Most businesses have a time of the year when they’re at their busiest.

For tax professionals, that’s typically the period from Jan. 1-April 15.

The Gridley H&R Block Location has been in existence for nearly 50 years. It’s currently operated by Karol Saritas, a Midwest transplant who’s lived in California since 1971.

A Chico State graduate with a degree in English, Saritas is entering her 27th tax season in 2018.

She said she got involved in doing taxes after deciding she wanted to learn how to do her own taxes.

That led to first taking the H&R Block tax course, and then teaching it.

At the height of the tax season at the Gridley office, she has five tax professionals and two receptionists on staff to help customers.

As in any other business, Saritas said, the key to continued success is maintaining a high level of customer service.

“We have a lot of flexibility, and we can help someone with most of their tax issues,” Saritas said.

The services offered out of the Gridley office include income tax services for persons, corporations and businesses, as well as payroll taxes.

And actually, there’s a special going on in the Gridley office: Tax filers who can use the 1040-EZ form can get that form filed free, only paying the fee for their California state return.

The Gridley H&R Block office is located at 1599 State Route 99, Suite E. Hours during tax season are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Call the office at 846-4741.