Service.

Service is our first priority. Whether you need a strategy to proactively manage your tax burden or support to run your business, we offer customized services to meet your accounting needs. The very best service we offer is dedication to strong collaborative relationships. How can we be of service to you?

What We Do

Planning.

Nobody likes the surprise of a large tax bill. We work proactively to help our clients plan for and minimize their tax obligations and effectively manage their cash flow.

Compliance.

When it comes to filing your tax returns, B.A. Harris has the knowledge and experience to meet your needs. Taxes are complex and laws are constantly changing. We stay up to date on the latest developments to ensure your tax returns are optimized for current conditions.

Representation.

Should you receive a tax or audit notice from federal or state regulatory authorities, we are prepared to make sense of the situation, represent your interests, and bring a swift resolution to the matter.

Your business is more than just numbers to us.

Businesses have a wide array of reasons for needing timely financial statements. B.A. Harris offers different levels of assurance services depending on your organization’s specific needs. We view each engagement as a collaboration between our team and yours to illuminate overall financial performance while discovering opportunities for improvement and growth.

It’s personal.

Our firm is focused on building lasting, meaningful relationships with our clients through clear and frequent communication. We recognize that most business owners must rely on the expertise of trusted accounting professionals to simplify the financial reporting process so they can focus on the business they know best. At B.A. Harris, we aim to provide value to our clients as a dependable resource year-round to guide the financial health of your company.

We know your business.

B.A. Harris services clients in many industries with specific concentrations in the construction, manufacturing, real estate, health care, retail, and E-Commerce sectors.

Go ahead and lean on us.

B.A. Harris has a team of talented and intelligent professionals with a wealth of experience to support you in making confident decisions big and small. Getting to know you and your business is our job. We listen to you. We help resolve your challenges with objective professional advice.

The possibilities are endless. Here are just some of the ways we can help:

  • Talent recruitment and retention
  • Selection of employee benefits, pension, and profit-sharing plans
  • Entity selection and restructuring
  • Retirement tax planning
  • Software selection, implementation, and support
  • Forecasting, budgeting, cash flow, and job-costing
  • Purchase, financing, and leasing decisions
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Business and succession planning
  • Litigation support

To achieve is to first plan.

Most of us have some idea of what we want for the future of our loved ones and businesses when one’s time is past. Yet ensuring a smooth transition and transfer of assets later while maintaining control now can be difficult if not carefully considered in advance. Our role is to assist you in evaluating the options available to help you reach your goals in an ever-changing tax and economic environment.

Win-win.

We know running a business is time consuming. B.A. Harris can free up your time so you can focus on the big stuff by having us handle your bookkeeping, payroll, and annual reporting responsibilities. You can relieve yourself of worry by knowing that we have your back office covered with accurate, reliable, and knowledgeable support services.

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About

Our mission is to help our clients and our professionals thrive. Through dedication to lasting relationships, we are committed to your success.

B.A. Harris has been providing accounting and consulting services to clients for the past 21 years. Founded in 1998 and located in beautiful Boise, Idaho, we think of ourselves as more than just a team of number crunchers. Each of our valued and talented professionals is dedicated to a standard of excellence and seeks to wow you with responsive and personable attention. At the core of what we do, is our clients. Our firm’s values reflect our commitment to cultivating long-term mutually beneficial relationships. Below are our mantras. These ideals exemplify what we stand for and what makes us unique.

  • Honor all relationships with gratitude and respect.
  • Be authentic and responsive.
  • Commit to developing our people.
  • Make a good life, not just a good living.

MEMBERSHIPS

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Plus icon Arla Kester

Arla Kester CPA, Partner

Plus icon Tyler Nyman

Tyler Nyman CPA, Partner

Plus icon Buck Harris

Buck Harris CPA, Partner

Plus icon Karris Kimball

Karris Kimball CPA, Tax Manager

Plus icon Tawnya Nyman

Tawnya Nyman CPA, Tax Manager

Plus icon Tara O’Connor

Tara O’Connor CPA, Tax Manager

Plus icon Greg Stalling

Greg Stalling CPA, Tax Manager

Plus icon Kayla Kormylo

Kayla Kormylo CPA, CAAS Division Manager

Plus icon Michelle Dimas

Michelle Dimas CPA, CAAS Manager

Plus icon Aaron Lavarias

Aaron Lavarias CPA, Tax Senior

Plus icon Emily Matos

Emily Matos CPA, Tax Senior

Plus icon Josh Fishburn

Josh Fishburn CPA, Tax Senior

Plus icon Lauren Stevens

Lauren Stevens CAAS Senior

Plus icon TJ Stevens

TJ Stevens Tax Associate

Plus icon Suzanne Bankhead

Suzanne Bankhead CAAS Associate

Plus icon Kayla Perry

Kayla Perry Firm Administrator

Plus icon Kayla Perry

Crystal Jensen Client Services Specialist

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Arla Kester

Arla Kester CPA, Partner

Arla has over 35 years of experience in both private and public accounting and joined B.A. Harris at inception in 1998. Arla finds that both the continual learning required to deliver exceptional client services and providing peace of mind by making sense of it all is very rewarding. She is constantly wowed by the B.A. Harris team’s commitment to excellence and the collective energy and intelligence they contribute to the firm’s success.

Originally from Salt Lake City, she has such appreciation for the beauty of Utah, but Idaho is home. She loves to explore unfamiliar backroads and is happiest when outdoors with family and dogs - hiking, skiing, or biking. Traveling anywhere, but especially internationally and to new cultures is her favorite pastime.

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Tyler Nyman

Tyler Nyman CPA, Partner

Although he was born and raised in Seattle, Tyler moved to Boise in 2008 and considers the Treasure Valley Home. With over 20 years of experience, Tyler enjoys working with clients of all sizes to solve their problems and achieve their goals. Tyler brings a proactive approach to client relationships, and truly believes that those relationships are what this job is all about.

When not at his desk, you can find Tyler traveling the world, playing golf, running in the foothills, or maybe enjoying a glass of wine from his growing collection.

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Buckner A. (Buck) Harris

Buckner A. (Buck) Harris CPA, Partner

Buck attended the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho. He began his career in Idaho with Deloitte Haskins & Sells, the predecessor to Deloitte now based in Boise. Desiring to work in a small firm environment and more closely and directly with individuals and small businesses he began what is now B.A. Harris. Buck’s focus the past 35 years has been individual and business income tax issues and planning as well as litigation support provided to attorneys primarily in the family law arena.

Buck is an avid tennis player and fly fisherman. He also enjoys cycling (primarily on his e-bike), working in his yard and reading mystery-murder-spy novels.

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Tara O’Connor

Tara O’Connor CPA, Tax Manager

Providing tax compliance and consulting services to individuals and closely-held business clients, Tara brings diverse experience from the public accounting, private accounting and financial sectors to her clients. She spent three years at Ibbotson Associates in Chicago, where she was involved in the development and preparation of Ibbotson’s widely recognized valuation and investment publications. After returning to Boise, she transitioned into public accounting in 2006. Tara is dedicated to developing long-lasting relationships with her clients and understanding their unique business, accounting and tax needs. She works to provide exceptional value and peace of mind to her clients through effective communication, strategic guidance and high-quality services.

A native Idahoan and mother of two, Tara enjoys spending time with her family as well as hiking in the Boise foothills, skiing at Bogus Basin and playing on Payette Lake in McCall.

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Karris Kimball

Karris Kimball CPA, Tax Manager

Karris has been working in corporate tax and public accounting, at firms both big and small, since 2012. A career as a CPA provides Karris a unique angle from which to view the limitless variations of business operations and individual personal experiences. It is through these narratives that she finds meaning in being a trusted advisor and serving a supportive role in clients’ growth and success.

Karris provides tax planning and compliance advice to a variety of clients including businesses, trust and estates, and individuals with an increasing focus in her practice on trust and estate work. She also manages compilation and review engagements for many clients and enjoys the unique nature of construction accounting in financial reporting.

Karris was born and raised in Idaho and enjoys all that nature has to offer. Most of her free time is either spent adventuring to wild and scenic places with her husband in their Airstream trailer or seeking out a beach in a tropical location.

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Tawnya Nyman

Tawnya Nyman CPA, Tax Manager

A native of the Treasure Valley, Tawnya has provided tax and accounting services for nearly 25 years. She brings a unique blend of knowledge and insight from her work experience and professional service positions. Tawnya has a passion for advocacy that extends beyond tax compliance work into legislative initiatives to improve taxpayer outcomes for the future.

Tawnya enjoys working closely with her clients to help them navigate current business challenges and opportunities, while considering long-term financial strategies. Her focus is on income tax planning and compliance, financial accounting and reporting, and business consulting, with an emphasis on pass-through entities.

In her spare time, Tawnya enjoys traveling all over the world with her husband, daughters, and other adventurous people! She loves trying unusual foods, exploring new cities, and trying to learn foreign languages. Whether immersing herself in her professional pursuits, taking an international cooking class, or getting lost outside a remote village, her life is all about learning, giving, and growing!

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Greg Stalling

Greg Stalling CPA, Tax Manager

Greg started his career in tax in 2012 for a large engineering and construction company doing corporate tax. He joined BA Harris in 2016 and works with a variety of industries on financial statements, taxes, and business consulting. He really enjoys the variety of work and complexities that public accounting offers.

Greg is a born and raised Idahoan and after a couple brief stints in Southern California, vows to never leave the state again. When not at work, Greg enjoys working in his yard, cheering on the L.A. Dodgers, and spending time with his wife Maresa, daughter Gemma, son Luke and their two dogs.

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Kayla Kormylo

Kayla Kormylo CPA, CAAS Division Manager

As a through and through Idaho native, Kayla graduated from Boise State University with a BBA in Accountancy in 2014 and started her career assisting clients with Income Tax planning and filing. After securing her CPA license and years assisting clients with Income Tax, Kayla found her true passion in the Client Accounting & Advisory Services (CAAS) realm. Kayla works with clients in the day-to-day financial operations of their businesses. Typically assisting in a Controller or CFO capacity, Kayla gets more excited than most, analyzing data, putting together budgets & reading the story financial statements tell. Kayla genuinely connects with her clients and loves watching them continue to scale and succeed with healthy, accurate financial data. She had the privilege of building a large CAAS practice previously & joined the B.A. Harris, LLP team in May 2022 to do it again!

Kayla is married with four busy children. In her free time she can be found nose deep in a good book or planning her next travel destination. She is also a dedicated Harry Potter fan and gladly belongs to the Gryffindor House!

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Michelle Dimas

Michelle Dimas CPA, CAAS Manager

Michelle is an Idaho native who graduated from Boise State University and became a licensed CPA shortly thereafter. She began her career working in tax planning and compliance at a different public accounting firm and specialized in taxes for nearly five years before making the switch to specialize in Client Accounting & Advisory Services (CAAS). Michelle loves her work in CAAS as it allows her to meet regularly with her clients, provide timely management data to key stakeholders in a company, and be a part of the proposed solution. Michelle joined the firm in May 2022 and is excited to be a part of the talented and proactive professionals at B.A. Harris.

Michelle enjoys spending her free time reading a good book, trying her hand at a new recipe, having a movie date night with her husband, and chasing after her two little girls. She loves to travel and is a Disney enthusiast.

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Aaron Lavarias

Aaron Lavarias CPA, Tax Senior

Aaron was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Woodinville, Washington. A graduate of the University of Idaho, he majored in Accounting and was a member of their moderately successful football team. In 2011, he began his professional football career which included stints with the New England Patriots, Detroit Lions, and the Montreal Alouettes. After retiring in 2017, Aaron passed his CPA exam and began working for B.A. Harris. Aaron enjoys the consistent challenges and learning opportunities afforded to him in the public accounting sphere, as well as researching new and exciting tax incentive programs.

In his free time Aaron enjoys spending time with his three children, mowing his lawn, and cheering the Mariners on to their inevitable first World Series appearance.

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Emily Matos

Emily Matos CPA, Tax Senior

Emily is a Northern California native, but moved to Southern Idaho with her family in 2006 and has considered it her home ever since. She graduated from BSU with a degree in accountancy. Emily joined B.A. Harris in 2019 as a tax season intern, then started full-time later that fall. She recently became a licensed CPA and values the experience she gained along the way. She strives to provide quality work in order to serve our clients.

Emily loves animals, traveling near and far, and continuously learning. In her free time, you'll find her playing her Nintendo Switch or getting lost in a good book.

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Josh Fishburn

Josh Fishburn CPA, Tax Senior

Josh was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and enjoys the excellent outdoor activities the city has to offer. He has a passion for running and can often be spotted logging miles on the greenbelt or foothills with the next marathon in mind. Having received his CPA license in 2021, Josh enjoys the challenges and rewards of working in public accounting. For fun, Josh also likes playing chess and traveling.

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Lauren Stevens

Lauren Stevens CAAS Senior

Lauren grew up in Idaho and Eastern Oregon. After graduating from Corban University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and then with her Master’s in Business Administration she has pursued a career in Client Accounting & Advisory Services (CAAS). She is passionate about her work and loves to see clients thrive. Lauren joined the firm in July of 2022 and is thankful to be a part the talented team at B.A. Harris.

Lauren enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her husband and dog, Mabel. She finds great joy in being around her family, friends and delicious food.

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TJ Stevens

TJ Stevens Tax Associate

After growing up in Colorado and spending some time in Oregon, TJ moved to Idaho in 2003. Her first 15 years here were spent in small business and retail management. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science, Taxation at Boise State University. TJ is thrilled to be a part of B. A. Harris as a part-time associate as she finishes her education and obtains the needed requirements to obtain her CPA.

When TJ is not working or at school, she tends to her urban homestead with her husband and son. They raise bees and chickens, grow as much of their own food as possible, and have a vineyard. Any extra time is spent in the outdoors enjoying all that Idaho has to offer.

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Suzanne Bankhead

Suzanne Bankhead CPA, CAAS Associate

Suzanne was born and raised in North Idaho, but moved to the Treasure Valley in 2003 after graduating from the University of Idaho with 2 Bachelor’s degrees in Business (Marketing and Human Resource Management). While working in the mortgage industry for a large bank, Suzanne went back to earn her MBA in 2009 from Boise State. In addition to her degree work, she also obtained additional credits to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam and is working to achieve that goal. She enjoys creating lasting connections with clients and assisting in problem solving.

When not at work, Suzanne can be found spending time with her 2 boys, who are the joy of her life. She loves animals, camping and snuggling with her kids.

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Kayla Perry

Kayla Perry Firm Administrator

Kayla is a West Virginia native who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in accounting, from Concord University in 2012. Since then, Kayla has dedicated her career to key administrative roles in both corporate and entrepreneurial spaces. After living several years in Virginia, she is proud to now call Idaho home. Kayla is excited to be a part of the leadership team at B.A. Harris where she implements, organizes, and directs the operations of the firm.

Outside of work, Kayla can be found spending time with her family outdoors, streaming a new show, or enjoying game night with friends.

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Crystal Jensen

Crystal Jensen Client Services Specialist

Crystal is originally from Northern California but fell in love with the Treasure Valley, now calling it home. She is still working on her degree in Behavioral Psychology, with sights set on a Doctorate. Crystal joined B.A. Harris as a temporary admin for the 2020 tax season, enjoying it so much, she joined the team full time shortly after the season completed. Working with the variety of clients and fun team, brings her a great deal of fulfillment in her professional life.

She finds it hard to stay still and quiet when not working hard in the Firm. She loves finding trails, be it on a horse, a quad, in the Jeep, or even exploring our lakes and rivers with the family jetboat. You might also find her elbow deep in a semi-truck or random farm equipment. She loves living in farm country surrounded by horses and dogs. Crystal's life is vibrant and dynamic with unexpected adventure, both in the office as well as at home.

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Arla Kester CPA, Partner

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Karris Kimball CPA, Manager

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Tara O’Connor CPA, Manager

Tara O’Connor

Greg Stalling CPA, Manager

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