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April 15th 2015…TAX DAY!

The day is here!   Happy TAX DAY April 15th 2015!   And also HAPPY 29th Birthday to my cousin Julia Fountain!

Branden Quinn with PayChex

Branden Quinn with PayChex

Did you get your taxes done on time?  Did you get a refund?  Did you have to make a payment?   So many questions!   The office is very busy today, but we happy to help and it has been a great Tax Season 2015!  Thank you to all of our friends & clients who have been so wonderful by supporting our Inaugural Food Drive and for those who have brought in yummy treats, drinks, and meals.  It has ALL been greatly appreciated!  The WINNER of the DAY…the TAX DAY HERO is Branden Quinn of PayCheck Payroll Services….I submitted an entry for their NCAA Bracket Contest and just so happened to be the WINNER of a FREE OFFICE LUNCHLUCKY ME!  Branden was willing to make a Jersey Mike’s Lunch Delivery to us on TAX DAY!  Thanks so much Branden!   It’s a crazy day so having lunch delivered was a HUGE bonus!

 

And some tax HUMOR for you April 15th Day!

 

Tax Humor

Tax Humor

 

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Final Friday and Next Week is April 15th!

Cheers to the weekend!  The FINAL Friday (and the final weekend) before April 15th!   Funny cartoon below.  Make it a great weekend!

IRS MAN

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Tax Survival Kits from Friends and Referral Partners are the BEST!

Kim Davis of The Paystub Payroll

Kim Davis of The Paystub Payroll

It’s time for me to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to all of our awesome clients, friends and referral partners!  With TAX DAY April 15th looming just around the corner, Smith & Smith, CPA has CERTAINLY been blessed this year with many gifts and treats in Tax Season Survival Kits!!   Thank you to EVERYONE who has been so generous with candy, donuts, cupcakes, sweet treats, baskets of goodies and adult beverages!  It’s been helpful at getting us through some of these long hours and crazy days!  We appreciate the kindness and our waistlines are healthy!  It was fun to see my friend & referral partner, Kim Davis of The Paystub People today.  She brought buy cute Tax Season Survival Kits with snacks, sticky pads and TYLENOL!   Thanks Kim!   Everyone send us HAPPY THOUGHTS over the next 9 days till April 15th.

Egg Coloring was a BLAST!

Egg Coloring was a BLAST!

Hope you had a wonderful Easter!  I was traveling to Eastern Tennessee and had a great time seeing & visiting with my grandmothers.   I got to color eggs with my boys as well as attend an outdoor cookout & egg hunt at a local park.  The weather was beautiful but a little on the cool side.   Celebrating Easter is one of my personal favorite holidays!   Now we can wear WHITE shoes, WHITE pants and WHITE dresses!   Well, I might be the only person who still follows that “white after Easter” rule……

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Tax Deadline for April 15th 2015

2 weeksTIME CHECK!  Make sure you know that today is TWO WEEKS from APRIL 15th 2015!  That means…TWO WEEKS to get your taxes filed or file an extension!   Time is going fast!   Smith & Smith, CPA is here to help!  Give us a call!

 

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Cary Chamber Celebrates Day of Service

T-Shirt for Volunteers

T-Shirt for Volunteers

Today was really fun!  A nice little ‘break-escape’ from the taxes, well….for me at least.   Today was the First Day of Service with the Cary Chamber of Commerce.   The Cary Chamber serves as the unified business voice in the community and was able to connect nearly 200 volunteers with 8-10 different non-profit partners in the Cary Community.  Volunteers were asked to sign-up for different jobs and were assigned locations throughout Cary.  We all gathered this morning at the Cary Chamber for coffee, breakfast (Duck Donuts), t-shirt distribution and a brief announcement about the day’s events by Howard Johnson, President of the Cary Chamber.   The theme of the day was “Make Connections, Get Involved and Make a Difference!”Smith & Smith, CPA was happy to help sponsor this inaugural event.

Let's get to painting!

Let’s get to painting!

As a Board Member for Life Experiences, I wanted to spend my volunteer hours working there.   So I teamed up with my good friends, Tia Coppus from Bank of NC and Lisa-Gray Vick of Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club and we spent the morning painting YELLOW walls in the cafeteria at Life Experiences.  It was a lot of fun, we had some good laughs and were able to get the wall completed.  The whole rooms needs another fresh coat of paint, but that’s a project to come later on this summer.  Here are some photos of our day to share!

 

Before Pic

Before Pic

 

After Pic

After Pic

 

Day of Service Volunteers!

Day of Service Volunteers!

It is time to start thinking about filing those 2014 tax returns!  Smith & Smith, CPA would be glad to help, please give our office a call for a price quote and drop-off appointment.  Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Speaking on Finances

Blake speaking

Blake speaking

A few weeks ago Blake & I had the opportunity to participate in a Financial Information Session with one of our referral partners, Anthony (Tony) Delauney. Tony is a Certified Financial Advisor with Amerprise Platinum Financial Services and has been a friend & referral partner of Smith & Smith, CPA for many years. Tony is expanding his practice into the Cary area and asked Blake several months ago if he would be willing to participate as a guest speaker for a Financial Presentation on behalf of his firm.

Speakers Panel

Speakers Panel

Blake was delighted to be asked and the event was held at the North Carolina Museum of Art on Friday, March 6th. Blake was a panel speaker, along with two attorneys from a Raleigh law firm. The event was very nicely organized and there were about 50-60 people in attendance, ranging in age from mid-30s to late 70s.  After a welcome social, Tony took time to welcome the guests and introduced the guest speakers. Blake was the first speaker and covered a variety of topics including the questions: How is social security taxed if taken BEFORE full retirement age, What are the catch-up contributions with retirement plans, Do clients usually end up in lower tax brackets once they retire and What mistakes do people often make when they retire. The two attorneys covered the topics of living wills and other legal matters.

Ameriprise Presentation

Ameriprise Presentation

After all of the speakers were done, Tony opened the room up for question & answers. As I said earlier, the event was very well organized and I think everyone who came had a good time and took home some helpful information. The food was delicious not to mention! Many thanks to Tony and Deborah Bednarcik, Client Service Specialist, with Ameriprise, for including Blake and Smith & Smith, CPA with this event.

Tony and Tax Stress Basket

Tony and Tax Stress Basket

Tony stopped by our office this week with a HUGE basket of Tax Season Final Stress Weeks Goodies! He knows just how hard we work and how long the final weeks before April 15th can be. We greatly appreciate his generosity and the cake made by his wife Laura was AMAZING! Anyone with a successful business knows just how important it is to have a good surrounding of reliable and professional business referral partners. Smith & Smith, CPA is blessed to have many!

Less then 30 days to go until April 15th! The weeks are really flying by and hopefully you have already had your taxes filed, or you are at least in the process of getting them done. Don’t wait to the last minute! Smith & Smith, CPA is happy to help, just give us a call.

It is time to start thinking about filing those 2014 tax returns!  Smith & Smith, CPA would be glad to help, please give our office a call for a price quote and drop-off appointment.  Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Frill Clothing Episode on Shark Tank

Shark Tank for Frill

Shark Tank for Frill

Last Friday, March 6th, was a night that we have been looking forward too for a LONG TIME! One of our clients, Frill Clothing, was appearing on the popular show, SHARK TANK! How exciting!!!!!!! Blake Smith, one of the co-owners of Smith & Smith, CPA began working with the owners of Frill, Sharon and Kate, several years ago when we developed a relationship with them through various networking and social groups like the Cary Chamber and ShopLocalRaleigh. Both of these ladies have the strong entrepreneural spirit and the drive to make their custom sorority & bridal boutique business a thriving success! They applied to be on Shark Tank and made it all the way to the finals!

Mr. Wonderful from Shark Tank

Mr. Wonderful from Shark Tank

We were “FRILLED” (AKA Thrilled) to know they had made it all the way! The hardest part was waiting for the national TV date to be announced! Blake and I were invited to attend the Frill Private Shark Tank Viewing Party at Noir Bar & Lounge in downtown Raleigh. The place was PACKED with tons of friends, family, sorority sisters, Frill vendors & support team, plus a whole ton of other people from NCSU Entrepreneurship Program. Both Sharon and Kate gave nice thank-you speeches and the parts to their parents nearly made me tear up and cry!

CHEERS to Sharon and Kate!

CHEERS to Sharon and Kate!

They started this company while they were Juniors in college with only $500! They saw a need & opportunity in a very niche market and have grown Frill into a company name that is now widely known on many college campuses nationwide! The viewing took place on a big screen TV and the night was EXTRA special due to the appearance of a SURPRISE GUESTMr. Wonderful (AKA Kevin O’Leary).

Mr. Wonderful speaking with Blake

Mr. Wonderful speaking with Blake

Mr. Wonderful is one of the SHARKS and went in with a deal to Frill with another Shark, Barbara Corcoran. Barbara wasn’t able to attend the party on Friday night, but we had a great time seeing Mr. Wonderful up close! Blake even got a chance to speak with him for a few minutes and we were delighted to get a personal photo with him too! The viewing of the episode was great and ladies did a fabulous job explaining Frill and making the business plan simple and easy to understand.  Blake and I had a great time being included and know that many fantastic things are ahead for Frill! We look forward to working them with for a long time to come. Congrats again to Kate and Sharon!

Shark Tank Cookies for Frill Viewing Party

Shark Tank Cookies for Frill Viewing Party

Becca & Blake at Frill Shark Tank Viewing Party

Becca & Blake at Frill Shark Tank Viewing Party

Many thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for helping me with a cocktail dress for the Frill Shark Tank Party.   Lois is my go-to-lady for all of my business, networking & social clothing.  Her stores carry all of the latest brands and many accessories for every shape and style!  Thanks so much Lois for dressing me in the black and white cocktail dress.  It was perfect and worked like a charm!   Shop My Girlfriend’s Closet and tell them you read Beccablog.com to get 10% off your total purchase!

It’s Monday! Make it a great week!

It is time to start thinking about filing those 2014 tax returns!  Smith & Smith, CPA would be glad to help, please give our office a call for a price quote and drop-off appointment.  Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Cary Chamber Reverse Car Raffle & Auction

Last night was one of our favorite events of the year!

Girl Scout Cookie Basket for Twila

Girl Scout Cookie Basket for Twila

The Cary Chamber of Commerce Annual Reverse Car Raffle and Live/Silent Auction.  It’s a great time and brings in 300-500 people!  The event is held at Prestonwood Country Club and includes tons of delicious food & drinks.   The first few hours of the event include a silent auction with over 200 items!   That’s always our favorite part!   This year, Smith & Smith, CPA donated a Girl Scout Cookie basket…filled with every kind of cookie you can get!  Congrats to Twila Wilt of Jim Wyatt, CPA for winning our basket!  Twila serves the Cary Chamber with me as an Ambassador and told me she plans to eat the cookies while she does laundry!  Sounds like a great plan to me!

Hand painted by Alicia's mom!

Hand painted by Alicia’s mom!

Alicia’s mom also painted and donated a beautiful canvas print of the white house in downtown Cary.  Thanks for your donation!!!   The evening event also features a Live Auction segment.  My friend, and fellow ShopLocalRaleigh member, Kim Davis, offered a YEAR OF PAYROLL during the Live Auction for her business, The Paystub People.  Blake and I had several friends bidding and they won some great stuff!   After the Live Auction ended, the final part of the night was the REVERSE CAR RAFFLE!  That’s right, the LAST ticket drawn was the winner of a 2015 Chevy Cruz Car!   However, the final 5 ticket holders agreed to sell their tickets back for $1,400/each so they all walked away a winner!

Kim of the Payroll People

Kim of the Payroll People

Blake and I had a wonderful time and love going each year to support the Cary Chamber.  The event last night is the signature fundraiser for the Cary Chamber and goes towards supporting all of their annual programs for small business owners.  Thanks to all of the Cary Chamber Ambassadors who worked hard to collect auction gifts and also volunteered last night to keep the event running well.  Kudos to the Cary Chamber Staff for their hard-work and dedication to our community!

Blake, Becca and Lois

Blake, Becca and Lois

Thanks to my beautiful friend, Lois Cozart, Owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary & downtown Apex, plus Oh La La in Cary, for dressing me for every single networking event.  Last night she suggested I wear the black & cheetah animal print top by Trina Turk!  Thanks Lois for all you do!  Shop at MCG and tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get 10% off your total purchase!  SHOP LOCAL!

 

It is time to start thinking about filing those 2014 tax returns!  Smith & Smith, CPA would be glad to help, please give our office a call for a price quote and drop-off appointment.  Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Thanks for the Food Drive Support!

Thanks Janet!

Thanks Janet!

Tax season is so busy!  But we love it!  And thanks to our many Smith & Smith, CPA awesome clients and referral partners who are supporting our food drive!  It’s been such a huge success and we still have about 6 weeks to go before it ends on April 15th!   Many thanks to Lifetime Learning Academy for serving as a 2nd & 3rd donation center!  Tom came by this week and brought several boxes!    Feel free to drop by at anytime and we’ll give you a flyer with local vendor deals as a THANK YOU!

Blake with Tom of Lifetime Learning Academy

Blake with Tom of Lifetime Learning Academy

It is time to start thinking about filing those 2014 tax returns!  Smith & Smith, CPA would be glad to help, please give our office a call for a price quote and drop-off appointment.  Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Snow Doesn’t Stop Us!

Snow, Soup and Taxes!

Snow, Soup and Taxes!

So what is this we hear….heavy snow is on the way!  NEVER FEAR!  Get yourself some soup and get back to work!   That’s right, here at Smith & Smith, CPA Tax Season MUST GO ON!  Rain, Snow, Sleet, Freezing Rain, we NEVER CLOSE!  Keep those office doors open and the phone lines free!   We are OPEN FOR BUSINESS!  Just come on by with your tax papers and we’ll get started.  Blake, Cam and Bob are working those long hours during the snow storm.  They are fully stocked with soup, bread, meat and fruit!   Please be careful out there!   Only come by our office if the roads are safe.   If you are home from work during the snow storm and still don’t have your tax papers ready, use this time as a chance to get them organized so you can drop them by our office next week.   We are starting into the month of March and it’s going to go fast and before we know it April 15th will be here!

Food for the snowy tax week!

Food for the snowy tax week!

Our turnaround time right now is about a week to 10-days and that timeline will grow a little bit as we get deeper and deeper into March, so do yourself and a favor and keep time on your side by getting your tax papers over sooner then later!

Enjoy the snow and be safe!  Baby it’s cold outside!

It is time to start thinking about filing those 2014 tax returns!  Smith & Smith, CPA would be glad to help, please give our office a call for a price quote and drop-off appointment.  Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Cary, NC 27511

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