Duane Kaczmarek, a 30-year industry vet, founded Apple Tax and Accounting Service, Inc. in 1986. His daughter, Sara, recently joined the family business full-time as a Senior Account Executive. Together they’ve created a powerfull father/daughter team. As a small, family-owned and operated business, Duane and Sara know firsthand the challenges facing small businesses and corporations. Today, they service more than 50 small businesses, over 600 personal tax clients and over 200 corporations.
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Integrity is more than just a word to Duane. It’s how he lives his life and how he treats his customers.
Because of his high ideals, Kaczmarek started Apple Tax and Accounting Service in the basement of his Apple Valley home in January 1986. Since 1981 Kaczmarek had been in the private accounting business part time while he held another full-time job. But when his circumstances changed with his full-time employer, Kaczmarek decided to venture out on his own on a full-time basis.
“It was a dream of mine, wanting to go out on my own,” he said.
Following his graduation from Silver Lake High School in 1962, Kaczmarek took a two-year course in business and accounting at Minneapolis Business College. After a four-year stint in the U.S. Navy, he took night classes in accounting and business at the University of Minnesota.
Kaczmarek also learned from hands-on experience, not only with employers, but as far back as his childhood, working with his dad on a dairy farm. According to Kaczmarek, his dad used to generate the milk checks for the local farmers, which originally got young Kaczmarek interested in accounting. He remembers his dad’s old adding machine, which had the handle a person had to pull to get the machine to total up the figures.
“I always loved numbers, working with figures,” Kaczmarek said.
Today, he’s doing just that. While Apple Tax and Accounting Service started in Apple Valley, for the last twelve years it’s been located in Rosemount. Most recently the Kaczmarek family moved to 13094 Danube Lane where the office resides in the lower level of the home. The space works well for Kaczmarek and his full-service tax and accounting business, particularly because of the long hours he puts in.
“I’ve always had the philosophy that the office is open from 7 in the morning until 8 or 9 in the evening,” he said. “I’m willing to go the extra mile for a client.”
During the tax season it’s not unusual for Kaczmarek to work 100 hours a week. In fact, his hours don’t dwindle too far below that during the rest of the year either.
“I enjoy working 60 or 70 hours a week during the off-season,” he said, adding that his extended daytime hours also serve to accommodate his clients’ schedules. “People are so busy these days, you need to be compassionate to their hours.”
Sara joined Duane at Apple Tax and Accounting Service in 2001. She cut her tax and accounting teeth at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Carlson School of Management/University of Minnesota. There she became an expert and technical whiz in business management and QuickBooks, which now enables her to help companies take advantage of technology to better manage their finances and businesses as a whole. Specializing in creating and setting up accounting practices individually tailored for each client, Sara has become an indispensable addition to Apple Tax and Accounting Service.