The Kakenmaster Brothers

We are a family owned business specializing in business accounting, business and personal taxes, and payroll services. Kakenmaster  & Associates was founded in 1955 by Carl Kakenmaster, who wanted to provide his clients with personalized tax and accounting solutions. Carl later brought in his sons, Mark and Pete, to continue to grow the business and maintain his legacy of family values and professional integrity. We have grown since then, but our values have stayed the same. Our foundation is built on providing exceptional service for over 65 years. Our firm has a reputation for delivering comprehensive knowledge and personalized attention to maximize your financial well being.

Tax and Accounting Experts

Kakenmaster & Associates combines the personal attention of in-person support with the convenience of cloud based services. We believe that this combination provides efficiency and peace of mind. Our Tax and Accounting services are based on a fundamental and disciplined approach which stems from Mark and Pete’s original vision for our firm. We are well versed in the current tax law, and use tax and accounting best practices to deliver accurate, reliable results.

Surpassing your expectations

It's part of the Kakenmaster legacy and we pride ourselves in providing you with impeccable customer service along with your comprehensive tax and accounting plan. Our firm is large enough to offer a full range of professional services, but small enough to give you the individual attention that you deserve. Our objective is to work together in partnership so that we can provide you with an optimal plan that focuses on your needs. Rest assured that when a need arises, our firm is ready and capable to handle everything for you so you can focus on what matters most to you.

Industry Experts

Our dedicated team of experts are committed to working with you to maximize your financial well-being. Our firm provides professional tax and accounting services to a variety of industries including Not-for-Profit, Construction, Architecture & Engineering, Financial Services, , Manufacturing & Distribution, Restaurants & Hospitality, Retail, Technology, Media & Telecommunication, Transportation, and Healthcare, among others.

From our Clients

For the past 15 years I have utilized Kakenmaster & Associates’ accounting services for my personal finances and for my business. Pete is professional and organized in all aspects of his business. Every time I have had a question or concern, Pete responds professionally and promptly. I trust and will continue to trust Kakenmaster & Associates for all of my accounting needs.
— Kieran Kirby, Warren Electric
I have found at Kakenmaster & Associates a wide array of services. We started with payroll and accounting and continued on with taxes, property management, real estate sales, and new corporate entities. Kakenmaster & Associates has made it effortless for me to continue doing what I should be doing to grow my business and not get hung up with mountains of paperwork and extra labor. Kakenmaster & Associates has also been a great part of my financial decisions. When in doubt, run things by them for solid financial advice.
— Mark Khayat, Austin’s
I have been working with Kakenmaster & Associates since 1989 and to say they have been crucial to my success, not to mention survival, would be an understatement. From advice on all financial matters, both personal and business, Kakenmaster & Associates has the tools and know-how to implement and complete all aspects of our financial picture.
Kakenmaster & Associates handles my tax issues, tax audits, and Cook County user taxes with professionalism and outstanding results. With the ability to handle and produce payroll for over 200 employees weekly, including union reports and audits, they are truly a one-stop shop for professional services. I cannot recommend these professionals enough. Pete, Mark, and their whole team have become important partners in whatever successes I have enjoyed financially in my business and personal life. Having Kakenmaster & Associates strengthens us and makes us a great team. These guys are the best!
— Martin R. Nixon, CEO & Owner of Norman Mechanical, Inc.

Over the years we have grown to include Property Management and Real Estate services. We provide you with first-class service that you can expect from Kakenmaster & Associates along with real estate market knowledge and reliable property management services.


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