Raymond C. Bass, CPA


Raymond C. Bass, CPA


Ray earned his undergraduate degree in Finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Ray began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co. in Chicago, where he was a senior auditor. Ray continued his career with a large privately held company in the mail order business as a senior financial advisor.  Beginning his practice in public accounting in 1981, he eventually formed a firm in Palatine, Illinois with Harold Solomon, known as Bass, Solomon & Co., Ltd., and then in 1992 Greg Dowell joined with Ray and Harold to form the firm that would eventually become known as Bass, Solomon & Dowell, LLP. Ray continues to provide a wide range of services to businesses and individuals, but he particularly focuses on income tax, consulting with business owners, and participating in the audit process for larger business clients.  Much of his time is devoted to small and medium sized businesses, for which he provides accounting services and consults on tax matters, financing issues, retirement planning, and strategic planning. Ray also spends time in the areas of estate and trust planning.  In addition, he works with individuals on income tax planning and preparation, financial planning, and retirement planning.

Activities and Associations

Ray is a member of the Illinois CPA Society and the American Institute of CPAs. Ray has taught classes in various accounting subjects for Arthur Andersen & Co. He continues to pursue continuing education courses in the areas of accounting, auditing, finance and taxation.

Members of Bass, Solomon & Dowell, LLP are encouraged to give back to their community. Ray has served in the following capacities:

  • Board Member Children’s Place Association
  • Treasurer, Children’s Place Association
  • President of Emergency and Support Services for Youth, Inc.
  • Board member of Chicago Club for Physically Handicapped Children
  • Treasurer of Wheeling Instrumental League
  • Member Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Finance Committee member of Synagogue
  • Speaker for various community organizations

Ray is married to Marcia and they enjoy the success of their two adult children. Ray actively participates in golf and racquet sports, and enjoys reading and walking. Ray’s e-mail address is rbass@dowellcpa.com.