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Choosing a partner with uncompromising integrity to oversee your accounting functions is essential when running a small business. Discover why so many business owners in the Westminster, CO area trust an accounting firm, that's part of their community, Lodestar Tax and Accounting Inc.

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Herford Digital

28 December 2018

Ray is a great accountant! He took the time to listen to all my questions and answer them. I feel like I am in good hands with his expertise.

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Jennie Poppenger

23 August 2018

Ray Fatland at Lodestar Tax and Accounting has been providing excellent service for my company Face to Face since I launched in June of 2010. He is timely, professional and affordable. I recommend his services to business owners who want to focus on running their business! More...

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Susan Sun

6 May 2018

I needed some assistance with amending my previous taxes and had received a letter.. Ray knew just what to do. Saved me a lot of time and worry. I will continue to go to him from now on for all my tax needs! More...

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Kenneth C.

18 October 2016

Ray at Lodestar Tax & Accounting was absolutely superb in determining my federal and state liabilities for my LLC business. He is not only personable but professional, very knowledgable, efficient, and a terrific accountant and person altogether. If Yelp had 6 stars available for reviews, and I am not the type to leave reviews on social sites, Lodestar would absolutely get all six of them from me.I plan on having my taxes done for my company with Ray moving forward, and you should too if you are looking for an efficient and knowledgable accountant for any of your filings during tax season. More...

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Nathaniel Betts

27 May 2016

Great for Personal taxes. I am a college student and was having issues with my taxes from the previous year Ray was able to help me get everything sorted out and even got me a refund from the previous year!

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Terrie Ames

27 May 2016

Needed help with my small business, and I found a great fit with Lodestar. Very knowledgeable. The accountant, Ray, made the process seamless, and his assistant, Amanda, was friendly and helpful.

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Pamela Wojahn

27 May 2016

I have never met anyone quite like Ray Fatland. This accountant explained why some items are not tax deductible and some are and what I can do to increase my deductions. He knows more about what can be deducted even from years past. He blows my mind and has saved me a lot of money and his advice is remarkable. You will be pleased with his work. REALLY! There is no one else quite like him More...

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27 May 2016

Ray and the team at Lodestar have been great over the last few years. Good and helpful people.

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Heidi Duran

28 May 2013

When my clients are in need of bookkeeping or accounting services, I highly recommend Ray and his team at Lodestar. They're professional, friendly and you can always count on a job well done.

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We provide general accounting and full charge bookkeeping, business valuation, cloud accounting, Outsourced CFO Services, Incorporation and new business advisory, business tax preparation, individual tax preparation, tax resolution for those that have tax problems with the IRS, and tax planning services.

An accountant is a pivotal role in a business. They could make or break a company's success. They are many factors, it is a big relationship between the accountant and the business and owners, and as in any relationship, communication is key. Then you have things like trust and confidence. We want to make sure we communicate plainly so the client fully understands without talking down to them. A great accountant is proactive, most are reactive though. Lodestar was started to be that proactive accountant. We have great experience with many industries and know most of the troubles out there and we can guide you to make adjustments to sail past obstacles and be successful. As our name implies we will navigate and guide your company to success.

I love the people and their businesses, being a part of something great helping them succeed.

I come from a family of small business owners and had a small business myself. That business did not succeed but from it and experience with the families businesses, I saw what was available in accounting and bookkeeping. Firms that wouldn't listen to owners, talked above them or down at them, just taking work without any interest in their client's success. I felt owners deserved better and I knew I could provide better. I have extensive experience as a corporate accountant as well as a small business owner. I take pride in the success of my clients.

Experience, integrity, and trust. Our goal is to become the trusted advisor who gives you the tools and suggestions to make smart business decisions. When you want to discuss important issues, we're always easy to reach and eager to offer advice. Leverage the insights we've gained from years of experience working with all types of small business owners

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Our Westminster, CO accounting firm is highly skilled in tax planning and income tax preparation services. When you turn to us for tax services, we'll scour the tax code to identify every legal deduction available to minimize your tax burden. You can be confident that your taxes are done right the first time when you work with us and you'll never overpay or run into trouble with the IRS because we've got your back. We offer our tax planning strategies and tax return preparation services to small businesses and individuals. From routine income tax returns to multi-state tax planning and corporate taxes for businesses, our tax reduction techniques are reliable, legal, and effective.

As a small business owner, mounting accounting responsibilities can distract you from day-to-day operations. At Lodestar Tax and Accounting Inc, our Westminster, CO accounting firm can handle all or part of your accounting and bookkeeping functions so you can make running your business your top priority. We have a passion for working with small businesses and will give yours the boost it needs with a full package of accounting services and tax strategies. Our accounting solutions put you in control of your finances instead of letting financial tasks consume your time. We'll organize your accounting processes and generate the precise reporting needed to reveal a clearer picture of your finances. With our assistance, you'll easily monitor cash flow, track expenses, and manage your money with efficiency. We'll also devise a tax strategy aimed at reducing liabilities and directing more revenue towards your bottom line. Our goal is to become the trusted advisor who gives you the tools and suggestions to make smart business decisions. When you want to discuss important issues, we're always easy to reach and eager to offer advice.

Lodestar Tax and Accounting Inc offers business valuation services for a variety of situations, like forming a deal for the sale of a business or to develop a buy-sell agreement. We also provide business valuations for all types of litigation including prenuptial agreements, divorce proceedings, and fraud investigations. No matter what the reason, we can interpret your financial data and deliver conclusions that best represent the present state of your business. Our comprehensive process employs our years of accounting experience along with the highest standards in business valuation. First, we methodically analyze your financial data including tangible and intangible assets. Next, we consider how your industry and other economic factors impact the overall value of your business. Finally, we carefully weigh all this information to calculate the current business value and document our findings in a detailed report. TURN TO US FOR CERTIFIED BUSINESS VALUATIONS Forensic accounting and litigation support Mergers and acquisitions Selling a business Buy-sell agreements Tax planning purposes Insurance purposes

Cloud accounting is an indispensable financial tool for the modern small business owner. To keep up with the pace of business in today’s world you need to be ready to make business decisions from anywhere. The cloud-based accounting system offered by Lodestar Tax and Accounting Inc makes your financial data accessible from virtually any place you can jump on an internet connection. This convenient 24/7 access will empower you to make the quick decisions that you need to in order to keep your business moving forward, day or night. Managing your accounting data from a cloud platform is both safer and more practical than traditional desktop accounting software. When your financial information is living on a local hard drive it can be stolen, destroyed in a natural disaster, or burned up in a fire. But, when your accounting software is in the cloud, it's safe from theft and the elements. The online accessibility also allows your accounting firm to oversee your transactions regularly to help keep your data organized and error-free. CLOUD-BASED ACCOUNTING FOR BUSINESSES Setting up QuickBooks Online for your business 24/7 access to financial data on the cloud Setting up your chart of accounts Creating templates for invoices Mapping the accounts for tax preparation purposes Setting up online downloads from financial institutions

Lodestar Tax and Accounting Inc is a leading resource for QuickBooks consulting services in the Westminster, CO area. As Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors, we partner with small businesses to oversee their accounting and bookkeeping needs including the software configuration and providing ongoing support via phone or email. Our experience setting up QuickBooks for businesses of all shapes and sizes enables us to anticipate and head off any problems during the setup process so you can hit the ground running with your new accounting software. From installation and initial creation of invoice templates and your chart of accounts to full-service QuickBooks support to correct data entry mistakes and answer questions, we offer everything small business owners need to use QuickBooks to its full potential. As our client, we'll do more than get you comfortable with basics of using the QuickBooks platform. We'll make sure you develop the skills needed to extract the accurate and valuable financial data you need to precisely track expenses, manage cash flow, and run your business efficiently. With our assistance, you'll never be in the dark when it comes to your finances. QUICKBOOKS CONSULTING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES Selecting the best version of QuickBooks for your business QuickBooks software installation Setting up your chart of accounts Creating templates for invoices Troubleshooting problems and offering advice Data file review and clean-up

Emerging businesses require the financial expertise of a CFO or controller but aren’t always ready to invest in hiring one on full-time. At Lodestar Tax and Accounting Inc, we are committed to supporting the rapid growth of small businesses with outsourced CFO and controller services. Our support is the economical choice for businesses that need to improve accounting efficiencies, refine tax strategies, and conquer financial challenges in order to keep moving forward. When we step in as your part-time CFO, we’ll help you implement strong accounting and tax practices that will streamline your finances and improve business performance. You can rely on our Westminster, CO accounting firm for the targeted business strategies that will eliminate obstacles and empower you to reach your financial goals. We’ll consider all the facets of your business in order to develop an actionable plan based on solid financial analysis that will enhance controls, increase productivity, and manage risk. We can also assist with business mergers, acquisitions, and raising capital. PART-TIME CFO SERVICES AND CONTROLLER Interim CFO or Controller Part-time CFO services Business improvement strategies Strategic business planning Financial analysis and reporting Cash flow management Tax planning to maximize profits Operations review Training for in-house accountants and bookkeepers Risk management Mergers and acquisitions Due diligence Raising capital

For many small business owners, managing accounting and bookkeeping can place grueling demands on their limited supply of time and resources. Before important financial responsibilities start to fall through the cracks, consider the outsourced accounting and bookkeeping services offered through Lodestar Tax and Accounting Inc. Our reliable accounting services are the smart and economical choice for busy business owners. When we’re in charge of your accounting and bookkeeping, we present a common sense approach with an uncommon level of personal attention and sound advice. We’ll organize your finances in a way that makes sense, is convenient, and makes tax preparation at year-end easier and less expensive. You’ll be free to concentrate on running your business while we handle time-consuming tasks like monthly closings, financial statements, and bank reconciliations. Even though we’ll be doing the heavy lifting, we’ll make sure you’re still in control and always have access to the essential financial data you need to make important financial decisions. LOCALLY OUTSOURCED ACCOUNTING SERVICES Outsourced accounting from a local accounting firm Bookkeeping services Payroll processing services QuickBooks™ support and file clean-up Financial statements Accounts payable and receivable Weekly and monthly reporting Cash balance tracking Balance sheets Monthly closings General ledger maintenance Credit card reconciliations