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Ask a Travel Nurse: Who do you recommend for Travel Nurse tax prep?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Who do you recommend for Travel Nurse tax prep?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Who do you recommend for Travel Nurse tax prep?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question:

I’m on my first Travel Nursing assignment and want no part of preparing taxes this year! I recall reading one of your blogs that mentioned a tax preparer who’s good for Travel Nurses, but can’t find it now. Who do you recommend for Travel Nurse tax prep? Thank you! GO BUCKS!

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

Glad to see we (Buckeyes) were about the only ones who didn’t totally embarrass ourselves in a bowl game 😉

The travel tax guru would be Joseph Smith. He’s an enrolled agent with the IRS (sort of “next-level” tax guy) and his site has a great deal of info on it for Travelers. It also has contact info to employ him for tax preparation.

His site can be found at

Hope this helps.


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About the Author:

Hello everyone. I’m a travel nurse originally from Ohio who graduated in 1993 from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus. I completed a critical care fellowship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in 1994 and started traveling in that specialty a year later. My first travel assignment was in Maui and since that time I have completed close to 40 different contracts in various states with multiple travel companies. I am the author of Travel Nurse’s Bible (A Guide to Everything on Travel Nursing), in addition to my writings here and in the pages of Travel Nursing publications such as Healthcare Traveler Magazine and American Nurse Today. I am presently on assignment in Phoenix, AZ and travel anywhere from six to eleven months of the year.

2 Comments on "Ask a Travel Nurse: Who do you recommend for Travel Nurse tax prep?"

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  1. Laura Martinette


    I would like to know how to choose the best travel company that will be reliable and dependable with all the great benefits that day they offer.thank you

  2. Hey Laura. Sorry so long on the response time. I answer all my emails and posts personally and have been dealing with a nasty little bug my four yr old passed on to me.

    I do not endorse or recommend “companies” per se, but rather, great people within those companies. I firmly believe that the key to a great travel experience is in having a great recruiter. If you call a company “cold” and ask to speak to someone, they will just pair you with the next available recruiter. It’s really just “luck-of-the-draw” when you do that and you can work with the best travel company in the world, but if they pair you with a sub par recruiter, how good an experience can you really have?

    As far as selecting which “company” best suites the benefits you require, that will have to be time that you spend speaking with the recruiters and exploring each company’s website. But if you’d like an intro to some great people at the companies with which I entrust my travels, I’d be happy to steer you in the right direction.

    What works best for both my recruiters and I is to have you send me your best contact info (best email and phone number where they might reach you). I’ll forward your info to my recruiters and then email you the name of the person who will be contacting you, the company for which they work, and a little bio on the company. These people are the ONLY people who will receive any of your information.

    I would also need to know if you have already spoken with any recruiters or even just contacted a company and given them your information. The reason for this is because of the way that I refer nurses to my recruiters and not wanting to submit your name to a company where you are already working with, or have been assigned, a recruiter. I have had one or two instances where my recruiter didn’t first find the nurse I submitted in their system and started working with them only to discover that they were essentially “poaching” a nurse from another recruiter. Obviously, not a great position for my recruiters. Please understand, I am not admonishing you for other nurses non-disclosure. It’s just that it’s problematic for my recruiters when people have not disclosed the companies with which they have already spoken.

    Presently, there are five companies where I have established great contacts for my own travels. These people have helped me get quite a few new travelers started in their careers. Most are medium sized companies (that give better customer service, but may not have all of the assignments that the “giants” do). However, I also have a really great recruiter at one of…if not, THE, largest travel company out there. This is one instance where having a great recruiter is KEY.

    So if you’d like some help in getting started, just email me your contact info to

    Please also tell me a bit about your nursing career including specialty in which you wish to travel and years of experience in all the specialties in which you have worked.

    I hope this helps.

    David Morrison

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