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Not all CPA offices are boring. In fact, the welcoming, cozy feel of Joe Palumbo’s office at 1500 Bolton Street makes clients think they’re in a friend’s home. Talking taxes becomes just a bit less, well, taxing here.
Sitting in the comfortable armchairs in his front office, you can’t help but take in the floor-to-ceiling wall of Joe’s photos, taken on his wide-ranging trips.
“When I’m not crunching numbers, I love to travel,” says Joe. By his count, he’s traveled to 45 states and 13 countries. “I guess Hawaii’s my favorite place,” he says, “because of the wonderful scenery and the laid-back attitude. But Iceland and Costa Rica rank right up there.”
Joe’s love of travel happily meshes with his other passion, running, He has run marathons in Berlin, New York, Chicago and Boston. Last year in Washington D.C., he completed his 15th and final marathon, and now plans to run just for fun and exercise.
As a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner, Joe has been preparing tax returns since 2000. When his then-employer retired in 2003, Joe bought the Glen Burnie business, which became (and still is) his first office.
However, as a longtime resident of Bolton Hill, he always had his eye on the 1500 Bolton Street space, thinking it would make the perfect second office. In 2013, he happened to inquire about its availability just as its occupants were giving up the space. Perfect timing! Joe was moving in within a month.
Besides Joe, the office staff includes administrative assistants Kim Scaglione, in the Bolton Hill office, and Jodi Vanderford in Glen Burnie, as well as accountant Matt Horton. Matt and Joe split their time between both offices.
The firm’s star greeter is Duffy, Joe’s black lab, who goes to work with him every day. Duffy turns 11 on St Patrick’s Day, so be sure to stop by to wish her happy birthday. Or come say hello to Kim, or grab a treat from the office candy jar. While there, why not make an appointment to talk with Joe about your 2016 taxes? Now’s the time, after all.