Tax questions bogging you down? Ask Bed-Stuy native and tax expert Janie L. Bradley, a career certified public accountant and owner-operator of a financial, accounting and consulting business, located at 1785 Fulton Street, between Rochester and Utica Avenues.
A powerful, positive force in public accounting,and in her Bedford-Stuyvesant community, where for over 23 years she has served as tax consultant, expertly navigating tax-payers through the myriad of IRS requirements and forms and staying current with the ever-changing tax laws. And when the situation presents itself, Ms. Bradley appropriately dons the hat of financial consultant and advisor, to interpret for the novice, the tangled web of financial jargon. Drawing on years of experience coupled with an in-depth cross-disciplinary knowledge in managing personal finances, she has identified for many satisfied clients, tax-incentive programs and other financial opportunities and benefits that would have otherwise gone untapped.
Her professional career began right out of college when she was hired by Arthur Andersen, a Big Eight accounting firm. After three years, she moved to Mitchell Titus, LLP, one of the largest Black accounting firms nationwide, where she remained for five years. After leaving the public accounting sector and prior to going solo, Ms. Bradley spent a number of years honing her skills in the corporate industry, as the controller for Christian Dior Coats, a licensee of Christian Dior.
The decision to go into financial management, often viewed as a male-dominated field, as a career was a logical choice for Ms. Bradley, as she explains, “I have always been good with numbers, and excelled in math as a child. It was, without a doubt, my strongest subject in grade school.” She then adds, “And in college, I finished in the top half of my class in both math and economics.” What an asset in her line of work!
Another asset is in recognizing the undisputed value in building and maintaining good customer relations, as she brings a compassion for quality service into her office every day.
“My number one goal is to provide the absolute best service to each and every client, each and every time, and to treat them with the respect they deserve,” says Ms. Bradley. “Maybe that sounds like a clich‚, but it’s my formula for a successful ‘business-client’ relationship.”
A formula she has applied since the early 90’s, when she worked out of her small home office, all the while establishing a solid and steadily growing clientele base. But by 2002, she knew, with absolute certainty, that expansion and staff recruitment was an inevitable fact.
It was a ‘For Sale’ sign on a vacant storefront property, right in her own community that propelled her into action. Once the deal was closed, she wasted little time to begin the construction work. The space, formerly a hardware store, was gutted and rebuilt to her specifications. She then contracted the services of professional interior decorators, “Great Find Designs”, to add the finishing touch. The result.Nubian-inspired artwork adorning Wedgwood blue-hued walls, luscious plants, and state-of-the-art furnishings and technology.is spectacular!
Born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Brooklyn, Ms. Bradley is a life-long resident of Bedford-Stuyvesant. She received her education at Brooklyn College. Professional affiliations include: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is an active and concerned community resident, and has served as treasurer for the FARR (Fulton-Atlantic-Rochester-Ralph) Block Association.
Assisting Ms. Bradley in administrative duties are Tammy Alston and Georgia Williams. Office hours are Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. During tax season: Mon-Sat, 8am-8pm. To schedule an appointment please call718-221-2909.
By Sandy E. Patterson