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DeMoss Accounting And Bookkeeping Services PLLC logo
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DeMoss Accounting And Bookkeeping Services PLLC

1925 Rossville Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37408
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DeMoss Accounting And Bookkeeping Services PLLC is a Chattanooga-based firm providing accounting services particularly to small businesses and non-profit organizations. The company takes care of clients' financial matters and ensures that they can focus on growing their respective businesses. Aside from financial and accounting reporting services, Demoss Accounting And Bookkeeping Services also provides payroll and tax processing services using its knowledge of the latest technology. It also helps clients adapt to changes in government regulations in their areas.

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EJ Pelton, Certified Public Accountant - Brainerd

4412 Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37411
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EJ Pelton Company is a tax firm office aiding both individuals and small businesses in the Chattanooga, Tennessee with tax services and consultation more than 40 years. EJ Pelton Company was established in 1976 by Eric J. Pelton, a graduate of the University of Michigan, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Eric began investing in real estate after graduation and opened his restaurant before deciding to open a tax firm. EJ Pelton Company services include bookkeeping, payroll, tax services QuickBooks Pro coaching, cash management, and business consulting. EJ Pelton Company has two offices in the area for the convenience of their clients and has been given an A+ rating by the BBB.

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Friday Walker & Associates PLLC

103 Jordan Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37421
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Friday Walker & Associates PLLC is a comprehensive accounting service located in Chattanooga, TN. Founded in 1998, the company provides more than twenty different services, including audits, reviews, compilations, budget analysis, financial projections, tax services, bookkeeping, QuickBooks accounting, representation in front of the IRS, and much more. Friday Walker & Associates PLLC is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants. The company participates in the AICPA quality check service. They also provide a set of financial guides and tax tools on their website for the convenience of their customers.

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Gentry & Associates CPAs

6918 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421
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Gentry & Associates is a Certified Public Accountant that offers their financial services to both individuals and businesses. Steve Gentry started the firm in 1987 and has been joined by a professional staff since then. Steve started his career in accounting by working as a hospital accountant in 1973. By 1986, he worked in various key financial positions in three major hospitals. Steve Gentry has earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. He has since become a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Valuation Analyst. Gentry & Associates can provide outsourced bookkeeping, tax preparation and advice, accounting and bookkeeping, business valuation services.

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HoneyCPA, Inc.

4295 Cromwell Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421
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HoneyCPA, Inc., is a firm that has been providing its accounting services to individuals and small businesses in the Chattanooga metro since 2017. Its services include IRS representation, tax planning and preparation, payroll, business valuation, and accounting and bookkeeping. The company also provides consultation services. HoneyCPA, Inc., is committed to providing detailed and accurate reporting that will help clients in achieving financial stability. It values quality, professionalism, and responsiveness in delivering accounting solutions.

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Hood, CPA & Associates

7213 Noah Reid Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421
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The Chattanooga-based accounting firm Hood, CPA & Associates is made up of five staff members led by Ryan Hood. The team of accountants offers services in four areas—tax, payroll, assurance, and bookkeeping—for companies and businesses of all sizes. Additionally, Hood, CPA &Associates also assists in IRS tax resolutions including settlements, debt reductions, levies, liens, and audits. The firm has won first place in the Chattanooga Times Free Press Best of the Best Awards for 2020.

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J.D. Frost & Company

1413 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
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J.D. Frost & Company has been catering to the accounting needs of individuals, entrepreneurs, and corporations in Chattanooga since 2012. The firm provides a variety of accounting services, including tax services, compliance, and tax resolution, financing and lending consultation, bookkeeping, and assurance services. Its certified accountants apply a holistic approach to provide an innovative and sustainable financial plan akin to their client's needs. J.D. Frost & Company aims to revolutionize the accounting industry, starting with its individual and corporate clients.

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JHM Certified Public Accountants

2215 Olan Mills Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37421
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JHM Certified Public Accountants has been providing quality service in Chattanooga and its surrounding areas for over 40 years with around 3,075 served clients and 41 employees. Since its founding, it lived up to the standards of being an expert in catering to issues like accounting, auditing, tax, creative, and marketing services. It also is the go-to advisor in Construction, Non-Profit and Government Organization, Health Care, Real Estate, Employment Benefits, and in Manufacturing or Retail.

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KraftCPAs PLLC

6136 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421
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KraftCPAs PLLC is an independent public accounting firm that was established by the late Joe Kraft in 1958. It has six affiliated companies employing over 200 staff members across Chattanooga, Lebanon, Nashville, and Columbia. The firm provides financial services for individuals, families, businesses, and organizations, including accounting, internal audit, wealth management, transaction advisory, and cost segregation. Through its affiliation with the RSM US Alliance, it obtains access to resources in the organization, which includes 40,000 professionals in over 100 countries, allowing the company to maintain its service quality.

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Market Street Partners

807 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
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Market Street Partners - Chattanooga is home to experienced certified public accountants and back-office specialists. The accounting firm serves a broad spectrum of industries and organizations, including transportation and logistics, non-profit organizations and foundations, healthcare, small and start-up businesses, dealerships, and venture capitalists. Its areas of specialization include tax expertise, financial consultation, and auditing. Market Street Partners works to create a complete accounting and tax management system for the unique needs and financial goals of individuals and businesses.

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R. Steele Jones

831 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, TN 37415
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R. Steele Jones, C.P.A. is based in Chattanooga, TN and has more than forty years of experience in accounting including more than ten years as a controller or chief accounting officer. He offers accounting research, evaluation, and enhancement services. He also reviews financial statements, prepares business and individual tax returns, and provides estate and tax preparation services. He specializes in serving as a part-time Chief Financial Officer. R. Steele Jones, C.P.A. is affiliated with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Estate Planning Council of Chattanooga. In addition, R. Steele Jones is a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

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Ruhling & Associates, CPAs

6131 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421
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Ruhling & Associates, CPAs is an accounting firm based in Chattanooga. Serving both individuals and businesses, its team offers a wide range of services, including small business accounting which covers general ledgers, income statements, and balance sheets. The company's other services include tax planning, tax preparation, cash flow management, and estate planning. It is owned by David Ruhling, CPA, who carries 30 years of experience. He has served businesses in various industries, including retail, real estate, medical, and nonprofit.

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Sherrell & Shelley

4513 Hixson Pike, Hixson, TN 37343
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Sherrell & Shelley is an accounting firm servicing the Chattanooga metro and focusing on the taxation issues of small businesses and other organizations. With over 55 years of combined accounting experience, the firm is equipped with the necessary skills not just to guide clients in preparing their tax documents but also the expertise to be business advisors. The firm also offers bookkeeping and payroll management services, as well as QuickBooks consultations to assist clients in going through their financial needs.

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The Walls Group, CPAs

401 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
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The Walls Group, CPAs, is an accounting services company that has been serving the Chattanooga metro area and nearby localities for more than two decades. The firm assists individuals as well as small and medium-sized business owners with their accounting needs. Its accountants specialize in general accounting, bookkeeping, tax, and audit services. They also provide consulting services like financing analysis, budgeting and cash flow analysis, business planning, and litigation support. One of the company's founders is a member of the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute.

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Thomas Taylor, CPA

6716 Heritage Business Court, Chattanooga, TN 37421
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Thomas Taylor, CPA has been located in Chattanooga, Tennessee for more than twenty-five years. Services provided by Thomas Taylor include financial planning, tax planning, tax preparation, business consulting, start-up consulting, payroll services, controller services, bookkeeping, profit planning, and representing clients when buying a business, selling a business, or meeting with the IRS. Thomas Taylor is a member of the National Society of Accountants, the National Association of Tax Professionals, the Home Business Tax Professionals, the American Institute, the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Better Business Bureau. Customers describe Thomas Taylor as professional and trustworthy, and praise him for his accuracy and integrity.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Four main types of accountants are available to serve the accounting needs of individuals, large organizations, small businesses, and government agencies. These types of accounting include corporate, forensic, government, and public.

  • Corporate accountants maintain and file financial information for corporations. The focus is on keeping the corporation in legal compliance with tax laws and financial reporting requirements.
  • Forensic accountants gather and recreate financial data that isn’t readily available. These accountants might do that as part of a criminal investigation or if key financial information has been lost and needs to be recovered for legal reasons.
  • Government accountants work for government agencies, such as the IRS or a state tax department. They might also be found working in government offices in positions such as city treasurer or county auditor.
  • Public accountants are the accountants most likely to work with individuals or smaller businesses. These accountants manage financial statements, file tax returns, and record financial transactions. Preparing and filing tax returns are tasks these accountants might do for individuals. For companies, these accountants might handle payroll or bookkeeping besides preparing tax information for reporting purposes.

What does an accountant do?

Accountants maintain financial records and interpret financial information. An accountant at one firm might maintain financial ledgers, while another might take on payroll management duties. Accountants can also specialize in specific areas, such as tax codes.

What is the difference between an accountant and a CPA?

Accountants and CPAs handle many of the same accounting tasks. However, a CPA is an accountant who has passed a state exam to become a certified public accountant. A CPA is typically more trusted in an advisory position when in a business setting.

Does everyone need an accountant?

Most individuals don’t need to hire an accountant, except for when tax season arrives. A small business owner is more likely to need an accountant than an individual because business owners have more complex record-keeping requirements.

What does a forensic accountant do?

Forensic accountants use generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to investigate and solve financial mysteries that are typically related to uncovering or resolving suspected criminal activity, such as embezzling. These accountants may work for individuals, businesses, and government agencies.

What does a payroll accountant do?

Processing payroll and employee benefits are key roles of payroll accountants. Some other duties performed by payroll accountants include using software and handling financial statements. These professionals might also analyze financial ledgers, prepare and present reports to management, and advise regarding investment opportunities.

Do I need an accounting major to become an accountant?

You can work as an accountant without majoring in it. However, earning a degree and becoming a CPA offers more earning potential. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, certified public accountants who have received at least a bachelor’s degree earn a median annual wage of $73,560.

What qualifications do you need to be an accountant?

You need to have strong math and analytical skills to be an accountant. Most companies require accountants to have earned at least a bachelor’s degree and CPA. Some lower-level accounting positions in accounting might require only knowledge of certain accounting principles, such as how to manage receivables.

How many years does it take to be an accountant?

Some two-year college programs prepare students to take the CPA exam; however, most employers require accountants to have at least a bachelor’s degree, which is a four-year degree.

Do I need a CPA to be an accountant?

You don't have to earn a CPA to be an accountant, however, getting your CPA opens opportunities to earn higher wages in this field. Many companies, especially larger ones and government agencies, require at least a four-year degree and CPA when hiring accountants.

What does it take to be a certified public accountant?

According to the American Institute of CPAs, requirements for becoming a CPA vary by state. Each state requires education, passing the Uniform CPA exam, and some amount of experience before issuing the certification. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree or 150 semester hours is typically required before taking the certification exam.

Is getting a CPA worth it?

If you’re interested in a career in accounting, it’s worthwhile to get a CPA. It opens opportunities to earn higher wages and offers a wider variety of accounting jobs, so you can choose the type of accounting you want to do.

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