About Jamaal “Stikks” Solomon

I have been working as a professional accountant for over 13 years. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and master’s degree in Taxation. Now that we got that out the way, let’s talk about what really matters: why I got into tax consulting and how it became my passion.

Both of my parents were supervisors in the education industry. Naturally, they encouraged me to become a teacher. As a young person, I saw this as the easy, boring path. Being the rebellious child, I chose to go in the opposite direction and study business management. Upon college graduation, I felt confused and uncertain about my future. In 2002, the country was in one of its greatest recessions. I found myself in odd, low paying jobs. I worked at national chain pharmacy, hoping I could put my business degree to use. Unfortunately, my manager felt I was well-suited to taking out the trash. However, that humbling experience was the best thing that could have happened to me. I learned that I need to make the best of any opportunity, stay hungry and look forward.

Unemployed yet again and desperate for money, I enrolled in an H & R Block tax preparer course. I didn’t like how the company did business, but I fell in love with taxes. By pure luck, one of my fraternity brothers owned a very small tax firm. Despite a three hour commute each way, I accepted the position and made the most of the opportunity. It wasn’t easy, but in those five years I became an Enrolled Agent and received my Master’s degree. After completing graduate school, I wanted to work for a bigger company. As a tall black male (hence the nickname “Stikks”), I had a hard time breaking into corporate America. Many potential employers were extremely disrespectful during the interview process. These companies didn’t care about my degrees or experience. I became very depressed. Yet the rebellious child in me said: “do not let Corporate America disrespect your worth”.  I wanted to prove to myself and the world that I could compete with the best. This was how, in 2009, J.S. Tax Corporation was born.

Through my many interactions with clients, I have learned that there is more to life than taxes. I have seen the toll IRS tax debt can take on people. I have seen clients’ health, marriages, family ties and friendships destroyed. I wanted to show people that there is a light beyond that feeling of helplessness. I wanted to do more for my clients and those who are not even my clients. I started creating content online to help average citizens understand their options. I realized that I love teaching and my parents were right—I should have become an educator.

And now I am one. I’m on a mission to teach the world how to overcome their tax fears. This is why I created “Tax It and Forget It.” This movement is not for tax dummies but for tax warriors. Will you follow me?

 

Best regards,

Jamaal Solomon

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