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Five Minutes with Nkiambi Jean Lema of N.J. Lema & Co.

Five Minutes with Nkiambi Jean Lema of N.J. Lema & Co.

As the tax filing deadline approached last week, Nkiambi Jean Lema sat in his high-ceilinged office in a Charles Village rowhouse surrounded by tax documents stacked on his desk and in boxes nearby. But unlike years past, thanks to electronic filing, no lines stretched out the door.

“You are super busy, but nobody sees that you are super busy,” said Lema, who opened his accounting and tax business, N.J. Lema & Co., in the Baltimore neighborhood in 1989.

The most recent tax season brought the usual procrastinators, who added to the last-minute pressure to file by midnight Tuesday. Lema and assistant accountant Claudia Utria were fielding calls Tuesday morning from people...

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