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CPA | Tax Supervisor - SALT
As a tax supervisor at Cray Kaiser, Maria Gordon has not only established herself as a leader in her field but has also become an invaluable asset to the firm’s roster of clients. With a keen understanding of the evolving tax laws and a passion for helping businesses thrive, Maria has played a pivotal role in ensuring that companies remain compliant and competitive in the face of ever-changing tax regulations.
Maria joined Cray Kaiser in 2017, drawn by the firm’s focus on closely held and family-owned businesses. With a focus on business taxation, she quickly became an integral part of the team, showcasing her expertise and dedication to her clients. Her role at Cray Kaiser has been multifaceted, ranging from preparing and reviewing business tax returns to providing insightful consultations on state nexus studies. Maria’s ability to unravel the complexities of tax laws and her astute strategic advice has earned her the respect of both her colleagues and clients.
One of Maria’s defining traits is her unwavering passion for ensuring her clients not only comply with state tax requirements but also take full advantage of all possible tax reduction strategies. Recognizing the shifting landscape of state and local taxation, she has made it her mission to stay abreast of the latest developments in tax laws. This dedication allows her to proactively identify opportunities for her clients to optimize their financial positions while adhering to the legal obligations imposed by various states.
Maria holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. She has held multiple positions within public accounting and in privately owned companies, always specializing in business tax. She is a member of the AICPA and the Illinois CPA Society.
Tax season survival strategy: Maria swears by waking up early and starting the day when the office is quiet. When times get tough, she leans on other team members to lend a hand or a listening ear. Also, coffee!
An unknown fact about Maria: She is a dual citizen of both the United States of America and Luxembourg.
Near and dear: Maria’s children – there’s not much she wouldn’t do for them. She also thrives on the love and support she receives from her mother and sisters.
Guardian angel: Maria’s dad is her guardian angel. She’s been told a time or two that she’s the calm during a storm and she can thank her dad for that quality.
Hobbies: Maria enjoys reading, traveling, and trail hiking. She is also a fan of all things Broadway!
Work/life motto: Every relationship is a perfect assignment. Maria believes people are brought into her life for a purpose and she’s always looking for an opportunity to learn from others.