Our Team

About Us

Specializing in accounting, bookkeeping, tax preparation, and tax planning, we have served the greater Phoenix area as a family owned business since 1986. We are passionate about helping individuals and guiding small businesses from start up to flourishing, successful enterprises.

In the rapidly changing world of business, day-to-day financial issues can seem complex and sometimes overwhelming. Navigating through these issues is a challenge for individuals and organizations of all types and sizes. The Tax Office Inc. is here to lend our expertise.

For over 30 years we have been guiding our clients through the maze of options and helping them make sound business decisions that allow them to proceed with confidence.

We maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity as mandated by the National Association of Enrolled Agents and other professional organizations.

Our continued success depends exclusively on the client driven experience that is provided by our team of professionals.

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Karen Lynn, AFSP
President

Providing Accounting and Tax Services for over 30 years, Karen specializes in QuickBooks and is a registered QuickBooks Pro Advisor. She is currently working on her Enrolled Agent certification. As the valued leader of our team, Karen brings a level of expertise and dedication that enhances our client relationships and takes them to new levels of business success and individual tax guidance!

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Layne Spaeth, BSA, EA
Tax Services

Layne is a graduate of San Diego State University and holds a BS in Accounting.  He has worked in the Tax Preparation and Accounting field since 1973 and has extensive expertise in Real Estate transactions and tax advisory.  As a valued leader of the organization, he brings exceptional knowledge and areas of expertise that enable our clients and team to succeed, plan and develop for the future.

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Donna Stanley, BSA, MBA
Accounting & Tax

Donna has a BS in Accounting from the University of Phoenix and MBA in Accounting from Grand Canyon University.  She has been working in the accounting industry since 1985 and preparing taxes since 2008. Donna's knowledge, education and experience makes her a valued member of our great team!

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Ashley Bates, BSA, MSA
Accounting & Tax

Ashley graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 2011. She earned her Master of Science in Accounting at Grand Canyon University in March, 2018 and is working towards her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation. She has four years of tax experience and eight years of accounting and bookkeeping experience. Ashley is extremely organized, detail oriented and a great asset to our practice.

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Rikki Franciose
Office Manager

Rikki hales from Southern California and moved to Arizona 5 years ago. She has been an asset to all sorts of administrative teams from medical offices, to insurance brokers, and recently an automotive repair shop. She is very passionate about helping others and is currently working on getting her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Rikki loves to help in any way she can and her positive, welcoming attitude provides our office with exemplary customer support and interactions that make our client experiences delightful!