Trusted for Generations

The firm was formed as a partnership on November 14, 1919 under the name Gary Audit Company.  The original three partners were Walter Goedecke, Charlie Silep and Wesley Ginder.  The firm was located in downtown Gary for its first 56 years.  Many of those years were at 504 Broadway (Gary State Bank Building).  In June 1975, the firm moved its office to 235 East 86th Avenue in Merrillville.  At the time, we were the first business on 86th Avenue and now it’s a busy commercial street that includes NiSource’s headquarters and the Chase Bank Centre. 

In the late 1960’s, the State of Indiana had the firm remove the word “Company” from its name since it was organized as a partnership.  That was when the firm changed its name to include its partners’ names: Swartz, Retson, Lindholm & Kettas.  The firm later incorporated and the name has since been shortened to Swartz, Retson & Co., P.C. 

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Our firm has been helping clients for generations.  We have helped newly formed and established companies through various changing economies and business environments.  We specialize in many areas, including audits, reviews, compilations, tax planning and preparation, succession planning, business valuation, ERISA and employee benefits, human resources and business consulting.  Our clients include construction, manufacturing, medical, wholesale distribution and automotive industries as well as nonprofit organizations.

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235 East 86th Avenue
Merrillville, IN 46410

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Our mission is to provide timely, professional, and ethical business advisory services to our clientele, be actively involved in our community and promote professional and personnel in a working environment that encourages initiative, innovation and teamwork


235 East 86th Avenue
    Merrillville, IN, 46410

Swartz Retson Northwest Indiana CPA Firm is trusted by clients in Lake County Indiana communities including Crown Point, Dyer, East Chicago, Gary, Hammond, Highland, Hobart, Merrillville, Munster, Schererville, and St John; and Porter County Indiana communities including Chesterton, Portage, and Valparaiso.


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  • Information we receive from you on applications, tax organizers, worksheets and other documents;
  • Information about your transactions with us, our affiliates, or others;
  • Information we receive from a consumer-reporting agency.

  • We do not disclose any nonpublic personal information about our clients or former clients to anyone, except as permitted by law.

    We restrict access to nonpublic personal information about you to those members of our firm who need to know that information to provide services to you. We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with federal regulations to guard your nonpublic personal information.

    If you have any questions about this policy, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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