It is often said that the only sure things in life are death and taxes. Deltrease Hart-Anderson, owner of D. Hart Accounting, has dedicated her life to helping people deal with the latter.
Deltrease Hart-Anderson is a native of St. Matthews, SC. After her parents got divorced, she moved to Orangeburg and attended Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School. That’s when she discovered what she wanted to do with her life.
“My Godmother said that I was good in math,” Deltrease recalled. “She wanted me to be a math teacher. Orangeburg- Wilkinson had a vocational school that they would transport us to where we could take office-type classes. I liked math, and I thought math was accounting. So I took the accounting course. I fell in love with accounting, and realized it really didn't have a whole lot to do with math. The math that I needed to do in accounting could be done by a calculator. It was the theory itself that I kind of fell in love with.”
After graduating from Orangeburg-Wilkinson in 1989, she enrolled at South Carolina State to major in accounting, graduating in 1994.
“I finished at State and went into corporate America,” Deltrease said. “I worked for Fruit of the Loom as a cost accounting manager. I went to SCANA, which is now Dominion Energy, and worked as an accountant there. I went to Time Warner Cable, which is now Spectrum, and worked as a financial analyst there.”
The entire time Deltrease was working at those companies, she also worked part-time at H&R Block as a tax preparer during tax season. After tax season, she worked as an instructor for H&R Block.
“When I was at H&R Block, a lot of different people would ask me about IRS letters or whether it was fake, or they had questions about tax stuff throughout the year. But H&R Block wasn't open during the offseason. At that time, they had one office that they opened once a week.”
Deltrease didn’t like the fact that she could not help her clients when they had questions. She started thinking about launching her own business.
“I could only see them once a year and we didn't have access to our database,” she recalled. “We couldn't give them our phone numbers or anything. So that started my wheels turning.”
One of Deltrease’s clients was so impressed by her business acumen that he offered to put up the money for her to open a tax preparation business.
“I didn't really know him outside of seeing him once a year, so I just decided to go out on my own,” Deltrease said.
So in 2003, Deltrease decided to leave H&R Block and open her own business. She called the company Bookkeepers Ink.
“I was doing bookkeeping and taxes,” she said. “We were located in West Columbia off of Parson Street.”
Deltrease stayed in that location for three years. In 2006, she moved to Leaphart Road after she got her accounting practitioners license.
“The State of South Carolina’s License & Labor Board made me change my name,” she said. “That's when I became D. Hart Accounting.”
During this time, Deltrease was still working full-time at Time Warner. But in 2010 she earned her Masters Degree in Taxation.
“After I got my masters, I made my business my full time job and I left corporate America,” she said.
D. Hart Accounting offers three core services: tax resolution, tax preparation and tax planning.
“In tax resolution, I’m sure everyone has heard commercials that say if you owe the IRS, we’re here to help,” Deltrease
says. “So I do that type of work legally. Often those radio and TV ads are from marketing people, not tax professionals. They are trying to sell you something that you may or may not need – or may not qualify for. You have to talk to someone that will tell you the truth because if the IRS is not going to settle for pennies on the dollar with everybody. I happen to be a licensed IRS enrolled agent, license to represent taxpayers before the IRS in all 50 states. I like to say that we keep the IRS and state out of your pocket book, wallet and bank account.”
“We do tax preparation for individuals and businesses,” she continued. “That business could be an LLC, a partnership or corporation. Not only do we do the tax preparation, we also do tax education. And we offer tax planning services so you won't get that big surprise at the end of the year. We try to minimize your tax liability through tax planning.”
In addition, D. Hart Accounting offers bookkeeping services for a few select clients.
“A business owner may come to us wanting their taxes done, but we may have to do some bookkeeping before we can get their taxes prepared,” Deltrease said. “We don't publicize it because we don't really do just bookkeeping. We'll do bookkeeping if we have a tax preparation or a tax planning client in tax trouble. Sometimes we have to assist them to get to
books in order in order for us to talk to the IRS. The IRS wants to know what their profit is or what their assets are. So we do bookkeeping, but that's on an as-need basis.”
Deltrease is committed to educating the public about accounting and taxes. She is available to speak to groups and organizations to do presentations on small business tax topics. She also offers webinars about different tax topics or how to stay out of tax trouble. In addition, she is an adjunct professor and the president of the South Carolina Society of Enrolled Agents.
When asked why she has been successful, Deltrease says that it is because of her honesty.
“I love what I do,” she said. “I never tried to sell my services or press anyone on any type of service that I provide. I just try to give people honesty, and sometimes honesty doesn't feel good. If someone owes money, they're going to owe money. If the IRS sends you a letter that says you owe $50,000, sometimes the honesty is that you got to pay or there is no way around it. I think people appreciate my honesty.”
“My guiding philosophy is to treat people right,” she continued. “I treat my clients like I want my mom, grandparents or family treated. I just I try to treat people right and try to give them the honest answers and no surprises.”
D. Hart Accounting is located at 215 Medical Circle in West Columbia, SC 29169. The office is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday (by appointment only) from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. She can be reached by calling (803) 739- 9449 or via e-mail at email@example.com. To learn more, visit www.dhartaccounting.com. D. Hart Accounting has a special website to help taxpayers who may be in tax trouble. To learn more, visit SCTaxDebtRelief.com.