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Board of Directors – Highlight Series – Kelly Boswell

Kelly Boswell, CPA, CFE

Director of Tax Controversy


What is your favorite book?

I have several but one of my favorites is a book of poems gifted to me when I was nine from my Grandmother – The Best Loved Poems of James Whitcomb Riley. It has her handwriting in the front cover with my name and the date. It is a smaller version of the large book that she would read to my cousins and I when we would visit. She would read with so much animation the story would come to life. The funny thing is this story is only six pages long but sometimes my Grandma would “read” it to us for hours.

Who was your favorite teacher?

I would have to say Mrs. Stivers, my 1st grade teacher. When I think “teacher” I think of her. I have always compared all my other teachers to her. I can definitely say she had an impact on my life especially starting off my school career on a positive note. I am Facebook friends with her now and find her posts still inspire me.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Passing the CPA exam on the first try. That is a feat in itself, but I waited until 14 years after I graduated from college to do it. When I graduated from college my husband and I were ready to start a family and then I was a stay-at-home Mom for 12 years. I worked for two years then decided to “finish what I started” and take the exam. It took six months to study and take all four parts.

What is your favorite thing about your career?

I’ve worked in public accounting now for 14 years, focusing on tax. I enjoy doing tax returns, minimizing the taxes people pay and helping them with tax planning or researching their tax questions. I work for ADKF which is the largest locally owned CPA firm in San Antonio. As Director of Tax Controversy, I get to help people resolve issues with the IRS and help them through IRS audits or TX sales tax audits. I enjoy helping people, so it has been a great fit.

Why is education in SAISD important to you?

I think all education is important! I moved to Texas seven years ago the same year my youngest went off to college. I found myself finally having the “time” to give back and wanted to do that and serve my new community at the same time.

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