Our staff

Responsible and responsive


The team at Michael K. McGee, S.C., applies their knowledge to thoughtful listening and careful problem-solving.

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Michael K. McGee, CPA

President
Mike has more years of accounting experience than he likes to count. After graduating from Southern Illinois University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, he worked for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue until 1981, when he joined a public accounting firm, and earned his Certified Public Accountant license in 1985. In 1990, he founded Michael K. McGee, S.C. as a sole practice. Since then, the firm has grown into a well-rounded team of individuals. Outside of the office, Mike golfs, fishes, and travels.
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Mona Clarke

Office Manager
Mona joined the firm in August 1998. Her voice is usually the one you will hear first upon calling. She directs telephone traffic and initiates the work flow to the staff. Along with these duties, she is the administrative assistant and office manager. She has a keen ability to remember all of whom she encounters and a knack for making each of them feel special and important. Mona is also the mother of two grown daughters and a grandmother of three. In her spare time, she enjoys crossword puzzles, reading, traveling and visiting lighthouses.
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Andrea Grosvenor

Staff Accountant
Andrea graduated from UW-Platteville with a bachelor's degree in Accounting and joined the McGee team in 2013. Originally from North Dakota, she has lived in southwestern Wisconsin for most of the past 10 years.
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CPA vs. bookkeeper

Do you really need CPA, or will a bookkeeper do?

Assess your needs

Every organization needs to make smart decisions with its money and pay its taxes. The accounting function:

  • Tracks financial transactions
  • Identifies financial problems and opportunities
  • Assesses financial performance
  • Prepares and files tax returns

So do you need an accountant, a bookkeeper, or both? The answer depends upon how much you want to take on internally and how much expert advice you need.

CPAs

A CPA analyzes bookkeeping reports. A CPA's job is to help clients examine their options and make good decisions about:

  • Tax strategies
  • Cash flow management
  • Measuring profit and loss
  • Borrowing and investing
  • Corresponding with the state and federal taxing authorities
  • Buying and selling property or equipment
  • Preventing fraud and misappropriation of funds
  • Setting up bookkeeping systems

Unlike bookkeepers, CPAs are required to have college degrees, pass a four-part CPA exam, and commit to ongoing education. A CPA license authorizes an accountant to issue an opinion on bookkeeping reports and represent his/her client before the IRS.

Bookkeeping

Bookkeeping is the job of keeping track of a business’s money: the checks it writes, the bills it needs to pay, the money it is owed, the deposits it makes, the inventory it is holding. A bookkeeper:

  • Collects, organizes, and records daily transactions
  • Produces financial statements, balance sheets, and other reports
  • Maintains the company’s checkbook

Bookkeepers keep records and prepare reports. But the bookkeeping profession is not regulated, and only a CPA has the education and credentials to perform analyses and provide recommendations that businesses need for decision-making.

Every company needs someone who can manage day-to-day record-keeping. But a company that is looking for expertise in analyzing its financial situation and making strategic decisions is a company that is looking for a CPA.

Read about the difference between accountants and CPAs.