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September 24, 2014

Faces of Fauquier: Tax preparation her way to help

Photo/Cassandra Brown
“I love this area because you are close to D.C. and the mountains,” Renée Turner says.
It’s a fresh job, and I always need to learn something new because the tax code is always changing.
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Her vibrant personality puts tax clients at ease.

An enrolled agent and owner of Old Town Tax Professionals Inc. in Warrenton, Renée Turner enjoys working with individual and business clients.

With 14 years of experience, she recently earned NTPI Fellow status, making her extremely qualified to represent clients before the IRS.

“I enjoy it because it’s a way of helping people. It’s a fresh job, and I always need to learn something new because the tax code is always changing,” Ms. Turner said.

She credits her mother for instilling a strong work ethic.

A resident of Fauquier County for 16 years, Ms. Turner enjoys the county’s proximity to D.C. and the mountains and the “home town feel.”

The only thing she would change: “I would like to see the empty stores in Warrenton viable and filled.”

• Age

• Home

• Work
Federally licensed tax practitioner (enrolled agent) and owner of Old Town Tax Professionals Inc. in Warrenton since 2009. Prepares individual and business tax returns in addition to accounting, consulting and representing clients before the IRS.

• Why do you do the job?
I enjoy it because it’s a way of helping people. It’s a fresh job, and I always need to learn something new because the tax code is always changing.

• Family
Three children, Nathaniel, Emily and Eric.

• Education
Studied as a medical assistant at Mt. Ida College in Massachusetts, 1985. Became an enrolled agent (federally-licensed tax practitioner) in 2004.

• Civic involvement
Fauquier Chamber of Commerce and Heartlink Networking Group member.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
Sixteen years, since 1998.

• Why do you live here?
I love this area because you are close to D.C. and the mountains, and I just think it’s ideal.

• How do you describe this county?
I love Fauquier County and I like that it has a hometown feeling. You can walk up to the coffee shop and they know you. It still has the small town feel.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
I wouldn’t change it. I would like to see the empty stores in Warrenton viable and filled. It would make the town more vibrant.

• What do you do for fun?
I love to travel. I like to find out-of-the-way restaurants. I like to paint, knit, and entertain.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
The farmers’ market in Warrenton. The Old Town area shops, Rady Park. My favorite new place is the Empty Nest on Main Street.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
I hope it keeps its rural atmosphere, but change is inevitable.

• Favorite TV show?
“The Voice,” “The Walking Dead,” “Downton Abbey ” and any DIY show.

• Favorite movie?
“Fiddler on the Roof” and “The Sound of Music.” I love musicals.

• Favorite book?
Right now I’m reading “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak.

• Favorite vacation spot?
Key West, Fla.

• Favorite food?
I like to try new things. I love Sibby’s barbecue.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
My mom, Lois, would say: “When somebody does something to offend you, usually it’s something going on in their lives and don’t take it personally.”

• Who’s your hero and why?
My mom, because she was a very strong woman and wanted her children to work and succeed. She instilled a hard work ethic in me.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
I would buy a house on a lake and travel the world.

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Previous Faces of Fauquier:

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• Wilson Sanabria grew up working in his family’s Warrenton restaurant and learning to box.

• One-man band Peter Fakoury quit 9-to-5 to learn from children.

• Liberty graduate Brittany Aubrey works in the smile business.

• Walmart cashier Lulu Baer loves to play violin and several community roles.

• In Sandra Alm, SPCA dogs have a loyal companion.

• St. James’ Episcopal new Rector Ben Maas appreciates community’s embrace

• Bicycles dominate work and play for Brian Larson.

• Teaching music therapy combines Abigail Newman’s passions.

• Brenda Rich leads volunteers who organize and run the Fauquier County Fair.

• 1st Sgt. Greg Harris stresses empathy in his job as a supervisor at the county detention center.

• Chuck Tippett challenges the “rich guy” stereotype about pilots.

• County government employee Surja Tamang previously worked as a Mt. Everest sherpa.

• Woody Isaac found his calling as a chef at age 16.

• Horses take Tommy Lee Jones all over the county.

• Retired nurse Angela Neal continues to volunteer in hospital ER.

• Gilmer Lee really knows high school sports in Fauquier.

• Stage remains central to Tim Bambara’s life journey.

• Bus driver Melissa Strain’s weekend job all about “fun.”

• Bartender Taylor Edgar has a pretty good standup routine.

• A nomad childhood led Paul Schmeling to start a moving company.

• Adam Lynch’s family owns café with local food focus and a special name.

• Patricia McMahon Rice turns passion for art into her livelihood.

• Cindy D’Ambro works as “director of first impressions” at LFCC.

• Ginger Hilleary leads local literacy organization.

• Farmers with groundhog problems call Rod Kirkpatrick.

• Horses “retire” to work with Jeanne Blackwell.

• Remington cattle farmer Doug Linton loves his home and work.

• Sports central to Robert Glascock’s life’s work.

• For Richard Mast, company ownership started with his summer work as a teenager.

• Bernice Simpson knows northern Fauquier back roads and the people who live along them.

• Eddie Payne has logged 38 years as a volunteer firefighter in Marshall.

• Stephanie Layton turns her lifelong passion for dance into her livelihood.

• Shawn LaRue matches children and adoptive families.

• Biker and psychology major Clif Stroud makes music in a big way.

• Becky Crouch greets lots of visitors.

• She helped blaze trail to equality for black teachers.

• Family and food come first for Marshall pizzeria employee.

• Rural “closeness” of Fauquier appeals to Kansas native

• A “spoke” in the wheel of preservation.

• His job dovetails with passion for hunting

• Veteran educator sees the potential in every child.

• His passions: Fixing cars and helping people

• Habitat ReStore volunteer appreciates Fauquier’s diversity.

• Dad’s example led to new career at Fauquier Hospital.

• He lives and works in a beautiful place.

• The Goldvein firehouse ranks as his favorite place.

• Pretty things everywhere she looks.

• Through scouting, he encourages girls to explore.

• One day, he might run the company.

• FISH volunteer likes to help others.

• She sees the community’s generosity.

• Cop patrols while most people sleep.

• Pastor a constant in Calverton.

• She keeps the courthouse spotless.

• He loves working working outdoors at the park.

• She sees “everyone” at Carousel

• Library assistant works in a “fun place"

• Hat lady sets up shop in Old Town Warrenton

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