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Suburban accounting firms merge

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Accounting firms Cukierski & Kowal LLC and Michael J. Cochrane & Associates announced they are combining their practices.

The new company is called Cukierski & Cochrane, LLC and is located at 990 E. Algonquin Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, previously the office of Cukierski & Kowal. Gerry Cukierski will serve as managing partner of the new firm and Ken Kowal will continue to offer his 40 years of expertise in the corporate tax and trust areas.

The new firm employs more than 20 professionals.

"We are very excited about this opportunity, and our new firm's future," said Cukierski. "We have planned this for a while, stressing our continued client commitment, relationships and professional staff.

"We are building a firm for the future, always looking for ways to improve and expand our services. We continue to stress prompt, reliable service at a reasonable cost," he added. "Our new affiliation will provide more resources to serve our growing client needs."

Cukierski & Kowal LLC began providing professional services in 1981, specializing in closely-held businesses, business and personal taxes, and audits of non profit organizations, employee benefit plans, and homeowners associations. Growth over the years has been predominantly a result of referrals of its client base as well as community and professional relationships.

Michael J Cochrane & Associates also started in 1981. The firm specialized in audits and tax consulting. Their professional staff of seven is one of the most experienced audit staffs in the homeowner association industry.

The new firm's phone number is (847) 496-7180, or visit the website at