Shanikwa is a Certified Public Accountant and an Enrolled Agent who has graduated from Northeastern University obtaining her undergraduate and Masters degrees, in Accounting and Finance and Taxation, respectively.
Founder and manager of S. Davis Tax Consultants Inc., a boutique tax consulting firm, with a focus on wealth advisory, compliance and risk consulting; her clients are domiciled across the United States and include doctors holding positions at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, attorneys, business executives working for Fortune 500 companies and founders, some of whom are involved with sophisticated tax transactions.
In 2018, Shanikwa volunteered as a discussion leader in the ‘Individual Income Tax Workshop’ as part of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services’ Education and Workforce Development Initiative, a workshop aimed at teaching participants about the importance of filing tax returns, as well as the value of tax credits and other filing benefits.
She also served as a speaker in September and December 2019 during an IRS Tax Practitioner Speaker Panel at the IRS’ Andover facility. This Panel provided information on how taxpayers could work most effectively with Revenue Officers during an examination or audit, as well as in general for other collection activity.
Shanikwa’s community service also includes a program she created and organized, a community-based workshop, “Budget Basics for Professionals and Entrepreneurs” to provide financial guidance for local professionals in the Greater Boston area.
Earlier this year, Shanikwa was an Intuit sponsored speaker for Black Women Talk Tech’s (BWTT) annual virtual conference. Helping black women founders walk through the small business start up roadmap, giving them tools to assess progress and optimize their company’s financial health.
Shanikwa is a member of Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Educational Board and Scholarship Selection Committee (2018), a member of American Institute of CPAs (2015) , a member of Norfolk & Plymouth Estate and Business Planning Council (2018), and associate adjunct faculty at Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim Graduate School of Business Online program (2014).
She has worked with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue to improve their services to taxpayers and appeared on New England Cable Network’s (NECN) tax segment speaking about the tax benefits for educational savings (529 and Education Savings Accounts).
To remain current with concerns of taxpayers and tax professionals worldwide, Shanikwa works seasonally as a Quality Review and Audit Tax Manager. Shanikwa has been leading a fully remote and diverse team across the US, using stakeholder analysis and data to develop techniques to enhance user experience for Intuit, Inc., the parent company of Proseries, TurboTax and QuickBooks.
Recently appointed by BECMA to Massachusetts’ Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Commission to review and develop recommendations on the long-term solvency of the unemployment trust fund.
Shanikwa’s commitment to fueling the talent pipeline in the accounting industry and understanding the disparities professionals faces, she serves as a mentor for the upcoming generation of professionals.
Born and raised in Boston Massachusetts, she is a wife of almost 15 years to an amazing husband and mother of four wonderful children. She enjoys learning about different cultures and traveling with her friends and family.
She speaks for professional organizations and higher education institutions throughout the greater Boston area.
To connect with Shanikwa you can reach out to Jarquis at email@example.com.