Looking for answers to your financial questions? With over 50 years of experience in accounting, small business, tax planning, trusts & estates, nonprofits, and payroll, I can help. My dedication and hard work has earned the respect of individuals, businesses, and the financial community in and around Door County, Wisconsin. And I have an amazing team at my back: they're family to me---literally! So whether you are a current client or just thinking about becoming one, let me be of service!
Sincerely, Inge Bacon, CPA
Inge Bacon, CPA Accountant, Owner
Karin Noland Tax Preparer (Inge's Sister)
Sara Bacon, CPA Accountant (Inge's Daughter-in-Law)
April Madsen Accountant
John Bacon, CPA Accountant, Office Manager (Inge's Son)
Inge's career in public accounting began in 1970, when she started working for her father, a licensed public accountant, while attending the University of Cincinnati. After graduating with a BA in Mathematics, her father took Inge on as a partner in his firm and that is where she stayed until 1979. It was a great job, and she loved working with her dad, but in 1979 Inge decided to move on---she had spent all of her summers in Door County when she was a kid and she longed to settle down there. So she threw all her belongings in her Chevy short-bed truck, bought a house in Sturgeon Bay---sight unseen---and moved up. That year, what is now Bacon CPA LLC was born.
Starting out with only 3 clients and a calculator, Inge grew her business into one of the largest public accounting firms in the county, with 12 employees serving almost 200 businesses and 500 individuals. During that time, she became interested in trusts and estate planning, which led her to earn her Certified Financial Planner designation from the College of Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado.
By 2001, her firm had grown significantly and she was approached by the managing partner of Kerber, Rose & Associates to become a shareholder in the organization, which had numerous offices throughout northeast Wisconsin. Three years later, she joined Baylake Bank (now Nicolet National Bank) as Vice President of Private Banking and then became a Senior Trust Officer---which was more suited to her interests---in 2005. At that time, Inge earned her CTFA designation from Cannon Trust School at Pepperdine University in California.
It was hard to stay away from private practice, however. Five years later, in 2010---while still working at Baylake Bank---she decided to re-open Bacon CPA LLC, providing tax planning, accounting and small business services to a select clientele alongside her sister, Karin. At the end of August, 2012, she returned to private practice full time. As business grew, her son, John, and daughter-in-law, Sara, joined the firm, earning their CPA licenses in 2018. And everyone still gets along!
In fact, we all love it. We find this work very rewarding, and we strive to make it rewarding for all of our clients as well!
Interested in becoming a client? We'd love to meet you!
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Here's how our client acceptance and on-boarding process works:
First: fill out our prospective client questionnaire, below. We'll review it to see if we think we're able to accommodate your needs and if there is any additional information that we need prior to meeting in order to make the best use of our time together. (We generally want to review prior year tax returns and current year books.)
Second: we'll send you a link to schedule an initial meeting with us. Just pick the time-slot that works best for you and we'll greet you here at our office (or via Zoom) at the chosen time! There is no charge or obligation for this initial meeting. We'll just use the opportunity to get to know each other, confirm the services that you'd like us to provide, clarify expectations, and make sure that we're a good fit. (You'll want to use our meeting to ensure that we meet your own expectations as well! )
Third: if we both decide to move forward, we'll send you a service agreement confirming the services that you'd like us to perform and---once it is signed---you'll have a team of honest, loyal, and hard-working professionals ready to assist you!
Our office doesn't have a reception area---and we don't employ a receptionist. Because of this, and the private nature of the work we perform for clients, we are unable to accommodate walk-ins. (Meetings, drop-offs and pick-ups are by appointment only.) Because we're such a small firm---and we already work with a lot of great people---we simply can't accept everyone who wishes to become a client. Instead, we have to determine if we are the best firm to serve a prospective client's needs and whether or not we are able to take on the additional work being requested. We are best-suited to working with tech-savvy, by-the-book, well-organized, responsive and responsible clients who have small businesses or rentals and can benefit from the accounting and small business services that we provide. We are also well-suited to working with small-to-medium-size condominium associations. We do not accept prospective clients who have failed to file prior year tax returns. And we do not have the capacity to assist with "one-off" or tax-only work at this time. At a minimum, we want to perform monthly bank and credit card reconciliations for clients.
We are also a cloud-accounting firm that utilizes QuickBooks Online. We no longer support desktop accounting systems. If you already use QBO or are looking to make the switch---great! If not, we won't be a good fit for each other.
Lastly: because of all the additional work we perform at year-end and during tax season, we cannot on-board new clients between December 1 and June 1. To ensure that there is enough time to complete the onboarding process, please fill out our prospective client questionnaire early enough that we can review it, request documents, and schedule a time to meet with you before December. (Our calendar fills up quickly!) We recommend that you reach out to us by October 15 if you would like to become a client.
Prospective Client Questionnaire:
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253 North 1st Ave Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235 Phone: (920) 421-0923 Fax: (920) 345-7932 firstname.lastname@example.org
Note - our office is located on the 2nd floor and there is no elevator in the building. This means that our office is not ideal for those who have trouble with stairs. If you are a current client and need accommodation, please contact us.
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