A Step Above Tax & Accounting, LLC

A Step Above Tax & Accounting, LLC delivers accounting and tax preparation services with integrity and objectivity. We take a problem-solving approach to helping our clients with their business and personal financial needs.

Our accounting professionals are federally licensed and are able to represent clients across state lines. Our clients cover the eastern United States including Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, DC, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.

We provide quality accounting and tax services to our clients while dedicating extensive resources to maintaining and improving our knowledge to help solve our clients’ business tax and accounting needs.

Our office is conveniently located in east Charlotte near Matthews, NC just off North Sardis Road between Independence Boulevard and Monroe Road. Please call for an appointment.

Peggy Bartsch, Owner

Peggy Bartsch

Peggy Bartsch founded A Step Above Tax and Accounting, LLC in 2009. She has twenty years of Accounting, Tax and Bookkeeping experience working with C-Corps, S-Corps, Partnerships, Non-Profits, and LLCs. She is proficient in QuickBooks, Peachtree, Lacerte, ProSeries, CFS Payroll System, and Microsoft Office software applications.

In 2014 and 2015, Peggy was elected by her peers to serve as Secretary for the Charlotte Chapter of the North Carolina Society of Accountants. Peggy was also elected to Vice President of the North Carolina Society of Accounts for the Charlotte Chapter in 2016 and she is the Chair for the NCSA annual Tax Practitioners’ Forum in Greensboro since 2015.

She attended California State University, Fullerton where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

Her high quality work ethic along with her attention to detail have helped Peggy to become a successful business professional with long-lasting and trusted client relationships.

eaAs a federally licensed Enrolled Agent, the highest credential awarded by the Internal Revenue Service, Peggy has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the IRS covering individual and business tax returns.


An enrolled agent is a federally authorized tax practitioner empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Enrolled agent status is the highest credential awarded by the IRS. The EA credential is recognized across all 50 U.S. states. Attorneys and certified public accountants (CPAs) are licensed on a state by state basis, and are also empowered by the Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before the IRS.

Internal Revenue Service

  • QuickBooks ProAdvisor
  • Enrolled Agent
  • Accounting
  • Tax Planning
  • Tax Preparation
  • Bookkeeping
  • Payroll
  • Consulting


Membership Affiliations


Software Accreditation
  • QuickBooks ProAdvisor Program


What Others Have to Say About Peggy…

I have known Peggy Bartsch for several years and had the opportunity to observe her attention to detail with her clients, high level ethical standards, taking charge of difficult tax returns, etc. and resolving them to the satisfaction of clients while maintaining generally accepted accounting standards. I know for a fact she is willing and able to invest long hours and days to accomplish the goals and as a result is selected to tackle the most difficult corporate returns and task regularly. I would and do without reservation recommend her for any accounting or bookkeeping related job as either an employee, consultant or other.

Steve Edwards Vice President, Capitol Benefits, LLC


Peggy is a hard working professional that really understands how a business runs and how to keep the books to make sure the owners stay well informed. I referred work to her whenever I could because I knew she would take care of my clients bookkeeping and accounting needs and I would never worry whether things were being done right. I knew they were being done right.  I highly recommend her if you are looking for bookkeeping services!

Joe Maloney Member, S&K Accounting Software, LLC

I worked with Peggy for approximately 2 years during which time she showed a dedication to her position as accountant and tax preparer interfacing with clients and resolving difficult tax and accounting issues for our firm.

I can absolutely recommend Peggy for any level of write up, tax preparation and tax resolution issue that a client may have. I especially was grateful to Peggy for taking initiative on jobs that typically would require intense oversight and for completing those jobs in an exemplary manner.

I am sure any client will be thrilled to have Peggy’s professionalism and experience on the job.

Frank Crowe President, Frank L. Crowe CPA PC


Peggy is a top notch accountant with a deep knowledge of not only accounting and bookkeeping but also tax law.  She is detail oriented and gets great results for clients using her knowledge.

Frank Stitely Partner, Stitely and Karstetters, CPAs