Mark Hale, CPA
Mark comes to us by way of Southern California, which is where he grew up and graduated from college. He has been in the accounting field since 1998 with experience in audited, reviewed and compiled financial statements, tax return preparation for all entity types, including individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, etc. He also has an extensive background in litigation support services, including business valuations, cash flow reports and asset tracing analyses primarily for family law purposes. Mark currently resides in Federal Way with his wife and two young daughters Madison and Peyton. Aside from spending time with his girls, he enjoys golf, attending Seahawks and Mariner games, Fantasy Football and watching movies.
Tavis Hansen, EA
Tavis is entering his 7th year with the firm and brings renewed energy & excitement to Hale & Associates as the firm transitions from it's predecessor Schneider & Kobata, PS. He is a graduate of the University of Washington Business School and is a certified Enrolled Agent (EA). This status authorizes him to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service for audits, collections, and appeals as well as consult and prepare tax returns for individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, trusts or any entity with tax-reporting requirements. Tavis resides in West Seattle with his wife and three kids. He enjoys golfing and traveling in his spare time.
Jimme Schneider, CPA
Jimme was the managing partner of Hale & Associates predecessor Schneider & Kobata, PS. He continues to work full time during tax season for Hale & Associates and part time the rest of the year. Jim works with small businesses and individuals with their tax and financial planning. He enjoys the outdoors and golf, is married with 2 grown children and resides in Federal Way. Jim is pleased to be able to boast that he is a proud Grandpa. Jim is also the recipient of the 2010, 2011 and the 2012 "Top Wealth Manager" award presented by Seattle Magazine.
Gary Kobata, CPA
Gary was born and raised in the Puget Sound area. He was a partner in the predecessor firm Schneider & Kobata, PS. He continues to work full time during tax season for Hale & Associates and part time the rest of the year. Gary brings a wealth of experience as he's been with the firm and it's predecessors since 1970. Gary enjoys golfing, traveling and the Mariners and his grandchildren.
Nancy Osborn, EA
Nancy joined the predecessor firm Schneider & Kobata, PS in 2004. She is a native of Washington and currently resides in Seattle with her husband. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science, Law degree from City University and is a federally-licensed tax practitioner with technical expertise in the field of taxation since 1999. As an Enrolled Agent Nancy is authorized to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service for audits, collections, and appeals as well as consult and prepare tax returns for individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, trusts or any entity with tax-reporting requirements. Her in-depth knowledge of federal and state tax issues allows her to expertly guide clients through complex tax issues. Her strong understanding of tax return compliance provides a solid basis for tax savings solutions. Nancy is a member of the Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance and the Seattle Chapter of Tax Roundtable.
Polly is an integral part of the Hale & Associates team and keeps the firm running smoothly. She has 2 grown children and 4 wonderful grandchildren. Polly resides in Renton with her husband Terry. She enjoys gardening and the challenge of keeping up with her grandchildren.