About Us

Simons Accountancy was originally founded to specifically address the business issues facing private companies. Closely held companies encounter numerous obstacles during their life cycles, including issues such as initial capitalization, development, expansion, mergers and acquisitions, reorganization and business perpetuation. We do not presume to have the answers to all questions, but we do have the expertise and knowledge to bring the right party to the table.

In 1978, Gene Durst, CPA began practicing in Anaheim Hills, California. His practice consisted mainly of bookkeeping (or write-up) services, compiling financial statements, providing tax returns and consulting. In 1993, Gene Durst incorporated the once privately independent firm and Durst Accountancy Corporation was established. As of September 2002, the name of the company was changed to Durst and Simons, Certified Public Accountants when Ed Simons was named as a partner. Gene Durst officially retired in June 2004 and the company name was changed to Simons Accountancy Corporation.

Ed Simons, CPA, MST

Ed Simons is a licensed CPA with over twenty years of full and part-time experience in accounting for small businesses and individuals, including: generating compiled, reviewed and audited financial statements; preparing individual, partnership, corporate and trust income tax returns; and payroll, property and sales tax compliance.

Professional Background
Ed Simons’ experience at several small CPA firms included tax preparation for individuals, C-Corporations, S-Corporations, partnerships, LLC’s, and trusts (not including estate or gift). Ed has handled individual clients with a net worth in excess of $20 million, and corporate clientele ranged from closely held corporations to publicly traded companies.

In addition, Ed has performed transactional planning and tax research, prepared annual compilations, reviews and audits. Ed also has experience performing other business-related services including payroll and related compliance; monthly, quarterly and annual bookkeeping work; and sales tax compliance. From time to time, Ed has advised on various consulting projects for the small business client.

Ed deals directly with the client and/or the client’s bookkeeper, and therefore takes pride in quality work and prompt, courteous service. In fact, he strives to return client phone calls and e-mails the same day.

Ed’s goal is reflected in the firm’s Mission Statement: “To provide quality tax, accounting, and other business services to our clients on a timely basis for a reasonable fee, while helping our clients succeed and improve, both personally and professionally.”

Academic Credentials
Ed earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from California State University of Fullerton, and his Masters in Taxation from Golden Gate University. Ed is a proud member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.