JL Accounting

Expert Tax Preparation Service Right Here in McHenry County, IL

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Our Mission

Our firm is dedicated to consistently exceeding our client’s expectations. We anticipate their needs and understand their business objectives while helping them achieve their financial goals.

We provide knowledge and understanding of a full range of individual and business tax services built on our ethics-based principles. We hold ourselves accountable for doing what’s right, not what’s easy.


At JL Accounting, our focus is on your specific tax and accounting needs. Whether you are just starting a business and need information on sales or employment taxes, or you’re newly retired and need guidance on how to deal with property and investment taxes, we’ll walk you through just what you need to know, without boring you to sleep. We pride ourselves on our ability to communicate with clients in a way that makes tax information not so confusing, and our goal is to make you feel at ease. Our primary policy is “No intimidation,” and we make that clear right from our first meeting together. In addition, we love the process of taking something that can make you feel overwhelmed—your tax returns—and creating a masterpiece. A masterpiece that can save you a lot of money.

When you work with us, you’ll feel like you have a trusted friend helping you with one of the most important aspects of your adult life: Your finances. And at JL Accounting, you have just that. From your initial consultation all the way through to your 20th year of being our client, JL Accounting puts your needs first.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment and learn first-hand what it’s like to work with an accounting firm that provides professional and personal consideration of your financial needs, with no intimidation, guaranteed.


John R. Louise
JL Accounting’s principle is John R. Louise, whose father, Peter, founded the company in Crystal Lake in 1977. John recalls his dad walking him through tax forms at an early age, and John took to numbers with ease. So much so that he started balancing his mom, Carol’s, checkbook 40 years ago—and he still does so today (what a good son!). In 1994, John took over the firm from his father and built its current location in Woodstock.

Dedicated to McHenry County, the Louise family has been invested in the local community for more than 40 years. Indeed, you’ll see John’s brother Michael at his chiropractor practice in Crystal Lake, and mom Carol founded Family Alliance, Inc., a non-for-profit senior center with locations in Woodstock and Huntley. In 2001, John and his wife Debbie opened the House of Children, Woodstock’s premier early education provider. John takes great pride in his local roots, and his goal is to help make tax issues into non-issues for his neighbors and their families. In addition to running their businesses, John and Debbie enjoy time with their family of 5 children and 3 grandchildren.

Mark D. Price, CPA
Mark has been in public practice since 2008 and joined JL Accounting, Inc. in 2016. Previous to entering public practice, Mark served as a controller in the private sector for 20 years.

Mark graduated from Montana State University-Billings with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. Mark has been a CPA for over 20 years.

Brittany Sutherland
Brittany joined JL Accounting in 2016 serving as the office manager. Brittany has five years’ experience as an office manager and is charged with monitoring and maintaining the flow of work through the office as well as serving as the first point of contact for all clients. Brittany is passionate about building and maintaining relationships with all clients.
Kelly Vito
Kelly joined JL Accounting in 2019, as a tax accountant and brings over 20 years of experience in accounting and tax. She especially enjoys working with clients to help navigate through the difficulties of administrating estates and trusts as well as working with clients to assist with tax planning. Meeting and interacting with new clients, as well as clients whom she has known for years, is a part of what Kelly loves about being an accountant. Kelly is passionate about building and maintaining longtime relationships.

Kelly grew up in Crystal Lake and has raised her three children in the same community that she has grown to love.

Nicole Birkner
Nicole joined JL Accounting in 2018, as our Administration Assistant. Although she had been a stay at home parent for the past few years, her degree in Business Administration, along with her previous experience in Bookkeeping, Office Management, HR Management, and taking a company public made her the perfect fit for the position.
Patricia Barrett
Patricia joined JL Accounting in 2018, as a staff accountant. Patricia graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2018 with a Masters in Accounting Science and is currently working towards her CPA.
Aaron Gerhardt
Aaron Joined JL Accounting in 2017, as a bookkeeper. Aaron graduated from Elgin Community College in 2017 with an Associates of Applied Science in Accounting and is currently pursuing his Bachelors Degree in accounting at Northern Illinois University.

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