides.
Tax Preparer and Assistant Office Manager
Michele begins her 12th year with Freedom in 2019. 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.
Tax Preparer & Bookkeeper
2019 marks Angie’s 12th 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. Angie is now also handling bookkeeping & payroll for roughly 20 of our small business clients.
Tax Preparer & Bookkeeper
2019 will mark Angela’s 7th year with us. In addition to preparing tax returns she is responsible for the bookkeeping and payroll services for roughly 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.
We’re delighted to have Shan back again this tax season. Outside of tax season she is the Tangible Personal Property Manager at the Walton County Property Appraiser’s office. 2019 will be her 9th year preparing returns. Clients appreciate her professionalism, diligence and expertise. We love knowing that “if Shan did it, it’s been done right.”
Tax Preparer, Bookkeeper and Receptionist
Proving to be a quick study, Alexis has expanded her knowledge base to include tax preparation. Alexis continues to provide bookkeeping & payroll services to roughly 20 of our small business clients. She will also continue to help with receptionist duties in her spare time!
Not easily deterred, Casey is back to help us stay organized and take excellent care of our clients in 2019. She is friendly and methodical and as a military spouse, she has a special empathy for our service members and their families.
Chip begins his 7th year with Freedom in 2019. His “day job” is serving as the Okaloosa County Schools Homeschool Liason. 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.
Lori is the newest member of the Freedom team. 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 2019!