At A&E Tax Service, Inc.®, we provide tax preparation and representation services for the creative professional. Taxes, finances, planning – these things don’t come naturally for many people and can quickly become overwhelming. Our goal is to help you overcome these challenges so your business can take root, flourish, and thrive. We are here to be a part of your financial support team – to become part of a collaborative effort that connects you with those that understand the challenges facing creative professionals and business owners. Our staff work year-round to ensure that you receive responsive, personalized, service and advice that is frequently lacking at larger firms.
Founded by Michael Davidson in 1992, A&E Tax Service, Inc.® was born out of a desire to help creative professionals. After many years in the Arts and Entertainment business himself, from promotion and production of shows, to stage management and stage hand work, he had a great deal of first-hand experience running a small business in the arts world, and was intimately familiar with the complicated tax laws for these types of enterprises. Michael realized that many of his peers did not use these laws to their best advantage, and that there was a lack of financial expertise available for the arts community.
After working at A&E Tax Service for over 10 years, Rebecca McAllister purchased the firm from Michael in January of 2017. Rebecca has sought to combine her love of helping small businesses with her passion for technology, in order to provide our clients with a hassle-free experience. By leveraging cloud-based technologies, A&E Tax Service has created a collaborative team of financial professionals that will provide a holistic set of services for our clients, their families, and their businesses.
Our staff brings broad personal and professional experience to the task. Our knowledge bases and personalities overlap and complement as well as contrast. We are as diverse as our client base. Keep scrolling to learn more about our team!
The A&E Team
Rebecca came to A&E in 2007, and quickly discovered her passion for tax preparation! Rebecca is currently an Enrolled Agent and Licensed Tax Consultant. Her inquisitive mind lends itself well to tax work; she enjoys taking the many puzzle pieces that make up a return, putting them together, and presenting a clear picture that clients can understand and build from. Whether it is an individual, business or exempt organization return — Rebecca strives for excellence in customer service, timely communication and attention to detail. When not in the office, Rebecca enjoys photography, fashion and travel, but her true loves are her husband Darren and their beautiful family.
Behind every great artist, there is a man making sure the frame hangs straight. Stephen Forbush is that man. With a passion for film and cinema, Stephen has a background in providing project management and technical support for directors, animators, and software designers. As our Business Development Officer, Stephen uses his remarkable organizational acumen and technical knowledge to ensure that business operations run smoothly and reliably. In this realm, his prowess is legendary, and he is frequently compared to “Bill Gates in his prime, only better looking.” [Citation Needed]
When Stephen is not busy developing paradigm-changing business practices, he can be found enjoying the treasured Oregon wilderness. In addition to being an avid skier and hiker, Stephen’s knowledge of Oregon’s back-country is unparalleled. He has single-handedly saved a group of school children from a rabid grizzly bear, and has been known to clear fallen timber with nothing but his bare hands. Although he has no children, he can frequently be seen with a highly-trained flock of bald eagles, which he has raised from birth.
Jack is a reformed chef who spent 6 years cooking professionally before attending business school at Western Oregon University. Outside of the office you’ll find him cheering on Arsenal (and the Timbers of course), hitting the links, and exploring Portland’s ever expanding food scene with his wife and English bulldog.
At A & E Tax Service, we strive to provide our clients with a complete package of financial services. Our office collaborates with many other firms and professionals to ensure that we have a holistic approach to your financial well-being. Sarah Prevost of Mintage Labs can frequently be found around the office, so stop by and say hello!