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Spotlight on Entrepreneurial New York CPA Kelly A. Rohrs

May 20, 2022, 8:45 AM

Our Spotlight series highlights the careers and lives of tax professionals across the globe. This week’s focus is on Kelly A. Rohrs, who has her own certified accounting firm in Rockville Centre, N.Y.

A graduate of SUNY College at Old Westbury, Rohrs says she was born “both with an entrepreneurial spirit and brain for numbers” and uses both to help her clients, particularly those in professional services and real estate industries.

When she isn’t serving as a “tax slayer and business strategist,” Rohrs is mother to a toddler as well as a “dog-mom” to a mini-labradoodle. She and her husband enjoy being outdoors with their family. “We can’t wait for warm weather to go to the beach, tend to our vegetable garden and take long strolls throughout our neighborhood,” she says.

What’s your official title and what does it mean? Tax Slayer & Business Strategist! I help business “slay” their taxes and strategize on maximizing profits.

Free time: book, audiobook, or podcast? Audiobook! Nothing like multitasking while listening to an inspirational book.

Tax is a huge subject. What’s your area of special interest? Professional service and real estate industries are my niche.

What’s the last movie or show that you watched and loved (DVD, Netflix, or in the theater)? Inventing Anna on Netflix. Can you believe she was almost funded $25 million with no real background?

What college did you attend and what did you study? I started off at Hofstra University, majoring in mathematics education, finished at SUNY College at Old Westbury with my Bachelor of Science in accounting.

Go to pick-me-up: Coffee or tea? Coffee!

What’s the best tax or financial advice that anyone ever gave you? Always consider what your goals are a year from now, five years from now, 10 years from now and 20 years from now. Make sure your next moves reflect your goals in the short and long term.

If you weren’t working in the tax profession, what would your dream job be? I LOVE baking. I received a Kitchen-Aid mixer for Christmas when I was 16, my favorite gift of all time!

If you had the opportunity to make one change in the tax world—an extra credit, a disallowed deduction, whatever—what would it be? I would lift the SALT cap of $10,000. This would ease up taxes in high income tax states and make accountants’ lives easier.

Favorite food, snack, or candy during tax season or other busy time? Peanut M&M’s—protein and sweetness all in one!

What tax news or move made the most impact on your practice or clients this past year? The pass-through entity taxes implemented by most states throughout the country has become quite literally “taxing.” Late legislation and detailed instructions, scrambling to get in payments to count toward a 2021 tax deduction, and additional tax return filing has caused a lot of chaos.

If you received a big tax refund check right now, what would you do with it? Put it back into my practice to continue to grow, streamline my processes, and spread the word that tax time does not have to be stressful!

You can find Rohrs on LinkedIn.

You can find out more about Rohrs’ firm on its website

If you’d like to recommend a tax pro to be featured, send your suggestion to rbaker@bloombergindustry.com with the subject: Spotlight. Please include the following information: tax professional’s name, title, email address, and geographic area (city/state/country).

To contact the reporter on this story: Rebecca Baker in Washington at rbaker@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kelly Phillips Erb at kerb@bloombergindustry.com