About the Team at Les Merritt, CPA, CFP® PC

We have a very personable, helpful, resourceful and experienced team. Our clients come from all professions; from farmers and sole proprietors to lawyers, government officials, associations and corporations.

Our principal, Les Merritt, CPA, CFP® professional, has years of demonstrated excellence in the profession, four years in elected public office as State Auditor and as a member of the North Carolina Council of State. Yet, whether in public or client service Les is known for his down-to-earth manner.

Our accountants and associates are both helpful and sticklers for excellence, just as Les Merritt is and there are some reasons; read on.

Leslie W. (Les) Merritt, Jr. CPA, CFP®

Les Merritt is now recommended to people like you wanting the best in tax advise and services by America’s most trusted financial voice, Dave Ramsey!

Merritt served as State Auditor of North Carolina from January 2005 until January 2009 and as executive director of the Foundation for Ethics in Public Service, Inc. from mid-2009 until early 2011.

Merritt was the first Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to serve as North Carolina’s State Auditor. As State Auditor, he served on North Carolina’s Council of State, as a member of the Local Government Commission and led an agency with more than 200 employees, all responsible for the fiscal and financial accountability of all elements of the government of the state of North Carolina.

Prior to his election as State Auditor, Merritt was an owner and managing partner in privately held accounting and auditing firms for over twenty (20) years.


Merritt has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) professional since 1981 and he became a Certified Financial Planner™ professional in 1986.

Known for his financial prowess and commitment to public and private service, Merritt has served on numerous boards and commissions, having served as a Wake County Commissioner from 1994 through 1998 and is the a former member of  the Board of Directors of the mammoth health care system, Wake Med.

In preparation for his accounting profession, Merritt spent several years in the banking industry.  He earned degrees in accounting and economics from North Carolina State University.

Les Merritt is a member of:

NCACPA – The North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants

AICPA – American Institute of CPAs

Merritt is a past president of the Zebulon Elementary School PTA, Zebulon Rotary Club and Zebulon Lions Club and served as a member of the Zebulon Chamber of Commerce, where he also served on the Board of Directors.

Les Merritt’s firm serving the Triangle and beyond from downtown Zebulon, the same town where he and his wife Cheryl reside.

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