CPA for Small Business

Tax and Accounting Services for Small Businesses in Chicago, IL

Even if you know how to handle accounting and bookkeeping services for small businesses, do you honestly have the time or energy? Your small business needs you. Given that, why not let Chicago small business accountants simplify things for you?

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We service 1,000+ businesses and 3,000+ individual clients, many of them located nationwide.
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38 Years of Experience
Since 1986, we’ve provided comprehensive tax and accounting solutions for individuals and businesses.
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52 States Serving
With our technology stack, we provide remote accounting services for you and your business, regardless the location.

Chicago Small Business Accounting Firm

With decades of experience under our belt, we're some of the best accountants for small businesses in Chicago. Don't just turn to us for small business bookkeeping and tax services because we'll also deliver customized services that treat you and your business as the unique entities they are.

Whether you're looking to expand your business or seeking dependable financial guidance, is your trusted small business accountant. We offer personalized consultations to grasp your specific requirements and provide actionable strategies to help your business.

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Key Differences Between Small Business and Big Business Accounting

Small Business and Big Business Accounting

Small business accounting differs significantly from its larger counterparts due to various factors, such as:

  • Volume of Activity: Small business owners handle fewer transactions initially, requiring less expertise. As they grow, increased transaction volumes often necessitate professional accounting help.
  • Cash vs. Accrual Accounting: Small businesses typically use cash accounting for simplicity, recording transactions when cash exchanges hands. Larger companies employ accrual accounting, recognizing transactions when they occur, and demanding adherence to complex rules.
  • Financial Reporting Requirements: Small businesses face simpler reporting requirements compared to large corporations, impacting tax preparation and disclosures. Publicly traded companies must meet stringent standards for comprehensive financial reporting.
  • Internal Controls and Risks: Small businesses may struggle with fewer resources for robust internal controls, increasing the risk of fraud or errors. Vigilance is crucial to maintain financial integrity and efficiency.

Our Small Business Tax Services

SME tax services can take a lot of responsibility off of your plate and put certain tasks in the hands of industry professionals who will do it right, from day one.

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Income Tax Preparation

Tax preparation isn't fun for anyone, but small business taxes can get very complicated. Let professionals handle the details for you, so you have time to concentrate on other things.

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IRS Representation

If the IRS looks into your filings, hearings might happen. We can represent you in front of the government so you have an expert standing up for you.

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Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions are opportunities for like-minded companies to come together and form a single unit where both businesses prosper as one, but the tax implications involved can be complicated to navigate.

Our Accounting and Bookkeeping Services for Small Businesses

Managing your books and keeping everything accurate can take a lot of work, but it's worth it in the end. It's faster and safer if you turn it over to experienced professionals who have the latest technology.

Accounting and Bookkeeping Services


Our small business bookkeeping services in Chicago rely on the use of QuickBooks for its power, versatility, and accuracy. QuickBooks sets the industry standard, and we know it inside and out. You could learn to harness its power on your own, or you could just turn to a team of trusted experts who already have tons of experience.


Payroll Services

Employees and contractors have to get paid, be paid accurately, and get their pay on time if you want smooth operations. We can ensure that your workers always get paid justly.

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We can audit your small business from top to bottom to find out everything going on with your financials, pointing out strong elements to build on while finding potential faults worthy of correction.

Why Choose Our Small Business Accounting Services

You have no shortage of options for small business accounting services, so why choose Here are four reasons why.

Our SME Accounting Process

Our accounting process is here to serve you, your small business, and your needs and goals. Knowing the outline of that process helps you understand how we do things.

SMBs Accounting FAQs

Certain questions you might have about small business accounting might be among the queries we frequently answer anyway.

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Remote Services

Since we always make time for our clients, we might not seem like we're as busy as everyone else, but we do know how precious time is, and we offer remote services.


One of the advantages of remote services is being able to help clients from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Our accounting expertise includes the laws of all 50 states.

Deep Expertise

We've been at this for decades. No matter what situation you find yourself in, we either know how to handle it or how to figure it out.


Accounting is more than just avoiding trouble with the IRS. It's about mastering your finances and making everything work right for your business.

Schedule an Appointment

Everything starts with a consultation. Find out what we can do for you, and give us a chance to earn your trust and learn your needs.

Get Your Financial Data Managed

Our accounting software services include Quicken, Xero, and QuickBooks so we can work with whatever you're already comfortable with.

Access the Reports When Needed

Our work and technology make many reports possible, and you can look at them anytime that you need or want to.

Make the Right Business Decisions

A great relationship with your accountant leads to highly managed financial data and reports you can use to take actionable steps. The right business decisions are fueled by great data and sound advice for your company's success.

Which type of accountant is best suited for small businesses?

Small businesses benefit most from Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) specializing in small business accounting. Initially, a single CPA can handle financial tasks. As the business grows, additional support staff or specialized professionals may be needed to manage increasingly complex financial needs.

Is it worth hiring an accountant for a small business?

Yes, an accountant can make sure your small business finances are being handled in a proper and orderly fashion, so you're ready for tax season. The right accountant keeps you current and compliant with all relevant tax rules and regulations. Your small business accountant will also help you analyze financial statements, conduct strategy, and forecast your financial future while always providing sound advice.

How much do accountant services for small businesses cost?

It will obviously vary based on the size and scope of the work that you need to be done. However, if you're trying to budget for this in advance, then you should be prepared for anywhere from $1,000 up to $5,000 in costs. Another range to consider is the hourly rates of $30 up to $300.

Client Reviews

Sue has been a great resource for my personal, small business tax needs. She helped me launch 2 S corps, and sort out the mess that was my personal return. Every step of the way she has been there with great advice and helped guide me to properly record transactions. I would highly recommend her.
Jeff Donnellan
An exceptional working relationship. I have been working with Susan Lewis, CPA for more than 20 years. She has provided excellent business and personal tax services, as well as small business advice. She and her staff are professional, knowledgeable, and responsive, and over the years, Susan's advice has been invaluable. I have given her name to clients, friends, and family members, all of whom report a high degree of satisfaction with her work. Without hesitation, I would give her the highest rating.
Donna Amstutz
Susan Lewis has been my accountant for the past 10 years. [...]. It has been critical to have a seasoned professional on my team both offering advice and monitoring the ever-changing tax laws for small business owners and independent contractors. Susan makes the process of filing taxes as easy and painless as possible. [...].
JoAnn Hassler

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You can leave the accounting to us, so you're free to stay focused on what's truly important to you. Schedule your appointment with us to find out how we can help you.

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