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Top 10 accountants in Rockford, IL

Clients agree: these Rockford accountants are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Ricon Data Systems - Terence Connell CPA

Ricon Data Systems - Terence Connell CPA

Offers online services
1 hire on Thervo
35+ years in business
Serves Rockford, IL
A. C. says, "terry is very kind and patient especially to a computer illiterate like me!" Read more
U-Nique Accounting LLC

U-Nique Accounting LLC

Offers online services
3 hires on Thervo
7+ years in business
Serves Rockford, IL
Nicole N. says, "I'm very happy with CPA Insights. Matt stays on top of the monthly obligations and is very knowledgeable and proactive with everything that has to do with taxes and the changing laws. " Read more


Offers online services
9+ years in business
Serves Rockford, IL
Natasha E. says, "The gift certificate and friendly service" Read more
Subtle Ledger

Subtle Ledger

New on Thervo
Offers online services
Serves Rockford, IL
Introducing Remote Bookkeeping Services: Your Partner in Financial Success Are you in search of a reliable and efficient bookkeeping solution that doesn't tie you down to a physical location? Look no further! Welcome to SubtleLedger Remote Bookkeeping Services, your dedicated partner in maintaining pristine financial records from wherever you are. Why Choose Remote Bookkeeping? In today's fast-paced business world, flexibility and accessibility are paramount. Our remote bookkeeping services are designed to offer you the utmost convenience without compromising on accuracy or professionalism. With the power of technology, we can seamlessly m
Provisions Tax Service

Provisions Tax Service

New on Thervo
Offers online services
Serves Rockford, IL
I’ve been a tax professional for over 20 years. I pride myself in making your money matter. I’m honest and do a thorough job when preparing my clients tax returns.
Torgerson Financial Group

Torgerson Financial Group

New on Thervo
2 hires on Thervo
33+ years in business
Serves Rockford, IL
We do tax consultations and tax preparations for both individuals and corporations. We also are licensed for investment and insurance products. The insurance products include self managed retirement plans for owners of small corporations that can defer the earnings of the corporation in which the total amount of the deferred comp plan is 100% deductible. I am an Enrolled Agent and also a Certified Estate Planner, with the designation of a Fraternal Insurance Cordinator....

Your Accounting questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thervo.

What do accountants do?

Accountants help manage finances for businesses and individuals. Common services include:

  • Day-to-day bookkeeping: Recording income/expenses, processing payroll, managing accounts payable/receivable
  • Reporting: Preparing financial statements, cash flow reports, profit/loss statements
  • Taxes: Tax planning and preparation, filing returns, resolving audits
  • Auditing: Reviewing financial records to verify accuracy and compliance
  • Advising: Budgeting, reducing costs, improving profits, managing cash flow
  • Compliance: Ensuring legal/regulatory standards are met, documenting processes
  • Systems: Implementing accounting software/controls appropriate for the organization

How much do accountants charge?

Accountant fees vary widely based on several factors:

  • Location: Accountants in major metropolitan areas tend to charge higher rates, averaging $150 to $400 per hour. In smaller towns, rates may range from $100 to 250 per hour.
  • Experience level: Newly certified or junior accountants typically charge $50 to $150 per hour. Senior accountants with 5 to 10 years of experience charge $200 to $500 per hour on average.
  • Firm size: Solo practitioners and small local firms often have lower rates compared to larger regional or national firms.
  • Specializations: Accountants with niche expertise like forensic accounting or international taxes command higher rates.
  • Services: Commonly outsourced services like payroll, bookkeeping, and tax prep tend to cost less per hour than consultative services like auditing and financial planning.

Expect to pay $150 to $1,800+ for tax prep, $2,000 to $25,000+ for auditing, and $200 to $1,000 per month for bookkeeping, depending on your business size and needs. Request free consultations and compare detailed estimates before hiring.

How is an accountant different from a bookkeeper?

Bookkeepers handle daily transactions like recording expenses or issuing invoices. Accountants take the data bookkeepers compile and use it for high-level tasks like preparing financial statements, guiding business strategy, and filing taxes.

Most small businesses need both bookkeeping and higher-level accounting. A single accountant can provide both services, or you can hire a separate bookkeeper. If hiring both, ensure they communicate and regularly share data.

When should you hire an accountant?

Consider hiring an accountant if:

  • You need help selecting accounting systems and software for your business.
  • You need help with complex finances like managing investments, real estate, or international transactions.
  • Don't have the time or the training to do daily bookkeeping and accounting tasks yourself.
  • You need tax expertise to help maximize your return and prevent tax errors or penalties.
  • You're looking to identify cost reductions and growth opportunities.
  • You're preparing for an audit or sale and need to verify accurate financial statements.
  • You notice errors in your current system and need an expert to review processes and improve internal controls.

How do I choose an accountant near me?

The right accountant-client relationship can provide tremendous value to your business. Take the time to research options thoroughly before deciding who to hire. When researching accountants near you:

  • Ask for referrals from business owners in your industry.
  • Review credentials like CPA licensing, education, specializations.
  • Ask them for a free consultation and meet with them to discuss your needs.
  • Compare detailed estimates from at least 3 potential accountants.
  • Ask for client references and read client reviews on Lawful and Google.
  • Clearly communicate your expectations and budget.
  • Look for an accountant who communicates clearly and answers your questions in understandable terms.
  • Prioritize trust and rapport, as your accountant handles sensitive financial data.
  • Consider both large established CPA firms and smaller local professionals.

What questions should I ask when getting estimates from CPA firms or accountants?

Asking the below questions and choose an accountant who answers you promptly and clearly.

  • How long have you been an accountant?
  • What financial certifications do you have?
  • Do you specialize in a specific industry or area?
  • Can I have a free consultation? 
  • What accounting services do you offer?
  • How to you calculate and bill for your services?

Reviews for Rockford accountants

Recent success stories from people in the Rockford area.
Jeb W.
Used to work with this guy. I am very computer savvy myself. But Terry is super experienced and I noticed that his prices are very reasonable.
Ricon Data Systems - Terence Connell CPA
Amber H.
I like her price range.
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