Lareau & Lareau CPAs, PA, based in Apopka, FL, provides a full range of tax preparation, accounting and bookkeeping services, either in your facility or at our location.
Our company was founded in 1981 by Robert Lareau and his son, Stephen. Over the years we have served the families and small businesses of Apopka and the surrounding areas through our practice. We are proud members of the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce and of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Lareau & Lareau CPAs PA endeavors to provide our clients with the very best professional services possible. This website was designed to enhance those services by providing online answers to many of your everyday financial dealings and frequently asked questions.
Why Lareau & Lareau CPA, PA?
Our clients say that we make them feel like they are our only client; that we give them the attention they deserve. They say we are efficient and take some of the worry out of their lives. They say we actually save them money. Check out our testimonials.
We are a firm that works primarily in the areas of personal and corporate tax preparation. We also assist with federal and state audits, payroll compliance, QuickBooks, IRS and Florida state form preparation. We are Certified Public Accountants. Look to us for: accounting, bookkeeping, business valuations, tax planning, tax preparation, business consulting, corporate taxes, personal taxes, IRS representation, and payroll preparation. Do you have a tax problem or have you received correspondence from the IRS? Come see us for fair, local representation.
Meet the Team
Stephen R. Lareau, CPA
A father of three and grandfather of nine and counting, Steve is a graduate of Florida Southern College with post graduate studies at Crummer Business School & UCF. Steve enjoys working, consulting on business issues, reading, spending time with family and friends, and adventurous travel.
Gina is a retired practice admin for a large medical group who has blessed us with her help. She is a highly dedicated and skilled office manager. Gina is a mother of 4, grandmother of 8, and great-grandmother of 3. She enjoys working with the “Lareau Boys”, spending time with her friends and family, and working at her church. And margaritas. She really likes margaritas.
Jeff L. Lareau, CPA
Jeff is a graduate of University of Central Florida with post graduate studies at UCF and Florida Southern College. He has fathered two awesome boys. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, surfing, and playing and listening to all sorts of music. He also has a special interest in helping people with tax problems and providing services to small businesses.
Julianne Lau is a graduate of Pensacola Christian College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Marketing. Her previous work experience includes eight years as a project accountant for civil engineering firms, as well as six years spent working as a small business bookkeeper. Her proudest achievement, however, is her three small children. Julianne serves as Lareau & Lareau’s “bookkeeper extraordinaire” and enjoys doing bookkeeping for a variety of small businesses. When she’s not bookkeeping, Julianne spends her time drinking massive amounts of Starbucks to keep up with her three ninjas.
You may have some concern about the confidentiality of the information you provide to this office. It is our policy to keep your personal and business matters confidential to the extent permitted by law.
Client Information, Privacy Policies and Notice Regarding Advisor-Client Privileged Communications
The Federal Trade Commission has issued regulations that require tax preparation firms to provide an annual statement of firm privacy policies. Here is our policy:
We handle all information you provide us with the utmost confidentiality. Your personal information will only be shared with members of our firm who need to know this information in order to complete the work you have hired our firm to do. We will not disclose your personal information to anyone outside our firm without your express written permission to do so, or unless we are legally required to do so. For example, if a mortgage lender contacts our office for a copy of your return or information about it, we will ask that you provide written permission prior to our responding to that request.
You should also be aware that anything you tell us during the interview for the preparation of your tax return is confidential, but not protected from the IRS. Privileged communications (those that are protected from IRS authority to compel our testimony) are limited to non-criminal tax advice on matters before the IRS or non-criminal tax proceedings in federal courts. Although we consider any information you provide us as confidential, return preparation engagements are not covered by advisor-client privilege.
If you feel the nature of any subject matter to be discussed requires protected communications, please raise that issue so that we can discuss your possible need to consult with an attorney for legal advice.
Referrals are welcome!
Referrals are the cornerstone of any service business. This firm relies on satisfied clients as the primary source of new business, and your referrals are both welcome and most sincerely appreciated!
Since your referrals are generally individuals you are well acquainted with, you may have some concern that your business matters will be discussed with the new clients that you refer. This office guarantees the confidentiality of client information. Your personal, financial and tax data will not be shared with anyone else.
An Expression of Confidence
When you refer clients to us, you are expressing your faith and confidence in the services that we offer and will continue to provide to you. You may have business associates who need professional tax assistance or family and friends who struggle to do their own taxes every year. No matter who you refer, rest assured that their individual tax needs will be handled in the same professional manner as yours have been.
The CPA plays an important role in business and the economy. Possessing technical knowledge and skills, the CPA is trained to apply sound judgment in business situations, helping people and organizations evaluate the use of economic resources…
Will My Information Be Kept Confidential?
We maintain a policy of the strictest confidence concerning our clients’ affairs. You can rest assured that no one will learn about your business or tax status – even relatives, associates or friends who might have referred you to us.
Does This Firm Provide Year-Round Service?
We are here for you twelve months a year, not just during tax season. Whether you have a simple tax question, need advice on the tax implications of a business decision, or want clarification on a government notice, feel free to give us a call.
What Do You Charge For Your Services?
We offer a wide variety of services and the costs of these services vary. It is important to us that what we charge for our services is fair. We will provide you with an estimate of the cost of a service during your free initial consultation.
If you need an estimate immediately, call and I will do my best to provide one.
As a general rule of thumb, our tax preparation fees are similar to what you would find at one of the national tax preparation firms. The difference is that with us, your return will always be prepared by a CPA that knows you and cares about your situation.
Remember also that cheap tax return preparation can be very costly in the long run. Mistakes repeated year after year add up and eclipse the savings of an unprofessionally prepared return.
For more information, please visit our PRICING PAGE.
What Type of Services Does a CPA Offer?
The CPA plays an important role in business and the economy. Possessing technical knowledge and skills, the CPA is trained to apply sound judgment in business situations, helping people and organizations evaluate the use of economic resources. Today’s CPA provides a wide range of services to various sectors including, but not limited to, the business and corporate industry and government and nonprofit organizations, playing many roles such as:
- Management Consultants
- Personal Financial Representative
- Tax Advisor
- Technology Consultant
What is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)?
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is the statutory title of qualified accountants in the United States who have passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination and have met additional state education and experience requirements for certification as a CPA. In most states, only CPAs who are licensed are able to provide to the public attestation (including auditing) opinions on financial statements.
CPAs function as independent auditors and act as advisors to individuals, businesses, financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies on a wide range of finance and tax-related matters.
To qualify for certification and a state license, an individual generally must:
- Have a college degree or its equivalent
- Pass the rigorous uniform CPA Examination
- Meet certain experience or postgraduate study requirements
- Meet annual continuing education requirements
- Adhere to certain ethical standards and codes of professional conduct established by governmental bodies and peer organizations