Tami Knight graduated magna cum laude from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in August 1999, obtaining a bachelor of science degree in accounting. She then obtained her master’s degree with a concentration in taxation from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in May 2001. She sat and passed all four parts of the Certified Public Accountant Exam in November 1999 and became a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois in August 2001.
On December 14, 2000, while completing her graduate program at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Tami was hired as a full-time intern with the Mt. Vernon, Illinois office. Upon graduation, Tami began full-time employment with Kemper CPA Group LLP. In September 2004, she was promoted to manager, and in December 2006, transferred to Kemper’s Marion, Illinois office. In December 2008, Tami was promoted to partner and became the partner-in-charge of Kemper’s new office in Mattoon, Illinois.
Working for Kemper CPA Group LLP has allowed Tami to obtain experience in preparing individual, partnership, corporate, fiduciary, and estate tax returns. Much of her experience, however, has included acting as auditor, supervisor, and reviewer for numerous audits for small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and various governmental entities such as financial and compliance audits through different State of Illinois offices.