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Tax Day 2016 Has Come and GONE!

So here we are on April 19th…the day ‘officially’ known to us as the DAY-AFTER-TAX-DAY!  We made it!  Lots of LONG, LONG, LONG hours and LONG, LONG, LONG weekends, but clients are happy (the ones with refunds), taxes are files, extensions are extended and the phones are a little bit quiet (for the most part).  That’s a Happy Day-After-Tax-Day if you ask me!  But there is still plenty of work to get done!  And I’m happy to return to a more ‘normal’ schedule of blogging!  I have several events to catch-up on…trust me, I will!  But here are some pictures to share from around the office…

Pizza Goes Well with Tax Time!

How did we make it through those final few days of filing (we had 4 extra days this year too thanks to Leap Day and Emancipation Day)..with lots and lots of PIZZA!!!!!!!!!!!!

tax paper boxes

Cam is restocking all of our paper and other office supplies…just imagine how heavy all of those paper boxes are!!?!!  Did he build up some muscles typing in all of those tax returns for 3 1/2 months or what!?!?!

tax paper boxes 2

Opps!  Watch out Blake!  Long hours (15+), lack of sleep and a big stack of boxes can make for a dangerous meeting! (Blake is okay…photo was staged of course).

On behalf of Smith & Smith, CPA…we would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all of our awesome and wonderful clients!  It is a pleasure working with you all, many of which we only get to see once or twice a year!  We truly appreciate your business!

 

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April 15th!  But Not So Fast!

It is April 15thTax Day right!?!  But NOT so FAST!  Today is a holiday observed in Washington, DC…Emancipation Day!  So all offices (including the IRS) are closed today!  So the Tax Day Deadline rolls to Monday, April 18th!  Bring on the extra filing days!!!!!!

April 15th fun

 

We’ll be working through the weekend to get clients filed and completed on time.  We will also be filing extensions.

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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Leadership Cary in Education with the Cary Chamber of Commerce

Friends at Leadership Cary with Lisa Wilson

Friends at Leadership Cary with Lisa Wilson

Earlier this week I attended the Cary Chamber Leadership Cary Class of 2015-2016 seminar on Education.  I am happy to serve at the Co-Chair for this year’s class.  We started the day off at the Cary Chamber of Commerce in downtown Cary where we heard from Wake County Public Schools Superintended, Dr. Jim Merrill.  Dr. Merrill gave an overview of the current WCPSS stats, number of schools, students, amount spent per student, teacher salaries and graduation rates.

WCPSS Board Member, Bill Fletcher

WCPSS Board Member, Bill Fletcher

He also discussed the goal for 2020 to have a 95% Gradation Rate…which also includes students having the skills to be able to walk at graduation but also move on to the next level…being prepared for the real world!  After Dr. Merrill we heard from Bill Fletcher, Board Member for Wake County Public School System.  Bill spoke on building new schools, student population growth, student achievement and the upcoming election in November.  Bill has been a friend for many years, he is active in Rotary and really tires to connect the community with the school board.

WCPSS Superintendent, Dr. Merrill

WCPSS Superintendent, Dr. Merrill

I enjoyed hearing both of them speak.   After Bill, we heard from Lisa Wilson, Director for Corporate Relations Wake Technical Community College.  Lisa is a fellow East Carolina University alumni (GO PIRATES) and she spoke on the new things at Wake Tech, their growth and NINE campus locations all in Wake County.   After the morning session, I came back to work (it’s Tax Season after all!) and the group went over to tour Hunt Library at NC State and learned more about Vernon Malone College and Career Academy.   Thanks to Christie Moser for her guidance and support to the Cary Leadership class!  Christie works at the Cary Chamber and makes all of the Leadership Cary plans and arrangements.

Sweet Things at Smith & Smith, CPA

Becca & Alexa

Becca & Alexa

I had a sweet visitor at work yesterday too!  My good friend, Tia Coppus, brought their dog, Alexa, by to see me.  We have helped to doggie-sit Alexa over the past few months and I always get exited to see her!  We have not gotten another dog yet, our 10 1/2 year old dog, Griffin, passed away in December.  The boys are hoping to get another dog soon, we keep telling them we have to get through tax season first!  Thanks to My Girlfriends Closet for the super cute pink and black polka-dot dress!  I paired it with a black cardigan and stayed comfy all day!  And I think Alexa liked stopping by to see me too 🙂  Thanks Tia!!!  She made my day!

Donuts!

Donuts!

Another sweet treat!?!  We had a guy stop by the office who was selling Krispy Kreme donuts for a fundraiser and yes, we didn’t say NO!  The guys bought several boxes an had them for breakfast, lunch and a later afternoon snack!   For some reason…those donuts in the Fundraiser boxes always seem to have LOTS of extra frosting on them!  We are in count-down-mode at work…Friday March 18th is ONE MONTH until TAX DAY…April 18th 2016!  Don’t Blake, Bob and Cam look cute!?!?!

 

Springtime Jewelry

Necklace from My Girlfriend's Closet in Cary & Apex

Necklace from My Girlfriend’s Closet in Cary & Apex

So the weather has been unusually warm around here these past few weeks!  I mean today alone it was a warm & toasty 85 degrees!  Global Warming for SURE!  These sunny and warm days really do make it hard to be in the office All DAY!  But it makes me want to break out the spring & summer clothes and get ready for warm weather fashions!  Check out this really cool multi-layered gold necklace from My Girlfriend’s Closet!  They have TONS of new great summer jewelry in both of their stores…downtown Cary and downtown Apex!  A great piece of statement jewelry is an easy way to dress up your wardrobe!  Shop at MGC, tell them Becca sent you and get 10% off your purchase!

 

 

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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Why I LOVE our Clients at Smith & Smith, CPA

Oranges for CPA office

Oranges for CPA office

Everyone always ask “Oh don’t you just hate tax season since you are so busy!?!”  and the truth is NO, we don’t hate it at all.  Now don’t get me wrong, we ARE BUSY and it is kinda crazy in here, but the pure fact that we have REALLY awesome clients makes it so much easier to get through this time of year!  Just check out this fresh bag of oranges that one of our clients brought in the other day!  Nothing is as good as a fresh orange!  We have also had several of our referral clients bring in breakfast and coffee, what a great way to start the day!   Not to mention, Blake has received some really nice emails from clients, thanking him for our hard work, professional manner and friendly service.   Check out this one email he got this week!

“Hi Blake, once again, thank you very much for doing my taxes this year.  Your firm is just amazing and you do a fantastic professional job.  I enjoy working with you.”

Lunch from Serendipity Cafe

Yummy sandwich from Serendipity Cafe

Yummy sandwich from Serendipity Cafe

And a special thanks to Serendipity Cafe, one of our restaurant clients located in downtown Cary, for bringing us lunch today! YUMMY-YUM!!!!  By far one of my MOST FAVORITE places in downtown Cary to eat!   We all got to order one of our fresh made sandwiches.  What a great lunch for a Friday afternoon to kick off the weekend!  We ordered: The Hot Turkey Melt, Crown Club, Reuben and Tried & True!  Who is ready for lunch today!?!  WE ARE!!

 

Brownies from Life Experiences

Brownies from Life Experiences

Brownies from Life Experiences

So how about ONE MORE food post to cap off this blog for the day!!?!  My little guy, Mark, had to create a business for his kindergarten class last week and bring items to sell.  It was their “Economy Day”.   So he decided to sell brownies and lemonade.  We borrowed a lemonade stand from our neighbor from him to use at school, and well, long story short, the brownies I ‘attempted’ to make at home went right in the trash!  (don’t ask!!!)  So who else do you call when you need the BEST Brownies in town!?!  Life Experiences!!!!!  They have the BEST bakery in town, staffed by adults with disabilities and their brownies are made with LOVE and so good! So those are the brownies that Mark proudly sold at his lemonade and brownie stand last week.  🙂   Get an order today!

 

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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Don’t Forget About Your Child Tax Credit!

Tax credit child trentWhenever a client comes in the door to drop-off their tax materials for their personal tax filings, we always ask them “Have you had any changes in the past year”.  Sometimes they will says YES, they moved, new address, got married, new job,changed emails, sold stock, bought a rental property, etc.  MOST of the time, people will remember changes that happened in the past year.  But do you know WHAT they forget to tell us about the MOST!?!  NEW BABIES, thus their Child Tax Credit!!  Especially those clients who have children earlier on in the year…so come January-February of the following year when they are here to drop-off their taxes, they have somehow TOTALLY forgotten the new baby!  We want them to remember this for their Child Tax Credit!  Click HERE for more ways your children can help on your tax return and learn more about the Child Care Tax Credit!

 

Dinner at Fearrington, The Granary

ferringtonLast weekend, we went out with some friends to celebrate some February birthdays.  It was a fun time, we took a limo bus to Fearrington Village and had dinner at The GranarySO GOOD!  We had the whole upstairs to ourselves and enjoyed the entire evening!  I had only been to Fearrington one time before and I am so excited to go back again soon!  Here is a picture of my friend Andrea and me.  Andrea is wearing a BEAUTIFUL blue dress from My Girlfriend’s Closet and I am wearing one of my FAVORITE necklaces from there too!  I love this necklace as it is reversible and can be worn as either black circles or white circles!

 

BIG FALL & WINTER SALE

valentiensSpeaking of My Girlfriend’s Closet, you can FIND great DEALS there this year.  Their BIG SALE is this coming weekend, February 26th-February 27th at both of their locations in downtown Cary and downtown Apex.  The weather looks to be NICE this weekend, so stop by and do a little shopping with them!  We all have SPRING on our minds, but the truth is that we will STILL have some cooler weather days in the month of March and April.   You’ll find great sweaters, dresses, shoes and jackets (like the one from White House Black Market that I wore on Valentine’s Day with Trent and Mark)  Tell them Becca sent you to shop and that you read about them on Beccasblog.com!

 

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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February is for FUN!

Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras!

I think I say this EVERY YEAR, but hands-down, February is STILL my FAVORITE month!  From Mardi Gras, to Super Bowl and celebrating birthdays and Valentine’s DayWOW, just SO MUCH to celebrate!   So I’ll start with Mardi Gras…each year, the Cary MacGregor Rotary Club puts on a HUGE Mardi Gras Kick Off BASH!  This year, the 9th Annual event was held at The Atrium in Regency Park in Cary.  Live music was provided by The Back of the Boat Band, and there was Live Auction, Silent Auction, Raffle Auction, plus over 25 different food, beverage and dessert vendors!  All of the proceeds from the event went to Life Experiences, plus other local charities and humanitarian projects in the community.

Smith & Smith, CPA

Smith & Smith, CPA

I’m a proud Board Member for Life Experiences, so we are always excited to attend this event!  Blake and I did a sponsorship on behalf of Smith & Smith, CPA and invited our whole office to attend.  Cam and Brooke were not able to go due to a family event, but Alicia and her mom came along and we had the BEST time!  From the fun and colorful Mardi Gras face masks, to the delicious foods, dancing and auction bidding, we really enjoyed the WHOLE time!  My Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club had many members there too and was proud to support our very own club member, Mary Madenspacher, Executive Director for Life Experiences.  There was over 400 people there and from what I have heard so far, the preliminary numbers show that it was a SUCCESSFUL event for ALL!

Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl 50

We were SO proud to have the Carolina Panthers in the 50th Super Bowl!  We had a lot of friends and family over to our house and celebrated the game together.  We sure were hoping for a Carolina Panthers Super Bowl WIN, but alas, as you know, they just couldn’t get it together to beat the Denver Broncos!  We did have some Denver Broncos fans in the house though, as our good friends, Tia & Ethan Coppus are DIE-HARD Broncos fans!

Birthday Celebration

happy 60th bobWe have TWO office birthdays at Smith & Smith, CPA in the month of February…still not as many as we have in July (3) and November (3) but it’s a month of birthdays for Bob and me!   Bob turned the BIG 60 on February 4th and we celebrated with Krispy Kreme donuts (HOT NOW sign was ON), plus a brownie cake made by Brooke and a fresh fruit display from Edible Arrangements.  My birthday rolled around yesterday and I had SO MUCH fun having friends stop by with flowers, treats, goodies, hugs and cards!

Goodies from friends & Southern Oak Gift Co.

Goodies from friends & Southern Oak Gift Co.

They sure do know how to make a girl feel LOVED!   Once special gift was from a new friend & neighbor, Shea Armstrong.  Her business is called Southern Oak Gift Company and she provides gift boxes, bags and baskets for ALL occasions.  She brought me a beautiful red box of goodies yesterday and I am just smitten with her company!  Blake took me out last night to Full Moon Oyster Bar for a birthday dinner with friends.  What a YUMMY place!   Thanks for all of the birthday love!  February, you have been good to me!  Tax season is cranking up BIG time, so all of the fun in February makes it a little less…taxing.  🙂

 

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Thank You Note Handwritten Means the MOST

Handwritten note for Blake Smith, CPA

Handwritten note for Blake Smith, CPA

I am sure we have all heard this before, that there is something really powerful about a handwritten thank you note!  I know my mom has said it for YEARS, and it really is true.   Blake received a very nice handwritten thank you note from a new client at Smith & Smith, CPA earlier this week.  Blake shared the note with me, and WOW, it really does make a difference!  The client thanked Blake for taking time to meet with him, he told him he was impressed with his professionalism, capability, knowledge and demeanor.   Way to go Blake!  And how nice for this guy to take just a few minutes and write that note to Blake.  So it is true, a handwritten thank you note DOES go a long way!   Take time today to write a note to someone who has made a difference in your life…it will make a difference in their day for sure!

Bike ride on the Greenway!

Bike ride on the Greenway!

I had the opportunity to slip away for the weekend and went down to Charleston to visit my college best friend, Lindsey.  She recently purchased her first house (YEA!!!  Congrats Lindsey!!)  In case you didn’t know the real estate market in Charleston is a TOUGH one!  So I’m so proud of her for being patient and waiting for the right house!  We spent the whole weekend painting and working towards getting her house ready for move-in!  Let me tell you...painting is hard work!  But when you do it with a friend, it can be fun and actually very rewarding to stop and look at your work.   We did find time to slip out for a bike ride on the West Ashely Greenway…and the weather was PERFECT!

Red Coat at My Girlfriend's Closet

Red Coat at My Girlfriend’s Closet

Speaking of the weather…it really does seem to be kinda up down, cold hot, etc right now.  On those cold days, I LOVE a great coat!  Check out this red jacket from My Girlfriend’s Closet!   I mean, seriously, does it stand out or what on that coat rack of black jackets!  I took this photo last week at my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club meeting.   Lois and her girls at MGC have all kinds of great and COLORFUL coats and jackets that can carry you from the colder winter days, right into the chilly Spring morning, I mean, after all it is Groundhog Day and the groundhog DID NOT see his shadow, so Spring is coming early!   Tell Lois you read Beccasblog.com and get 10% off your total purchase!

 

 

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Ready to File! Here are Tax Tips for 2015 Taxes

Tax Tips with Smith & Smith, CPA

Tax Tips with Smith & Smith, CPA

Everyone loves to ask us for those ‘secret‘ and ‘all importanttax tips for filing your 2015 Tax Returns.  Here at Smith & Smith, CPA, we are proud to publish an article again this year with CaryCitizen on 2015 Tax Filling: What You Need to Know.  I met Lindsey and Hal, owners of CaryCitizen, several years ago and I see them often at Cary Chamber of Commerce events and networking meetings.   They do a really great job of capturing all the things in, around and about Cary.   I use CaryCitizen as a major resource and enjoy working with them each year on a tax filing article.  So take a read and let me know what you think!  Was it helpful?  Any ideas on some tax tips that I could include for next year?

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Rotary Leadership Institute for Zone 33 in Cary, NC

RLI with Rotary Friends

RLI with Rotary Friends

A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending the RLI Zone 33 Annual Meeting and New Faculty Training.  RLI stands for Rotary Leadership Institute and it is the leadership and training course for Rotarians.   I attended the first 3 parts of RLI several years ago before I became Club President of the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club, and even wrote about it in my blog.   One of my friends & mentors in Rotary, Leigh Hudson, asked me back in the Fall of 2015 if I would consider attending the New Faculty Training in January for Zone 33 (Maryland to SC) that was going to be held here in Cary, NC.

RLI Leadership Challenge

RLI Leadership Challenge

So of course I said YES, and I’m so glad I did!   The New Faculty Training lasted the entire weekend and taught different technique and styles that are used for facilitating a RLI Course.  I learned SO MUCH from the training!  I made new Rotary friends from other states, and learned about the different adult learning styles, which is really interesting!  I’m a I & IV style learner, here is the link if you want to learn more and find out which style you are.  The weekend conference also included an all day session on Saturday for Rotary club members who were taking RLI Courses in Part I, II and III.   Once you complete all 3 courses, you are then an RLI Graduate and qualified for the RLI Faculty Training.  RLI Faculty can facilitate a course anywhere in Zone 33.

Marie, Leigh and Becca.  2 New Faculty Graduates

Marie, Leigh and Becca. 2 New Faculty Graduates

So I can travel from Maryland to Virginia, Tennessee and the Carolinas and help with RLI classes.  I’m so excited to get started!  The event was held in Cary at the Hilton DoubleTree, a very nice property.  All of the faculty had dinner together on Saturday night at Tony’s Oyster Bar, a place I had not been too in a LONG time!  Thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex for dressing me for the whole RLI Faculty Training weekend!   Lois and her team have beautiful clothing for every style and shape of women!   They are having a BIG Jewelry sale this weekend with 20%-35% off!  Stop by and see them!  Tell them you read Beccasblog.com and they will take EXCELLENT care of you!

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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2nd Annual Tax Season Food Drive

Ava food driveToday is the day that we kick-off our 2nd Annual Tax Season Food Drive!  We did this last year for the first time and collected over 400lbs of food!  We donated the food to local food banks.  Thank you so much for your support last year and we hope to do even better this year!  Stop by our office and bring some nonperishable goods.  Here is a picture of our FIRST donation…thanks Ava!  We will be collecting goods from January 15th until April 15th 2016!  You can bring in goods when you come by to drop off your taxes or you can just stop by to say HELLO and donate!  We will be happy to see you either way!  And please help spread the word…the more food we collect, the more families we can help!  Thank you again for supporting our 2nd Annual Tax Season Food Drive with Smith & Smith, CPA!

 

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