KAREN MOORE, CPA, MST
For more than two decades, Karen Moore has been helping clients avoid unwanted surprises. A senior manager who exclusively specializes in taxes, she works with individuals, small businesses and trusts. “I do tax planning, helping people understand the tax consequences of transactions before the transaction is done,” she says. “This helps avoid tax shocks — which are the worst kind of surprises.”
Moore came to Eder, Casella & Co. in 2012 with 30 years of CPA experience. She holds a degree in Accounting from Millikin University and Masters in Taxation from Northern Illinois University, and is licensed to practice in both Illinois and Iowa.
“I like the people I work with — the whole staff works as a team, I think we all try to help one another", says the married mother of two, who grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois. “No one tries to be better or more important than anyone else. All of the partners are very approachable and willing to listen to ideas and suggestions from the staff.”
A member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, she started her career with Ernst & Ernst, which eventually became Ernst & Young. In addition to always being open to learning new things herself, she’s happy to share her depth of experience with the newer members of the firm. “I like being able to help the younger staff members, explaining tax concepts to them in ways that they will understand and later remember,” she says.
Get to Know Karen — Five Facts:
1. People would be surprised to know… “I started my college career as a music major. I am a flute player and still manage to play occasionally.”
2. I’m motivated by… “Learning new things — big or small. I think as long as I continue to learn, I will continue to grow as a person.”
3. When I’m not at work, I enjoy… “Canoeing and hiking with my husband. We spend time watching the wildlife near our home. I also enjoy reading and various kinds of needlework.”
4. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a… “I thought I wanted to be a physical therapist until I discovered that I really don’t like or have an aptitude for science. I was always very good at math.”
5. My heroes are… “My maternal grandparents. My grandfather was a lumberjack in upper Michigan. They did not have a lot of money, but they raised nine children and at least six of those children were able to attend college. Many of my favorite childhood memories have to do with visiting my grandparents.”
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