Maria McGee Lockett is a multi-faceted woman: She’s an entrepreneur, accountant and a licensed ordained minister and for more than three decades she has prepared individual and business tax returns in Dallas.
There’s more. She operates a tax school where she trains students how to prepare returns and to open their own tax businesses. Dubbed the “Tax Expert,” Lockett stopped in on From Marva with Love to talk about business expansion, the pandemic – and her ministry.
MS: Tell us about your background and how you became the tax expert?
ML: About November of 1988, which is back before many were born, God blessed me with a business. At the time, he gave me the name Hughes Networking and I had no idea in 1988 what networking meant.
I was a wife and a mother, and I had no idea, but I wrote it all down. I began to do it and I started with tax preparation. It was a gift. I have a gift of detail and I’m also an accountant.
With that, I started doing it for pennies. I got certified in tax preparation. I began my business and that’s been over 33 years ago.
MS: How has your business been affected by the pandemic?
ML: About five months after I opened my new office, the pandemic hit. I didn’t have to shut it down, but I shut it down for a little while. I didn’t do face-to-face appointments. I do tax preparations; I have a tax school and (I do) credit repair for my clients.
MS: You are very passionate about helping people. What is the lesson that you want them to know about the best way to have their taxes done?
ML: That’s an excellent question. The rule of thumb is you want to break even. It’s not about getting money back at the end of the year. Unfortunately, tax laws change every single year. So, if you got credit for this year, you may not next year.
They may kick the whole thing out. I say, ‘Get your money now.’
There was so much more to our conversation about taxes, entrepreneurship and ministry.
For more information contact Maria McGee Lockett email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by direct extension at (214) 962-9506.
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