Meet Our New Individual Tax Manager, Debbie Brady, CPA
Question: Debbie, tell us a bit about yourself and your new position.
Answer: I’ve been at Orcutt & Co. for about 11 years, and have over 20 years experience in accounting and tax engagement. My experience has been in both the private sector and public accounting. So I have a pretty diverse, well-rounded sense of tax preparation.
Q: What initially drew you to accounting—particularly tax management?
A: I always wanted to be an accountant and started in the audit field, later focusing on tax. The organized nature of accounting drew me in, as well as helping clients understand tax—a foreign concept, to some—in an ever-changing world.
Q: Say a bit more about clients and organizational relationships, i.e., their value and importance, especially at Orcutt & Company.
A: I think most everyone wants an accounting firm they can trust. That’s why our clients choose Orcutt: they depend on our professional competence and integrity. After all, there are a lot of firms that prepare tax returns. At Orcutt & Co., we want a relationship with our clients; to truly be a valued business partner.
For individual clients, partnering can mean helping them through marriage, divorce, children, education, investing, business ownership and even death. These are the things that keep people up at night. And having someone they trust with these issues is important.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job? Why?
This is a hard one. I like interacting with my clients, and I like the work environment here. The people at Orcutt are some of the best I have ever worked with! They genuinely care and want to help others.
Q: Any other thoughts, i.e., what’s trending in tax management?
A: We will soon have a new administration in Washington. I think the biggest questions on people’s minds are: “What will change, and how is it going to affect me?” Staying on top of those changes, and how they will directly affect our clients, is my job.