Archive for Wednesday, January 9, 2002

Tax service seeks healthy return

January 9, 2002

Basehor residents won't have to have their taxes prepared outside of town after all.

Treff Tax Service owner Dorothy Treff said her business, formerly in the Basehor shopping complex at 155th Street and State Avenue, is reopening after a fire in the complex left it temporarily displaced.

"I have had a couple of people say, 'I guess you won't be doing my taxes this year'," Treff said. "I just wanted to get the word out that I am still doing taxes."

The fire started at approximately 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in the northeast corner of the shopping complex. The damage caused all the businesses to close temporarily.

Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said the fire was started deliberately.

Treff has relocated her business to a building just north of the shopping complex, but she has not decided whether to permanently stay at the new location, 1216 N. 155th St."It depends on how the space works out," she said. "I guess we'll just take it one year at a time and see what happens."

Treff, who has prepared taxes for the past 26 years, said her business serves more than 450 area residents and has two full-time employees from January to April.

The fire caused a setback for Treff because she had already been preparing for the upcoming tax season, she said.

"Now we are running behind in getting open," Treff said.

Since the fire, Treff has been busy making preparations for the reopening of her business. Lost in the fire was all the office equipment and computers containing client tax information.

Treff said she has paper files to replace all the lost computer information and enough office equipment to get by.

And while investigators continue to look at the fire that destroyed the office as an arson, Treff said she doubted the fire was set intentionally.

"I just can't imagine why anyone would want to destroy our office on a Saturday afternoon," she said.

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