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Biography - Peter Jason Riley, CPA

Read about Peter in a recent newspaper article.

I have been in business in Newburyport for over 20 years. The practice originally started out as individual tax return preparation and gradually grew. I officially started the firm of Riley & Associates, PC in the fall of 2001.

My initial education was pure liberal arts - English, music, philosophy and history at Northeastern University in Boston. In my thirties I went back to school and received my Associates Degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill. I then continued my education at Merrimack College in Andover and received a BS in Accounting in May of 1992 In December of 1990 I took the two-day I.R.S. Enrolled Agent's tax certification exam and passed in the first sitting. On graduation from Merrimack College I sat for and passed the C.P.A. exam at the first sitting. The Massachusetts Society of C.P.A.'s consequently awarded me a special certificate for being one of only 169 first time passers out of the approximately 3,800 that took the exam that year in the state of Massachusetts. I have continued to make rigorous education a part of my career.

My passion outside of my business and family is music. I am an amateur guitar player CD and photography collector. When you visit our office be sure to take time to view my extensive collection of autographs and photos. It features people such as blues greats Muddy Waters & Howlin' Wolf, jazz giants Louis Armstrong & Diana Krall and rock legends Fats Domino, the Rolling Stones & Bruce Springsteen. You might also enjoy my display of vintage photos of Marilyn Monroe and rare photos of The Beatles.

My Favorite Websites

BLUES WORLD - Links to many great sites for lovers of Blues music.
The Delta Blues Museum - The Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, MI
Tax History Project - Fun tax history site with copies of Presidential Income Tax Returns
All Music Guide - The Internets best reference for recorded music and CD's in print
Backstreet Magazine - Best Bruce Springsteen website
Pollstar - Music site that lists all touring schedules for all artists currently on tour
Goldmine Magazine - One of my favorite music magazines
The All Movie Guide - Comprehensive source of movie information
STAX Museum of American Soul - Fabulous museum in Memphis, TN
John Pizzarelli - Home of the "Radio Deluxe" show and the Great American Songbook online
The Boston Camerata - one of the many music organizations we support
Lowell Summer Music Series - one of the very best music series in New England
Lowell Folk Festival - a national treasure
Scullers Jazz Club - one of my favorite jazz clubs


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