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About Us

Tax Return Preparation and Planning

Ana Duke, EA  and NTPI Fellow, and James Duke, CTEC, are experienced in all areas of tax preparation, including individual, small business, partnerships, corporations, estates, and trusts. In most cases your return is prepared during your comprehensive interview. We use the highest quality computers and software so that your return is complete, correct and timely.

The tax laws are very complex. We think you deserve to understand the laws that apply to you. We can walk you through the things you don't understand. Many clients like to come in and ask questions before they make a major decision such as selling an asset, drawing money from a retirement account, buying a home, etc.

For more information on Enrolled Agents (EA) visit the National Association of Enrolled Agents.

For more information on CTEC visit the California Tax Education Council.

Bookkeeping and Payroll

James Duke also specializes in Payroll and Bookkeeping.  These services include preparing payroll checks and records, direct deposit of employee paychecks, state and federal employee tax forms and payments, and worker's compensation and department of labor reporting.   James has experience with for-profit businesses as well as non-profit groups


Better Ledger, Inc. serves clients throughout the area, dedicated to providing our clients with professional, personalized services and guidance in a wide range of financial and business needs.

On this website, you will find information about Better Ledger, Inc., including our list of services. We have also provided you with online resources to assist in the tax process and financial decision-making. These tools include downloadable tax forms and publications, financial calculators, news and links to other useful sites. Whether you are an individual or business in or around Bakersfield, Better Ledger, Inc. has years of valuable experience assisting you with your tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs.

We welcome any questions or comments you may have. Feel free to contact us us at any time.


For Bookkeeping and Payroll

Call or Text: (661) 871-1625

Fax: (661) 840-5735



For all Income Tax Services

Call or Text: (661) 871-1625

Fax: (661) 840-5735




  • Better Ledger, Inc.
  • 2331 California Avenue
  • Bakersfield, CA 93304