Accountant in Waukegan, IL

Heritage Analysis and Innovation is an Accountant and advisory firm that offers top-quality budgeting and tax services. We are here to help you.

Professional Accountant & Waukegan Accounting Firms in Waukegan, IL

Whether you’re a small business owner or an individual, it’s important to have a qualified accounting professional on your side when preparing and filing your taxes. You can hire an accountant to help you with your taxes.

Accountants have experience dealing with tax scenarios, so they know how to get the most out of your return. They can also assist you in staying on top of upcoming changes in the tax code so you don’t fall behind and pay more than you have to.

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What do the Accountants do for my construction business in Waukegan, IL?

A professional accountant can help ensure that you receive all the deductions and credits you are entitled to. They can also offer valuable advice about ways to reduce your tax liability in future years. Accountants for construction companies review each line item to determine the classification.

They decide whether each line item is a job cost, tool, or equipment belonging to another category unless a construction manager has reviewed the receipt and classified the items on it. An accountant can help an owner understand financial reports and provide them with information for budgeting, loan applications, insurance claims, job costing, and more.

Why should I choose Heritage Analysis & Innovation?

We put ourselves in the driver’s seat of the accounting side of your business. We act as if we are right there in the office, helping you keep track of transactions, reconcile accounts, review financial reports, and provide advice on matters affecting your business’s financial division. With over 12 years of experience in the financial and accounting services industry, we understand the importance of having accurate financial reports to run your business.

We specialize in helping construction companies, independent contractors, roofing companies, and any other company in the construction industry. We also understand that you went into business because you wanted to be part of the American dream. Your business is your livelihood; if you have a family, it also provides for them. At Heritage Analysis & Innovation, we genuinely mean it when we say we are family-owned and operated! You become part of our family when you sign up for our services! This means that we will ensure you are well taken care of and understand all the information we put in front of you!

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Professional Accountant for your construction company in Waukegan, IL

Our team is dedicated to helping your team and family achieve the true American dream of owning a successful small business! Heritage Analysis & Innovation is not just a random name we picked. Our logo, legacy, history, and values come from five generations of hard-working farmers. Founder & Chief Executive Officer Matthew Reif comes from. a long line of hard-working family members and entrepreneurs who started and built his family farm in 1845.

To this day, that farm is still operating, and that Heritage of a long line of entrepreneurial and family focus makes us who we are and why we are the right choice to help you and your family grow your business! You can expect us always to step up to help you and be honest in every interaction we have with you and your business!

Accounting & Bookkeeping Services

Clean Up & Foundation

If you want to increase your profits and cashflow, we need to first set your foundations. Here we clean up your processes and procedures. If needed, we implement new processes to ensure you are getting the best data possible.

Let’s Keep You Informed

Now that we have your foundations in place, we can provide you with information rich data and reports. We provide you with up-to-date and comprehensive reports. Giving you clarity on the performance of your business.

Let’s Build The Dream

It’s time to take your business to the next level! With your foundations and reporting set, we can now advise you on what is needed to increase your company’s profits and performance. We manage everything and give you specific action steps to stay on track and help your business grow.

Additional Services

If needed, we can add these additional services to meet your needs:


Need help filing taxes or advice from a CPA? We can help. We can connect you with or CPA partner to help you answer your questions.


Need help making a budget for your business? We can help. We can review your financial information during our monthly bookkeeping services and work with you to ensure you are within budget.



Not sure what you spend your money on each month? We can help. We can sit down and review your personal expenses. This will allow us to setup a budget and help you stick to it to expand your savings.


Do you need to purchase accounting software? We have partners that can help get you discounts.



Job costing is an accounting method and process used to track income and expenses for each job that your company completes. In most cases, expenses are directly related to materials, labor, and overhead. This information needs to be tracked on an individual job basis to know if your company is making money off the projects you are completing for clients.


Payroll services are the process of recording, tracking, and issuing payments to employees or contractors. If you are a small business, you will likely have an employee or a contractor working for you, or you need to pay yourself depending on your business structure.


Accounts receivable refers to the invoices or funds due to a business from sales or services provided to a client. These invoices and funds are usually issued by invoice. They are due on receipt or a specified amount of time after a sale or a service has been contracted. Accounts payable refers to the bills or payments due to the debtors of a business from conducting business. Like accounts receivable, these bills and payments are due after your business has conducted business with another company.


As a business owner, we understand that time can be your greatest asset or liability! Sometimes, a specific part of your business can get behind because you may not have the time to handle it. If you focus your time on one aspect, other areas become affected. Being in the construction industry, we know most of your time as the company's owner is spent on site. When this happens, Heritage is here to help pick up the pieces offsite to move your company forward.


Do you need to purchase accounting software? We have partners that can help get you discounts.

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Why it works

Our three step methodology works because it takes a holistic approach to your business. Since we focus on helping Construction Companies, we know the ins and outs of what is needed to strengthen your business. We have seen the bumps that come up along the way and are ready to get your business over them and to the next level.

See What Our Clients Have Said

Matthew helped me get my new business set up properly and running smoothly when I had no idea what I was doing. He has maintained my books and kept me on track ever since! I truly appreciate his professionalism, knowledge, and demeanor, especially when it comes to such tedious work.

Melessa Waterwall

I’d like to recommend Heritage Analysis & Innovation. Matthew and his team are reliable, responsive, and courteous. This company communicates very well. I’ve not had this experience with accountants being so nice and attentive to details as these guys are!
 We met a few months ago and worked out the details of what I needed and what they would do. Matthew has done over and above what he said he’d do for my business accounting needs.
Heritage Analysis & Innovation is very good.

Michael Hawkins

Been having a wonderful experience with Matthew. I was super behind and he has been a tremendous help! So glad I don’t have to carry the weight on my shoulders anymore. Now I can focus more of my team to other things that need my attention. Def recommend his service. He has been a huge help

Vanessa Munoz

Matthew is great to work with for your accounting needs. Stays on task and in communication. Starting under his job costing service and feel this will be a smooth experience as well

Jason Christensen

He cares about the health of your Business and coaching you through making data-driven decisions.

Kimba Garcia

Spoke w/Matthew very great and helpful, Super Polite and generous. highly guides you in the right direction. great small business owners, high recommend!!


Frequently Ask Questions

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Why do I need a bookkeeper for my construction business?

As the owner of a construction company, you need to be tracking the financial side of your company! In many cases, business owners do not always have the time or know-how to do the accounting for their business. Having a bookkeeper can help you keep track of your finances and grow your business by staying informed.

How is accounting used in my construction company?

Generally, accounting in a construction business is keeping track of the income and expenses on jobs instead of lines of products to be sold. This can be different as each project your company does is going to have different pricing and expenses each time.

How is construction accounting different from other business accounting?

Construction accounting is a very dynamic type of accounting in that there are many other factors that need to be tracked. In construction accounting, you have to track job costing, change orders, retention, and progress billing. These aspects are not found in other types of business accounting. These aspects are not something that is negotiable to do or not do in your construction company. These should be common practices that you or your bookkeeper should be tracking on a regular basis.

Should I be using job costing in my construction business?

Yes! We recommend in the construction industry that you use job costing on each of your jobs. The constant change in the price of materials, fluctuation in labor rates, and managing overhead costs directly affect the performance of your company. You need to be able to track when to make adjustments to your bids and budgets.

What systems should I use to track the accounting side of my business?

We recommend that you use an online-based accounting system such as Quickbooks online. This system can help your company keep track of all the transactions for your company. At the end of the year, it brings all the information together for you in a profit and loss statement and a balance sheet which are two of the major documents you need to file taxes for a business.

What systems should I use for job costing?

There are a ton of web-based platforms that can help you track job costing. If you are already using Quickbooks and are managing projects yourself, we recommend starting off with Quickbooks projects. This tool is available in the Quickbooks Plus and Advanced subscriptions and is well worth the investment to track the job costing for your company!

How much does having a bookkeeper cost?

If you need help with the accounting side of your business we recommend outsourcing this division of your company. There are different factors that go into the monthly pricing of our services and that of other bookkeepers. Prices can vary depending on how many accounts you have, the services you need help with, and the amount of time required to complete the tasks. We recommend spending time speaking with us or a bookkeeper to work together on a custom plan for your business!

Does a bookkeeper do taxes?

A bookkeeper will help you prepare the financial side of your business to be able to have a tax professional file your taxes. There are cases where some bookkeepers do help their client file taxes. In our business, we do not file taxes but we partner with a network of tax professionals that can help!

Don’t you have to be local?

No! We are virtual bookkeepers. We set up meetings at times that work for both of us. We are able to access Quickbooks and associated accounts via the internet. We use other web based platforms to communicate and send documents securely. We support local businesses, but we have clients across the country. We are based out of a suburb of Chicago, and our hometown is Frankenmuth, Michigan.