Local CPA firms Hurley, Williams & Cook PS and Ball & Treger LLP have merged to create the Hearthstone CPA Group.

 The combination, which was effective December 1, will create the largest CPA office in Kitsap County as well as one of the biggest in the Puget Sound Region, according to the firm, which will have a staff of 23, including 16 CPAs.

Ball and Treger will be moving its office to the Hurley Williams & Cook office in the Hearthstone Center building at 4312 Kitsap Way in June.

“We view this merger as a significant benefit for clients of both firms, as well as our employees,” said the firms in a statement. “We remain committed to continuing to support all of our clients with their tax, accounting and auditing needs. Our clients will have increased levels of services and expertise and our firm’s employees will have additional opportunities for growth and expansion. By building on both firm’s strengths and reputations as CPAs in our community we will be able to continue to attract the most talented professionals in the industry.”

Hurley Williams was founded in 1986, and Ball & Treger in 1979. Both firms offer business auditing, accounting, tax and management advisory services, along with individual tax planning and preparation.

Mark Basinski of Transition Advisors assisted in this transaction.

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