Hill Tax, Payroll & Bookkeeping began operations back in 2014 and owes all of its success to family, friends, and clients. Taylor married his beautiful wife, Ashley, in 2012 and together they now raise two beautiful little girls; Sophia & Sydney.
Taylor first moved to Sherwood in 1999. He attended several schools in the Sherwood School District including Hopkins Elementary, Sherwood Middle School, and Sherwood High School. His biggest passions in life have always been family, friends, and baseball!
After graduating from Sherwood High School, he went on to earn both academic and athletic scholarships to attend and play baseball at several colleges around the United States (Grand Canyon, Clackamas Community College, and Hawaii Pacific). In 2012, Taylor finished up his collegiate career at George Fox University, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Finance.
Since graduation, Taylor became one of the youngest Licensed Tax Consultant’s in the state of Oregon and Enrolled Agents in the US. His past experience as a controller in the medical industry and accountant in both the private and public sector helped to propel him into running one of the highest rated tax companies in Oregon.
Norlyn Michel, CPA - Certified Public Accountant
Norlyn, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), started working with Hill Tax in 2021. He brings a wealth of experience in both the tax and accounting fields. His background consists of working for a local CPA firm in Davenport, accountant for local manufacturing companies, controller of a trucking company, controller for a local construction company for 25 years which included preparation of corporate returns for 2 related corporations. This company merged with a larger company, which resulted in the startup of Accounting Solutions Plus LTD in Bettendorf, IA. At Accounting Solutions Plus LTD, Norlyn has been preparing individual, business, Trust and Estate returns for the last 20 years.
Among the countless reasons to bring Norlyn onboard at Hill Tax, we are most excited for the experience and service he can provide our clients in Trust & Estate preparation, as well as Tax Resolution. He has been involved in tax resolution cases including full pay installments, partial pay installments, and currently not collectible cases. He has successfully eliminated thousands of dollars of tax at the federal and state level. Two of the largest success cases were with the states of WI and NE. The biggest federal success cases were in IL and saving a CA home from the IRS. Tax experience includes used car dealerships, realtors, doctors, chiropractors, daycare providers, rental properties, various denominations of Christian clergy including African priests in this country, estates, and trusts.
Brendon, a Licensed Tax Preparer, started with Hill Tax in 2020 after graduating from University of Portland, where he served as the Director of Finance for the Student Government and earned a Bachelor in Finance.
In his time at U of P, he spent 3 years involved with the Student Government (ASUP) in various positions (Director of Finance, Controller, Board Member). The obligations of the Student Government were to make decisions regarding university funds. The focus of their duties was to review, approve and allocate funds to difference organizations, clubs, and events on campus. He completed his time in this position immediately following his graduation.
The reason we hired Brendon is because over the 10 years of having known him, he has been reliable, trustworthy, and hungry to learn. He has always excelled in the classroom, on the field and as a leader and captain to his peers. Taylor also had the pleasure of coaching and training him in baseball for many of those years. In his time with Hill Tax, he has been a great ambassador of our company and we hope to keep him on board for many years to come.
Katie, a Licensed Tax Preparer and Accountant, started with Hill Tax, Payroll & Bookkeeping in 2018. She works and resides in her hometown of Sherwood, Oregon. Katie graduated high school with Taylor at Sherwood High School in 2007 and shortly after became an active member and ambassador with Sherwood Chamber of Commerce while working for Sentinel Storage here in town. She was actually voted Ambassador of the year the same year Hill Tax, Payroll & Bookkeeping was voted Small Business of the Year.
Taylor and Katie first met and became friends when they attended Sherwood Middle School together. They continued going to school together until they graduated in 2007 from Sherwood High school. Once Taylor found out Katie was looking for work, he jumped at the chance to offer her a job. Since then, Katie has become an irreplaceable part of this firm. She handles much of the communication with clients year-round regarding our payroll and bookkeeping services as well as keeping things in order at the office.
In 2020, Katie earned her Tax Preparer's License and was able to begin assisting in basic data entry. She will look to carve out a bigger role in tax preparation year to year. We are lucky to have her here at Hill Tax and hope to keep her a part of the team for as long as she will let us!
Laura Vaughn - Payroll Specialist & Office Manager
Laura began working with Hill Tax in February of 2022. Her career has been primarily in the service industry working for Papa Murphy’s since 2015. From starting off as a regular crew member in high school to becoming a store manager, she received opportunities to train and teach several employees at multiple store locations, attended meetings on how to improve the business, and even some ownership events. Through her experience there, she learned a lot about how to effectively communicate with customers, staff members, and how to help grow a business.
Due to Taylor’s own experience working at Papa Murphy’s, he immediately knew what it took to be successful there and that Laura would be a great addition to our team. Laura is a big part of the communication process here. Running the front desk, answering phone calls, and filtering through emails, she might even get back to clients quicker than Taylor does. After quickly picking up the rolls of the job, Laura has now become our primary payroll administrator. She handles all our payroll needs and several clients have expressed their gratitude towards the transition.
After already having built strong connections with many of our clients, she has become an essential part of our team that we hope to have with us for the long run!
Adam Ditter - Bookkeeper
Adam Ditter is our in-house bookkeeper and owns his own insurance brokerage, Ditter's Insurance. He started with Hill Tax in May of 2022.
He grew up in Sherwood, attending Hopkins, Sherwood Middle School, and Sherwood High School. At the high school he played football and lacrosse and wrestled, then continued playing lacrosse at Western Oregon University. He lived in Tennessee for several years and Georgia for about 6 months with Taylor, but ultimately found his way back to Sherwood.
After college, he began his career in insurance while coaching junior varsity and varsity lacrosse at Sherwood High School. He is an active member in the community participating with the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce and various volunteer opportunities around town. He has been in the insurance industry for nearly a decade working with dozens of the top insurance carriers in the country and can provide services in California, Colorado, Idaho, Hawaii, Oregon, Maryland, Washington, and Tennessee. His career goals are to continue to grow as the lead bookkeeper for Hill tax while maintaining his insurance practice on the side.
Diane Goetz, LTC - Licensed Tax Consultant
Diane, a Licensed Tax Consultant, started with Hill Tax in 2021. Her career has been spent primarily in accounting and taxation. She has worked with both large and small tax firms managing offices, preparing taxes and teaching tax education. She also worked 16 years for Marylhurst University, including the position of Assistant Controller where she has a full hand in fund accounting for non-profits.
She joined Hill Tax in 2021 because she wanted to get back to what she enjoys most; meeting new people and developing long-term relationships with them. She looks forward to meeting new and current clients of Hill Tax in this upcoming 2023 Tax season!
Meet Our Accountants
We value our team members, their intellect and decision-making characters. We are proud we managed to gather smart, talented and client-oriented staff, and we are happy to introduce them to our clients!
Owner, Enrolled Agent & Licensed Tax Consultant
Licensed Tax Preparer
Brendon Wexted Hand
Licensed Tax Preparer
What Our Clients Say
Taylor and his team are very professional, knowledgeable and responsive. He has been a great resource to us managing the accounting/taxes of our rental properties and we look forward to working with him in other aspects of our businesses. We highly recommend Taylor because he is both available and extremely thorough. He feels like part of our team and that’s exactly what we need from the professional experts that we surround ourselves with.
The Gardner Real Estate Team
Real Estate Agency
After several years of looking for the right tax professional to handle our taxes, we finally feel we have found the right guy with Taylor. He has had great advice and professional service. He has really taken the stress out of taxes for us.
Real Estate Agent -- regarding Tax Prep
I highly recommend Taylor! I brought my 2018 taxes (that I had done myself on TurboTax) to him to review and get a quote for him to prepare my 2019 taxes. I had previously been paid from my employer via W-2, and 2018 was the first year I was paid via 1099. Taylor caught an error on my tax return - TurboTax didn't pick up on a deduction I should have received, which resulted in me overpaying by $4500. Taylor filed an amended return for me for 2018 and now I will be getting a refund for $4500!
Real Estate Agent -- regarding Tax Prep
Taylor is extremely professional and super helpful. He is knowledgeable and has a way with explaining complex things. Without a doubt, when I send a client to Taylor Hill they come away with a better understanding of their taxes and a sense of Peace about what they need to do. I will continue to have Taylor do my personal taxes and refer anybody I know who needs help to him as well.