Quick Guide Tax began with our own journey as freelance ASL interpreters navigating our taxes, finances and business practices. After some unfortunate experiences with tax and financial professionals unfamiliar with our field, we began educating ourselves. After reading many books and attending webinars/conferences on self-employment, taxes, finances and business practices, we were eager to share our new knowledge with interpreting colleagues.
When we saw how well received the information was by the community, we decided to share it nation-wide by writing our book "The Interpreter's Quick Guide to Self-Employment" in 2017. By 2018, our book was required by several ITPs and we began teaching workshops on the content.
Then something interesting happened. Workshop attendees began asking us for referrals to a trusted tax/finance service. We started to see that many interpreters, just like us, struggled finding tax professionals who truly understood our field.
We thought, who understands the profession better than fellow interpreters? And just like that, Quick Guide Tax was born. In 2019 we became a team; Tax Preparer (EA) & QuickBooks ProAdviser. Our goal is to offer fellow interpreters a stress-free and supportive tax filing experience. As two freelancers who know how it feels to be on the receiving end of these services, we aim to create a VIP experience for our clients by truly caring about your unique long-term and short-term goals.
Rosemary Johnson, MA, EA, NIC
ASL Interpreter, Speaker, Author, Enrolled Agent (admitted to practice before the IRS)
Originally from Illinois, Rosemary has been an American Sign Language interpreter and small business owner since 2011. Her educational background consists of a Bachelor's degree in American Sign Language (ASL) – English Interpretation, and a Master's degree in Deaf Studies: Culture; both of which she obtained from Gallaudet University. Her masters thesis explored the use of ASL Mobile Access Technology in museums and received the Excellence in Research and Writing Award, which is given to only one student every year. Rosemary currently holds the National Interpreting Certification (NIC) from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), which she earned in 2012. Her professional interpreting experience includes, but is not limited to: government, business, post-secondary education, DeafBlind, performing arts and platform. She has served four years on the Executive Board for the Potomac Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (PCRID). In 2017 she co-authored the book, The Interpreter's Quick Guide To Self Employment, which is used nation wide at top interpreter prep programs. Rosemary is also an Enrolled Agent admitted to practice before the IRS, and enjoys working with interpreters to apply concepts from this book into their business practices. Click here to learn more about the Enrolled Agent designation.
Brent Bocian, MAI, NIC, SC:L,
ASL Interpreter, QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Ramsey Solutions Master Financial Coach, Author
Mr. Bocian began his business endeavors while being a board member of MB Custom Wood Finishing, LLC, where he oversaw business operations for more than 10 years. Upon leaving MB Custom he established a business of his own by co-founding Single Swing, LLC, an online golf retail company. He is also a partner of Labyrinth LLC and a partner of Quick Guide Tax where he offers his services as a Dave Ramsey Certified Financial Coach. In addition to his business and LLC operations experience, Mr. Bocian currently holds the National Interpreting Certification (NIC) from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), which he earned in 2008. His professional interpreting experience includes, but is not limited to: government, VRS/VRI, business, post-secondary education, medical, Deaf-Blind, sports, and legal settings. Mr. Bocian was awarded the Specialized Certificate: Legal, SC:L in 2015. He mentored and apprenticed under the supervision of seasoned legal interpreters Carla Mathers and Patty Moers-Patterson. Mr. Bocian's educational background consists of a Bachelor's degree in ASL-English Interpreting from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Additionally, he received his Master's degree in Interpretation from Gallaudet University where he conducted research regarding VRS interpreting through the lens of the Demand Control Schema. In 2017 he also co-authored the book, The Interpreter's Quick Guide To Self Employment, which is used nation wide at top interpreter prep programs.