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Christopher Distefano

Christopher Distefano


Member of the Firm
Tax & Accounting Services

York, PA


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With more than 30 years of experience, Chris specializes in providing tax and consulting services to for-profit companies with a focus on small and medium sized firms and construction companies. He also provides individual tax clients with tax minimization strategies and planning in addition to traditional compliance services.

Chris serves as Member-in-Charge of the firm’s York office. 

Quick Facts

  • Professional Memberships

    • American Institute of CPAs - Member
    • Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs - Member
    • Forty Under 40 Honoree, Central Penn Business Journal
  • Community Involvement

    • Appell Center for the Performing Arts – Past Finance Committee
    • Hanover Community Progress Council – Past Treasurer
    • Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce – Past Board Member
    • Hanover Kiwanis Club – Past President


  • Certified Public Accountant – Pennsylvania


  • B.S. Accounting – Pennsylvania State University

Work Highlights

  • Year joined SEK: 1989
  • Year admitted as a Member: 2002

Q&A with Chris

  • What was your first job?

    I was a dishwasher at Moser's Family Restaurant at 14 years old.

  • What are your hobbies?

    Travel. I was in New Orleans during and through Hurricane Katrina and have visited the city over 10 times since.

  • What makes you get out of bed every day?

    The drive to succeed and serve clients; training and sharing my knowledge with the team

  • What is your most prized possession?

    A Rolex, which was a gift from my wife as part of my 30th work anniversary and 30th wedding anniversary; that said, possessions as a whole are definitely not my thing.

My Industry Specialties

  • Construction
  • Closely-Held Businesses

My Service Specialties

  • Business Accounting & Advisory
  • Tax & Compliance

Client Testimonials

  • Chris and his team have been an incredible team to work with over the years. I would highly recommend Chris and his team to anyone looking for excellent accounting services.

    A Hanover Tax Client

  • Provides heartfelt and truthful information and/or advice for my business and personal finances and general economics.

    A Hanover Tax Client

  • I truly appreciate the long-term relationships I've had with Chris Distefano. He has assembled a team that addresses our needs, and that has made our annual review and tax planning very efficient.

    A Hanover Tax Client

  • We highly recommend SEK to anyone seeking advice or services in the area of taxes, finances or wealth management services. For several years now, we have enjoyed consistently high-quality service and advice from our representative at SEK, Mr. Christopher Distefano. In addition to tax preparation each year, he also ensures that our foreign assets are correctly reported to the U.S. Government and has also advised us on estate planning and the establishment of a non-profit organization. We know that even for matters which may not fall in his scope of endeavors, there is no topic on which we could enquire for which he would not be able to act as a guide to connect us with the right resources in SEK. We have had nothing but positive experiences in many areas with Mr. Distefano and SEK.

    A York Tax Client

  • We have been using Chris for several years for business and personal taxes, he has become a friend. It is nice to have a personal connection.

    A Hanover Tax Client

  • Chris Distefano and his team have been life savers for me and our business. They are there whenever I/we need help and are always proactive with things to help our business run smoothly. Chris has guided us and helped us immensely over the years!! I would really be lost without these wonderful people!!

    A Hanover Tax Client

  • What can I say - Chris is a great guy and has been helping us for many years now. He knows his job very well and has guided us through many situations over the years. We could never thank him enough for all he has done for us. We value his advice and appreciate all the help he gives us along the way. I would recommend him and SEK to anyone looking for a great accounting firm!

    A Hanover Tax Client

  • Chris Distefano is a valued partner for us. He's always provided sound advice in a timely manner and is very in tune to our needs.

    A Hanover Tax Client

  • Chris Distefano is an ace. I would not be happy with a second stringer.

    A Hanover Tax Client

  • Chris has gone out of his way to help us understand, plan, avoid mistakes, and make proper financial decisions.

    A York Tax Client

  • Chris Distefano is thorough, professional and personable to work with! He is knowledgeable and able to answer any questions we may have.

    A York Tax Client

  • Chris is personable, professional, and always able to answer our questions quickly, accurately, and concisely.

    A York Tax Client

  • Chris has always been very up front on any question or concern we may have had. He reviews our account regularly and gives us his advice, which has proven to be very helpful.

    A Hanover Tax Client

  • Chris is smart, trustworthy, and an all-around good guy. Since the day we met him, he has done nothing but help us stay on track and run our company to the best of our ability. He takes the time to sit with us a couple of times a year and go over things and make sure that we keep on the right track. His advice has been so helpful over the years. We have come to think of Chris as a good friend and not just a brilliant accountant!

    A York Tax Client

  • Communication is always clear, crisp, and concise and Chris prioritizes my needs while setting good expectations.

    A York Tax Client

  • Chris has been dynamic and anticipated the support our company has needed. Best decision I made in 2018 was to move my accounting business to Chris.

    A York Tax Client

  • We have always received excellent service and good advice from SEK, both in the Chambersburg and now the York locations. We have a 'mildly different' portfolio of tax reporting needs, including foreign retirement accounts, which require reporting at a different time of the year than income tax filing and SEK has always made sure we are in compliance with federal, state, and local tax requirements. I highly recommend Chris Distefano and everyone at the York office to anyone looking for highly professional assistance.

    A York Tax Client

  • I truly appreciate the long term relationship we have with our CPA, Chris Distefano. It's nice that he has a thorough understanding of our business and my personal financial situation and can provide holistic guidance.

    A Hanover Tax Client

  • Chris employs the additional effort to make sure we are paying only the exact amount of tax owed and receiving credit for everything to which we are entitled. He always puts in extra effort despite the hectic nature of the tax preparation season.

    A York Tax Client

  • Chris is always quick to respond to our inquiries and takes care of our needs even though we are an out of state client.

    A Hanover Tax Client

  • Chris does a great job giving advice. He is always there to answer questions, if not on the first call he gets back to me very quickly. Thank you to Chris and his team for a job well done.

    A York Tax Client


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