Anna Marie Tan is a Senior North American Tax Associate and has been a TOA Global team member for two years. Anna Marie’s career journey has had its challenges, but she believes working at TOA Global has helped boost her confidence, and she’s currently working towards becoming a North American Tax Manager and earning the titles of Enrolled Agent and North American CPA.
Who inspired or encouraged you to become an accountant?
I’ve enjoyed math and problem-solving since I was young, but it has been a roller coaster ride for me to get where I am in my accounting career. I had to leave college because I had my daughter at the age of 18. I put off returning to college for six years and, in order to qualify for the 1% scholarship our university offers, I must now work hard in my studies and maintain a good grade to be able to finish college.
What do you enjoy most about your role with your client?
Along with filing income tax returns, I like imparting knowledge to my Junior Tax Associate and other co-workers.
What valuable skills have you gained through the training programs at TOA Global and how have they helped you work towards your career goals? Have you had access to such career building before?
Aside from the technical skills I gained from North American Taxation, the most valuable thing I gained from the Ab2 training programs is the interpersonal skills which have helped me to fulfil my duties accurately.
What are some of the facilities you have access to at work that you find to be the most valuable?
The facilities on our site that I like the best are the break-out and chill-out rooms. During our breaks, I can unwind there and hang out with my friends.
What have your favourite experiences been with the client you’ve worked with?
There are many things that I love about working with my client, my favourite of which are the open communication and the fact that, after busy seasons, we get extra time off.
In what ways do you feel you’ve grown since you became a TOA Global team member?
I became more expressive and a better team player. I also gained confidence and became self-reliant enough to step up as a leader whenever necessary.
What do you value the most about the team you work with?
What I value most is our bond with one another. I can proudly say that I have the best team at TOA Global. We treat one another not just as co-workers but also as close friends. Instead of competing with one another, we aid everyone in completing their tasks and advancing their careers.
What are your aspirations?
I hope to become a North American Tax Manager and earn the titles of Enrolled Agent and US CPA.
What motivates and inspires you?
Definitely my family, especially my daughters. They are the reason I work hard. I want to make them proud.
What do you look forward to every day?
I enjoy going to work because I know that I am an asset to the company. Being around the people that work here is what I look forward to the most every day.
What do you do in your spare time?
I spend my spare time with my family, my pets, and friends. We enjoy exploring the city and visiting different cafés. Along with our homemade munchies, we enjoy binge-watching Netflix shows.
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