Poulos & Bayer

Certified Public Accountants
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Certified Public Accountants

Poulos & Bayer has been an active firm since the 1970's serving the Chicago metropolitan area. Anthony (Tony) J. Poulos and Howard N. Bayer have combined their knowledge in accounting and taxation to provide clients with professional advice through new and continuing business activities as well as personal growth and transitions.

During their years of experience, they have brought continuity and intellectual history to multi-generational and multi-dimensional family businesses and operations. 

Poulos & Bayer maintains its professional integrity as evidenced by the AICPA Peer Review Program, Certificate of Recognition, for having a system of quality control for its accounting and auditing practice.


Anthony (Tony) J. Poulos
Senior Partner


Upon graduation from high school, Anthony served a two year term in the United States Marine Corps. After completing his military duties, he enrolled at Loyola University at Chicago and four years later, received his Bachelor of Business Administration having majored in accounting.

Anthony sought employment after graduation in the field of public accounting. He worked for a local CPA firm for a period of five years during which time he successfully passed the CPA exam in one sitting. 

Feeling prepared to face the world alone, he terminated his employment and became a sole practitioner. With some luck and very hard work, the small practice blossomed.

Currently, Anthony's practice consists of a widely varied range of commercial interests. The nucleus of the practice is family owned businesses ranging in size from one million to seventy-five million in annual sales. For these clients, his services require audit and other financial statements through preparation of business.

His guidance to clients is frequently sought by them in regards to business counseling and estate planning. In addition to his commercial client base, Anthony enjoys a substantial personal income tax base of clientèle. This is made possible because of the time and temperament he affords his clients. 

After 40 years of experience in the profession, a sparkle still remains each day. 

CPA, (Licenses: Illinois and Wisconsin)
B.S. Business Administration, Loyola University 

Howard N. Bayer, CPA

Howard brought his extensive knowledge as the owner of a chain of clothing stores to the proactive of public accounting in the late 1970's. As a former small business owner, he has been able to relate to the highs and lows and problems and goals of the many entrepreneurs that Poulos & Bayer has helped nurture for the last 30 years.

Howard's client base includes companies involved in infrastructure construction, distribution, professional practices, retailers, "mom and pop" operations, to multi million dollar corporations. Estate planning, wealth management and tax advisory services are a natural extension of the services afforded to the closely held companies and business owners Howard numbers among his clients and friends.

Outside the office, Howard is active in his community working with PADS, a south suburban homeless shelter, former treasurer and president of a local temple, treasurer and board member of charitable foundations, national board member of Hadassah Associates, an arm of Hadassah Women's Zionist Organization, and even found time to be treasurer of a country club for ten years.

When not working, Howard enjoys relaxing with his wife, three children and five grandchildren at their summer home in Michigan. Don't' worry, he carries his cell phone wherever he goes!

CPA, (Licenses:  Illinois, Indiana and Michigan)
B.A. Psychology, Roosevelt University

Member Firms:  The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

                                        Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants

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