Client Focused, Goal Oriented
Brown Tax Services has provided tax and accounting services to individuals and businesses for more than 25 years.
Miriam Brown, owner of Brown Tax Services, Inc., earned an accounting degree in Honduras in 1975 and later continued her studies at the University of New Orleans. She first started her tax and accounting company on a part-time basis in 1985. At that time, she was working for an oil and gas company, and, when it moved its headquarters to Houston in 2002, she opened her office full time. Since then, it has been her mission to not only help her clients maintain financial viability in the present but also to help them take a proactive approach to achieve future goals.
Brown, along with her two assistants, work with nearly 800 tax clients and 150 business clients in New Orleans and on the Northshore each year. Services include everything from incorporating new businesses, bookkeeping and payroll to tax advice, preparation, audits and monthly financial reports. While her assistants work on clients’ books, Brown handles all tax preparations herself. A longtime member of HCCL, Brown has also served as Treasurer and Board Member and has been a vocal advocate for small and women owned businesses.
“We cater to individuals, and small- and medium-sized businesses,” Brown says. “We are a team of three—all bilingual in Spanish and English—and we make it a priority to serve our clients in every way possible. There is a great number of Hispanic-owned businesses in New Orleans and the surrounding areas, and we can speak their language. Sixty percent of our clients are of Hispanic heritage. To see our clients’ businesses grow is very gratifying to us.”
It is precisely the staff’s open communication, and professional and personalized service—along with attention to detail, expertise and work ethic—that brings the company’s clients back year after year. As such, Brown Tax Services is one of the leading firms in the area. “I used to advertise a lot in prior years,” Brown says. “Three years ago, I decided to take on new clients by referral only.”
Clients at Brown Tax Services are able to rely on thorough research, sound analysis and strong business advice. Most importantly, they are able to free up their time to better run and grow their business.
During the pandemic, and ensuing economic downturn, it has become even more important for individuals and businesses to ensure their finances are in order. “I made it a point not to close the office during the pandemic,” Brown says. “We changed the way we worked. Our clients drop off files and records with no personal contact, and we are able to provide the needed reports for their bank loan applications. The government extended the tax deadline to July 15, and, to meet deadlines, we have worked longer hours. I also have requested extensions for some business returns. We are keeping the pace, but we also had to adjust the work hours. The schedule worked well for our clients.”
While Brown does not anticipate any long-term changes due to the pandemic, she says that her field is always changing. “There is so much to learn in this business,” she says. “It seems that every day something new happens, especially when working with clients and taxes.”
Even so, Brown and her team are always at the ready to help clients with whatever tax and accounting needs they may have. “I want to take this opportunity to thank our clients for trusting us with their businesses,” Brown says. “Our relationship with them is very close and important. I hope we will be able to serve them for many years to come.”
As an added resource, the company website offers tools such as downloadable tax forms and publications, financial calculators, news and links to other useful sites that can help with financial decision-making and the tax process.