Planning & Compliance

When are Taxes Fun?

Taxes are usually the most significant expense any business or individual pays. At ATKG, we have fun helping our clients keep this expense to a minimum. While compliance isn’t necessarily a party, ATKG minimizes the pain by managing clients’ risk exposure, staying on top of the multitude of filing requirements, and most certainly understanding the ever-changing tax law landscape. Because we have relationships with our clients and work with them year-round, compliance is a smoother process, and it allows us to use our magic: tax planning. While “abracadabra” doesn’t work in our world, “timing,” “character,” and “classification” are the magic words for efficient tax strategies. We help our clients plan today, so they don’t have to write checks tomorrow.

Aren’t All CPAs Good at Taxes?

Um… no? Not to disparage anyone, but it takes a special calculator-spreadsheet-pie-chart-loving person to thrive in the world of tax planning and compliance! And just because you can type “1040” doesn’t mean you should be working in this space. At ATKG, we love this stuff and spend hours on professional education to stay lean and mean in this area of practice. We also take a team approach to our clients, which means every client gets an all-star lineup of experienced professionals on their side. Not only will you always have someone to help you, our team approach means we look holistically at your business, leveraging our strengths to give you the best advice or solution.

Only Two Things in Life Are Certain…

Since taxes are the ones we know most about (although death and estate tax planning do go hand in hand), let us help you with those. We’ve got a long list of credentials to confirm we know what we’re talking about. Contact us so we can get started on enhancing your prosperity today.

Tax Planning Services
  • All Areas of Taxation Regarding:
    • Federal and State – All US Jurisdictions
    • Income
    • Estate and Gift
    • International Tax
    • Payroll
    • Property (Real and Personal)
    • Sales & Use Tax
  • Entity Structure
  • Sale or Purchase of Assets or Business
  • Tax Risk Management
  • Tax Deferred Exchanges (§1031 exchanges)
  • Tax Loss and Carryover Usage
  • Purchase Price Allocations
  • Selection and Change of Accounting Methods
  • Employee or Contractor Analysis
  • Hobby Loss
  • Health Savings Plans
  • Deferred Compensation or Retirement Plans
  • Philanthropy Planning

Tax Compliance Services
  • All Areas of Taxation Regarding:
    • Federal and State – All US Jurisdictions
    • International
    • Income
    • Estate and Gift
    • Payroll and DOL/INS compliance
    • Property (Real and Personal)
    • Sales & Use Tax
  • Tax Estimated Payments
  • IRS or State Audits and Notices
  • Fringe Benefit Reporting
  • Tax Credits
  • Foreign Bank Account or Asset Reporting
  • ACA Regulations
  • Review of Past Tax Filings
  • International Tax Services
  • Inbound Tax Services
  • Outbound Tax Services
  • Repatriation Tax
Client Stories
Three Star Daylighting Partners with ATKG

3 Star Daylighting

When 3 Star and ATKG began working together, we knew it was going to be a lasting relationship. We have a very personal relationship. They are always willing to take on […]
Beth Hair

Beth Hair - Entrepreneur and Business Owner

In 2009, I contacted ATKG about starting a consulting firm. What I needed, at that moment, was a trusted adviser to work through the finite details. By the second quarter […]

Biga on the Banks

We’ve been together [with ATKG] a long time, and the people there know us well. There’s a lot of stuff going on and the laws are always changing, so we […]

Bosque Systems LLC

The client service team at ATKG has played a key role in supporting Bosque’s growth from the start and has continued to be a valuable business partner as the company […]
Cancer Insight Partners with ATKG

Cancer Insight

As a Clinical Research Organization, Cancer Insight is deeply devoted to discovering, developing, and testing emerging bio-technologies related to cancer therapies. We are passionate about the work we do because […]
Clear Design Office Furniture

Clear Design

Our office furniture manufacturing company was started by our father in Sheffield, England in 1982. We began operations in the U.S. in 2003. Since then, we have seen our business […]
Commercial Kitchen

Commercial Kitchen Parts & Service

For nearly 75 years, Commercial Kitchen has been living out its mission to keep Texas cooking through fanatical services and unrivaled expertise. With an exceedingly collaborative team and a high […]
Joe and Connie Mitchell

Joe and Connie Mitchell

Our relationship started small, with the firm doing the accounting for one of our ranches. It scaled relatively quickly as we began to see the value in our partnership. ATKG […]


We switched our outside accounting firm to ATKG because as our company grew over the past 22 years from seven founding partners to a firm of 115 professionals, the job […]

Dough Pizzeria Napoletana

When it came time for us to choose a CPA firm to team up with, we asked our colleagues in the food and beverage industry which companies they recommended. Finally, […]
Elder Bray & Bankler PC

Elder Bray & Bankler PC

We established Elder Bray (Elder Bray & Bankler) in 2012 as a compelling alternative to large law firms for business and estate matters and transactions of critical importance. We serve […]
Infinity Systems Partners with ATKG

Infinity Systems

We began working with ATKG in 2003. We had an Employee Stock Option Program (ESOP) in place that was threatening to destroy our cash flow and decided our current firm […]


When I completed the ‘Find Your Why.’ exercise designed by Simon Sinek, I came to realize my WHY was helping others succeed. It led to building an enterprise-level IT business […]
MSI / Dixie Iron Works

MSI / Dixie Iron Works, LTD

Dixie Iron Works has been in operation since 1933 in Alice, Texas. In 1987, we formed Manifold Systems, Inc. which is our main product line today. We truly believe pure […]

Rosario's Mexican Cafe & Cantina

In the same way that I care about delivering a great experience to my customers, that’s why I came to ATKG years ago. I admired [ATKG’s] above and beyond care for […]

Shamrock Vacuum Services

In early 2008 we began to realize that we were outgrowing our “mom and pop” CPA firm and hoped to find someone in Houston to take care of our ever-mounting […]

Ten Triple X Ranch

On the advice of one of our trusted bankers, we started talking with ATKG. They were known, even 15+ years ago, as a firm that specialized in family ranches. Ten […]
Whelan Family

The Whelan Family

We have worked hard to build a secure future for ourselves and our family, and ATKG has been by our side for a good portion of it – almost two […]


‘‘My father and I have used ATKG since the days of its founder James Ahern, and they have always provided excellent and accurate advice.’’

A Client

‘‘I can't name just one reason about Eric and Hayley! Their proactivity, creativity, collaborative spirit, and communication are all absolutely incredible.’’

A Client

‘‘I call them my ATKG team!’’

A Client

‘‘Very personable and knowledgeable. Over the years, I have created great relationships with Teryn Grater, Diane White, and the seniors and managers on my account.’’

Melanie Fluitt

3 Star Daylighting, LP

‘‘We appreciate ATKG's responsiveness, timeliness, and good communications’’

A Client

‘‘Everyone that I have worked with at ATKG is extremely friendly, helpful, and always very responsive!’’

A Client

‘‘I couldn't be happier with the choice to move from EY to ATKG. A.J. Sturm, Diane White, Alisha Bell, and the support staff have been instrumental in helping me with a complicated Estate and Foundation scenario. Not only have they provided me with phenomenal accounting and tax advice, but they have also gone above and beyond to help me plan for today, tomorrow, and far beyond. Thank you, ATKG!!!’’

Amy Burdick

Richard L Burdick Foundation

‘‘We continue to consider ATKG a part of our personal and business planning team. They are a professional firm with an impeccable level of service.’’

A Client

‘‘ATKG is very professional, responsive, and client-oriented. They are committed and make a point to communicate with annual meetings and anytime I have a question.’’

A Client

‘‘Angie Stone and her team provided valuable forensic accounting services and excellent litigation support in some complex family law cases handled by our firm.’’

Alicia K.

Key Law Firm

‘‘Angie Stone and Courtney Mastin are prompt in their response to any inquiry our clients or I may have. Additionally, everyone at ATKG maintains a wonderful level of professionalism.’’

A Client

‘‘Great people, good response time, and helpful’’

A Client

‘‘Excellent customer service. Rapid response to questions!’’

A Client

‘‘Great people and very informative, up-to-date with ever-changing rules and guidelines in this ever-changing government!’’

A Client

‘‘ATKG is invested in my success and is highly responsive to my needs.’’

A Client

‘‘ATKG offers great customer service.’’

A Client

‘‘Prompt service and excellent forecasting. I also feel that I get tremendous support, more than I have received in the past.’’

A Client

‘‘Katie provides great service and is very knowledgeable.’’

A Client

‘‘She is friendly, responsive, and knowledgeable.’’

A Client

‘‘David and the ATKG team are knowledgeable regarding current tax issues, and they are extremely responsive to all questions.’’

A Client

‘‘Been working with ATKG for several years; they are extremely professional, knowledgeable and offer great customer service.’’

A Client

‘‘ATKG provides services up and above any other accounting firm I have ever used. They want to help their clients manage their wealth and offer to help teach their children about wealth and how to manage it.’’

A Client

‘‘Teryn is always quick to respond to questions and on top of the latest accounting rules.’’

A Client

‘‘Amanda and Shannon offer us consistent communication’’

A Client

‘‘A. J. is professional, knowledgeable, and provides friendly assistance.’’

A Client

‘‘Eric and Sarah do an excellent job handling our account and promptly answering questions. They are proactive in planning meetings and looking forward.’’

A Client

‘‘Our ATKG team, which includes Eric, Ruth, Katie, and Shannon is incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and supportive of our business. Client service always feels like it is at the forefront of their mind.’’

A Client

‘‘Loyal, excellent service over 35 years with Melanie and her team.’’

A Client

‘‘Our interactions with Diane and the ATKG team are always a model for how a professional services company should interact with its clients. With ATKG, we know that our finances are in good hands.’’

A Client

‘‘Melanie, Teryn, and Sandy have clearly had my and my family's best interests at the forefront. I have had a 19-year relationship that has proved to be very beneficial to my family and me.’’

A Client

‘‘Melanie, Teryn, and Katie offer us confidence.’’

A Client

‘‘Diane and Shannon are a critical resource and partner to our firm. They are knowledgeable, responsive, and dependable on all levels.’’

A Client

‘‘Diane and Shannon provide great service. They are very knowledgeable and are always willing to assist our group with sage advice.’’

A Client

‘‘Great work, timely, and the best part....nice folks!’’

A Client