About the Gold Standard Tax Team

About the Gold
Standard
Tax
Team

The main mission of Gold Standard Tax has been and always will be...

...to put quality before quantity, detail before speed, and client's interests before personal financial gain.

Gold Standard initially launched for the purpose of preparing financial projections for various entities. But business quickly flourished and we soon realized the need to expand into other fields of financial services. 

This allows us to offer the full financial spectrum: Tax, Bookkeeping, Payroll, and Business Consulting

The professionals that stand behind the Gold Standard name not only are degreed and licensed, but are also exceptionally passionate about the work that they do. 

Meet the team below. 

Gold Standard Tax & Accounting Key Members: 

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Key Members: 

Rachel Rubin
Founder

Rachel Rubin has been working in the tax and accounting field for over 12 years, and founded Gold Standard Tax & Accounting in 2014. Her desire to create her own firm started with the need to see clients treated fairly, and that need spurns on everything the business touches. 

She was born in San Diego, California and relocated to New York about four years ago in order to expand her volunteer work. She has a Bachelor's degree in Accountancy from San Marcos State University of California. 

Her favorite part about working with this team is that she is able to view each member as a part of her family. 

Rachel Rubin has been working in the tax and accounting field for over 12 years, and founded Gold Standard Tax & Accounting in 2014. Her desire to create her own firm started with the need to see clients treated fairly, and that need spurns on everything the business touches. 

She was born in San Diego, California and relocated to New York about four years ago in order to expand her volunteer work. She has a Bachelor's degree in Accountancy from San Marcos State University of California. 

Her favorite part about working with this team is that she is able to view each member as a part of her family. 

"I relish the fact that numbers never lie, they can only be right or wrong, and when they balance - it equals completeness. I enjoy my work, but even more I cherish the meaningful relationships I form while doing it."

Rachel Rubin also founded the sister company "Gold Standard Reserve Study Reports"


Candace Matthews
Accountant

Candace Matthews has been working in the tax and accounting field for over 12 years, and has been working with Gold Standard Tax & Accounting since it's inception. Candace became a CPA in 2014, and her attention to detail makes her an incredible asset to the team. 

She has a Bachelors in Accountancy from California State University Northbridge. 

When she isn't preparing taxes, she enjoys reading novels, learning languages, and painting. 

Candace Matthews has been working in the tax and accounting field for over 12 years, and has been working with Gold Standard Tax & Accounting since it's inception. Candace became a CPA in 2014, and her attention to detail makes her an incredible asset to the team. 

She has a Bachelors in Accountancy from California State University Northbridge. 

When she isn't preparing taxes, she enjoys reading novels, learning languages, and painting. 

"I love that Gold Standard takes quality very seriously. We love doing great work and collaborating together to give the best service to our clients." 


Stephanie Roberts was born and raised in sunny California. Her love for people got her involved in the bookkeeping world, and she has over 11 years of experience. 

She is the Head Bookkeeper and Office Manager of Gold Standard Tax and Accounting, but when she isn't working, she loves to go for long walks and hikes, and also enjoys painting. 

Her favorite part of the job is when she is able to help people understand and feel good about where their finances are at. 

Stephanie Roberts
Head Bookkeeper

Stephanie Roberts was born and raised in sunny California. Her love for people got her involved in the bookkeeping world, and she has over 11 years of experience. 

She is the Head Bookkeeper and Office Manager of Gold Standard Tax and Accounting, but when she isn't working she loves to go for long walks and hikes, and also enjoys painting. 

Her favorite part of the job is when she is able to help people understand and feel good about where their finances are at. 

"It is wonderful to truly enjoy the people that you work with. I always look forward to collaborating with the team."


Cherie Kissinger
Bookkeeper

Cherie Kissinger is originally from Grants Pass, Oregon but currently resides in New York with her husband. As one of the Gold Standard Tax Bookkeepers, she ensures accurate books and supports small businesses. 

Cherie also assists in data entry and account reconciliation, and her attention to detail lends itself to these tasks. When she isn't deep in numbers, she loves being outside and growing her skill as a photographer. 

She appreciates the camaraderie of the Gold Standard Tax Team and feeling a sense of accomplishment at the end of every work day. 

Cherie Kissinger is originally from Grants Pass, Oregon but currently resides in New York with her husband. As one of the Gold Standard Tax Bookkeepers, she ensures accurate books and supports small businesses. 

Cherie also assists in data entry and account reconciliation, and her attention to detail lends itself to these tasks. When she isn't deep in numbers, she loves being outside and growing her skill as a photographer. 

She appreciates the camaraderie of the Gold Standard Tax Team and feeling a sense of accomplishment at the end of every work day. 

"Being a lifelong perfectionist, I love seeing everything match up in a persons' books."


Kaela Castro, like many of our team members, hails from California but currently lives in New York. Her hard work ethic and genuine nature are an asset as she is utilized for bookkeeping and payroll processing. 

Her favorite aspect of working with the company is working with an "amazing team of people who genuinely care about their work and each other."

When she isn't crunching the numbers, she likes to have her creative side show by journaling, painting, and listening to music. 

Kaela Castro
Bookkeeper

Kaela Castro, like many of our Gold Standard Tax Team, hails from California but currently lives in New York. Her hard work ethic and genuine nature are an asset as she is utilized for bookkeeping and payroll processing. 

Her favorite aspect of working with the company is working with an "amazing team of people who genuinely care about their work and each other."

When she isn't crunching the numbers, she likes to have her creative side show by journaling, painting, and listening to music. 

"My favorite part of the job is the healthy amount of challenge it gives me to always work my hardest."


Kathleen Lopes-Raftery
Tax Preparer

Kathleen Lopes-Raftery is a qualified Tax Preparer who's determination to get things done right the first time is truly utilized at Gold Standard Tax. She has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Bentley University in Massachusetts.

Although she is from Boston, she has three citizenships from three different countries. In her down time, she enjoys toying with new recipes and traveling. 

One thing she appreciates about working with this team is the opportunity to "always learn something new." 

Kathleen Lopes-Raftery is a qualified Tax Preparer who's determination to get things done right the first time is truly utilized. She has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Bentley University in Massachusetts.

Although she is from Boston, she has three citizenships from three different countries. In her down time, she enjoys toying with new recipes and traveling. 

One thing she appreciates about working with this team is the opportunity to "always learn something new." 

"Every client is unique and I am able to learn how to best put together the pieces of a puzzle."


Makayla Vehorn currently resides in New York where she assists Gold Standard Tax with marketing material and social media content. Her main goal is to provide educational but also entertaining content about taxes and business. "Learning is essential - but it can be fun, too."

When she isn't creating images and content, she enjoys running outside and creative writing. 

Her favorite part of working alongside the Gold Standard team is helping clients feel more at ease with facing the daunting task of taxes. 

Makayla Vehorn
Marketing Manager

Makayla Vehorn currently resides in New York where she assists Gold Standard Tax with marketing material and social media content. Her main goal is to provide educational but also entertaining content about taxes and business. "Learning is essential - but it can be fun, too."

When she isn't creating images and content, she enjoys running outside and creative writing. 

Her favorite part of working alongside the Gold Standard team is helping clients feel more at ease with facing the daunting task of taxes. 

"One of the most incredible things about this company is that they are always seeking ways to improve and find higher standards of their own quality for their clients"


Amanda Kodiatar
Administrative Assistant

Amanda Kodiatar provides bookkeeping and administrative assistance to the Gold Standard team. She has been with the team for over four years, and enjoys working with numbers. 

Originally from Raymond, Washington, she currently lives in New York City with her husband. She enjoys anything related to music and loves to sing.  

Her decade of experience with budgeting and taxes proves very valuable to the team.

Amanda Kodiatar provides bookkeeping and administrative assistance to the Gold Standard team. She has been with the team for over four years, and enjoys working with numbers. 

Originally from Raymond, Washington, she currently lives in New York City with her husband. She enjoys anything related to music and loves to sing.  

Her decade of experience with budgeting and taxes proves very valuable to the team.

"Numbers are like puzzles, every piece has its place and in the end it will fit if you take your time and find the right spot."


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