My name is Ellen Carstensen, and I am the author of The Tax Bleep! I am from Durham, a small farming community just outside of Chico, CA. I loved growing up in a small town because I was always finding fun things to do outside, and I loved being part of such a tight-knit community. Throughout school, I played volleyball, basketball, softball, and I was part of a competitive jumprope team. I miss the competitive aspect of high school sports, but these days I joined Crossfit in order to continue pushing myself physically. I also love hiking, snowboarding, camping, reading, and just being outside and active as much as possible.
I moved to Reno, Nevada to pursue my undergraduate degree at the University of Nevada. During my 3 1/2 years at Nevada, I was part of Kappa Alpha Theta Women’s Fraternity, and Beta Alpha Psi, an accounting fraternity. I was able to meet some of my best friends and make great connections through those organizations, and it made my college experience 100 times more fun than I could have ever imagined. Right before graduation, I was offered a position as a staff accountant at a firm in Reno thanks to the connections I made in Beta Alpha Psi! I am currently pursuing my MBA with a tax emphasis in order to earn enough credits to sit for the CPA exam. My graduation date is set for May of 2016.
I started writing this blog in order to help people find specific information they might need for their personal tax situations. Taxes can seem like a daunting subject so it is my goal to provide a source of knowledge for the average tax payer. I also try to add a little bit of spunk into my writing because tax can be pretty boring already; it shouldn’t be boring to read about as well. I would love to answer any questions and receive feedback so feel free to shoot me a comment on any of my posts! I hope to give you, the taxpayer, the information and tools you need to breeze through your tax filing process and take the stress out of your individual tax season. There are always new things for me to learn as well because tax law is always changing so writing this blog has been and will continue to be a great learning tool for myself as well! I look forward to being of assistance to you all!