Integrity in Business from Generation to Generation

Integrity in Business from Generation to Generation

Trust Kittredge & Zehner, P.C.

Kittredge & Zehner, P.C. is a full-service organization committed to serving people through innovative consulting in addition to traditional accounting and tax services. We provide exceptional accounting services to clients not only in Chesterton and the surrounding areas, but nationwide.

For almost four decades, Kittredge & Zehner, P.C. has offered clients the highest level of professionalism, integrity, quality of service, and personal dedication. As Quickbooks ProAdvisors, our accountants are always here to listen, advise, and consult.

Exceptional Accounting Solutions

Advisory Services

Maintenance Services

Accounting Software Selection

Your small business needs accounting software it can depend on! Our staff works hard to find the best fit for you and your company’s needs. We will teach you how to use it effectively, efficiently, and with ease. Contact (anchor text to Contact Form) us today to find the perfect software for your company!

Accounting & Software Selection

Your small business needs accounting software it can depend on! Our staff works hard to find the best fit for you and your company’s needs. We will teach you how to use it effectively, efficiently, and with ease. Contact (anchor text to Contact Form) us today to find the perfect software for your company!

Tax Planning

Taxes can be stressful, not with the experts at  Kittredge & Zehner, P.C. Our staff provides a full range of tax planning and compliance services for federal, State, and local tax returns for businesses and individuals. We want to minimize your total tax burden, meaning that we will work with you year-round if necessary.

Cash Flow & Budgeting Analysis

We can minimize cost overruns, lost purchase discounts, and uncollectible receivables with our expert cash flow and budgeting analysis services. With almost four decades of experience, our staff has your best interests at the forefront of our minds!

Litigation Support

Kittredge & Zehner, P.C. offers exceptional litigation support. We provide a full range of assistance for you and your legal counsel. By working in partnership with your legal counsel, we ensure the best possible support for you and your business.

IRS & State/Local Representation

Our firm has over 35 years in the accounting field and knows the tax laws and how your tax return was prepared. We provide complete representation services before the IRS, state, and local taxing authorities. We are experienced in negotiating Offers in Compromise with the IRS.

Financial Forecast

Financial Forecast and Projection planning are necessary for any business! Let our team help by customizing “What If” scenarios to help management foresee and plan for unexpected business contingencies. We utilize pro forma projections.

Estate Planning

Kittredge & Zehner, P.C. offers estate planning services. Our staff works hard to protect your heirs from the unneeded emotional devastation that estate tax levies can cause. We strive to minimize both federal and state estate tax liabilities.

Management Advisory Services

Our accounting firm offers complete management advisory services, including systems implementation and management, cost controls, employee retirement plan options, and more!

IRS & State/Local Representation

Our firm has over 35 years in the accounting field and knows the tax laws and how your tax return was prepared. We provide complete representation services before the IRS, state, and local taxing authorities. We are experienced in negotiating Offers in Compromise with the IRS.

Accounting Service

Kittredge & Zehner, P.C. offers a wide variety of accounting services, including receivables, payables, and payroll management. Utilizing the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), we prepare financial statements for use by banks, investors, and other third parties. We also prepare custom financial reports for internal use.

Tax Preparation

Our accounting firm offers complete tax preparation and filing services to individuals and businesses. We continuously monitor federal, state, and local tax law changes to allow our clients to minimize current and future tax liabilities.

Bookkeeping & Write-Ups

Are you in need of bookkeeping services? Kittredge & Zehner P.C. offers general journal and subsidiary ledger maintenance, bank statement reconciliation, and receivables and payables tracking and analysis. 

Financial Statements

Eliminate inefficiency and realize business’s full profit potential with our financial statements. Our accounting firm prepares professional, GAAP compiled or reviewed financial reports as well as tailor-made financial analysis services.

Payroll Services

Kittredge & Zehner, P.C. offers complete payroll preparation and payroll tax reporting services. We prepare all federal and state returns and offer electronic filing capabilities.

Sales Tax Services

Our accounting firm offers a wide range of sales tax services to clients. Our staff prepares all sales tax filings and offers full sales tax audit representation.

Estate, Gift, & Trust Tax Return Preparation

Kittredge & Zehner, P.C. offers clients throughout Chesterton, IN, and surrounding areas federal and state estate, gift, and trust tax returns. Our accountants ensure satisfaction with your tax return preparation needs.

Advisory Services

Accounting Software Selection

Your small business needs accounting software it can depend on! Our staff works hard to find the best fit for you and your company’s needs. We will teach you how to use it effectively, efficiently, and with ease. Contact (anchor text to Contact Form) us today to find the perfect software for your company!

Accounting & Software Selection

Your small business needs accounting software it can depend on! Our staff works hard to find the best fit for you and your company’s needs. We will teach you how to use it effectively, efficiently, and with ease. Contact (anchor text to Contact Form) us today to find the perfect software for your company!

Tax Planning

Taxes can be stressful, not with the experts at  Kittredge & Zehner, P.C. Our staff provides a full range of tax planning and compliance services for federal, State, and local tax returns for businesses and individuals. We want to minimize your total tax burden, meaning that we will work with you year-round if necessary.

Cash Flow & Budgeting Analysis

We can minimize cost overruns, lost purchase discounts, and uncollectible receivables with our expert cash flow and budgeting analysis services. With almost four decades of experience, our staff has your best interests at the forefront of our minds!

Litigation Support

Kittredge & Zehner, P.C. offers exceptional litigation support. We provide a full range of assistance for you and your legal counsel. By working in partnership with your legal counsel, we ensure the best possible support for you and your business.

IRS & State/Local Representation

Our firm has over 35 years in the accounting field and knows the tax laws and how your tax return was prepared. We provide complete representation services before the IRS, state, and local taxing authorities. We are experienced in negotiating Offers in Compromise with the IRS.

Financial Forecast

Financial Forecast and Projection planning are necessary for any business! Let our team help by customizing “What If” scenarios to help management foresee and plan for unexpected business contingencies. We utilize pro forma projections.

Estate Planning

Kittredge & Zehner, P.C. offers estate planning services. Our staff works hard to protect your heirs from the unneeded emotional devastation that estate tax levies can cause. We strive to minimize both federal and state estate tax liabilities.

Management Advisory Services

Our accounting firm offers complete management advisory services, including systems implementation and management, cost controls, employee retirement plan options, and more!

Maintenance Services

IRS & State/Local Representation

Our firm has over 35 years in the accounting field and knows the tax laws and how your tax return was prepared. We provide complete representation services before the IRS, state, and local taxing authorities. We are experienced in negotiating Offers in Compromise with the IRS.

Accounting Service

Kittredge & Zehner, P.C. offers a wide variety of accounting services, including receivables, payables, and payroll management. Utilizing the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), we prepare financial statements for use by banks, investors, and other third parties. We also prepare custom financial reports for internal use.

Tax Preparation

Our accounting firm offers complete tax preparation and filing services to individuals and businesses. We continuously monitor federal, state, and local tax law changes to allow our clients to minimize current and future tax liabilities.

Bookkeeping & Write-Ups

Are you in need of bookkeeping services? Kittredge & Zehner P.C. offers general journal and subsidiary ledger maintenance, bank statement reconciliation, and receivables and payables tracking and analysis. 

Financial Statements

Eliminate inefficiency and realize business’s full profit potential with our financial statements. Our accounting firm prepares professional, GAAP compiled or reviewed financial reports as well as tailor-made financial analysis services.

Payroll Services

Kittredge & Zehner, P.C. offers complete payroll preparation and payroll tax reporting services. We prepare all federal and state returns and offer electronic filing capabilities.

Sales Tax Services

Our accounting firm offers a wide range of sales tax services to clients. Our staff prepares all sales tax filings and offers full sales tax audit representation.

Estate, Gift, & Trust Tax Return Preparation

Kittredge & Zehner, P.C. offers clients throughout Chesterton, IN, and surrounding areas federal and state estate, gift, and trust tax returns. Our accountants ensure satisfaction with your tax return preparation needs.

Meet the Team at Kittredge & Zehner, P.C.

Darlene L. Kittredge, C.P.A.

Areas of Specialty: Financial Statements, Business Administration, & Tax

Darlene is a graduate of Valparaiso University. After working for several years for a mid-sized regional accounting firm, she started her firm in 1982. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Indiana CPA Society. Darlene has experience in all phases of accounting and tax services. She especially enjoys working with start-ups and small to midsize businesses. She also has extensive experience in personal, business, and fiduciary tax preparation and advisory services. She is a member of the Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce and has served as a board member, treasurer, vice-president and president. Darlene currently, and in the past, has served on numerous boards and committees of civic and charitable organizations as well as the Indiana CPA Society.

Kari F. Zehner, C.P.A.

Areas of Specialty: Small Business Accounting, Quickbooks

Kari is now the owner of Kittredge & Zehner, P.C. as of January 1, 2022. Fortunately, she still has the privilege of working with her mother, Darlene Kittredge, C.P.A., the founder of the firm and continues to draw from her knowledge and experience. She enjoys working with the business to help them develop into a well-run and financially healthy endeavor. Kari has been the treasurer of Neighborlink Porter County since 2008 and has recently joined the Chesterton Branding and Leadership team. Kari is a graduate of Augustana College and continued her accounting courses at Purdue. Kari received her CPA license in 2009.

Our Staff

Kris Hartrunft

Areas of Specialty: Taxation, Accounting, Payroll, and Compliance

On staff since 1989, Kris has specialized in accounting and tax preparation for small businesses. Kris assists many small businesses with their accounting, payroll, and compliance needs. She enjoys working with a wide variety of clients and values the friendships that have been made as a result.

Kris studied accounting at Purdue University North Central and is also the firm’s information technology and networking specialist.

Vickie Morales

Areas of Specialty: Administration and Payroll Accounting Services

Vickie has been with the Firm since 2006. “Accounting has such an array of career opportunities, and I really enjoy multitasking and keeping busy.”

Vickie recently completed her Associate of Applied Science in Accounting degree at Ivy Tech Community College. She has recently taken the lead role in our firm’s payroll accounting service.

Shelina Samanas

Areas of Specialty: Business Accounting, Payroll and Tax Preparation

Shelina has worked in the field of business accounting for the past 12 years before joining the firm in May, 2018. She is a graduate of Purdue University North Central with a Bachelor’s of Accounting degree. She is proficient in all aspects of business accounting including QuickBooks setup and client assistance. Shelina has also proven to be an excellent addition to our payroll service. She aspires to complete her Master’s in Business Administration and obtain her license as a Certified Public Accountant.

Julie English, C.P.A.

Areas of Specialty: Individual and Business Accounting and Taxation

Julie graduated from Purdue University Calumet with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and received her CPA license in 1998. She has over 30 years of experience in accounting, payroll, and both business and individual taxes. Julie joined Kittredge & Zehner, P.C. drawn by company philosophy and atmosphere and looks forward to supporting her team members in meeting clients’ needs.

Vanessa Zimmer

Vanessa grew up in Jackson Township and graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  After graduating, she enjoyed working with Early Childhood programs to implement and develop Kindergarten Readiness curriculums.  Vanessa began her journey at K&Z in February 2021 and looks forward to getting to know clients and learning new things in her role as administrative manager. 

Sarah J. Powers

Areas of Specialty: Business Accounting, Payroll and Tax Preparation

Sarah graduated from Purdue University West Lafayette with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Communications. She brings years of sales and small business ownership experience to the firm. Recently joining Kittredge & Zehner, P.C. in 2021 after being a client, Sarah enjoys expanding her knowledge of accounting and providing an excellent customer experience.

Reach out to our team today!

Explore Our Resources

At Kittredge & Zehner, P.C., we want to equip you with the tools and knowledge necessary to keep your individual and business finances in top shape. We serve clients throughout not only throughout Chesterton, IN, and the surrounding communities, but also all 50 states, with high-quality, personalized accounting services. Explore our resources below!

QuickBooks

QuickBooks is software that keeps your day-to-day documents in the proper order and facilitates the preparation of your year-end tax filings. The program allows you to remain up-to-date with your accounting so you can make appropriate decisions and find new strategies to help your business grow. Speak with one of our QuickBooks ProAdvisors today!

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Business Hours:

Monday-Friday: 9 AM-5 PM

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

 

Phone: 219-926-8836 
Fax219-926-4516
Email: office@dlkcpa.com