Joshua R. Beal, MBA graduated from University of Hawaii-Manoa with a BA in Economics in 2003. As a NTID Professional Fellow Scholar, he attended Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and graduated with a MBA in Entrepreneurship in 2009.
In 2004, Joshua began at The World Bank Group (WBG) as a Disability Research Assistant working in the Human Development (HD) network with a concentration in the Eastern Europe & Central Asia (ECA) region. Mr. Beal was responsible for analyzing WBG’s loan portfolio for disability components in country projects, in excess of hundreds of millions of dollars, and supporting the development of nationwide projects to improve the lives of the country’s vulnerable populations.
These projects required technical assistance relating to Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and best practices for disability access from Western society to the Eastern governments.
- Romania – social reform program implementing the installation of computers, provision of technical training and legislation based on best practices to improve the tracking of welfare recipients with a disability and enable greater linkages to varying agencies that provide social assistance.
- Ukraine – implementing physical disability access in the current infrastructure programs as the construction of public schools, train stations, airports and other government supported facilities.
Schwarz Financial Services LLC dba DeafTax.com
In 2007, Joshua developed and launched DeafTax.com, the first professional tax preparation service using ASL video and marketing to the U.S. Deaf community. That same year, Mr. Beal was working for Schwarz Financial Services LLC and pursuing his graduate degree when he developed a public/private partnership pilot program between the National Disability Institute (NDI), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and his firm to provide an accessible tax preparation program for the U.S. deaf population through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
In 2008, the DeafTaxVITA pilot program began in 5 cities and the following year it expanded to 21 cities across 9 states resulting in over $1 million dollars in tax refunds and credits received by 900+ Deaf taxpayers. The IRS made changes to Rural Regulations to Virtual Regulations for allowing videophone use to provide volunteer income tax preparation services for the Deaf community.
Since then, Mr. Beal graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) with an MBA in Entrepreneurship and has been working many self-employed professionals, both Deaf and Hearing, to help them reduce their tax liabilities and plan their businesses to be more tax-efficient. He is one of the leading experts and practitioners in the Deaf community in the area of entrepreneurship and small businesses.