Mountain statesman | Local tax preparation company serving the community for 30 years

TAYLOR COUNTY — On Monday, a local company that works to help individuals meet their accounting needs celebrated a milestone anniversary.

For three decades, the friendly employees of 4-W Financial Services, Inc. have strived to help residents through tax time and beyond, and recently celebrated their 30e Anniversary in business.

“December 27 was a momentous occasion for us,” said owner John Whitescarver. “We have been fortunate enough to serve the residents of Taylor County and surrounding areas for the past 30 years, and we look forward to many, many more. “

Whitescarver shared that he started the business working from home while working as a full-time teacher.

“I had been working out of the home for a couple of years on a limited scale, seeing clients in the evenings and by appointment only,” he explained. “Then I decided to officially launch the business, a week before my father passed away. I kept seeing people at night and built my clientele over the years, and here we are, still going strong.

Throughout these three decades, Whitescarver has undergone training and certifications, making it a smart choice for accounting needs.

“I am what you would call a registered agent, which means I can perform representation before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) anywhere in the country,” he noted. “I have held this certification since 1995, almost 26 years at this point. “

To become a registered agent, Whitescarver had to first pass over 14 hours of testing and then undergo re-certification in service each year to continue operating as such.

Whitescarver said he belonged to two separate professional associations, including the National Association of Enrolled Agents, which is licensed to practice with the IRS, and the West Virginia Public Accountants Association, of which he has been a member for 25 years.

“I am also a graduate of the National Tax Practice Institute of the NAEA,” he explained. “At one point, I was the only person in West Virginia who did. I’m not sure if other accountants have done this at this point.

4-W Financial Services serves hundreds of clients, providing tax preparation and representation, as well as a variety of other services.

“We are able to handle all kinds of tax returns,” Whitescarver said. “We are able to navigate the tax laws that are made.”

He said that while laws govern the way the business operates, he strives to provide exceptional service to everyone he helps.

“We have to work within tax law, but at the same time, you’re trying to help people as much as possible,” Whitescarver revealed. “Tax laws are not always black and white, there are a lot of gray areas out there and they can be interpreted in different ways. So, I do my best to help my clients as much as possible.

4-W is certainly a family affair, as Whitescarver takes care of all tax preparation needs, while his wife, Lee, is the office manager and his daughter does ancillary work.

“I think over the years we’ve helped a lot of people, or we hope we have, because that’s part of why I love doing what I do,” said Whitescarver. “A lot of my clients have become very good friends. “

The company is always welcoming new clients and will be happy to meet your accounting needs. 4-W can help with tax preparation, tax and estate planning, as well as limited payroll services.

“During tax season, I usually work three shifts a day; morning, afternoon and evening, and often I go seven days a week, ”said Whitescarver. “Then in the offseason it’s by appointment, but if someone comes in here and needs to see me, the wait is very short.”

4-W Financial Services, Inc. is located at George Washington Highways, Pruntytown, across from the Taylor County Fairgrounds. They can be reached by phone at 304-265-1440.

“I have been honored and proud to have served the Taylor County area for 30 years and will continue to do so for as long as I can. I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who has supported 4-W Financial Services over the years, ”said Whitescarver. “Accounting is a passion of mine, and I’m ready to help when needed, so give us a call today! “

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