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About Us

About Our Firm

We believe in the value of relationships. We view every client relationship like a partnership, and truly believe that our success is a result of your success.

We are committed to providing close, personal attention to our clients. We take pride in giving you the assurance that the personal assistance you receive comes from years of advanced training and technical experience. Our continual investment of time and resources in professional continuing education, state-of-the-art computer technology and extensive business relationships is indicative of our commitment to excellence.

We strongly believe in community involvement. Members of our staff have been actively involved in such community organizations as: Columbia City Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement, Kiwanis, American Cancer Society, United Way, Relay for Life, Interfaith Mission, and Passages.

Our Mission

At Starr CPA & Associates, LLC, our mission is to provide excellent accounting, tax and management advisory services in a professional, timely manner while remaining active participants in our community. Our quality trained staff cares and will achieve this through strong client relations by listening and providing professional advice to bring forth prosperity and success, exceeding expectations and accomplishing clients and company goals.

Our Team

Jay C. Starr, CPA
Managing Member

Jay graduated from Manchester College in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting. He has worked in Columbia City for over 30 years. Jay is past president of the local Kiwanis Club and Whittington Home for Girls, past board member of Peabody Library Board, past Redevelopment Commissioner and is currently a board member of the Columbia City Chamber of Commerce and member of the finance committee of Passages, Inc. He joined the Columbia City office in 1978 and became the manager in 1981. Jay works with individual, corporate and partnership tax preparation services and handles much of the tax, estate planning and business consulting services for the office. (260) 244-7611



Scott E. Duffitt, EA
Tax Manager



Scott graduated from Manchester College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. Scott grew up in Elwood, IN, but moved to Columbia City in 1995 when he joined the office. Scott currently lives in Churubusco with his wife. Scott is actively involved with Junior Achievement of Whitley County, serving as a board member, committee member and classroom Volunteer. He also serves on the Columbia City Chamber of Commerce Finance Committee. Scott serves as both a tax and business consultant for clients. His main areas of focus are individual, corporate, partnership, fiduciary and estate tax preparation and consultation. Scott serves as a business consultant by setting up and training clients on using QuickBooks computer software, reviewing client prepared financial statements and offering timely advice on various business issues. (260) 244-7611