American Dreams 美国梦
Here at Kim Yeung Ling P.C., our purpose is to serve our Community by acting as a bridge between our ethnic community and the government. Through high-quality payroll, accounting, tax, and consultative services, we help members of our community develop their businesses, pay their taxes, pay their employees, feed their families, and ultimately work towards the American Dream.
Even members of our own Sr. Accounting staff have achieved the American Dream starting with very little. Here are some of our employee stories.
Mr. Kim Yeung Ling, CPA
Mr. Ling came to this country from his birthplace, Hong Kong, in 1974 with less than $500 in his pocket for a better life and a better future. One of 6 children, he was the first to leave the island for a college education. He arrived in a small town in Texas where he attended junior college. His first job was delivering newspapers and passing out advertisements for a minimum wage of $2.20 per hour. He later transferred to the University of Arkansas where he earned a degree in Operational Research. He worked over the summers as a dishwasher and waiter to pay his expenses and tuition.
After obtaining his undergraduate degree, he went on to do an evening MBA program at La Salle University in Philadelphia. He worked as a bartender in Chinatown and as an accountant for a small Jewish tax and accounting firm.
In 1981, after graduating with his MBA, he started working for himself. In the beginning, he struggled to pay rent, so he shared an office with a Jewish lawyer and a Chinese insurance agent. Over time, he gradually grew his business, bought a house, supported his parents, started a family, and expanded into other business ventures. More than thirty years later, he has successfully grown his CPA firm to approximately 30 employees and 2 offices. He has three adult children that he has put through college and a wife that has helped him grow the business over many years.
He wants to ensure that his business will continue to thrive and provide quality service for as long as possible, with or without him. Even after retirement, he plans on serving his long-term clients, friends, and community year after year for as long as he is capable.
1974年，为了创造更美好的生活和未来，凌先生怀揣着500美元只身一人从他的出生地，香港，来到了美国。他是家里六个孩子中第一个离开小岛接受大学教育的孩子。凌先生起初来到了德克萨斯州的一个小镇，在那里上了大专。初来乍到的他的第一份工作是报纸派送员和广告分发员，当时拿的是最低工资，每小时2.20美元。继大专之后，他转到了阿肯色大学 (University of Arkansas)，并在那里获得了商业统计学位。读书期间，为了支付学费和生活费，他在暑假做过洗碗工和服务员。
获得本科学位后，凌先生来到费城的拉萨尔大学 (La Salle University) 攻读MBA课程。他在唐人街当过酒保，也在一家小型犹太税务会计公司担任过会计师。
Mr. Charles Chow, CPA
Mr. Chow came to the US by himself from Hong Kong in 1991 with very little English skills. Admittedly, he was not the hardest worker in school and only exceled in math. He came to the US for a better education, attending Cushing Academy in Massachusetts and focusing on improving his English. After much teacher support and hard work in high school, he was accepted by and attended Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts, where he concentrated on Accounting. At Bentley College, he developed a strong foundation in accounting which led to his internship at a mid-sized accounting firm during his senior year.
He realized that, as an immigrant and Chinese-American minority, with differing values and culture than the majority of the population, his career options and advancement opportunities would be limited if he worked for a traditional American accounting firm. Despite this realization, he had a strong desire to practice what he spent years studying and what he loved.
In 1999 he moved to live in Philadelphia where his parents and sister had moved from Hong Kong. He was referred to Mr. Ling by a mutual friend and was hired in December of 2002. At Kim Yeung Ling P.C., he was able to practice what he loved while serving the Community that he is part of. This was also the time when he studied diligently (finally) and earned his CPA.
Today, after more than 18 years at Kim Yeung Ling P.C., Mr. Chow has proven to be a trusted advisor for our clients, a strong leader within our practice, and a respected mentor among the staff. Not only has he continued to develop and update his tax knowledge through government publications and case studies, he has passed on that knowledge by training more than 30 accountants throughout the years. In other words, he has been an instrumental part of our growth and will drive us forward in better serving the clients in our Community.
1991年，几乎不懂英文的周先生为了获得更好的教育独自从香港来到了美国。当时的他并不是学校里学习最努力的孩子，他只擅长数学。为了适应美国生活，他必须先从最基本的英语学习开始。因此，他就读了马萨诸塞州的库欣学院 (Cushing Academy)，专注于提高自己的英文水平。在老师的大力支持和自己的不懈努力后，他被马萨诸塞州的沃尔瑟姆市的宾利学院 (Bentley College)录取，并进入该校学习会计，开始了职业生涯中成为会计师的第一步。在宾利学院，他在会计专业方面打下了坚实的基础，并因此使他在大四期间获得了在一家中型会计事务所实习的机会。
Ms Lilian Trieu, EA
Ms. Trieu came to the US in 1987 at the age of 27 to be closer to her family. The majority of her family had immigrated to the US from Vietnam over the years for a better life. In Vietnam, higher educational opportunities were not generally available. Since she was interested in accounting, she had to be resourceful and find more ways to learn with the little that she had. She self-studied and found private teachers that could improve her accounting knowledge.
Even though she knew little English, she was able to pass her GED not too long after arriving in the US. She started attending community college in Philadelphia and later transferred to Temple University. She was hired at Kim Yeung Ling P.C. in 1988 which gave her the chance to improve and practice her accounting skills while continuing her formal education. Eventually, she had to discontinue her studies at Temple in order to start a family.
Throughout the years, she had improved her accounting skills under the guidance of Mr. Ling. In 1996, she self-studied and passed the Enrolled Agent exam which gives her the right to represent clients before the IRS and demonstrates a certain level of tax and accounting knowledge.
In 1999, the Company opened up a second office in South Philly to better serve the Vietnamese community. Ms. Trieu, being fluent in Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, and English, was well suited to run this office and serve the surrounding community.
In 2004, due to a growing client base, the South Philly office hired their first administrative staff. Over the years, Ms. Trieu has trained various accounting staff in the South Philly office. She has a large and active client base within the Vietnamese community and understands their unique needs. In short, after coming to this country from Vietnam with very little, her hard work and dedication to her clients has made her a respected member and trusted advisor of the Vietnamese-American community.
这些年来，在凌先生的指导下，她的业务能力成长显著，并于1996年，通过自学成为了“美国国税局注册税务师” (IRS Enrolled Agent)。这表示她有权在美国国税局前代表客户，并具相当水平的税务和会计知识。