Rachel Arendt, CPA

Personal Formation and Forte

Rachel joined Burkhart & Company after graduating Summa Cum Laude from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting. While attending Middle Tennessee State University, Rachel received recognition for the Financial Executive Institute award, highest GPA of senior accounting majors, first place in the Middle Tennessee State University Oral Competition, and the Accounting Alumni Appreciation Day award.

Rachel has the aptitude to work through very complex tax issues and then translate the outcome in simple terms. She approaches every engagement with the priority of establishing a warm and sincere relationship with the client, gaining an understanding of their interests and priorities. She sets an example to all of her colleagues as to how to own job responsibilities and wear them with a smile.

Turning Points

  • Having her career focus snap in place upon taking her first accounting course in college.
  • Experiencing the joy in helping others during life struggles and the associated importance of family support.
  • Receiving positive feedback from her peers and clients that she excels in the two most important aspects of public accounting – loving people and taking on challenging technical work.

Practice Emphasis

Rachel’s primary focus is towards serving families and trusts with concentration in:

  • Trust accounting and tax compliance,
  • Taxation  of investment transactions,
  • Accounting and special allocations for partnerships and limited liability companies, and
  • Financial accounting and tax management for the service business.

Broader Interests

Since high school, Rachel has been an avid runner who enjoys reading while completing her early morning runs on the treadmill. She and her husband, Andy, stay on the go with their three wonderful children. A family favorite consists of summer days spent on the lake surrounded by family and friends. When her three generation family gathers on Sunday afternoons to break bread they total thirty-four and counting.  Rachel serves on the board of the Estate Planning Council and is also active in her church where she teaches preschool children.