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About Us

Yup, you probably only know the name of the “Great Guru Joe,” but he is so exalted that he does not speak on the phone without an appointment. To get something done, contact the rest of us. 😀

Joseph C. Smith

Joseph Smith

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Daina Smith

Daina Smith

“The Wife,” RN, AFSP
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Donna Robinson

Donna Robinson

Operations Manager


Emily Green

Tax Associate, Accountant

Timothy Wiggins

Timothy Wiggins

Tax Associate

Judy Kliewer

Judy Kliewer

Document Manager

Nicole Burkett

Nicole Burkett

Document Manager

Cathie Shaul

Cathie Shaul


Our History and the Name “TravelTax”

Group PhotoTravelTax was a name given to us by one of our clients when he expressed relief that someone understood these “travel taxes.” Before that, there really wasn’t a name, it was just: That Traveling Respiratory Therapist Guy Who Happened to Also Have an Accounting Degree And Could Do My Multi-State Tax Return. A little too long to be a good web site name. But it does serve as a description of how we got started. What was once a guy helping a few friends, has morphed into a well respected tax consulting firm that not only provides tax preparation service to its mobile clients, but also consults the companies that hire them, and multiple services in between.

As a company, TravelTax prepares over 1500 tax returns a year, almost all by internet, email, fax, and phone. We also spend considerable effort and energy educating our clients, so they understand the issues that pertain to tax homes, temporary contracts, reimbursements, and multi-state taxation.

Why? Because no matter who prepares your returns, ultimately you are responsible for the taxes. With the IRS, ignorance of the law is no excuse. While you may be able to have the penalties dropped because you “trusted your tax preparer to know what they were doing,” you won’t get out of the assessed tax bill.

Our company represents several dozen audited returns annually. (We like to brag that they are rarely our prepared returns.)  😀 – that is why we feel safe in defending any return we have prepared at no charge.) Most of the audits we handle are not “our” returns, but new clients coming to us after they have received either state or IRS notices. To our frustration, many of these were prepared by paid tax preparers who focused more on giving their clients big refunds, rather than accuracy. Often times we see errors like incorrectly reported deductions, even though the traveler had already received  tax free reimbursements (double dipping); or travelers that were misled by well-meaning friends or recruiters, to believe that their permanent residence was the same as their tax home, only to find that they have no tax home. Ergo: our emphasis on education. Read all that our web site has to teach you. We realize that the more you know ahead of time, the easier our job is.

You may now be thinking: I’ll learn everything I can, so then I can do my own returns. We don’t deny that you can, but is it really worth it? Even with the knowledge base of where, why and how, preparing the federal return would probably take longer than you expect, make you consume whole bottle of ibuprofen, and then there would be each state return, and figuring how to get make them get along and play nice…. And did you really do it all correctly?…. (Insert evil, maniacal laugh here)

If you haven’t caught on by now, open honesty is our policy, and we do have a slightly odd sense of humor. So all we can say is: Try us, you’ll like us!

Contact Form

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Please note: Your inquiry is private. We do not share your information, nor directly solicit, message or “friend” you through social media unless initiated/requested by you.

We are unable to answer questions related to the use of tax software programs.

Send Us Documents

The most secure way to send us your documents is to utilize this link that will allow you to select your saved files and upload them via our encrypted site.

Mail: 46 St. Mark Rd., Taylors, SC 29687
Fax: 877.872.8829

Pay Your Invoice Online

You will be directed to a separate PayPal portal page to complete the transaction. A PayPal account is not required.

Make your quarterly estimated tax payments.

Taxpayers can make electronic debit or credit card payments through our official IRS payment website, Drake e-Payment center, at Convenience fees for credit cards (1.97%) or debit cards ($2.58) will be applied at the time of payment. Use this link to make your payment.

Talk To Us

Our mantra is "We never charge to chat." If you are a traveler with questions about your tax home, or have questions about per diems, contracts, or how staffing agencies operate, that phone call is free of charge. - - It probably comes from our years in healthcare... educate! educate! educate!
Open: Monday - Thursday 8:30 – 4:30 EST, Friday 8:30 – 12:00 noon EST

Phone: 402.379.7818         Canada: 902.482.8128

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