Eilts & Associates, Inc. is a Certified Public Accounting firm on the North Side of Chicago. We specialize in providing financial consulting and tax advisory services to small and medium-sized businesses. Our firm also manages the tax needs of individuals, ranging from standard tax returns to more complicated filings for entrepreneurs and investors with multiple sources of income.
We specialize in working wtih clients across the following industries:
Barton Eilts, CPA - CEO & Founder
After working for 10 years in the public accounting field, Bart Eilts started his own tax and business consulting company, Eilts & Associates, Inc., in 2000. Bart has served on the board of various local not-for-profit organizations and as the treasurer for River North Business Associates, Street-Level Youth Media, and the Lookingglass Theatre Company. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration and became a Certified Public accountant in 1993. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society.
Bart has been asked to give presentations to groups regarding maximizing deductions for real-estate professionals, legal professionals, and individuals in the arts and entertainment industry. He also has spoken on tax topics such as retirement planning for closely held companies and the proper choice of entity for start-up businesses.
Joy Coombes, CPA - Senior Manager
Joy Coombes joined Eilts & Associates in 2005 and has more than 20 years of experience in public and private accounting. Her areas of expertise include general accounting setup and systems, audits for not-for-profit organizations and private companies, taxation, consulting, and QuickBooks. Joy has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance and a master’s in taxation; she became a Certified Public Accountant in 1993. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society.
Lauren Buccola, CPA - Senior Manager
Lauren Buccola joined Eilts & Associates in 2011 as her first job out of college where she quickly found a passion for tax preparation. She has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Missouri-Columbia and went back to school and became a Certified Public Accountant in 2019. She specializes in individual and business tax preparation and also has experience with preparation of not-for-profit and trust tax returns. Her favorite part of her job is building relationships with clients and helping them grow in both their personal and professional lives. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society and can regularly be found trying to convince friends and family that taxes are fun!