About Us

RA Tax & Accounting Firm Serving Kansas City and Surrounding Areas

Since 1992, our accounting firm has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses.

Our expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as financial statements, tax and financial planning, tax preparation and consulting.

Our Mission

Help clients maintain financial viability in the present while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals.

This will require a solid understanding of our clients’ needs obtained through:

  • open communication
  • thorough research
  • sound analysis

Our firm is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism.

Profiles

James R. Leichter
Majority Partner
James Leichter is the majority owner of RA Tax and Accounting. He grew up in Johnson County, Kansas and has owned several businesses throughout the years. James also serves as the President of Aptora Corporation – a leading software company that provides accounting and job costing software to the service and construction industry. James strongly believes in the importance of having a close personal relationship with key advisors such as an accounting and tax professional. On a personal note, James is a cat lover, recycling freak, and a computer nerd. He is married and has three adult children. 

James Leichter

Tiffany Wheat
Managing Partner
Tiffany joined the RA team in November of 2016 with 15 plus years of experience in accounting. Prior to joining RA, she was the Vice-President of Technical Services and Software Development for Aptora Corporation. Tiffany is an advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Online and Desktop and is currently working on her IRS Enrolled Agent certification. She specializes in financial cleanup projects, financial statement assemblies, payroll and payroll reporting, sales tax services and accounting software implementation. During tax season, Tiffany assists clients with their individual and business tax preparation needs.

Mark Schlemmer, CPA
Senior Tax Manager
Mark joined the RA team in July of 2019 with an extensive background in tax and accounting. He provides tax return preparation for individuals, partnerships, corporations, not-for-profits, and trusts. He also provides financial statement compilations, accounting services, projections, and tax analysis. Mark has experience in composite taxes, SALT, forensic accounting, performance-based auditing, and VBA application development of various tax and accounting tools. He also has litigation support experience with the primary role of calculating loss damages, preparing damage reports, and assisting in trial preparation. Mark attended the Bloch School of Business at the University of Missouri – Kansas City where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with his Bachelor of Science in Accounting in May of 2010. His professional qualifications include Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in Kansas and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Mariza McDonald, EA
Accountant 
Mariza originally joined the RA team in February of 2018 as an intern and quickly became a full-time employee. Currently, she is working on obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. In June of 2019, Mariza obtained her IRS Enrolled Agent certification. She is also a Certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor and Certified Xero Advisor who specializes in account reconciliations, sales tax, payroll and payroll reporting. During tax season, Mariza assists our clients with their individual and business tax preparation needs.

Aubrey Carmona
Junior Accountant
Aubrey joined the RA team in February of 2019 with her Associate’s Degree in Accountancy from Metropolitan Community College – Kansas City with plans on returning to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in the near future. Aubrey is a Certified QuickBooks Online and Desktop ProAdvisor who specializes in account reconciliations, accounts payable and payroll. She also assists clients with their individual tax preparation needs and is currently learning her way through business tax preparation. Outside of work, Aubrey enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs.

Alaina Burnfin
Accounting data entry clerk
Alaina joined the RA team in February of 2019. Currently, she is working on obtaining her Associate’s Degree in Accounting at Johnson County Community College. Alaina is a Certified QuickBooks Online and Desktop ProAdvisor who specializes in data entry, accounts payable and payroll reporting. During tax season, she provides administrative assistance while learning the basics of individual tax preparation. Outside of work, Alaina enjoys spending time with her husband, her cat and her dog.

Kim Zenk
Receptionist
Kim joined the RA team as our receptionist in February of 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Production Design. She was previously living in Los Angeles, California until she decided she missed her hometown and moved back to Kansas. Kim is the smiling face that greets all of our clients as they walk in and the friendly voice on the other end of the phone. She receives inbound documents and keeps all of the tax preparers organized for efficient tax preparation. Kim is currently studying Interior Design at Johnson County Community College and learning a lot about taxes along the way.