Our History and Team

The Tax Burners History

For over 50 years we have been serving the Greater Milwaukee, Wisconsin (and National) community with outstanding tax and accounting services. Our Firm stands for Integrity, Stability, Quality, and Excellence.

Our clients DESERVE the best accounting and tax services, and that’s what we provide.  We do this with YOUR best interests in mind (not ours)! (How many businesses today can say that truthfully?)

Our background is heavily concentrated in taxes.  As former IRS and State of Wisconsin tax auditors, we know how the government works and how to keep you out of trouble.  We use our experience to work for YOU!

With tax audits on the rise, your chance of being audited is a very scary proposition.  Many CPAs, enrolled agents, and tax preparers are scared by the government and their audits, because they don’t know what to watch for, what their options are, or how to dispute and/or protect their client. Frankly, squaring off against the IRS or State Dept. of Revenue SCARES them (as it should)!

The Difference:
We know what to watch for in an audit, what to look out for, and how to protect our clients against intimidating auditors.  The government does not scare us! LET US HELP YOU!.

Staff Profiles

Russell D. Boerner, CPA – President

Russ is a CPA and our Chief Tax Dept. member.  He is a former IRS auditor who served on their review staff.  He has been with us for over 45 years and helped build the firm into what it is today.

Education: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Professional Certification: CPA

Organizations: Badgerland Water Ski Shows

Interests: Barefoot water skiing, family



Brian R. Boerner, CPA – Vice President

Brian is a CPA, our Chief Technology Officer, and Tax Dept. staff member.  He is a former Wisconsin Department of Revenue auditor.  He has been with our firm for over 25 years and has led our modernization projects with adapting to technological growth.

Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professional Certification: CPA

Organizations: Milwaukee Metropolitan Ski Council Race Program, Sitzmark Snow Ski Club

Interests: snow ski racing, roller hockey, biking, family



Mary Ann Pleva – Office Manager/Accountant

Mary Ann has been with us for over 20 years and is an accountant as well as our office and administrative manager. She handles most anything in the office and we are fortunate to have her working with us.



Sandy Rzeznik – Administrative Assistant/Accountant

Sandy has been with us for over 10 years and is an accountant. She is currently in charge of office and administrative duties, and handles numerous office tasks. We are proud to have her working with us.


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