Firm Profile

Ball Baker Leake's long and unique history began in Britain in the 18th century. More than 40 years ago, Michael Levine, CPA started the New York branch when a major theatrical producer brought his London hit to Broadway and needed a New York firm to assist him. Ball Baker Leake has continued specializing in theatrical accounting and servicing performers but has grown beyond these initial services.

The Members of the firm and many of our staff are members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA). Our firm has also been successful in passing "Peer Review" which requires that we maintain a current library and satisfy the organizations' and the NYS Education Department's requirements for continuing education of a minimum of 24 hours to 40 hours per year per professional.

Some of the unique services of the firm are:

Personal Management Services are a specialty of our firm and our managing partner, Nick Tarrant, CPA, ACA. Our task in this department is to become, in effect, the in-house accountant to individuals, families and trusts of high-net worth. The integrated information generated from our records and those of our clients is utilized to prepare tax projections, income, gift, estate, trust and tax-exempt organization tax returns, personal financial statements, investment analysis, cash flow and asset growth projections.

Nick Tarrant also specializes in international taxation. His being a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and also a British citizen has given him the knowledge and experience to advise our American clients on business expansion or working abroad; foreigners are advised on American taxation and assisted with the taxation of living here and conducting business in New York.

Janice Page, CPA, MBA, Certified Quickbooks consultant, leads our firm in designing, installing and training staff in Quickbooks accounting systems. She has assisted many types of companies in this task in order to customize reporting for more efficient management of their finances.

Divorce planning is also a speciality of Janice Page. She has assisted clients and their attorneys in developing a settlement plan, and has assisted in their litigation as an expert witness.

We believe in the value of relationships. We view every client relationship like a partnership, and truly believe that our success is a result of your success.

We are committed to providing close, personal attention to our clients. We take pride in giving you the assurance that the personal assistance you receive comes from years of advanced training, technical experience and financial acumen. Our continual investment of time and resources in professional continuing education, state-of-the-art computer technology and extensive business relationships is indicative of our commitment to excellence.

TESTIMONIALS:

"I have been a client of Janice Page for approximately 15 years. Janice guided me in many helpful ways with my veterinary practice. When she joined Ball Baker Leake her service continued in the manner I had grown accustomed. In addition, I was able to benefit from a dedicated and polite support staff. I am pleased to recommend Janice and her firm." Marc Kantrowitz, DVM


"I've worked with dozens of auditors over the years-but, since I met Janice Page I have always advised organizations to use Ball Baker Leake. Janice is an expert in nonprofit accounting. She understands how small businesses work and she values the idea of a nonprofit mission. I can depend on her for the best advice, the most careful review and to be on call when I've got an important question." Patricia Taylor, Financial and Mangament Services for the Arts, former Managing Director of Women's Project & Productions, Inc.

"After suffering for several years at the hands of a grossly incompetent accounting firm I was referred to Ball Baker Leake. BBL returns calls on the same business day and answers every question knowledgeably and efficiently. I am happy to stand up and be counted among their many satisfied clients." Irena Chalmers, well-known food consultant and professor at the Culinary Institute of America.