hy Cat in a Tree?

Welcome!  First, thank you for taking the time to visit the website. Cat in a Tree is based on the idea of being different, more creative, and better than its competitors. With that concept in mind, the website is designed with that same energy and vision. For example, Cat in a Tree worked with Smack Happy Design, LLC, based in San Francisco, California, to create the company’s website instead of creating a bland, do-it-yourself website. The Cat in a Tree logo is also custom designed, and the website incorporates photographs taken by me, the owner, during my short stint as a photography student at Columbia College, in Chicago, instead of using cheesy stock photography. The photographs are meant to represent the beauty and diversity of people the company loves to work with, and to represent the company’s commitment to making its patrons its number one priority.

There are also elements of high fashion and poetry implemented on the website, and homages to the City of Chicago (where I was born and raised), Orange County in California, San Francisco, and New York City (all places I have lived), to promote the company’s nationwide service, as Cat in a Tree is open for business remotely to consumers across the country.

The thoughtfulness that went into creating the website carries over to the level of service provided by the company. Cat in a Tree differentiates itself from its competitors in three main categories:


Cat in a Tree is a small business, operated as a single-member limited liability company (LLC). The business is operated out of a home office, and it does not hire employees or spend tons of money on national advertising and marketing. With such low overhead costs, Cat in a Tree can provide, in most situations, more affordable accounting and tax services than traditional CPA firms and commercial retail tax preparation stores.

ommunication and Customer Service:

Patrons work directly with me, the owner — Cat in a Tree does not have any other partners, staff accountants, or administrative assistants. Patrons are always assured of whom to communicate with and who is accountable for the work and services performed. This business model creates a better and clearer line of communication with patrons, and it provides more efficient customer service.

ducation and Experience:

Cat in a Tree has over fifteen years of combined education and professional work experience in the fields of accounting and taxation. Professional designations as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and Enrolled Agent (EA), have been earned, and are currently active and maintained.

Tax preparers at commercial retail tax preparation stores rarely have CPA firm quality experience, nor do they hold any type of professional designation. Likewise, staff accountants at CPA firms, the employees that do most of the accounting and tax preparation work, are inexperienced or fresh out of school, and they usually do not hold a professional designation.

Cat in a Tree is always looking to build long-term relationships with consumers who desire accounting and tax services. Please contact Sherwin at Cat in a Tree to discuss your accounting and tax needs.