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JBS Life Chartered is a full service public accounting firm serving both individuals and businesses, offering tax planning and preparation, audit services, as well as management advisory and bookkeeping services. JBS Life Chartered takes control of some, or all accounting functions so that your time can be used where it serves the most value: on the core competencies that make you, or your business, successful.


From the Blog

22 January

Local Entrepreneur Tackles Tax Season, Year-Round

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Originally featured on Lincoln Park Patch Lincoln Park resident Josh Smith doesn’t consider filing taxes a once-a-year responsibility. The 27-year-old entrepreneur strives to serve as more of a business coach to clients of his recently opened firm, JBS Life Chartered. “What I’m realizing is that so many people who start businesses have never even taken […]


  • Julie Gathman, Owner/Designer at Casa Couture Furniture Designs

    As an entrepreneur starting a new business I tried my hand at taking on my books and business taxes, but found myself at a complete loss. I brought on Josh Smith, Life Charted in 2012 to help keep my business on track. He helped me get my business going from the ground up, has provided me with financial tools that work, advises me on how to attain my company’s future goals and always treats me like I am a priority even as a small business. Having his skills behind me is like having my own personal financial genius. I recommend his services, both professionally and personally because I know that my business is in good hands and will continue to grow having Josh Smith as my financial leader.

    - Julie Gathman, Owner/Designer at Casa Couture Furniture Designs
  • Heather Olker, Learning and Development Specialist at Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc.

    In working with Josh it is clear right away that he is passionate about his line of work, knowledgeable, and genuinely cares about the success of his clients. I recently starting my own photography business but didn’t know how to apply for a tax ID so I can sell services online, amongst many other accounting related inquiries. Josh trained me in a timely manner and ensured the scope of discussion was relevant to my business and success; he made the information easy to understand. Josh empowered me to learn more about the process and made the learning a fun, productive experience. I would definitely use him again and would recommend him to anyone looking for a personable business consultant.

    - Heather Olker, Learning and Development Specialist at Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc.
  • Benjamin Kohn, President and Lead Consultant at Cloudly

    Josh has been the consummate advisor, partner, and friend in taking on the arduous task of educating me on tax compliance. He has brought me from understanding nothing to understanding that he either knows the answer, or knows where to find it, and that I can trust him to guide me to the right decisions regarding finances. It’s quite honestly my least favorite part of business and personal budgeting, but working with Josh has given me at least the comfort of knowing I get it done, and get it done right every year. I couldn’t recommend Josh more highly. If you want more detailed information regarding my experience with JBS, please give me a call.

    - Benjamin Kohn, President and Lead Consultant at Cloudly
  • Steven Rapoport, Real Estate Agent at Chicago Real Estate Resorces INC (CRER)

    Working with JBS Life Chartered has been one of the best decisions I have made for my real estate business. Josh Smith, the owner of JBS Life Chartered is extremely knowledgeable & passionate about his work. The level of customer service demonstrated by Josh cannot be found in any other accounting firm. Josh made the process of setting up and maintaining a financially responsible corporation easy. The exceptional level of professionalism and high ethical standards of this company allows me to rest easy knowing that I am in full compliance with governmental regulations while at the same minimizing my tax obligation. The services provided by this company have saved me money, time and stress.

    - Steven Rapoport, Real Estate Agent at Chicago Real Estate Resorces INC (CRER)
  • Joanna Reaves, DC, Chiropractic Physician

    I began my new venture as a business owner with no idea what I was doing and Josh has helped me every step along the way. From starting my corporation to sales processes to filing my taxes. He has been very understanding and patient with me throughout the trials of my first year of business. The knowledge he has obtained throughout his career has been beneficial in explaining to me the importance of good bookkeeping as well as advising me on my financial statements and expenses. Josh has been a wonderful asset to help not only keep my business on the ground but to grow my business as well.

    - Joanna Reaves, DC, Chiropractic Physician
  • Stephen Hall, Deputy County Attorney at Office of the County Attorney, County of Kaua’i

    I hired Josh during the tax season of 2013 to help me with my law firm’s taxes. He looked at my books, recognized problems, had solutions at the ready, and performed beyond my expectations. Josh is detail-oriented and strives to understand the needs of the individual or business to adjust the plan for each client. I would highly recommend Josh for any accounting services, whether business or personal.

    - Stephen Hall, Deputy County Attorney at Office of the County Attorney, County of Kaua’i