Our Core Focus…

RPT services Charlotte NC and surrounding areas and offers a full range of services as consultants, tax advisors as well as accounting and reporting specialists for both businesses and individuals. Our core focus is the client and their needs, and is fundamental to our service delivery and value proposition. As a result, we naturally build trust and develop long-term relationships which help ensure our clients remain on target and well-positioned through the application of creative and innovative technology and strategy.


Building a profitable business is hardly ever easy, and it requires the right financial information to make effective business decisions. Gathering this information is typically constrained by several factors such as time, system integration, data integrity and process routines to mention a few. As business owners and key principal stakeholders attempt to navigate potential constraints, they often find themselves working longer and harder with very little result. At RPT, we have developed a cost-effective approach to working through these types of constraints, providing a summary of critical financial information to key stakeholders, allowing them to get back to doing what they do best.

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Whether you file your tax return as an individual, sole proprietor or corporation, the choice of working with a qualified tax advisor is essential to managing your tax filing program and liability. Crafting an understanding of the tax impact of life events and business decisions is key to effective budgeting and treasury management. Although tax liabilities are a cost of doing business or earning a living, they are unavoidable, however, they are minimizable with appropriate planning and strategy. RPT works closely with our clients throughout the year, keeping them “In the Know” to ensure they are in the best possible tax position.

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As a small business owner, the task of managing the day-to-day accounting and reporting function often takes away from customer focus, managing operations as well as managing overall sales growth. Whether internal financial management reporting or external financial statement reporting, to efficiently run your business, you need to have timely accurate financial statements. The old adage, “Garbage in, garbage out” applies and not only does this potentially impact your business decisions, but also impacts your tax reporting program as well. At RPT, we have extensive experience with managing data processing routines as well as desktop and cloud based accounting software.

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At RPT Consulting, our fractional CFO service is a cost sensitive approach that provides you with the support you need to plan and execute an effective strategy to manage these decisions…

RPT Consulting goes beyond tax compliance and takes a consultative approach to recommending tax saving strategies to maximize your after-tax income…

RPT Consulting removes this burden from you, the business owner, and allows you to focus on the core of your business and what you do best…

Our Culture

RPT is a boutique consulting, tax and accounting practice that is committed to helping our clients improve their short and long-term financial success. Our approach is to continuously improve our client focus and working relationship through professionalism, responsiveness and quality by delivering an unprecedented level of service and expertise.


By combining experience and a genuine interest in helping our clients, each client receives close personal and professional attention.


Businesses and individuals who choose RPT have come to expect competent and timely advice, and that is what we deliver to you.


RPT is known for the quality of its service. Our primary goal is to provide insightful advice to enable our clients to make informed decisions.

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Our Story

Robert Trautwein - Certified Public Accountant

RPT was formed by a CPA who began his career at Price Waterhouse Coopers working several years in both tax and audit. Robert P. Trautwein has over 18 years of experience in the fields of accounting, tax and finance ranging from fortune 500 publicly traded companies to small privately owned entities and start-ups. His experience spans various industries and capacities and has been enhanced by several years as a consultant within challenged environments.

Robert has consulted for several companies including 99 Cents Only Stores, Irwin Naturals, Robbins Brothers, THQ, Pinkberry Ventures, Inc., OPI Products, Inc. and Conde Nast. While at Price Waterhoue Coopers, Robert’s audit clients included The Cheesecake Factory Inc., The Wolfgang Puck Food Company, Inc., Gelson’s Markets, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and Crystal Cruises.

Robert is a member of Beta Alpha Psi and graduate of the Marshall School of Business and the Leventhal School of Accounting at University of Southern California and is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (ncaCPA). Robert holds licenses to practice public accounting in both North Carolina and California.

After spending several years working as a consultant for large corporations, Robert saw several opportunities that would allow individuals and small business owners to benefit from his experience. RPT works to develop cost effective solutions to optimize the accounting and reporting function, tax filing and other compliance reporting routines that are often challenging for individuals and small businesses.

Robert Trautwein can be reached at 704-552-3700 or e-mail at info@rptconsulting.com


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News Corner

Any accounting, business or tax advice contained in this communication, including attachments and enclosures, is not intended as a thorough, in-depth analysis of specific issues, nor a substitute for a formal opinion, nor is it sufficient to avoid tax-related penalties. If desired, we would be pleased to perform the requisite research and provide you with a detailed written analysis. Such an engagement may be the subject of a separate engagement letter that would define the scope and limits of the desired consultation services.

2018 Tax News & Industry Updates

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2018 Newsletter – Vol 6 Issue 4

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2018 Newsletter – Vol 6 Issue 3

The Health Savings Account (HSA) annual limitations for 2018 have been modified once again.
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2018 Newsletter – Vol 6 Issue 2

Following continuing threats to taxpayers, the IRS has listed email phishing schemes as a top filing season concern and part of the annual listing of the Dirty Dozen tax scams for 2018.
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2018 Newsletter – Vol 6 Issue 1

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2017 Tax News & Industry Updates

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2017 Newsletter – Vol 5 Issue 4

The Tax Court continues to issue rulings on LLC members who are subject to SE tax on their distributive share of profits.
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2017 Newsletter – Vol 5 Issue 3

The IRS has created a special new page on www.irs.gov to help taxpayers determine if a person visiting their home or place of business claiming to be from the IRS is legitimate or an imposter.
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2017 Newsletter – Vol 5 Issue 2

The IRS has announced that electronic and paper re­turns will continue to be accepted for processing in instances where a …
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2017 Newsletter – Vol 5 Issue 1

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2016 Tax News & Industry Updates

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2016 Newsletter – Vol. 4 Issue 4

The IRS has announced initial plans for processing tax returns involving the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Additional …
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2016 Newsletter Vol 4. Issue 3

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2016 Newsletter Vol. 4 Issue 2

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