Start-ups & Technology

As entrepreneurial and start-up activity has grown in our region, so has Sisterson's start-ups and technology practice.

Start-ups and Technology

The professionals on our start-ups and technology team focus on this practice area and provide sound and timely advice at an affordable cost. Contact us if you would like information on R&D credits, the Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) Tax Credit Program, or other matters. Our professionals are also available to present to your organization or group our presentation Doing it Right the First Time for start-up companies.

These companies get the best of both worlds in hiring Sisterson - a firm large enough to handle complex issues and small enough to give personal attention.

We are committed to supporting the development of regional entrepreneurs and are proud to support such organizations as Innovations Works, AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear, Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association, Project Olympus at Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Services offered

Accounting and Assurance
  • Bookkeeping strategy and assistance

  • Development of accounting policies - revenue recognition, stock compensation, etc.

  • Implementation of internal control policies

  • Compilation and review services

  • Audit services

Tax Compliance and Planning
  • Choice of legal entity tax and business planning
  • Company formation/registration assistance
  • Federal and state(s) tax compliance 
  • Income tax planning - early stage [e.g., 83(b)] elections and ongoing
  • Recordkeeping best practices
  • Payroll and sales tax consulting
  • R&D tax credit consulting
  • Employee benefits and retirement plan consulting
Advisory Services
  • Assistance with forecasting, budgeting and business plans
  • Mergers, acquisitions and exit planning
  • Business valuations
  • Financial and operational due diligence
  • Financial assistance for investor and lender requests
  • Professional referrals
  • Company accounting setup and software selection

Questions? Contact us.

Start-ups & Technology Executive Team

William M. Richardson

William M. Richardson

Tax Partner
Daria (Dee) D. Palaschak

Daria (Dee) D. Palaschak

Tax Partner
Carissa M. Habsburg

Carissa M. Habsburg

Tax Director
Brian R. Kuczinski

Brian R. Kuczinski

Assurance Services Partner
Bradley P. Lusk

Bradley P. Lusk

Managing Partner, Assurance Services Partner
Kimberley A. Miller

Kimberley A. Miller

Tax Partner
Jared G. Sullivan

Jared G. Sullivan

Assurance Services Partner
Michael J. Koontz

Michael J. Koontz

Tax Manager
Megan E. Rechenberg

Megan E. Rechenberg

Tax Manager

Our goal is to be a strategic partner for our clients, and to look beyond the numbers in every engagement.  

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