Women In Business 2014

Dixon & Dixon becomes Pony Express Tax Services

By From page WIB8 | January 31, 2014


Beth Chalaire continues her father’s traditions in her own way at the renamed Pony Express Tax Services in Pollock Pines. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

Elizabeth “Beth” Chalaire is carrying on the business started by her father Richard Dixon, Certified Public Accountant, in Pollock Pines. Richard Dixon phased out of his practice and retired. Beth has renamed the former Dixon & Dixon; it’s now Pony Express Tax Services.

“We offer the same excellent service. It’s just a name change,” Beth said.

Beth, an Enrolled Agent, is certified to represent clients before the Internal Revenue Service and the State of California.

She said many clients have known her for years. Her family moved from Southern California in 1978. She attended Pinewood Elementary and El Dorado High and worked in her father’s office during high school.

Beth said she didn’t plan a career in the tax service business, but when she went to Heald Business College she excelled in accounting and math. “I found it was something I really liked,” she said. She went to work for a CPA in Sacramento during the 1990s and learned the business. In 1999, she returned to Pollock Pines to join her father’s practice. “The only thing I don’t do that my father did is audits,” she said.

Beth said she enjoyed working with her father. It was a good partnership. As he phased out of the practice, he and his wife moved to Reno, where he is active in the University of Reno ambassador program.

Beth’s practice is year-round. Besides providing tax services, she offers bookkeeping and payroll services to individuals, corporations and partnerships.

People come to a professional tax preparer for peace of mind, she said. Turbo Tax software may be fine for simple returns, but people often have questions or situations they would like to discuss with a professional.

“This is a small community. It is family oriented. Our clients know I care about them. And if they have a problem with IRS or the State, they have an advocate to help them,” Beth said.

Beth has deepened her roots in the community. She still has family who live nearby, a brother and a sister. Last August, she and her husband David, a software consultant who grew up on a farm in Texas, bought their dream property in Camino.

“We had almost given up looking when we saw this property and knew it was for us,” she said. A former Christmas tree farm on 30 acres, it has six Chestnut trees and a 1,000-square-foot shop. The home has a 180-degree view. “We may want to convert the farm to an orchard or vineyard.”

Living and working in an area known for its outdoor recreation, Beth said she and her husband enjoy hiking, biking and kayaking.

Pony Express Tax Services is located at 5461 Pony Express Trail, just down the street from the former offices. The telephone number remains the same, 530-644-2055.

Beth is looking forward to growing her business. “I’m here for the long haul,” she said. “My clients know I cherish them.”

Roberta Long

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