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Meet Scrooge Develle of Taylor Tax Service in South LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Scrooge Develle.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
On June 11th, 1992 a CEO was born in South LA. As the oldest of two brothers & my mom being a single parent, we always struggled financially, striving me to push for a solution. Being born the same year as the Rodney King riots. Caused by four Los Angeles policemen (three of them white) who were acquitted of the savage beating of Rodney King, an African-American construction worker. My mother a teen at the time, sat on the porch with me as Los Angeles burned down. I faced many challenges as a youth drugs, gang violence and police brutality at an all-time high. I still managed to separate myself and focus on success. I always worked a 9-5 in several different trades janitorial, prep cook, security & construction. They all seem just to keep me afloat, but I wanted more. I started off as a local artist doing showcases and recording out of my aunties Veronica’s garage. But on the night of Feb. 16th, 2013 my life would change forever. Walking home from a party with an artist from my label, and shots rang out! MARQUIS LEE WILLIAMS A.K.A LT3 (15 years old) was shot five times and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Scrooge Develle suffered a Gunshot wound to his lower extremity.

After interviews with Homicide Detectives and the funeral, I went into a spiraling depression, prescribed pain pills, excessive alcohol & chain-smoking. I couldn’t let this tragedy stop my destiny. After months of healing, I began making music again, but I needed money for music equipment marketing and promotion. My hero Yashika Taylor (Mother) did some research and we took an income tax class. After we both received our license and bonding we worked for liberty tax for a short period of time. Their hourly wages of $10hr was not enough. So we started our own business TAYLOR TAX SERVICE (EST. 2014). Things were slow at first. We now have over 100 clients and have other tax prepares to join our team. We also now offer Notary, Live Scan, & Business Services. I finally can afford to shoot music videos and book studio time. I have worked with several studios, producers and musicians from South LA and will be dropping my first Mix Tape “Hard Work Pays Off”.

Has it been a smooth road?
No silver spoon! No smooth roads! Like King Nipsey Hussle say’s “Life is a marathon! Hardest part for me was staying focused and motivated. One of my favorite quotes is “Las Vegas wasn’t built in a day!” Meaning your end result takes time. If you are reading this, never give up on yourself!

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Taylor Tax Service story. Tell us more about the business.

– We went from doing family & friends income tax in our kitchen. Now we offer income tax, notary, live scan, & business services. The difference between us and all other income tax professionals is the customer comes first. We understand what it’s like being at the bottom. That’s where we started from small business big results.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I see big changes, only direction you can go from down is up! I’m an entrepreneur. This was a big kick start for me. I plan to start a clothing line, open a business center, & starting another company. Motivation for my family and peers and other young strong-minded individuals like myself.

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Photo Credits: Invision Studio’s, Instagram: Invisionstudios3, Photographer: Benjamin Jacobs

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