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About Our Firm

For years, Kest, Forte, Rottenberg, PA has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Our expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as financial statements, tax, estate and financial planning.

Kest, Forte, Rottenberg, PA is one of the leading firms in and throughout the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. And we do so with a friendly, personal touch. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic is the reason our clients return year after year.

Our Mission

Our mission is simple. We believe our job is to help you achieve your goals. Using our collective knowledge, experience and the best technology available, we endeavor to collaborate with you. We strive to add value through proactive planning and advice. We want to be the first people you call when you need help. We have been a staple of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.

Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our clients. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose Kest, Forte, Rottenberg, PA receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

Lewis K. Kest, C.P.A.

Our founder and inspiration, Lee Kest remains active after some fifty plus years of service. His dedication to the firm and the clients is unsurpassed. His speciality is wealth management and business acumen. The wisdom and experinece he provides is invaluable. Lee is an active and well-respected member of the greater metropolitan Washington D.C. Jewish community and its various charitable organizations.

Frank Forte Jr., C.P.A., P.F.S.

Frank has been with the firm since 1971 and is a shareholder. He enjoys working with owners of small businesses and individual clients. He believes understanding the relationships between business and personal taxes and financial planning provides planning opportunities and is a key to success. He became a PFS, the AICPA's personal financial specialist designation, some 15 years ago, passing the exam with Highest Honors. Shortly after that he became a certified estate planning specialist. These fields of specialized knowledge are valuable resources when assisting clients. Frank's clients are varied, but include real estate, retail and professionals in health care and law. Frank is responsible for the firm's information technology and enjoys discovering ways technology can improve both the firm's and client operations. When not at work, Frank likes spending time with his family, including his two dogs, reading, and all things Italian.

Michael L. Rottenberg, C.P.A.

Michael has been with the firm since 1978. He works with business and individual clients. The business clients are in various fields, such as retail pharmacies and liquor establishments. When it comes to client records and tax compliance, Michael wants everything to be in order, and it is. A Baltimore native, Michael is a Ravens and Oriole fan of long-standing.

Jane Hollister

Jane started with us part-time while in school and has been with us full-time since 1987. Jane is a paraprofessional. She helps maintain client accounting records and assists with various worksheets and tasks. Jane edits and assembles all client financial statements. She is also responsible for the efiling of all tax returns. Currently she is doing coursework towards a certificate of financial management at the University of Maryland. Knowledge is our most important resource.

Jennifer M. King

Jennifer is our "director of first impressions and goodwill ambassador", and more. Since 1984 she has been helping clients in all sorts of ways, whether answering their questions, fulfilling their requests or directing them to another person. She does the same for other firm members as well, taking on whatever task needs to be done. She also assists with maintaining client accounting records. She is responsible for the assembly and delivery of all tax returns. Jennifer is an active member of and volunteer in her church.

Eve N. Owens, C.P.A.

Eve has been with us since 1995. She supervises the maintenance of client accounting records. She is a certified QuickBooks Advisor. She prepares business and individual tax returns and financial statements. Eve enjoys ceramics.

News

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TAS Tax Tip: Get Current on Your Federal Taxes

September 14, 2022 – Part of your Mid-Year Tax Checkup should include seeing whether you have any overdue tax returns […] The post TAS Tax Tip: Get Current on Your Federal Taxes appeared first on T...

NTA Blog: The NTA Reimagines the IRS with a Dramatically Improved Taxpayer Experience: Part One

September 14, 2022 – Last month, Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA22), which provides the IRS with supplemental funding […] The post NTA Blog: The NTA Reimagines the IRS with a Drama...

TAS Tax Tip: What the Inflation Reduction Act Means for You

September 12, 2022 – The Inflation Reduction Act, which includes expanded or extended tax credits and additional funding for the […] The post TAS Tax Tip: What the Inflation Reduction Act Means for...

NTA Blog: Improving Services to Taxpayers With Visual Disabilities

September 08, 2022 -Millions of U.S. taxpayers are visually impaired and unable to read print material in a standard font […] The post NTA Blog: Improving Services to Taxpayers With Visual Disabili...

TAS Tax Tip: Valuable information about child and dependent-related tax benefits

If you have children or other dependents, and qualify to claim them on your tax return, there are a few […] The post TAS Tax Tip: Valuable information about child and dependent-related tax benefits...

Systemic penalty relief is now available for certain tax year 2019 and 2020 returns

On August 24, 2022, the IRS announced that it will grant relief for failure-to-file (FTF) penalties on the following 2019 […] The post Systemic penalty relief is now available for certain tax year ...

NTA Blog: Good News: The IRS Is Automatically Providing Late Filing Penalty Relief for Both 2019 and 2020 Tax Returns. Taxpayers Do Not Need to Do Anything to Receive this Administrative Relief.

August 24, 2022 -Taxpayers need not do anything to receive this administrative relief. The IRS is automatically removing (abating) failure-to-file […] The post NTA Blog: Good News: The IRS Is Autom...

TAS Tax Tip: Paying the IRS

August 17, 2022 – Learn more about the different options available to pay your federal taxes. TAS Tax Tip: Paying […] The post TAS Tax Tip: Paying the IRS appeared first on Taxpayer Advocate Servic...

TAS Tax Tip: Mid-Year Tax Checkup

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