Our founder, Mr. Beane, is a New Hampshire native whose experiences and professionalism shaped Dana S. Beane & Company, P.C. He joined the Navy and flew F6F Hellcats from an aircraft carrier in the North Atlantic. After World War II he followed his dad's dream of becoming a Certified Public Accountant. He attended Bentley College when it was located in downtown Boston. One of his first battles with the IRS took place early in his career. A client was accused of fraud and during the audit he passed away. Mr. Beane and the decedent's probate attorney, Hugh Bownes (who became Justice Bownes of the First Circuit Court of Appeals,) were left to defend the assets and character of the decedent. The examiner presented a list of unreported sales by the taxpayer. The auditor's source was various businesses with cancelled checks payable to the decendent for goods purchased, all unreported by the taxpayer . . . . an ironclad case. Mr. Beane took the list and chased down each and every company and determined that the list was a fraud! When meeting with the District Director in Boston the two representatives were threatened that their careers would end if they pursued the matter. Both gentlemen were rather shook up as they left the Boston Federal Building with Attorney Bownes asking Beane if he was certain of the fraud. Justice eventually prevailed and the perpetrators were fired or sent to Alaska. The real story however, is that the experience left an everlasting distrust of those holding and waving badges and a career and firm dedicated to exposing overzealous IRS examiners. Mr. Beane retired in 1988 and passed away on August 26, 2009.
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