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.


Leif Steiner
Managing Partner
Leif joined the RA team in November of 2016. He has a Master’s Degree in Accountancy with an emphasis in Tax Research from Wichita State University. Prior to working in public accounting, he worked as an onsite accounting software implementation specialist for Aptora; a construction industry enterprise software development firm.

Sidney French, CPA
Sid has been associated with the accounting industry since 1975. He has years of experience in both public and private accounting. He has worked as an auditor for Ernst & Ernst (later known as Ernst & Young or EY). Sid worked as an IRS Agent, Group Manager, and IRS Instructor. Sid is a Kansas-licensed CPA.

Tiffany Wheat
Staff Accountant
Tiffany has worked in some aspect of accounting for the last fifteen years. Prior to joining us at RA, she was the Vice-President of Technical Services and Development for Aptora, an accounting software development firm. Tiffany is a Certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor who specializes in financial statement assemblies, payroll, and sales tax services.

Jonathan Steiner
Staff Accountant
Jonathan joined our staff in August of 2017. Jonathan brings with him a Graduate Certificate in Accounting, a Law Degree, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. Currently, Jonathan is preparing to sit for the Uniform CPA exam. Jonathan is a Certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor who specializes in tax and financial statement preparation.

Chelsi Karnes
Accounting Assistant
Chelsi is a Texas native who moved to Kansas this year. She previously went to Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX and is now currently a full-time online student. She’s previously worked retail and at an attorney’s office, but has greatly enjoyed learning about taxes. When she’s not at work or doing school work, she loves to spend time with her family, friends and dog.

James LeichterJames R. Leichter
James Leichter is an owner of RA Tax and Accounting. He grew up in Johnson County KS 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.