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Tiffany Bender Receives CCIFP Designation

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is pleased to announce that Tiffany Bender, CPA has earned the professional designation of Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP) from the Institute of Certified Construction Industry Financial Professionals.  This prestigious certification indicates that Tiffany has completed the necessary education and experience requirements and has passed the written CCIFP examination. Tiffany's accomplishment demonstrates her commitment to excellence in the construction industry and continuing education.
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Jason Herr Elected as Treasurer for Building Industry Association

Jason Herr, CPA was elected as Treasurer for the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Lancaster County. He has been actively involved with the BIA of Lancaster County which has been providing high-quality service and remains a major player in promoting a balanced smart-growth approach to development in Lancaster County.

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Krista Showers Serves as Preliminary Judge for PA FBLA 2019 Event

Krista Showers, CPA, CEBS, partner at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, served as preliminary judge of the Pennsylvania Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Partnership with Business event for the 2019 State Leadership Conference.  As such, she was one of three judges that reviewed all financial business plans.

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Tax Season Extended Hours

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP will have extended business hours starting January 26, 2019 through April 15, 2019, for the 2019 tax season.

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Blanket Lancaster Drive 2018

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP would like to extend our appreciation to our professionals, clients, and friends who contributed to this year’s Blanket Drive!  With everyone's help, we were able to fill three SUVs with pillows and blankets for the Domestic Violence Shelter (DVS) for Women and Children. 

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Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP Hires Michael P. McGinley, CPA, MT as Tax Department Director

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is pleased to announce that Michael P. McGinley, CPA, MT has been hired as Tax Department Director.

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Exit Planning 3-Part Series

How to Exit Your Business…With Money in Your Pocket and Peace-of Mind

Have you thought about exiting your business? Many business owners make the mistake of waiting too long to plan their exit or never prepare at all.

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Holiday Hours 2018


Warmest wishes for a happy holiday season!

Our offices will be closed on Monday, December 24th, Tuesday, December 25th, and Tuesday, January 1st, 2019.

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2019 Standard Mileage Rates

The IRS has released the 2019 optional standard mileage rates that employees, self-employed individuals, and other taxpayers can use to compute deductible costs of operating automobiles (including vans, pickups and panel trucks) for business, medical, moving and charitable purposes.

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TEG Professional, Emily McGraw, Earns CPA Designation

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP (TEG) is pleased to announce that Staff Accountant and IT Specialist, Emily McGraw, has earned the designation of Certified Public Accountant (CPA). This prestigious certification indicates Emily has completed the necessary education and experience requirements and has passed the Certified Public Accountant examination.

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TEG Earns 17th Spot for Best Places to Work in PA

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP was honored to earn the 17th spot for Best Places to Work in PA - Medium Sized Companies.

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Did You Receive A NJ Tax Amnesty Notice?

On November 15, 2018, New Jersey began a 60-day tax, penalty and interest amnesty program.  As a result, some taxpayers have received a tax notice with the headline "2018 NJ Tax Amnesty”.  Most of the tax notices relate to "unfiled” tax returns (income, payroll, etc.), with some going back 10 years.  Many of these returns have been incorrectly flagged in the NJ system as "unfiled”. 

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Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP Welcomes New Outsourced Accountant

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is pleased to announce the hire of Outsourced Accountant, Sherry Weaver.

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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours 2018


Our offices will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP Welcomes New Outsourced Accounting Manager

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is pleased to announce the hire of Outsourced Accounting Manager, Jane Cornett.

Jane graduated from York College of PA in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She went on to earn her MBA in 2000 from Lebanon Valley College.  Her passion for accounting started when she was a child.
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Krista A. Showers, CPA, CEBS, Partner, Recognized for CPE-compliance

Krista A. Showers, CPA, CEBS, Partner, has been recognized for attaining continuing professional education (CPE) compliance in the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist program for a two-year period. She is a graduate of the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) program, co-sponsored by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP Welcomes Kristen O'Connell, CPP

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is pleased to announce the hire of Client Accounting Services professional, Kristen O'Connell, CPP.

Kristen graduated from Central Penn College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. In 2013, she obtained her
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TEG Offers QuickBooks Desktop Classes in October

Whether you are new to QuickBooks® Desktop, need a refresher, or you want to learn best practices to coordinate invoicing and receiving payments from customers, Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP has a class for you!

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Tax Notice Mail Scam Warning

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue warns the public of a new Tax Notice mail scam. Several residents have received fraudulent notices in which the con artists threaten legal action or criminal prosecution if they don’t pay a tax debt. The letters come from the “Tax Processing Center” and state the recipient owes “The State of Pennsylvania” unpaid taxes.

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Labor Day Hours

In observation of Labor Day, our offices will be closed on Monday, September 3, 2018.

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Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP Welcomes New Senior Accountant & Office Manager

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is pleased to announce the hire of Senior Accountant Sean Obetz, CPA and Office Manager Gina Teaman, aPHR.

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Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP Hires 5 Staff Accountants

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP (TEG) is pleased to announce the hire of Brandon McMinn, Ashley Noel, Tom Fitzgerald, Nicole Best, and Dustin Peck. These professionals will begin their accounting careers as Staff Accountants in our Lancaster, PA office. 

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TEG Announces Employee Promotions

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP (TEG) is thrilled to announce the following employee promotions.

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TEG Professionals Attend the PICPA Local Government Conference

Amanda Kilroy, Senior II, Carolyn Gerhart, CPA and Manager, Emily McGraw, Staff Accountant, Hannah Baumer, Staff Accountant, Korin Martin, Staff Accountant, Krista Showers, CPA and Partner, Leah Leaman, CPA and Staff Accountant, and Megan Senkowski, CPA and Manager attended the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Government Accounting Conference in Hershey, PA on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, July 10th

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July 4th Hours

In observation of Independence Day, our offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
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2019 Health Savings Account Limits Announced

In May, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution limits for 2019. The 2019 HSA Contribution Limit is $3,500 for single coverage and $7,000 for a family. Individuals ages 55 years and older are allowed to contribute an additional $1,000 per each tax year.

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TEG Employee Appreciation Day

On Friday, May 25th, Trout Ebersole & Groff, LLP (TEG) hosted their Annual Employee Appreciation Day. TEG professionals had the opportunity to choose an experience from a variety of activities including a relaxing massage, paintball, go-kart racing, and painting. Here are some photos that captured this great day.

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TEG Welcomes 10 New Accounting Interns

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP (TEG) is pleased to introduce this year's accounting interns.

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Memorial Day Hours

In observation of Memorial Day, our offices will be closed on Monday, May 28th.
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Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP Welcomes New Marketing Intern

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is pleased to welcome Marketing Intern, Alayna Nicklaus. Alayna is a graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School and is currently in her last year at Fairfield University where she is studying marketing.

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Tim Vinson, CPA, Passes the AICPA Advanced Defined Contribution Plan Audit Certificate Exam

We are pleased to announce Tim Vinson, CPA, has passed the AICPA Advanced Defined Contribution Plan Audit Certificate Exam. This examination tests an auditor’s ability to plan, perform, and evaluate define contribution plans in accordance with AICPA standards and DOL rules and regulations.

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Krista Showers Presents at Annual PAFPC Conference in Hershey

Krista Showers, CPA, CEBS, and partner at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, gave two presentations at the 50th Annual Pennsylvania Association of Federal Program Coordinators (PAFPC) Conference in Hershey, PA.

On Monday, April 30th, Krista spoke on "Proper Use & Fiscal Accountability for Title I Funds to Meet Student and Teacher Needs”.  On Tuesday, May 1
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TEG Professionals Honored at the PICPA South Central Chapter Annual Meeting

During the PICPA South Central Chapter Annual Meeting on May 10, 2018, ten accounting professionals from Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP (TEG) were honored.

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TEG Offers QuickBooks Desktop Classes in June

Whether you are new to QuickBooks® Desktop, need a refresher, or you want to learn best practices to coordinate invoicing and receiving payments from customers, Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP has a class for you!

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Summer Hours

Effective Monday, April 30, 2018 through Friday, August 31, 2018.

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Office Hours on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Our offices will be closing at noon on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 and will reopen on Wednesday, April 18th at 8:00am.

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Highlights from the LYP Home Ownership Workshop


Buying a home for the first time can be both very exciting and stressful.

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TEG Professionals Attend Benecon's 2018 Health Benefits Seminar

Krista Showers, Megan Senkowski, and Linda Bell attended Benecon’s Health Benefits Seminar on April 5-6, 2018 at the Lancaster Marriott.  Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP was a bronze sponsor for the event which was presented by Benecon and ConnectCare3.  The event included presentations on the following topics:

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Joe Biesecker & Krista Showers Serve as Judges for PA FBLA Event


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Joseph Biesecker, Human Resources Director, and Krista Showers, CPA, CEBS, Partner at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, served as judges of the Pennsylvania Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) American Enterprise and Electronic Career Portfolio events for the 2018 State Leadership Conference.  As such, they were judges that reviewed live student performances. 

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TEG Professionals Attend the ESOP Association Spring Conference

ESOP Association Spring Conference 2018“Emily McGraw,  Staff Accountant, Megan Senkowski, CPA and Manager, Krista Showers, CPA and Partner, and Michael Wolfe, CPA and Partner at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP attended the PA/DE Chapter of the ESOP Association Spring Conference in Glen Mills, PA on Thursday, March 29th. This year's spring event focused on:

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TEG Hires Two Client Accounting Services (CAS) Professionals

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is pleased to announce the hire of two Client Accounting Services (CAS) team members, Jennifer M. Wingard and Priscilla Bonet.

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AM&AA Central PA Chapter Announces Their Spring Event

The Alliance Mid-Atlantic Chapter- Central PA Branch

Spring Event

Join us for the Central PA Chapter Spring Event featuring speaker Chip Brown, President of McClure Company in Harrisburg, PA. The event will take place on May 1st from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the West Shore Country Club located at 100 Brentwater Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011. Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be provided throughout the event.

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TEG Hires Business Valuation Manager

Doug Circle 2.jpgTrout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP (TEG) is pleased to announce the hire of Business Valuation Manager Douglas A. Knapp. Doug graduated magna cum laude from Rider University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance. He joins TEG with over 11 years of experience in business valuation, mergers and acquisitions, litigation support, and tax planning.

Douglas earned his 
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Partner Carol Roland Presents at Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials Annual Conference

Krista Showers and Megan Senkowski Also Attend Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) Annual Conference

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TEG Professionals Participate in the WGAL Tax Phone Bank

WGAL pix 2crop2.jpgTEG professionals, Dan Chodan, CPA, Matthew Thompson, CPA, and Timothy R. Gallagher, CPA, PFS, CFE, CGMA, participated in the WGAL Annual Tax Phone Bank.

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Michael Wolfe Presents at an Automotive Industry Meeting on Succession Planning & Business Value

Valuation Services Partner W. Michael Wolfe spoke on Succession Planning and Business Value at a recent Automotive Industry Group Meeting. The event, which was held at Shady Maple Smorgasbord, is part of a series of presentations given by The Goble Group.   

During Mike's presentation, he discussed the importance of Succession Planning and maximizing the value of your business before you are ready to sell.  He also talked about the Merger & Acquisition (M&A) process of selling a business which includes the 6-steps below.

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Martha Guaigua Receives CPA Designation


Slide2.jpgTrout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is pleased to announce that Senior Accountant Martha Guaigua, EA has earned the designation of Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

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