Sandra Gitlitz

Sandra was born in New York, but her family came to Columbus in 1956 when her father was hired to be a professor at The Ohio State University.  He quickly determined that teaching was not for him so he established his medical practice on the east side where he could be a more hands on physician. Both parents worked and Sandra learned her work ethic from the example they set. She also learned valuable lessons in giving back to the community, as her mother volunteered for many causes and ensured her children were involved. 


After attending Newcomb College of Tulane University and receiving her Bachelor of Arts, she returned to Ohio to work at the Ohio House of Representatives as an intern, a supervisor of interns, and as the first female to serve as a Clerk in the House of Representatives. She then worked for the Mid-Ohio Multiple Sclerosis Society as an educator and later at McCloy Financial Services.


The inception of Sandra’s career in the tax industry began while working at McCloy Financial Services. One of the CPA's decided to purchase a tax office in downtown Columbus and thought she would be a good fit to oversee his business.  Since it was more of a seasonal job, she thought it would be a better fit while her children were young, and she accepted the offer.  Having no knowledge of tax preparation, Sandra signed up for tax classes and found that it was something she enjoyed and has been working with taxes ever since.  


Her business was started in 1991 as SHG Inc.  and in the beginning it had the dba of DeVore Tax Services. This was the name of the tax business the CPA and Sandra ran during that time. When the business was bought out, she continued to work in the tax industry at City Tax Services. From there, Sandra began working at Schwartz Tax Services in the early 2000’s. In 2015 she purchased the business which had been started in the back of Schwartz Department store in the 1940's.  The name remains out of respect for its founder and because of the reputation it has established in its span of over 70 years. 


Sandra continues to provide exceptional experiences in treating every client with respect and delivering the same high-quality service to each person regardless socioeconomic standing. Many times, taking on the role of teacher and friend. A good portion of her clients have been with her for decades and she knows them quite well.  To her, they are part of her tax family.


In her free time, Sandra enjoys staying healthy and active, never missing her daily walks. As an avid gardener she loves tending to her current plants and envisioning her yard for future years. True to her roots in giving back to the community, she also sets aside time to volunteer at LifeCare Alliance and Manna Cafe.


She also values spending time with her family. Whether it be visiting her 90 plus year old parents, spending time with her husband of 40 years, Gary, or visiting with her 4 grandchildren and 2 sons, Sandra cherishes her time spent with loved ones.