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About Us


Since 1976, Kilpatrick & Co., CPAs has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Founded by Kenneth A. Kilpatrick and Steven C. Luster, with national CPA firm backgrounds, the company has developed a highly polished reputation of professional competence, ethics and personal service. Kilpatrick & Co., CPAs' expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning.

Kilpatrick & Co., CPAs is one of the leading firms in and throughout Mesa. By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients' needs through research and sound analysis. Kilpatrick & Co., CPAs is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of Mesa's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.

Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around Mesa. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose Kilpatrick & Co., CPAs receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

Kenneth A. Kilpatrick, CPA

Specialty: Income Tax and Estate Planning for Businesses and Individuals.

Ken graduated from Brigham Young University in 1971, receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. After graduation, he was affiliated with the international accounting firms of Arthur Anderson & Co. and Laventhol & Horwath.

Ken has more than thirty-eight years of experience in the fields of accounting, income and estate taxation, business consulting services, taxpayer representation in I.R.S. and governmental agency disputes, and he continues to be very active in income tax and estate planning for businesses and individuals. Ken is a Certified Public Accountant and a member in good standing with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants. He maintains current proficiency through regular continuing education and extensive personal study. 480-994-0136

Trent L. Erickson

Specialty: Income Tax Planning for Businesses and Individuals, Small Business Consulting and Cost Segregation Studies.

Trent graduated from the University of Phoenix, receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting. While attending school, he was affiliated with two local CPA firms before joining the staff of Kilpatrick & Co., CPAs in June of 1993.

Trent has more than twenty years of experience in the fields of accounting, income taxation, business consulting services, taxpayer representation in IRS and governmental agency disputes, and most recently in cost segregation studies. Having been raised in a construction family with extensive construction experience, Trent found the idea of performing cost segregation studies to be very intriguing. These studies allow him to use his accounting and tax expertise in conjunction with his construction background to save taxpayers virtually thousands of tax dollars by accelerating depreciation periods using IRS approved standards.

Trent continues to be active with his clients in the fields of accounting, taxes and consulting while building our affiliate firm, National Cost Segregation Specialist, LLC which specializes in cost segregation studies. 480-994-0136