About Len Pytlak CPA, P.C.

Certified Public Accountant & Tax Preparation Ann Arbor MI

Len Pytlak CPA, P.C. Certified Public Accountants – Ann Arbor, MI

The firm, Len Pytlak CPA, P.C. is a full service, year round, public accounting and tax firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The firm was founded and incorporated as a Professional Corporation (PC) on August 15, 1991.  Since its inception the firm has grown from 40 clients at December 31, 1991 to over 675 clients today.

Our business philosophy is to provide our clients with the best tax and accounting services available at reasonable rates.  We specialize in providing services to individuals and small businesses including start-up businesses.  We teach the client to do as much of the accounting and filing as they want to do and we do the rest.

We have a staff of two full time employees and one part time employee.  Len Pytlak is the only certified staff and the owner of the firm.  He has been working in public accounting since July of 1979.

Len Pytlak, CPA, P.C.

Len Pytlak CPA, P.C. Certified Public Accountants - Ann Arbor, MICertified Public Accountant and the owner of the company. Len is actively involved in the community. He is past president of the local Kiwanis Club, served on the Washtenaw County Sheriff Departments Advisory Board and on the Senior Citizens Housing of Ann Arbor Board.

Len received his license as a Certified Public Accountant effective September 1981.

From 1990 to 1998 Len taught accounting and tax classes on a part time basis for Cleary College. Two years of his teaching was spent at an extension campus for the inmates of the Federal Correctional Institute in Milan.

In addition to teaching, Len writes articles for numerous trade publications throughout the United States.  He has also been a lecturer at many seminars sponsored by Ann Arbor Seminars World Wide, Inc; the local U.S. Small Business Administration Office, the Michigan Department of Transportation  and many private organizations. Len has also taught at Washtenaw Community College and  taught Quick Books classes for the Small Business Development Center at Schoolcraft Community College.

In 2001, Len was named the Accounting Advocate of the Year for the State of Michigan by the U.S. Small Business Administration because of his volunteer work with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a division of the Small Business Administration.

And in 2003, Len became a Certified Quick Books Pro trainer. Lee Ann, the office manager, also completed the Quick Books course in 2003.

Lee Ann

LeAnneOffice manager, secretary, and valuable part of the firm.  Lee Ann is responsible for:

  • new client set-up,
  • mailing lists,
  • due date monitoring,
  • bookkeeping, appointments,
  • and anything else that Len gives her to do.

For more information call us at (734) 663-1313, or e-mail us at len@lenpytlakcpa.com

Len Pytlak, CPA, P.C.
180 Little Lake Drive, Suite #3
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Tel: (734) 663-1313
Fax: (734) 663-4326
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Differences Between CPAs and Other Tax Return Preparers

A question I get asked frequently is what is the difference between you, as a Certified Public Accountant, and other tax return preparers. There are many, major differences. Here’s a side by side comparison of a few of them;

CPAs Others
College degree requirement Yes – a five year degree No
Continuing education requirements Yes – 40 hours a year Not yet
State testing requirement Yes – to get initial license No
Represent taxpayer under IRS audit Yes Some can, if you can find them

In addition to the above, most if not all, CPA offices are open 52 weeks a year with normal 8 to 5, or 9 to 5 business hours with extra hours during January to April. While most other tax return companies close after April 15. This means we will be there to answer any questions you have during the year and to respond to any IRS tax notices you may receive.

Most CPA offices also have a review procedure which is why they do not do your return while you sit there. In a CPA office, a qualified staff person will prepare the return with at least one more experienced person, usually a CPA, reviewing the return after it is completed looking for tax saving ideas, missed items, and to see if there is a better way to report an item on a return. Most, if not all, of the other return preparation firms do not have a second person review the return before it is signed and sent in.

In addition to the continuing education requirement, most CPAs are members of a state CPA society which subjects them to additional ethics and practice requirements that individuals and employees of non-CPA preparation firms are not subject to.

You should also consider that most CPA tax preparers are working in the industry full time and have done so for many years, over 30 years in my case. While a good number, if not all, of the other return preparer employees are either home makers or have full time jobs in other industries and are preparing returns just to make extra money. And of course there are those that do returns for a fee on their kitchen table but do not sign the returns because they do want the IRS coming after them for preparer error penalties or to report the income that you paid them to do the return.

So who would you rather have do your returns? A licensed individual with years of experience, who consistently stays current with tax law changes and can talk to the IRS on your behalf or someone who is only in it to make some extra spending money and has had at most a few weeks of training.