Our Firm

Gerald Barr PC Certified Public AccountantsWe combine the experience of a large firm with the personal attention that only a small firm can provide. Our clients come back to us year after year because they know they are in good hands. We work to develop long-term relationships; whether your needs are simple or complex, we can help.

The principals of the firm, Gerald Barr and Joel Epstein, Certified Public Accountants with over 90 years of public accounting experience between them, are well qualified to serve all your tax and accounting needs.  We combine the experience of a large firm with the personal attention that only a small firm can provide.

Our People


After completion of a tour of duty in the United States Navy, Jerry entered Temple University, graduating in 1963 as an Accounting Major with a BS in Business Administration.  He has been in public accounting since 1966 and became a Certified Public Accountant in July 1970.  He started his own accounting practice in 1972.

Jerry is an active member of the PICPA, PSTAP and NSA.  Jerry has served as President of the Philadelphia chapter of NCCPAP.  His vast experience in varying facets of the profession has enabled him to not only stay abreast of ever changing accounting trends and tax laws, but make sense of them to better serve the needs of his clients.

Jerry has lived in the greater Philadelphia area his entire life, raising his family here and becoming a respected member of the local community.  He firmly believe in giving back as much as possible by serving as an officer and board member of several local non-profit organizations.

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Graduated from Philadelphia University in 1971 with a BS in Accounting.  Joel worked in the private sector for two years when he decided that his goal was to become a certified public accountant. He joined a local accounting firm which later became part of J.K. Lasser & Co. Realizing that the large firm culture was not what he wanted,  Joel returned to a small  accounting firm  which  merged with Gerald Barr P.C. in 1984. Joel enjoys the close personal relationships developed with his clients over the years and is proud to say that many  of these relationships have become personal friendships.

Joel became a CPA  in November 1980.  He is an active member of the PICPA and PSTAP

He has served on the board of  several nonprofit organizations.

Joel and his family have lived in the Philadelphia area all of their lives.

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