Find an Accountant near Lake Forest, IL

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I’d Like to introduce myself, Mark Toussaint. As the Founder and President of Tax and Accounting Services Company, Inc. (TASC), I am currently leading a team of 4 accountants and a tax law research attorney. We provide specialized fractional accounting and CFO support to businesses, and I believe our services align seamlessly with the financial needs of your company. You have shown your success by reaching a level of excellence with your company exceeding the $1 Million mark in revenues. As such, your business requires a specialized approach to your financial needs that not just any accountant or firm is posed to provide. Our approach at Tax and Accounting Services Company, Inc. revolves around tailoring strategic financial solutions for various industries. We have expertise in many areas and are happy to talk to owners in any Industry. However, we have advanced expertise in a few niche areas including; - Restaurants and Bars, - Real Estate, - Construction, and - Technology sectors. Our ongoing services, customizable to your needs, encompass some core services: - Balance sheet account reconciliations, - Client Invoicing, - Receivable and Payable Tracking, - Payroll support, - Comprehensive Financial Statement Preparation, - Quarterly and Annual Tax Filings. But, your level of success requires more than just that. That is why we focus our expanded efforts on strategic business and tax planning, offer businesses the flexibility to scale their financial support as needed. Our approach has successfully managed budget-friendly packages providing an accessible and efficient alternative to maintaining a full-time in-house financial team. These ongoing services have enabled businesses to streamline financial management, optimize tax strategies, and significantly enhance profitability without the commitment of a full-time hire. I am confident that our ongoing services and expertise in providing fractional accounting support could significantly benefit your business. I am excited about the possibility of contributing to your team and supporting the financial success of your organization. You will appreciate the time we take to get to know you and your business. Success lies in the details! Yours Truly, Mark Toussaint ____________________________________________________________________________ See our reviews here on Thumbtack (and more on our website)See more

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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.

Check out the average hourly rate for accounting services in your area.

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.

How much do accountants charge for tax help?

On average, individual tax preparation services cost $242, and prices typically range from $137- $454. However, many factors can impact how much an accountant will charge you for tax assistance. For an accurate price estimate, request quotes from several certified public accountants (CPAs) near you. 

Who licenses CPAs?

The Board of Accountancy for your state or district licenses certified public accountants (CPAs). When searching for a CPA to help you with your finances or taxes, make sure they are properly licensed in your state. Here are a few tools you can use to verify an accountant’s license:

You can also ask an accountant to provide proof of their license and credentials.

What do forensic accountants do?

Forensic accountants investigate financial crimes involving fraud, embezzlement and other issues. They often work closely with law enforcement and lawyers, and they can help determine the legality of financial activities, according to the BLS.

What do CPAs do?

According to the American Institute of CPAs, certified public accountant (CPAs) financially advise individuals, big companies and small businesses to help them reach their financial goals. For example, they can consult you on taxes and other accounting needs. 

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