Background & Experience

James Eaton is a Principal in KatzAbosch’s Tax Department and Co-Chair of the firm’s Personal Financial Planning Group, he joined the firm in 2013. James works alongside clients’ trusted advisors such as attorneys, investment advisors and insurance providers to help navigate the increasingly complex legal environment to achieve family, business and philanthropic goals. Clients’ objectives often include issues such as tax efficient inter-generational wealth transfer or structured philanthropic giving plans. James’ experience with complex business and real estate taxation make him uniquely well suited to working with the owners of the firm’s core closely held business clients. James has also been identified as the firm’s Subject Matter Expert (SME) on the Affordable Care Act and has represented the firm extensively in both media and public speaking engagements.


  • Temple University – Fox School of Business, BBA Accounting
  • Salisbury University – Perdue School of Business, MBA

Areas of Specialization

  • High net worth individual and family tax planning and compliance including business, individual, and foreign tax filings
  • Consulting with clients’ trusted advisors to develop tax efficient entity structuring, business continuity planning and inter-generational wealth transfer
  • Coordination with clients to achieve investments, insurance, estate / trust / gift planning and social security goals
  • Analysis and preparation of partnership and corporate tax returns in fields such as real estate, consulting, and development.

Professional Designations

  • Maryland Insurance Producer Licensee (life, health, credit, travel), 2017
  • AICPA Personal Financial Planning Specialist, 2015
  • Certified Public Accountant, 2010

Professional Affiliations and Civic Involvement

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • Treasurer: Christ Lutheran Church Foundation – Baltimore, MD
  • Professor: Towson University School of Business – Towson, MD