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Tax planning business continues to grow in Lake County

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  • Robert Swartz

      Robert Swartz


An interview with Robert Swartz, owner of Business Ways Inc. in Libertyville.

Q: Describe your business. What do you do?

A: I am an expert on US and international tax planning. I also do consulting and reporting for businesses and individuals including IRS defense strategies and implementation.

Q: What made you start your business?

A: A passion for helping corporations and individuals achieve their goals and save them money. About 80 percent of Americans pay more than they should and we're talking big overpayments, like $10,000 for businesses and $2,000 to $5,000 for individuals.

Q: What has been the most difficult obstacle in running or starting a small business?

A: Trying to do everything myself. I have finally discovered the art of delegation.

Q: What do you enjoy most about operating your business?

A: I enjoy the freedom of scheduling my own time and helping clients understand taxes. As Albert Einstein said, "The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax."

Q: Is this what you pictured yourself doing when you were young? When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A: I was always interested in this field. Before forming my own CPA firm, I served as international tax manager at Baxter International, the pharmaceutical giant with a global presence. Ultimately, my goal was to have my own business.

Q: What keeps you up at night?

A: Nothing, I sleep very soundly.

Q: If you could give one tip to a rookie business owner, what would it be?

A: If possible, try to conserve cash by working from a home office.

-- Kim Mikus

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