Neil Johnson (aka The Tax Dude®) has been a tax professional for over fifteen years and has prepared thousands of tax returns for individuals, small businesses, trusts and estates. Neil’s background in taxation coupled with his experience in personal financial planning gives him a base of knowledge truly appreciated by his clients.
Neil, a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and a certified public accountant since 1988 had been the President of Johnson Financial Services, Ltd. (JFS) Starting with a handful of clients in 1991, he built a diversified tax, accounting and financial consulting practice. His business clients consisted primarily of advertising agencies and other graphic arts related businesses. With JFS, Neil operated one the first non commercial tax preparation practices to file tax returns electronically to the IRS and state taxing authorities. He did this despite needing to buy a slower modem to conform with the long outdated IRS technology.
In 1993, JFS became a Registered Investment Adviser with Securities and Exchange Commission and Neil was also appointed as an arbitrator for Arbitration Forums, Inc. Neil served on the board of directors for David Bruce & Company, a software developer for the financial markets, between 1993 and 1995. During this period, he was instrumental in its successful acquisition by First Options of Chicago.
In 1996, Neil sold his practice to Ostrow, Reisin, Berk and Abrams, Ltd. Prior to selling his practice, he had over 300 business and individual clients with offices on Michigan Avenue and in Mount Prospect, Illinois.
Prior to starting his own practice, Neil has worked in the trust tax department with The Northern Trust Company and as tax manager at CTS Financial Group, Inc. Neil also has experience with one of the former "Big Eight" accounting firms, Coopers & Lybrand. That`s if you count that half day in 1988 before he learned he was hired by a botique practice headed by the former managing partner of Oppenheim, Appel, Dixon & Company.
Neil has also served as a management consultant to the food service industry. His clients included Michael Jordan’s the Restaurant and Compass Group USA, Inc.
In February 2001, Neil joined Brown, Kaplan & Liss LLP (BKL). Neil spent seven tax seasons with BKL and helped establish the firm as one of the top local CPA practices in Chicago`s North Shore community.
In November 2007 Neil formed 360 Tax & Financial Advisors, Ltd. 360 is a nationally and i