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The Sales Tax Institute has named Iryna Soares the winner of its 2021 Sales Tax Nerd Award.

The annual award recognizes a sales tax professional who demonstrates passion and commitment to the study and practice of sales tax.

A senior accounting partner at Delaware Elevator Inc., Soares had a background in accounting but had little exposure to sales tax before joining the company, where she acts as a “self-made sales tax department of one.”

“It was obvious that Iryna embodied everything we were looking for in a sales tax nerd,” Sales Tax Institute founder Diane Yetter said in a statement. “She overcame challenges such as language, culture and education and then even used them to her advantage when she tried to explain the very complicated sales tax rules for construction and in particular the installation and maintenance of elevators.During the pandemic, she has used her off hours (and her own money) to read, study and take classes to help her better understand these complicated rules. a sales tax nerd, I don’t know what that would be!”

Irina Soares

“First of all, [the award] means great responsibility and duty to continue to champion the field of accounting which is so complex and far from universal in all states, yet vital to the success of every business,” Soares said in a statement.” then, of course, that means excitement, validation of the efforts made so far, feeling grateful for the opportunity, and a stronger passion for sales tax.

Soares will receive a scholarship for an institute course, a one-year membership in the STI Sales Tax Nerd community, a year of mentorship from Yetter, and a sales tax nerd merchandise prize package.

The 2021 award finalists include:

  • Amanda Cusack, indirect tax manager at Maui Jim Inc.;
  • Kim Harper, director of sales and use tax at Promo Only Inc.;
  • Mary King, sales tax manager at Poly Tex Inc.;
  • Laurel Rice, senior tax accountant at Casella Waste Systems Inc.; and,
  • Nancy Steele, sales tax coordinator at Mountain Rose Herbs.