Tax season is never easy. Why spend another Saturday working on your taxes? This year why not make it a little easier--and less expensive--by getting affordable, professional help?
Small businesses are some of our favorite clients. Join your neighbors in switching to our office for friendly tax help. In addition to the ins and outs of filing season, we are happy to meet with you before tax time to make sure you are on the right track. And after tax season we are available year-round for questions and tax planning.
Our friendly service makes the process less stressful and more efficient and our experience and knowledge ensure that we are always up to date on the latest changes to Federal and state tax codes. We'll make sure your return is filed accurately and on time, with all the deductions you're entitled to. We prepare all types of individual returns including self-employment, rentals, multi-state returns, retirement income and much more. Bring us a copy of your last year’s tax return for a free quote.
Who We Are
Craig McKenzie is an Enrolled Agent, and an Oregon Licensed Tax Consultant #35369C. As a retired math teacher, in addition to preparing taxes he works in the arts, most recently the Oregon Bach Festival. Craig and Melody have owned property on the Oregon Coast for over a decade, and have made their dream of living here full time a reality by starting Gray Coast Tax Service in Depoe Bay. When not behind his desk, Craig can be found in his kayak, photographing the changing tides, or volunteering at the Aquarium. Craig is a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents, Oregon Society of Tax Consultants and serves on the Board of Directors for the Siletz Bay Music Festival.
Melody McKenzie has been helping small businesses and individuals with their taxes since she prepared her first paid tax return in 1990. Melody is also an Enrolled Agent, and an Oregon Licensed Tax Consultant #70172C, as well as a member of the Oregon Association of Tax Consultants. When not in the office Melody is usually pursuing her love of fiber arts, especially weaving and dyeing.
In an effort to reduce surprises we wanted to take a moment to let you know how we operate at Gray Coast Tax. We do not prepare your tax return while you sit and wait. Our process takes about a week or so once we receive all of your tax information.
We first meet you to learn about your tax situation, ask pertinent questions and answer any questions about your areas of concern. We want to know your story, so we can figure out how best to translate it onto your tax return. Once we have received all of your documents we will complete your tax return and ask for additional information as needed via your preferred method (text, email, portal or phone). To prevent surprises we notify you about the results before we print and package your return along with your original documents so they are ready for your review and pick-up. With your signature, we then electronically file your tax return. Direct Deposit is available for refunds.
"Melody is very thorough and responsive to questions not only in tax time, but the rest of the year as well. This is EXTREMELY helpful all year long as my family plans for taxes. This also executed extremely well from a distance, as we live two and a half hours from her practice. She is also very fast in the preparation of our returns as well as the filing. I'm very confident in her work quality, so much that I would be fine not even reviewing it. But because Melody is so interested in quality, she insists that I review her preparation before filing. I really appreciate her work!!!"
- Jonathan Derby
- December 23, 2014
"Fast, Friendly, Efficient! "
- January 12, 2015
"Past tax return prep and questions over the year. Trustworthy, knowledgeable, great listener and very astute! "
- Mary H.
- December 26, 2014
Gray Coast is looking to add a licensed preparer to our team. This is a part time, seasonal position to start, with the potential to grow as our firm continues to grow. Job duties will include client contact, preparation and review of tax returns, and other office duties as needed. The ideal candidate is comfortable interacting with clients, answering tax questions and helping them get ready for tax prep. Familiarity with common tax forms and willing to learn new tax preparation software, comfortable with other office productivity software. Morning hours are preferred, we can be somewhat flexible around school or other schedules. Salary is hourly, no commissions. Candidate must be an Oregon Licensed Tax Preparer or Consultant.
Visit the State Board website for more information. https://www.oregon.gov/obtp/Pages/index.aspx
If you think this might be a good fit, send a resume and cover letter to No phone calls please.
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