Christian Klaas, CPA, MST


Christian “Chris” joined the Firm in 2004, having started as an intern. Chris specializes in fiduciary, estate, and individual income taxation, and is responsible for servicing many of our firm’s high net worth families. He also leads the firmwide education initiative.

Chris is a member of the AICPA, IL CPA Society (serving on both the Individual Taxation Committee as well as the Estate, Gift & Trust Tax Committee) and Chicago Estate Planning Council (CEPC). In his free time, he teaches tax and accounting courses at Purdue University Northwest. Chris authored a course on the taxation of decedents, estates, and trusts, and speaks frequently on these topics. He also serves on Thomson Reuter’s GOSystem Advisory Board, advising on their nationally ranked tax software.

A culinary explorer, outside of tax season you will likely find Chris in the kitchen or at the grill experimenting with new flavors and spices. Between his wife, twin daughters (whom he refers to as “the crowd”), and two energetic Weimaraner dogs there’s never a dull moment in his house. Chris has a laundry list of hobbies, but most enjoys amateur woodworking in his garage and vacationing with family and friends.

Areas of Expertise:

  • High Net Worth Individual Services
  • Fiduciary, Estate, Gift & Generation Skipping Taxes
  • Private Client Services
  • Income Tax Consulting & Compliance
Our partners and staff are committed to quality, it is the cornerstone of everything we do. We take pride in establishing long-lasting client relationships and receiving new client
referrals. We are known for innovative thinking and accuracy; our answers are creative, well researched and correct.


We are proactive in our approach and bring a wealth of expertise to each client relationship. Because most of our partners are also teachers, having taught at local universities or professional societies and various forums, we are up to date on tax law issues and we bring the most current information to each engagement.


We take pride in our availability. We are there for our clients, in person and when and where they need us. Because the engagement team remains the same, you will talk to someone who knows your individual situation and understands your concerns each time you call. Our partners are ultimately involved in all aspects of each engagement and do not merely act as figurehead leaders.


Because we are a medium-sized firm, we take pride in our ability to tailor our services to meet your specific needs. We recognize that each engagement is unique and we thoroughly investigate each situation to provide a customized approach.

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