Our Staff
You, our client, will receive remarkable results and is best served by our combined knowledge and experience.
Donald I. Beard, EA

has been a Detroit Metro Area resident for fifty years. After working in a number of businesses and non-profit organizations he started Beard Accounting & Tax Service in 1989. After experiencing the need for quality client representation, he passed the tests and was licensed as an Enrolled Agent (EA) in 1992. He founded Beard & Associates in 1999. For nine years, Don was a presenter for the U of M Income Tax Practitioner Institutes, a yearly series of seminars through out the State of Michigan that updated tax practitioners on the changes to the IRS and State of Michigan Tax codes.

John Beard
John C. Beard, RTRP, AFSP Participant

received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Information Systems in 1990. He has been the head of the technology department in a local business for more than 20 years. After Don started the buisness and moved to the current location, John helped setup the computer system. When the business started to grow, he saw the need for an additional preparer. John has been preparing returns for more than 10 years. He also functions as our web builder, programmer, computer system designer and installer.


As an ongoing practice, we require all our staff to maintain and improve their knowlege through attending accounting and tax law seminars throughout the year

I.R.S. Definitions:
Enrolled Agents (EA)
like attorneys and certified public accountants (CPAs), have unlimited practice rights. This means they are unrestricted as to which taxpayers they can represent, what types of tax matters they can handle, and before which IRS offices they can represent clients.
Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP)
is an annual program to registrer otherwise unregistered tax preparers. This is a volentary program in which the participant must agree to abide by the ethics and regulation that attorneys, CPAs, & EAs must abide by. Program participants, unlike attorneys, CPAs, & EAs, have limited practice rights. This means they can only represent a tax return they signed during an examination of that return as stated in the regulations.
Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP)
unlike attorneys, CPAs, & EAs, had limited practice rights. This means they could only represent a tax return they signed during an examination of that return as stated in the regulations.