Advantage Tax Service was founded by Jim Flynn and his wife, Lynn, on October 1, 1992. Jim, a lifelong insurance agent, was tired of paying his accountant’s ever increasing fee. He already had a large loyal base of insurance clients and decided it would be a good business move to offer an additional service to these clients; tax preparation. Back in those days it was a good idea to be listed near the front of the phone book so he decided upon the business name Advantage Tax Service. Jim had no idea that he and his staff would prepare over 400 returns in the very first year. Fortunately, there has been an increase in business every year since 1992. Advantage Tax Service has been entrusted with the completion of over 34,000 tax returns in the last twenty plus years! They are very fortunate to have such awesome clients who have helped them with that achievement.
Advantage Tax Service is family owned and operated. A very experienced father/mother/son team handles all of the tax preparation duties. Each member of this team prepares well over 500 returns per year. Not only is this team very experienced, they “play” together year after year. This continuity is very important to their clients. Clients can be assured from year to year that they are dealing with a competent, courteous, and experienced tax professional. The Flynn family and staff genuinely care about the service they provide and their #1 goal is to gain your loyalty. The only way to gain loyalty is to offer an incredible service at a fair price. Business has been good for Advantage Tax Service because of their philosophy: maintain the level of service that your loyal clients are accustomed to and offer a level of service where new clients become loyal clients. If you’re looking for a tax preparer I don’t think you’ll be disappointed by giving Advantage Tax Service a try.
Meet our Family
Jim Flynn began his financial services career in September 1973 at the age of 21 when he accepted a sales position with MetLife. He still holds a life, accident, and health insurance license. Over the years Jim has earned many designations in the insurance industry. His designations include Life Insurance Training Fellow (1976), Chartered Life Underwriter (1992), Chartered Financial Consultant (1993), and most recently Retirement Income Certified Planner (2015). As evidenced by so many designations, Jim has dedicated his insurance career to continuing education. With nearly 20 years worth of loyal insurance clients in place Jim decided in October of 1992 to offer an additional service: tax preparation. Jim felt that this additional service to his insurance clients would be a good supplement to his business. Little did he know that there would be tremendous growth and this supplemental tax preparation adventure would actually become his main focus. Jim’s passion for education did not fade when his business switched gears. In 2001 he obtained his Enrolled Agent designation (What is an Enrolled Agent? Click here). Jim is a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents, the National Association of Tax Professionals, and the SC Tax Council. Being able to work alongside his wife, Lynn, and son, Matt, brings him great satisfaction. Jim the proud father of 4 children and 7 grandchildren.
Lynn Flynn had the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom until her youngest children (twins) started school in 1986. When school was in session she would assist Jim with his insurance business. When the tax preparation business took off in 1992 she became a full-time tax preparer during tax season and a full-time mom in the off-season. This is a position she still holds with one minor change. Instead of raising children during the off-season Lynn spends the off-season spoiling her grandchildren. Lynn is a Registered Tax Return Preparer and an IRS Annual Filing Season Program member. With 24 years of tax preparation experience, Lynn is an integral part of the business. Lynn is the proud mother of 4 children and 7 grandchildren.
Matt Flynn, the son of Jim & Lynn, is a graduate of Wofford College where he was a 4 year Letterman for the Wofford Terriers football team. He’s been involved in the family business from a young age but joined full-time in November of 2009. Along with preparing tax returns, Matt handles the office/marketing technology and also has several payroll and bookkeeping accounts. In May of 2011 Matt received his Enrolled Agent designation (What is an Enrolled Agent? Click here). While this designation is certainly not required, it shows that Matt is serious about this business and strives to expertly advise and service his clients. Matt is a member of the National Society of Tax Professionals. He is married to an incredible wife, Amber, and is the proud daddy to Holden and Harper. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, watching football, coaching Holden’s little league teams, and hanging out with his family.
Our Administrative Assistant
Terry Horres, the niece of Jim and Lynn, has been involved with the family business since 2005. She joined full-time in January of 2016. Along with handling all of our administrative duties, Terry, has completed 18 hours of the Annual Filing Season Program allowing her to also prepare tax returns. In addition to her ability to prepare tax returns, Terry has acquired her South Carolina life, accident, and health insurance license and also assists Matt in handling several payroll and bookkeeping accounts. Terry is married to a loving husband of 24 years, Kevin, and is the proud mother of two children, Allison (18) and Austin (14). She loves attending her son’s sporting events and her daughter’s dance performances as well as simply spending quality time with her family.