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Joel Westfahl

Title: Senior Tax Accountant
Company: Jackson Hewitt Inc.
Location: Sarasota, Florida, United States

Joel Westfahl, senior tax accountant at Jackson Hewitt Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in accounting.

With over 30 years of experience to his credit, Mr. Westfahl has excelled in the field of accounting and taxation. He is currently excelling as a senior tax accountant at Jackson Hewitt Inc. since 2023. In this role, he oversees tax preparation and ensures compliance with tax regulations. Prior to this position, he was active as a controller at Allied Aviation Services, Inc. in 2022. From 2019 to 2022, he served as a consultant for the Sarasota Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller, Hertz, and Robert Half Management Resources. He began his career as an accounting clerk at First National Bank of Venice from 1986 to 1987 and a rental agent from 1985 to 1986. He then worked as a tax associate at KPMG LLP from 1989 to 1990, and at Arthur Andersen from 1990 to 1993. He progressed to tax manager at Famiglio & Associates CPA from 1993 to 1994 and owned his practice, Joel Westfahl CPA, from 1994 to 1996. He then worked as a Kerkering, Barberio & Co. tax supervisor from 1996 to 1998.

From 1999 to 2014, Mr. Westfahl held several key positions at Allied Aviation Services, Inc., including corporate controller and tax director. He also worked as an accounting manager at Capgemini for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) in 2019. His extensive career highlights his expertise and dedication to the accounting and taxation field. Before embarking on his professional path, Mr. Westfahl pursued an education at Florida State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance with a minor in economics in 1984 and a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1988. He then earned a master’s degree in accounting with a concentration in tax in 1989. He continued his academic efforts at the University of South Florida, earning a bachelor’s degree in business analytics and information systems with a minor in cybersecurity in 2017. Following these accomplishments, he completed certifications as a certified public accountant in 1990 and as a certified financial planner in 1999.

Beyond his responsibilities within the field, Mr. Westfahl has participated in various professional and civic activities. He contributed to the accounting profession through his work with Arthur Andersen Tax Technology, where he helped develop state corporate income tax software and an internal course to cross-train accountants and IT workers. He also published articles such as “The Electronic Library” in Florida CPA Today and “Kevlar Dare Bigger™ Moments: Inspired by Stephanie Kwolek.” Additionally, he has maintained involvement with organizations such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Financial Planning Association. In light of his impressive undertakings, he received the Young Professional Achievement Award for Excellence in Project Management from the Women Builders Council. He attributes his success to continuously striving for self-improvement and the support of his mentors and family. His advice to aspiring professionals is to embrace continuous learning, strive for excellence, and pursue their dreams with dedication and perseverance.

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