Firm Profile

Mountain State Tax Service began serving taxpayers of the Potomac Highlands in 1987. Since day one, they have maintained a simple philosophy, “Taxes Made Easy, Taxes Done Right.”  Empowered with integrity, transparency, and expert knowledge of tax law, Mountain State Tax Service has followed this sentiment and delivered friendly, professional service to each of its clients.

The tax professionals at Mountain State Tax Service constantly study and monitor both federal and state tax code and continually exceed all professional education requirements.  Through this attention to detail and diligence to practice, Mountain State Tax Service is able to assist and advocate for clients of all sizes. Mountain State works on behalf of a broad range of taxpayers and is experienced and ready to assist in any tax matter.

Mountain State Tax Service maintains two conveniently located offices.  Either office is ready to assist you with your tax filing, planning, and compliance needs.

What is an EA?


Joseph R Brennskag, EA

Joe founded and has been operating Mountain State Tax Service since 1987.  Since opening the doors, he has worked tirelessly to grow the firm to the size it is today.  Employing the principles of honesty, transparency, and dedication to the client, Joe has spent the last 30 years committed to making sure that you receive every credit and legal deduction that you are eligible for.

A Baltimore native, Joe graduated from Eastern Vocational Technical High School and attended Morgan State University.  After college Joe spent eight years working in various capacities for the federal government at the Department of Defense, Social Security Administration, and Internal Revenue Service before leaving Maryland for West Virginia.

In 2009, Joe was awarded status as an Enrolled Agent (EA) from the Internal Revenue Service after passing a series of comprehensive examinations and demonstrating expert knowledge of the tax code.  Bearers of this prestigious designation are the only federally licensed tax practitioners who also have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS.

Joe is a QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor, a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents, the National Association of Tax Professionals, the Maryland Society of Accounting and Tax Professionals, and serves as treasurer for his local church council.  Joe has been recognized by Capon Valley Neighbor to Neighbor and other various civic and community organizations for his work.

 

John J Brennskag, EA

John is a second-generation tax professional.  After serving the firm in various capacities, John began a full-time tenure as both a tax professional and the firm’s Operations Manager in 2012.  

Originally from Hardy County, WV, John graduated from East Hardy High School.  He went on to attend Shenandoah University. Throughout John’s studies he received accolades and awards from Intel, the State of West Virginia, and FBLA-ΦBL.

In 2016, John was awarded status as an Enrolled Agent (EA) from the Internal Revenue Service after passing a series of comprehensive examinations and demonstrating expert knowledge of the tax code.  Bearers of this prestigious designation are the only federally licensed tax practitioners who also have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS.

John is a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents, the National Association of Tax Professionals, the Maryland Society of Accounting and Tax Professionals, and serves on the board of directors of the McCoy-McMechen Museum/Theatre in Moorefield, WV.