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Carol’s Author Bio

Carol Topp, CPA ( is an author and accountant specializing in tax preparation for writers, bloggers and nonprofit organizations. Through her writing, speaking and consulting, Carol converts confusing tax rules and business language into clear, easy-to-understand English for readers. She is the is the author several books including Business Tips and Taxes for Writers, the Micro Business for Teens series and Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out. She has also published several magazine articles and short ebooks.

Carol was born and raised in Wisconsin and graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Engineering. She worked for the US Navy as a cost analyst before obtaining her CPA license. Carol lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and has two daughters.

Carol is a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs Speakers Bureau and has presented numerous workshops on money management, business start up and taxes to writers groups and community organizations.

Speaking Topics

Carol has several topics that can be the basis of a seminar at a writers conference,  webinar,  workshop to a writers group or a radio /podcast interview. Each session can be modified to run from 15-60 minutes.

For a list of speaking topics, click here

Hire Carol/ Consult With Carol

As an author and a Certified Public Accountant, I understand your world as a writer, editor or self-published author as well as the world of business and taxes. I see myself as an interpreter who can help authors and writers understand the sometimes confusing language of the business world and the Internal Revenue Service.

My goal is to present clear information on unclear topics.

I do that through my book, Business Tips and Taxes for Writers (part of the Information in a Nutshell Series), this website and seminars. I hope you find the information I share helpful, but perhaps you need specific advice for your situation.

I offer private consulting in several areas:

  • Business Consultation: Pre-arranged phone call to discuss your business plan, business structure, questions you have or issues related to your writing and publishing business.
  • Tax Consultation: A pre-arranged phone cal to discuss your unique tax situation, allowable deductions, favorable business structures for tax purposes and how to reduce your taxes, legally.
  • Tax Review: A review of your previously-prepared tax return. This service may be used in conjunction with a tax consultation.

Price: $100 per hour pro-rated for partial hours.

I am available to present a workshop for your group followed by 15 minute individual consultations for your members or attendees. Please email me for details on price and travel arrangements.

I am unable to accept new clients for income tax preparation at this time. Instead I recommend that you find a local CPA familiar with self-employed people to assist your in preparing your tax return.

Carol’s Other sites Cents and sensibility from Carol Topp, CPA for homeschool leaders Helping teenagers start and run a micro business Taking away the confusion about taxes for teenagers

Contact Carol

Please use this contact form to email me questions or arrange for me to speak to your writers group of convention. I try to answer every email I receive and may ask permission to share your question on my blog (your full name and personal details are not shared).