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Business Intel: New tax preparation office opens in Roanoke

Business Intel: New tax preparation office opens in Roanoke

Speedy Tax

Shmura Glenn opened Speedy Tax Service in the A. Byron Smith Office Complex, named for her father, in Roanoke.

A new company offering tax preparation services is launching in Roanoke just in time for tax season.

Shmura Glenn brought Speedy Tax Service to Roanoke from Georgia. The business opened in Macon in 2001 and Glenn, a Roanoke native who was living there at the time, helped the founder get it up and running.

When Glenn returned to Roanoke in 2007, she continued helping Speedy Tax out, primarily with their clients in Macon but also taking on some local ones. This year she finally opened a Roanoke operation.

Glenn said she moved back to Roanoke to help her father with his business, Smith Energy, formerly known as A. Byron Smith Oil Co. She runs Speedy Tax Service out of the same office building.

Glenn said she always considered opening a local tax preparation company of her own, but the decision to finally do so was prompted in part by the pandemic.

“Now is the time with the way things are going to try to help people to take advantage of all of the opportunities that they can, given the hardships that we’re going through in this period of time,” Glenn said.

Speedy Tax, which serves individuals and businesses, is providing special introductory offers as it looks to attract new clients, Glenn said. She emphasized that the business, which has a staff of five tax preparers, is customer friendly.

Because of the pandemic, it’s offering contactless services, though the office is still open for in-person appointments as well.

“We are all quite anxious to have people give us their taxes and let us show you what we can do to save you money as much as we can with all the things that are afforded to people who have gone through a very rough time in 2020,” Glenn said.

Speedy Tax Service is at 1818 Centre Ave. N.W. Appointments are required.

Contact Casey Fabris at or 540-981-3234.

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Casey Fabris covers business for The Roanoke Times, where she has been a reporter since 2015. Previously, Casey covered Franklin County. She can be reached at (540) 981-3234 or

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