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Browse these accounting services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Lake Forest.

Who's Your Tax Man? LLC
4.6
from 84 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 154 hires on Thumbtack
Cynthia R.
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Jamaal went above and beyond at every step. He was extraordinarily patient with my questions and thoroughly answered each one. Jamaal will help you and we will definitely return for his services.

OC Financial Services Inc.
4.6
from 74 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 136 hires on Thumbtack
Tessa T.
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I just got off the phone with OC Financial Services Inc. and had all of my questions answered! She was so helpful and kind, highly recommended!!

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DjWoodard Tax & Accounting
5.0
from 42 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sharon C.
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A Pleasure working with Dan today on my taxes! Glad I found him.... I would highly recommend him for all Tax and Accounting needs :) Thanks Dan!

  • 23 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Esther R.
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Victor is a skilled accountant and is a tremendous asset for anyone requiring his accounting and income tax services. I highly recommend Victor.

QBcure, LLC
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Bree R.
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They were able to figure out a mess with our accounting system that was created from a previous employee. After fixing various issues they now provide monthly accounting services so now we have peace of mind knowing the information that we receive is timely and correct. Can’t say enough good comments –Bree R.

Freelance Accountant
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Camille B.
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I already feel more comfortable about where my company stands financially. Nishon is extremely knowledgeable in the area of bookkeeping and accounting. I can tell that she put in more time then we agreed upon to get me set up for no additional fee. I am so glad I found her on Thumbtack!

  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
James R.
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I have pretty complicated taxes. I'm self employed, with a corporation, with Safwan's knowledge and experience, he was able to save me thousands more than my previous, while keeping me organized just in case I get audited by the IRS. I'm glad he's available year round for all my accounting needs.

  • 24 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Steven W.
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I just started my accounting needs with AAA and Kamal. So far she has met every need that I have as well as taking the time to explain the tax needs of my company. I know several CPAs can perform the job but Kamal takes the time to explain the Why! Which is so valuable to me as a new business owner.

Emil Estafanous, CPA
4.6
from 8 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Eldon H.
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Thank you for your help in my IRS audit regarding payroll taxes for my company. You revised my corporate and individual taxes for the last 3 years and ended up with a big outlay of cash for both my personal and corporate tax returns. You saved me from a lot of penalties and interest charges, as well as bringing me through my personal audit of which I got a refund when it was completed. I have known you for 3 years and my biggest regret is not knowing you 10 years sooner. I would have saved a lot of money wasted in taxes over the years.

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
David J.
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I started working with AV Accounting team last year, and I could not be happier. They are the consummate professional, extremely responsive, thorough and he makes on onerous process quite painless. They are on top of everything with key reminders and updates. For a busy professional, it is an ideal situation, and I love that he is willing to do everything electronically--No unnecessary meetings or wasted time.

Avitus Group
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Greg D.
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I’ve used Mike Wilkerson and Avitus group for a few years now. I own a small business, and they have been extremely helpful with payroll, HR and accounting. Mike, has made the whole process extremely easy for me and it has also been very cost effective. I would recommend Avitus group for any company large or small.

  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen H.
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We found Accounting, Taxes and Business Consulting on Thumbtack while searching for help to prepare our taxes. As we'd just moved from WA State to CA and had sold a property in WA where there is no state tax, we had no idea how to handle the sale taxwise in CA. Upon calling Richard McLean, he returned our call promptly and set an appt. to come to our home to discuss our taxes. We found Rich to be knowledgeable and hired him. The work was completed in a timely fashion. He returned with the finished product for signatures and handled the mailing to the IRS. His fee was very reasonable based upon our income level. We would definitely hire Rich again next year.

Jay Patel LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Raphael C.
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Jay brought an outstanding level of service with accounting and tax return preparation, I would recommend Jay to anyone, individual or company looking for the right CPA.

Nuttall & Patel LLP
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 36 years in business
Connie C.
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Tapan is so great to work with! He has a great understanding of Quickbooks Accounting software and his expertise has helped us keep our books straight. Whenever we have any tax-related questions, he is always prompt to respond and careful in his explanations. If you are looking for an accountant who is genuinely interested in helping you, I highly recommend Tapan.

Penni Echols
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Juliann S.
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Penniwise Accounting Services ROCKS! Penni offers services that are crucial to the success of a small business. Thank you Penni for EVERYTHING.

  • 17 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Manny P.
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I highly recommend Susan and Ideal Accounting and Tax Services. I have been a loyal customer for over 15 years. Susan is a true pro and personable at the same time. She is courteous, kind and have your best interest at heart. I look forward to many more years of partnership.

Donna Stern
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa R.
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Donna's knowledge about Quickbooks and the best way to set up my business accounting has been incredibly helpful as I transitioned to becoming an LLC. I love how available she is to answer questions!

Tax Focus Accounting
4.7
from 3 reviews
  • 18 years in business
Silvia M.
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Accounts receivable and Accounts payable. Her work is excellent, because she has the knowledge and experience to realize it.

  • 4 years in business
Ivan L.
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Setup accounting software and process for our company

KPI Innovations
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Russell B.
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KPI provides us with professional accounting services related to our construction and restoration business. The job costing system and analysis proved to be invaluable to us and allows us to not only manage individual jobs but also forecast budgets for future projects.

  • 6 years in business
Sheehan K.
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Kevin is an honorable, trustworthy and knowledgeable CFO (Consultant) who is not only extremely outstanding in numbers but also business planning, management and (both oral and written) communication. He has the exceptional ability to communicate financial matters to people who have no such backgrounds and also the ability to drill down into details while still seeing the whole picture. He is the BEST CFO you can ever find! Highly recommended!!!

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How much does it cost to hire an accountant?

Accountants’ rates vary based on their education, licenses, experience, and the work for which they are being hired. An accountant may charge an hourly rate when a company or individual needs their services on a short-term basis, such as when performing an audit or requesting assistance setting up a financial database or process. Hourly rates can range as widely as $40 per hour to $300 or more per hour, depending on your geographic location and the accountant. Check out the average hourly rate for accounting services in your region.

Accountants may offer a package rate for weekly, monthly or annual services to reward ongoing customers. Many accountants offer online services where small businesses can access online accounting software and payroll assistance, and the accountant — for a monthly or other recurring fee — provides financial analysis and reporting of their numbers. For basic monthly accounting services, an accountant might charge anywhere from $75 to $500 or more, depending on what was included in a given package, the size of the client’s business, and the complexity of work requested. Nationally, full-time staff accountants earn between $40,000 and $80,000, depending on experience and other factors.

What is an accountant?

Accountants are financial professionals who have received an accounting degree from a four-year university or college. By trade, accountants prepare, maintain and examine the financial statements of an individual, business or institution. An accountant prepares reports for tax purposes and can also perform audits of public companies. Common tasks include creating budgets, analyzing profits and losses of a company, processing payroll, preparing financial statements for company leadership, and creating and maintaining financial database systems for a company.    

Accountants do not automatically have a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation unless they have passed the Uniform CPA Examination and received the proper license. Regardless of whether they are CPA certified or not, accountants can assist businesses and individuals with bookkeeping and financial reporting, while CPAs are more knowledgeable in tax codes as a result of the CPA licensing examination and continuing education requirements. CPAs are also eligible to represent clients before the IRS if audit support is required, while a non-CPA accountant is not. Academic background, years in the field and professional reputation all can affect an accountant’s rates.

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