Tax preparer Don Resch honored for half-century of service
Tax season can mean stress and panic for many, but Don Resch has seen it as a way of life for over 50 years.
The Versailles resident, who moved to the Morgan County town in 1989, is working his 52nd season as a tax preparer for H&R Block.
“It feels like I’ve been doing this my whole life but I’ve enjoyed it,” Resch said. “I enjoy being able to do something that helps people out.”
At 17, Resch would go to the H&R office in Kansas City after school to play cards with his brother. He still has the cards they used.
One year later, Resch was a math checker of tax returns after school. And in January of 1959, at age 19, Resch began his first training session with Dick Bloch and started doing tax returns.
“I had a paper route when I was 13 so my friends knew me as a working kind of guy anyway,” Resch said.
Resch worked as a tax preparer from 1959 to 1962. He married his wife of 47 years, Karen, in 1962 and the couple moved to Columbia where Resch worked as district manager for 28 years.
When the franchisee of Versailles retired in 1989, they decided to become owners and relocated to Versailles. He sold his franchise in 2007 but still works as a part-time tax preparer there.
Resch said the computerization of tax filing has made things drastically easier, although tax guidelines change every year.
“It’s faster and more accurate than the old manual method,” he said.
Resch still isn’t sure when he wants to officially “retire.” He takes it on a year-by-year basis after each tax season.
“I enjoy the work,” he said. “I don’t see my self stepping down this year but who knows.”
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