Elmer Kilian is a retired Korean War veteran living in the small village of Eagle, Wisc., where he has a wooden shingle hanging outside his house advertising his business, Eagle Tax Services. He has been preparing taxes part-time and seasonally on his dining room table for about 30 years. He prepares about 80 to 100 paid tax returns per year for individuals and small businesses in his local community. He began preparing taxes on a part-time basis after studying to become a bookkeeper at a vocational school.
Kilian prides himself on providing low-cost tax preparation services to the residents of Eagle and nearby communities, and even prepares a number of returns for free for charitable reasons.