About Us

To meet the needs of our clients, Bankes Planning Associates was established as a St. Petersburg, FL CPA firm to provide accounting, tax, and business advisory services to corporations, small businesses, and individuals. Recognizing that each client has unique goals, we tailor our services to meet your specific needs. We have industry-specific accounting solutions for doctors, dentists, professional athletes, law firms, and real estate businesses.

Contact us now to learn more about our accounting firm and the accounting, tax, and consulting services we provide that will help your business grow and succeed. Give us a call at 727-328-2900 today. There is no cost or obligation for the introductory consultation.

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James A. Bankes, CPA/PFS

Jim Bankes CPAJames Bankes is the owner of Bankes Planning Associates, a CPA and financial advisory firm serving clients throughout Florida and across 15 other states. Jim has experience working with businesses providing trusted advice, financial solutions and guidance to help them manage cash flow, plan for the future, and grow their businesses.

Jim has been a practicing Certified Public Accountant for over 23 years. He has worked with hundreds of businesses across a variety of industries including medical, professional services, retail, manufacturing, distribution and real estate. He has the ability to understand the unique challenges facing small business owners and the experience to provide the right solutions.

Graduated from Rowan University (NJ) with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He worked for a mid-sized CPA firm in Moorestown, NJ and a Family Office Trust Company in Jenkintown, PA before launching his practice in Tampa Bay in May 2002.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Registered Investment Advisor Representative and licensed in securities and insurance in 10 states and clears through TD Ameritrade.
  • Certified Public Accountant in Florida and New Jersey
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Suncoast Estate Planning Council
  • Institute of Dental CPA’s
  • Central District Association (Historic St. Petersburg)
  • St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

Jim also works very closely with several charitable organizations in Tampa Bay.


Patti Bankes, Director of Public Relations

Patti Bankes, an established entrepreneur and Tampa native, works closely with James Bankes, CPA/PFS to provide an all-inclusive financial experience. She serves as the Director of Public Relations and focuses on client satisfaction. She is the crucial link between the client and the expansive resources at our disposal.

Patti brings over eighteen years working in sales in marketing and efficiently manages relationships.