Kelley

Kelley joined the Abeles and Hoffman team in 2009. As principal, she oversees tax planning, compliance, and business consulting for the firm’s C-Corporation, S-Corporation, partnership, trust, and high net worth individual tax clients. Kelley assists clients in numerous industries, with her main focus on the distribution, manufacturing, and personal services industries.

Kelley has become the firm’s specialist in compliance with Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FACTA).  She has experience with the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures (SDOP), Delinquent FBAR Submission Procedures, and the Delinquent International Information Return Submission Procedures.  In one instance, Kelley was able to assist a resident alien with 42 unreported foreign assets utilizing the SDOP which resulted in a savings of over $1 million in IRS penalties.

Before joining the firm, Kelley spent over a year at LaMear & Rapert, LLC providing individual and payroll tax returns, audits, compilations, reviews, and bookkeeping services for the firm’s clients. She began her career in accounting in 2004 at UHY Advisors.  Through the course of her career in the accounting field, Kelley has built a strong foundation of skills and knowledge, which are of benefit to both her clients and peers. She also contributed to a 2003 article entitled, “Retirement Savings Credit: Investing $1500 at a cost of only $284” for Tax Notes.

Kelley is a team player and is always willing to help others. These are two attributes that have helped her succeed at Abeles and Hoffman, which is why she is an integral part of the firm’s staff mentoring program.  In addition, she attributes her successful career to her supportive family and a former professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Kelley was inspired to pursue an accounting career after taking a class in high school.

Kelley currently lives in Arnold, Missouri, with her husband, two children. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her children, baking, fishing, and watching St. Louis Blues hockey.

Fun Questions

What year did you join Abeles & Hoffman?
2009

What are your responsibilities at the firm?
I provide tax consulting and compliance to my clients in manufacturing, distribution, rental real estate, and personal services. In addition, I serve as the firm expert in Foreign Reporting.

Tell me about where you attended college and the degree(s) you earned? Did you have any special accomplishments?
Bachelors and Masters in Accounting from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  I was published in an article in Tax Notes as a graduate research assistant.  Received the Outstanding Student Academic Achievement Award.

What is your favorite thing about living in St. Louis?
St. Louis Blues and so many great parks.

Tell me a little about your family.
I have been married for almost 25 years and have 2 amazing children who are now seeking degrees of their own.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Spend it with my family.

What fictional place would you most like to visit?
Candyland

What is a new skill that you would like to master?
Cake decorating

What do you wish you knew more about?
U.S. History

What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
California

What question would you most like to know the answer to?
The numbers for next week’s lottery

What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
Fly Fish

What silly accomplishment are you most proud of?
The first time I caught my limit while trout fishing

What is your favorite smell?
The smell of Fall

If you had a clock that would countdown to any one event of your choosing, what event would you want it to countdown to?
Retirement

When was the last time you climbed a tree?
A long, long time ago

What was your first job?
Little Ceasars Pizza as an order taker

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Super healing powers