In 1961, Darwin and Claramae Humphrey moved from Northern Minnesota to Carnation to be closer to family. Darwin had suffered from polio just a couple of years earlier, and his health conditions had confined his mobility to a wheelchair. While running “Humphrey’s Hobby Shop” on Main Street in Carnation, he began to seek other avenues of providing income for his family of four boys. He then enrolled and completed a college-level accounting and tax preparation course. Word quickly spread throughout the area, and it wasn’t long before Humphrey’s Tax Service was established.
After a robust start at the Hobby Shop, things grew quickly. Soon, Humphrey’s Tax Services moved its headquarters to the new home of Darwin and Claramae. The business continued to grow. The home was custom-built to accommodate Darwin’s wheelchair and to provide extra space for his clients.
As Humphrey’s Tax Service expanded to support a larger clientele, so did the need for help. Over the years, Darwin was joined by two of his sons, Mark in 1974 and Clayton in 1978. When Claramae retired from her post at Sundstrand, she also joined in the efforts full-time. In 1999, after spending many years around the business, Mark’s son, Tim, officially joined the team and began contributing to the business. The most recent member of the team is longtime family friend April Hornsby, who began in 2009.
Currently, Humphrey’s Tax Service prepares over 1,000 personal, business, and corporate returns with clients spread across the country and internationally. As the needs of our clients grow, we continue to grow with them and offer new and creative solutions for their tax preparation needs.
Although Darwin has not been with us since 1999, we’ve carried on his tradition of never being too busy for a handshake, a smile, or a quick joke. Humphrey’s Tax Service was his home, and the clients he served felt like they were invited to our home. As we continue to grow and expand to accommodate the ever-changing business and tax world, our roots are still grounded in hometown customer service. We’re at home here in our office, and we hope you will be, too.
Contact our financial firm to find out more about our staff or our company history. We serve clients throughout the country and the world from our headquarters in Carnation, Washington.