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GIVEAWAY: Enter Your Accountant Friends. Make Tax Day Less Taxing

UPDATE! We’ve chosen our winners, Victoria and Bridget! See comment 43 below. Congrats ladies!

Know a busy accountant?  Tax Day is approaching and we know accountants are working around the clock.  Make your accountant’s life less stressful during crunch time!

At Shop It To Me, we’re always trying to save our members time and want to acknowledge these time-starved workaholics during this crazy month of the year.

So, we’re giving away a perfect-for-work bag to one deserving (and stylish!) accountant — and an awesome wallet to whoever nominates him or her!  If a guy wins, he’ll take home this Jack Spade bag, or if it’s a lucky lady, she’ll snag this beautiful Kate Spade tote.

Help a friend win!
Nominate an accountant (we know they don’t have time to enter themselves).  If your nominee is selected, you too could win!  Choose from a Marc Jacobs wallet or Tumi money clip as a reward for being a thoughtful friend.

To enter –>
Scroll to the very bottom of this post and enter the following info:
1. Your accountant friend’s FIRST name
2. His/her CITY
3. Why he/she should be chosen (1 sentence)!

We’ll randomly select one winning entry on tax day (April 17, 2012).



Important contest notes:

  • If your comment is the winning entry, we’ll contact you and ask for your accountant friend’s contact information.  You must respond within 48 hours or we’ll select an alternate.
  • We’ll ask for verification that the winner is an accountant (business card, LinkedIn profile, etc.).
  • One Grand Prize: One person who comments on the blog post will receive their choice of the Marc Jacobs turnlock wallet or the Tumi money clip, as pictured.  Their nominated friend, the winning accountant, will get to choose if he/she wants the Kate Spade tote or the Jack Spade bag.  If the particular bag they select is no longer available, winner will receive a similar bag of comparable value (up to $275), at Shop It To Me’s discretion.
  • One entry per person
  • US residents only
  • Winner must be Shop It To Me member.  Perfect time to spread the word!

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Other related posts:

Survey Results: What’s most “taxing” in your daily routine?

Survey Results: How you plan to spend your tax refund.

Time-saving tips: 5 busy accountants weigh in on how they make it through crunch-time


1 Ron F { 04.03.12 at 11:47 am }

Shiv from Washington, DC because he’s been hard at work as an accountant since 1999.

2 Katie { 04.03.12 at 1:22 pm }

Meredith in Beaverton, OR, because she left the corporate world to put her finely honed skills to work for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

3 Julia Davis { 04.03.12 at 2:37 pm }

Louisa – Birmingham, Alabama and she totally deserves this she has to work for my sister. Anyone who has to work with my sister deserves to win a prize!

4 Tiffany { 04.03.12 at 2:39 pm }

Thy from Houston, TX…because she works hard as an accountant, mother, and friend.

5 Daniella { 04.03.12 at 2:51 pm }

Tricia in Roanoke, VA because she is making sure all of our colleges and universities are taking our money for the right reasons!

6 Holly Gross { 04.03.12 at 3:00 pm }

Joe in Cleveland, Ohio because he works around the clock (literally, plus weekends too!) for months to prepare taxes for his company, but also manages to find time to help his sister (me) do hers!

7 Daniel { 04.03.12 at 3:00 pm }

Jessica K., Palm Beach Gardens, FL., because she makes it easy & stress free for me to file my taxes.

8 Michelle { 04.03.12 at 3:08 pm }

Michelle in Denver, CO because it seems like tax season is year-round now & a pretty new bag would be a great way to brighten the days!

9 Marty { 04.03.12 at 3:20 pm }

Lindsey in Charlotte, NC 110% deserves this! She is 9 months pregnant, working up until her due date in mid-April so the non-profit she works for doesn’t have to hire additional resources. Not to mention the fact that in just a couple months I’m sure she’ll have dropped the baby weight and will be well-deserving of some fabulous fashion treats as a reward!

10 Sam { 04.03.12 at 3:30 pm }

Amanda Y. in Los Angeles, California. She is the hardest working person I know and devotes her life to helping others. Despite her lack of time to do anything but work, she remains one of the most fashionable people I know. A bag like this would be perfect for her and well deserved!

11 Avrohom { 04.03.12 at 4:18 pm }

Dori in NY – She works very hard!

12 Charlenta { 04.03.12 at 5:10 pm }

Valerie…she deals with evil people on an daily basis.and loves to count their money

13 Laura Royal { 04.03.12 at 5:10 pm }

Steven in Elkin, NC because he’s been a devoted CPA in a small town for nearly 30 years.

14 Charlenta { 04.03.12 at 5:12 pm }

Valerie Dallas…she deals with evil people on a daily basis and still manages to count their money

15 Patti L { 04.03.12 at 5:13 pm }

Russell from Lafayette Louisiana. He has been doing our taxes for years. He works hard and is always nice and friendly. He has had some health issues lately, but he is still working.

16 Louisa { 04.03.12 at 6:31 pm }

Leslie – Jasper, AL: I work for Leslie and can’t say enough about her as a person and CPA. She works harder than anyone I know, but keeps family her top priority. During our busy season, she gets to work at 5am (she has a 1 hr commute, by the way) so she can leave by 4pm to get home to her children!

17 Amy Joyce { 04.03.12 at 8:19 pm }

I have to nominate my friend, Lauren! She is a busy accountant in Chicago. Despite her overbearing work schedule, she still has a passion for accounting and exhibits incredible work ethic. As always, her free time has been pretty much consumed by work this busy season. I can’t wait until she gets a little relief and time for some fun! (for selfish reason too of course ;) I am pretty sure a new handbag would be just the thing to lift her spirits!

18 Adele F. { 04.03.12 at 8:55 pm }

Donna – Flushing, NY – She works hard at everything she does and always makes me proud! (She’s my daughter!) She always finds the time to be there for me, no matter what she has going on! She truly deserves a beautiful handbag to match the beautiful person she is on the inside (and outside)!

19 Marc { 04.04.12 at 6:01 am }

Melissa in Quincy, MA works some long hours and is always in the market for a new bag.

20 Michael { 04.04.12 at 6:58 am }

Naomi – Serving the entire U.S. from her home office in East Lansing, Michigan. She is super-energized and makes her clients a priority. You would never know she works another full-time job during the days. With all of her hard work she doesn’t have time to get out and shop. She deserves the bag more than anyone!!!

21 Kate { 04.04.12 at 7:21 am }

My friend Cooper is an accountant in Dallas TX. He had to ramp-up his wardrobe to fit in with the uppity Dallas crowd (coming from Austin, that was quite a change). He’s up for a promotion, which he totally deserves, and I’d love for him to get a “congratulations” gift!

22 Zach { 04.04.12 at 7:31 am }

Shauna from Chicago – because she works 16 hour days and still comes home smiling.

23 jayne { 04.04.12 at 8:26 am }

Chris, LA. Brilliant tax guy<3

24 Leslie H { 04.04.12 at 9:14 am }

Alicia in Knoxville, TN. She is a working mom of a beautiful one year old and an amazing accountant. She is also a “bag girl” who has the most exquisite taste in handbags of all sizes!

25 Marissa M { 04.04.12 at 11:11 am }

Brian in Merrick, NY…because even though he’s in the midst of busy season and doesn’t get home until close to 10 each night he still manages to find time to manage me ( his wife) and all of my crazy pregnancy needs/demands.

26 Alison G { 04.04.12 at 12:32 pm }

My husband, Brett! He has been working incredible hard lately and scored an amazing new job. He starts the day after tax day and could use a new bag to spruce things up!

27 Leslie { 04.04.12 at 1:04 pm }

Ray Baker in Los Angeles. He provides personalized tax and accounting service and he’s MOBILE! He comes to you! Pretty cool!

28 Toya | The Linerick Lane { 04.04.12 at 1:12 pm }

Syreeta of Chicago. My stylish accountant Syreeta should be selected because she is Chicago based and yet makes filing my NYC taxes so easy for me.

29 Ashley { 04.04.12 at 8:15 pm }

Amanda Tran in Carrollton Texas….you know if someone can’t explain what she’s does everyday because she knows no one will understand….you know her job must be very difficult and she definitely needs recognition!!! :)

30 Donald { 04.05.12 at 9:31 am }

My wife RoGina from Chicago, full-time accountant, wife, mom, student and CPA candidate; she needs a bag that is as amazing as she is.

31 Margaret { 04.05.12 at 9:33 am }

My dear friend Janet of Redwood City. She hasn’t treated herself to anything in a long time because she has been swamped in work and neglects taking care of herself. She is one of the hardest workers I know and I think she really deserves this!

32 Katie { 04.05.12 at 9:45 am }

Alexander @ Dwell Magazine | San Francisco. When it comes to style and economic forecasting, this guy is running serious regressions.

33 Amanda { 04.05.12 at 10:13 am }

Josh Wenger in Myerstown PA. I nominate this man because he’s the most selfless person that I know. He’s does so much for everyone that is associated with him. He has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know, and will stop and drop anything for anyone when they are in need. If there’s one person who deserves it, it’s most definitely him.. it’s time to give back!

34 Mehveen Bukhari { 04.05.12 at 10:36 am }

Sarah Lakhany from Chicago, IL. She’s been working extremely hard during busy season and is trying to study for her CPA at the same time. She has the biggest heart and is always taking care of others before herself, even now during such a stressful time for her. She deserves this!

35 stephanie { 04.05.12 at 11:52 am }

Laura from Bethesda, MD because she is one of my only friends to come visit me far far away and deserves an awesome pick-me-up during her crazy busy season.

36 Rose { 04.06.12 at 10:44 am }

Michelle from Columbus b/c shes working a lot of over time.

37 Michelle { 04.06.12 at 10:44 am }

Jen b/c she rocks!!!

38 Sara { 04.06.12 at 10:48 am }

Michael from Atlanta, GA. He works so hard during busy season I forget he even lives here!

39 Katie { 04.06.12 at 10:52 am }

Marta from Leawood,KS because she did my taxes for FREE :)

40 Sana { 04.06.12 at 10:55 am }

Tasneem Zahra from New York, USA!!

Besides being an amazing mother to me and my 3 siblings, Mrs. Zahra is the most amazing accountant and woman I’ve ever known: intelligent, cordial, selfless and the most punctual person you’ll ever meet; the only thing she doesn’t have is the perfect bag for her busy around-the-clock job and this Kate Spade would do just the trick!

41 Sana { 04.06.12 at 10:56 am }

Tasneem Zahra from Roslyn Heights, NY!

Besides being an amazing mother to me and my 3 siblings, Mrs. Zahra is the most amazing accountant and woman I’ve ever known: intelligent, cordial, selfless and the most punctual person you’ll ever meet; the only thing she doesn’t have is the perfect bag for her busy around-the-clock job and this Kate Spade would do just the trick!

42 Jason { 04.06.12 at 10:57 am }

Kelly from Akron, Oh, Because she’s the most caring devoted accountant I know and since tax season she hasn’t had anytime to shop or do anything for herself, this is exactly what she needs!

43 Victoria Brandolini { 04.06.12 at 10:58 am }

My best friend Bridget from Philadephia has been working hard all month staying late and working weekends, she deserves a little something special to make her smile for all of her hard work during tax season and is definitely a girl who can appreciate some Kate Spade!

44 Lori { 04.06.12 at 10:59 am }

Rachel in Valencia, CA- is stylish, knows her stuff and goes out of her way to help at very reasonable rates.

45 Penelope { 04.06.12 at 11:20 am }

My best friend Dina because she worked her way up to become the companies first female partner, at the age of around 36, while being a mom of 2 young boys and wife who takes care of it all.

46 Kaitlin B { 04.06.12 at 11:21 am }

My cousin Mandy is an account in San Antonio. She deserves to win because she is currently 9 months pregnant praying that baby girl waits until after April 15 to make her debut!

47 Dorothy Pang { 04.06.12 at 11:30 am }

Iris Hecker in East Bay SF,CA!

48 Brenda { 04.06.12 at 11:34 am }

Teena, Roanoake VA. She is an extremely hard worker who just graduated 2 years ago and is the most giving person.

49 kristin { 04.06.12 at 11:39 am }

my mother susan from summit, nj – who makes time to cook dinner every day and raise 3 kids (and two dogs!) as well as work full time

50 Colleen { 04.06.12 at 11:41 am }

My friend Christy and I are both hard working accountants in Philly who have been working 15+ hour days and a new purse/wallet would definitely make it all better!

51 Pamela { 04.06.12 at 11:51 am }

Tamara, Harrisburg, PA. Not only is my sister, Tamara, an awesome CPA, she is quite the fashionista who highlights all of her outfits with the perfect accessories; she works hard to look good, even on 16+ hour work days.

52 Deborah curran { 04.06.12 at 12:03 pm }

My accountant is Larry. He works in Massapequa. Ny. He has a lot of clients but always has time for my many questions and works hard at getting me the best refunds.

53 rachel { 04.06.12 at 12:14 pm }

Aaron Ray is a wonderful Accountant in AZ

54 Meghan { 04.06.12 at 12:47 pm }

Karissa, Seattle. My sis-in-law deserves to win because she’s nearly a partner in her firm, competes in Half Iron’s in her spare time, and is one hot fashionista!

55 Thomasena J. { 04.06.12 at 1:04 pm }

Tawanda in Petersburg, Virginia, because she recently started her own accounting firm and works hard to complete all of the tax returns by herself.

56 Kathy K { 04.06.12 at 6:32 pm }

Lisa from Auckland. Because she always makes sure the numbers add up!

57 Jessica M. { 04.07.12 at 10:36 am }

Kristina from New York City. Kristina is my roommate and she deserves a pick-me-up because she has been working and living in a hotel room in the countryside in PA for nearly two years by her client…paying rent in NYC and not even living here, that’s one dedicated accountant!

58 A.J. { 04.09.12 at 11:27 am }

Amy from Birmingham, AL! She literally worked a 24-hour day recently. :(

59 Jaime H. { 04.09.12 at 11:35 am }

My older sister Colleen from CT is an accountant in Philly. She is so passionate about her job and works the longest hours to do what she needs to do! She is so loving and intelligent! She is so dedicated to being an accountant.

60 Penelope { 04.09.12 at 1:35 pm }

My best friend of 25 years, Dina from Boonton Twp, because she works hard and long hours and became the companies first female partner, at the age of around 35, all while helping me fight breast cancer, being a mom of 2 young boys and wife who takes care of everything.

61 Debra { 04.09.12 at 5:31 pm }

Ralph from kings park, ny. Goes above and beyond, getting the maximum refund possible (which is always appreciated). :). My father and my friend! Xo

62 Liza { 04.10.12 at 10:56 am }

My father, Terry from Chicago, is the hardest working person I’ve ever met. In true accountant style, he is the ultimate penny-pincher and would never dream of buying anything this nice for himself (even though his work bag is falling apart)! He deserves this more than anyone!!

63 Emily Burns { 04.10.12 at 11:19 am }

Samantha Southall, Batavia, NY. Despite the crazy time crunch, hectic schedule and insane deadlines, she always manages to make it all look so easy, while balancing motherhood, helping clients, community involvement, and a fabulous sense of personal style! A true fashionable financier!

64 Jaimi { 04.10.12 at 1:04 pm }

My friend, Jessica, as she works so hard that she recently bought a condo across the street from work to minimize her commute and extend her long hours.

65 Kristin { 04.10.12 at 1:13 pm }

Becky in Tempe, AZ – She is the only accountant I can think of who can face a grueling tax season every year with an amazing sense of humor, great outlook on life at home and in the office and can make everyone’s tax season a little more bearable and fun!

66 Dena { 04.10.12 at 1:28 pm }

My husband John from Buffalo, NY. He works hard all year long, but that’s nothing compared to busy season where he has been working at the office all day, comes home for dinner around 8 or later, spends time with me and his 2 girls only to continue working until 11:30 some nights after the kids go to bed.

67 Hallie { 04.10.12 at 4:37 pm }

Dan, from Chicago, because he’s too busy to tell people how busy he is.

68 Catherine { 04.10.12 at 4:39 pm }

Lisa from Atlanta, GA — She’s single-handedly the reason I am becoming an accountant as well because of her humor (I’m not making this up) and she makes the accounting workday fun!!

69 Donna { 04.10.12 at 4:40 pm }

My daughter, Jami, is graduating with honors in May, and starting her 1st accounting job.

70 Ashley { 04.10.12 at 5:02 pm }

Doreen from Hopewell, VA because she got me in & out in under 20 minutes + I got a couple grand back :)

71 Maria Vo { 04.10.12 at 5:05 pm }

Melissa from Houston, TX. She’s an accountant, wife, confidante, and a great friend – she will listen to me even though she has tons of work to do. But she still gets her job done, and multitasks as she does it in an impeccable way.

72 Suzanne { 04.10.12 at 5:20 pm }

Joseph, from Jericho, NY. He is accurate, overly sufficient, and has gotten returns done in no time-Whether it’s early in the season or last minute he’s awesome!

73 Laurel { 04.10.12 at 5:24 pm }

Jay from Arizona because through 8 years of military moves (multiple state taxes) and my dumb questions he always gets it done and is so kind about it!

74 Winston { 04.10.12 at 5:32 pm }

Mandi, Dallas, best wife and accountant ever! She made sure I had dinner every night even when she couldn’t make it home!

75 Sara { 04.10.12 at 6:13 pm }

Neil from Brooklyn, NY. He he is always available, gets us maximum refund- way more than anyone else we have ever used and gets the work done so quickly!

76 Samantha { 04.10.12 at 7:24 pm }

Mark, St. Louis, MO. My father works so hard during tax season that we barely see him. We can’t wait for when it is over. He is the best account I know because he is well educated and well versed in his practice. He knows how to communicate to those who don’t understand their taxes and works hard to make sure he can do everything he can for his clients. Did I mention that he does my taxes for free? Miss you, dad.

77 Adrianne { 04.10.12 at 8:39 pm }

Sue from Oklahoma City, OK because she works very hard for the average person and goes above and beyond to represent us.

78 Lindsay { 04.10.12 at 10:09 pm }

Ashley from Ventura, CA. She is an incredibly hard working women and this year she is also planning her wedding on top of working 80 hours of returns a week!! She’s amazing!!

79 Debbie { 04.10.12 at 10:18 pm }

Candy from Mukilteo, WA. She always makes sure everything is Crystal Clear and saves me time so I can shop at Shop It To Me!!

80 Cathy { 04.11.12 at 7:27 am }

Simona, Buffalo Grove, IL. Simona not only practices accounting & knows her stuff, but she teaches many online classes from different universities in finance and accounting, while being a great mom and wife.

81 Debra { 04.11.12 at 4:14 pm }

Melissa – Portland, OR
She works as an accountant for various non-profits in the city and has her Masters, she is a very hard worker.

82 Kristen { 04.12.12 at 6:43 am }

Justine living in Conshohoken PA. Justine always finds a way to look like she stepped straight out of a magazine despite working crazy hours as an accountant AND planning her spring wedding across the country in her hometown of San Diego.

83 Abby { 04.12.12 at 7:59 am }

My mother Jane from Raleigh has gracefully worked (and overcome quite a few obstacles along the way!) for over 25 years as a full-time accountant, full-time mother of two, and full-time friend.

84 hminnesota { 04.12.12 at 1:12 pm }

My sister in law who just became accountant this year- Jeenalee

85 Kathleen G { 04.12.12 at 1:14 pm }

Linda from Bradenton, FL battles breast cancer but still finds time to save her clients BIG $$$$$.

86 Jan { 04.12.12 at 1:18 pm }

Adam from CT should win this! This is his first tax season after graduating from college!

87 Corey Cella { 04.12.12 at 2:00 pm }

alison kelly of philadelphia has been in her “busy season” since early january. she’s put in a lot of long day (including weekend…EEK!). plus, she’s a fantastic accountant and even better friend!

88 Monica { 04.12.12 at 3:24 pm }

My sister Erin from Seattle, WA. She has worked so hard this busy season–no such thing as days off, even working Sundays this year!

89 Lateefah { 04.13.12 at 3:06 pm }

My mom, Lateefah in Cleveland, OH. She gives her time EVERY YEAR for FREE to help those who are unable to pay for tax services for free. She does it to stay sharp and not earn money. She helps small business owners and neighbors as well as family members.

90 Amanda Sakovitz { 04.13.12 at 3:25 pm }

Val of Stoneham, MA. She has been a longtime friend of our family and works tirelessly out of her house for clients. She always puts others before herself and deserves to be put first one time!

91 Jillian R. { 04.16.12 at 8:28 am }

Kelly from Beaufort, SC because she’s worked at our local non-profit hospital since 1996 and she’s a classy lady to boot.

92 Tracy G. { 04.16.12 at 10:17 am }

David from Fort Worth
He has tirelessly, through tax season and before, seen to the care of his elderly mother (my neighbor) who is on dialysis 3 times per week.

93 Julia M. { 04.16.12 at 10:23 am }

Jamie in Valley, AL.
She works all day long and brings work home with her much of the time, and still finds the time to be a wonderful mommy to her new baby girl!

94 Malia { 04.16.12 at 10:46 am }

Veronica H. in Vienna, VA. She is my beautiful and incredibly smart sister who just worked her first tax season as a CPA. She is such a driven, hard worker and she deserves a special accessory to tote around the office! :)

95 San D { 04.16.12 at 10:56 am }

My bestie, May in NJ does my accounts – she has a full time job, an MBA in finance and handles all our accounts in addition to being a mom, wife and all round champion!

96 Courtney in Washington, DC { 04.16.12 at 11:12 am }

Courtney dives head first into her accounting work for the US government to take her mind off her boyfriend (my brother’s!) deployment to Afghanistan with the US army!!

97 stephanie k { 04.17.12 at 9:17 am }

1. Stephanie
2. Minneapolis
3. Because she’s super organized and has an awesome attitude. Plus, she has a great first name :)

98 Laura Lewis { 04.17.12 at 9:20 am }

Maria N. in Eudora, Kansas works full-time as an accountant, manages her family’s lawn care business, has an almost two-year-old and is pregnant with her second child. I don’t know how she does it!

99 stephanie k { 04.17.12 at 9:22 am }

I just posted an entry but realize I did not use my shop it to me address, if by some amazing chance I win, please note that my shop it to me email is the one listed with this comment.

100 merrill joy tannor { 04.17.12 at 9:22 am }

russ because he has been like a family member for all these years. he works hard and is a wondeful dad. turns out when i started a new job 10 years ago he was there accountant too. he is just a down to earth nice guy. really hard to find these days.

101 Beth { 04.17.12 at 9:29 am }

Gary in Hauppauge, NY. I owed money and Gary actually got me money back (in a totally legal way!) Is there any better result?!

102 Valerie { 04.17.12 at 9:34 am }

I’d like to name Brian in Boston. He’s an accountant/ auditor who has a new job where he will travel throughout Europe and Asia….lucky guy :)

103 Kristie { 04.17.12 at 9:48 am }

Kim in Phoenix. Kim is a hard-working & fashionable accountant, and when she changed jobs they had to replace her with 2 people!

104 cindy b { 04.17.12 at 10:03 am }

My dad- Sheldon. He has been doing my taxes and my whole family’s taxes (including extended family!) for years, for free! He deserves this awesome prize because he has given so much to all of us over the years !! Tremonton, Utah.

105 Annemarie { 04.17.12 at 10:09 am }

Lara in NYC has trudged through this busy season preggers while still maintaining her status as the most composed and classy broad I know… and most importantly setting aside time every year to do my taxes.

106 Cindy Miller { 04.17.12 at 10:21 am }

Cindy Miller, my mom. She has worked hard in accounting at Transylvania University for years to support our family and help get me and my three sisters through college for free!

107 Kevin { 04.17.12 at 10:56 am }

1. Kaki
2. New York City
3. She graduated in 3 1/2 years with honors while working at school and every summer; leading to a career with a big accounting firm in NYC.

108 Meghan { 04.17.12 at 11:34 am }

St Pete, FL
She is willing to help out anyone she can and is considerate of employees that are full time students!!!! She is the best accountant anyone can ever ask for. :)

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