Our Firm

We combine the experience of a large firm with the personal attention that only a small firm can provide. Our clients come back to us year after year because they know they are in good hands. We work to develop long-term relationships; whether your needs are simple or complex, we can help.

Please take a moment and read more about our historyour credentials, and our areas of specialization. If you have any questions or would like more detailed information about how we can help you, don't hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to serve you.

Our People

Renee M. Virlee, CPA graduated with a B.S. degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Accountancy from the University of Iowa. She joined the predecessor firm, Pearson & Associates, in 2016 and took over as owner of Pearson & Virlee, PC in 2021.  She has more than 10 years of experience in public accounting.  Renee specializes in corporate, partnership, and personal tax return preparation and planning, financial statement preparation, bookkeeping, and small business consulting.  

Renee enjoys spending time with family and friends, backpacking, international travel, and gardening.  Renee and her husband operate a small family farm and have two children.

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Tracy Pearson, CPA graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. degree in accounting.  She founded the firm in 2005 after working at local CPA firms.  Tracy’s expertise includes small business consulting, assisting with business start-ups, financial statement preparation, nonprofit organizations, and payroll services. She is a QuickBooks Pro Advisor. Tracy specializes in tax planning and compliance, IRS problem resolution, tax planning and preparation for businesses, estates, trusts, and individuals.   With a farming background, Tracy brings a wide range of skills and expertise to families and organizations engaged in farming and agribusiness.   She also serves clients in other industries including construction, medical, retail and nonprofit.

Tracy and her husband like to spend time with their children and grandchildren doing outside activities including riding bikes, boating, gardening, and watching baseball.

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Katie Stephens graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. degree in accounting.  She joined the firm in 2019 and has worked in public accounting for more than 10 years.  Katie assists in preparing corporate, partnership, and individual tax returns as well as payroll preparation and payroll tax reporting.

Katie and her husband love being able to attend all of their children’s activities as well as vacationing and exploring different parts of the country.

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Alesha Boots, CPA graduated from Coe College with a B.A. degree in public accounting and business administration. She joined the firm in 2021 and has 5 years of experience in public accounting. Alesha assists in preparing corporate, partnership, and individual tax returns. She is also responsible for payroll preparation and payroll tax reporting.

Alesha enjoys spending time outdoors and hanging out with friends and family.

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Amy 2018Amy Blackwell joined the firm in 2005 and is the Office Manager.  In addition to managing the office, Amy is responsible for payroll preparation and tax reporting, bookkeeping services, and QuickBooks assistance.  She also supports our firm with administrative functions and provides excellent service to our clients. 

Amy enjoys spending time with her son and extended family and friends.  She enjoys reading, movies, and traveling.

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Our History

In 2021 Renee Virlee created Pearson & Virlee, PC, taking over ownership from the preceding company Pearson & Associates, PC (formed by Tracy Pearson in 2005).   From the start until today we have focused on the client and a quality product.  You won't spend time training a different accountant about your circumstances or business climate at each appointment and phone call since we know you.  We have locations in Cedar Rapids as well as Mount Vernon for your convenience.

Our Credentials

Our firm participates in the Peer Review program prescribed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants. Our firm was last reviewed in September 2021. The resulting report stated that all of our accounting practices and procedures complied with or exceeded the standards of the industry.

Our Areas of Specialization

We specialize in individual, business, estate, and trust tax preparation as well as nonprofit accounting and taxes. We have extensive experience in agricultural businesses.  We are Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisors and can assist you in payroll preparation or general questions.

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Areas of Service: Accountant Mount Vernon IA, CPA Mount Vernon IA, Tax Mount Vernon IA, Quickbooks Mount Vernon IA, Quickbooks Advisor Mount Vernon IA, Audit Mount Vernon IA,  Financial Statements Mount Vernon IA