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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 $3,400 for single coverage and $6,750 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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Your Visual Guide to the New Tax Law


ABOUT THE NEW TAX LAW

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Sean Post, CPA Receives Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) Designation

Sean Post earns CFE designation-01.pngTrout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP (TEG) is pleased to announce that Sean Post, CPA has earned the designation of Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.Sean has completed the necessary education and experience requirements and has passed the written CFE examination necessary to earn this credential.

Sean joined TEG in 2013 after he graduated from Elizabethtown College (magna cum laude) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and a minor in Political Science. He currently serves on the firm’s Government,
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TEG Offers QuickBooks Desktop Classes in March

The Digital WorkshopWhether 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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Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP Joins the BDO Alliance USA

BDO Alliance USAAccounting and Business Advisory Firm, Trout Ebersole & Groff, LLP, has joined the BDO Alliance USA, a nationwide association of independently owned local and regional accounting, consulting and service firms with similar client service goals. As an independent member of the BDO Alliance USA, Trout Ebersole & Groff, LLP can expand the services offered to clients by drawing on the resources of BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional services firms, and other Alliance members

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TEG Professionals Attend AM&AA Branch Winter Event

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP professionals attended the AM&AA Central PA Branch Winter Event on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. The event featured speaker Steven P. Burke, President of Surface Preparation Technologies, headquartered in Mechanicsburg, PA. 

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TEG Names Tim Miller to Partnership

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is pleased to announce that Timothy (Tim) Miller, CPA, was admitted to the firm’s partnership effective January 1, 2018.

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Michael Carr Shares Tax Tips for Scouting Leaders

Michael C_BIO_2017- Cropped.jpgTrout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP Manager and Eagle Scout, Michael Carr, CPA, shares tax tips for deducting scouting expenses on tax returns in Scouting Magazine’s latest blog.

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Tax Season Extended Hours

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP will have extended business hours starting January 27, 2018 through April 17, 2018, for the 2018 tax season.

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TEG Welcomes QuickBooks ProAdvisor Karen Feister

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP (TEG) is pleased to announce the hire of Certified QuickBooks® ProAdvisor, Karen L. Feister. Karen Feister is TEG’s newest Client Accounting Services (CAS) team member. Karen has over twenty years of QuickBooks experience in various industry groups including construction, property management, insurance, private school, small businesses, and nonprofit entities.

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TEG Welcomes New Staff Accountant, Emily McGraw!

Trout, Ebesole & Groff, LLP is pleased to welcome Emily A. McGraw to our firm.  As a Staff Accountant, Emily will not only be a member of our tax and audit team but will also be a key professional in TEG’s new cybersecurity team.

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Courtney Allen Earns the Designation of Certified Public Accountant

We are pleased to announce Courtney Allen, a staff accountant at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP (TEG), has earned the designation of Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

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Megan Senkowski, CPA, Passes the AICPA Advanced Defined Contribution Plan Audit Certificate Exam

We are pleased to announce Megan Senkowski, 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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IRS Notice 1036 - New 2018 Withholding Tables

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released copies of the 2018 percentage method tables for income tax withholding which reflect the new tax law. The withholding tables are used by payroll professionals to determine how much tax they need to withhold from each employee’s paychecks based off of their wage, marital status, and also the number of withholding allowances.

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Carol Roland Presents at LLSBO Meeting in Lancaster

Carol Roland, CPA, CFE, CGMA, MBA, and partner at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, gave a presentation at the Lancaster-Lebanon School Business Officials (LLSBO) meeting in Lancaster, PA.

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TEG 2017 In Rewind (Video)

We would like to extend our appreciation to our family, friends, professionals, and clients for helping to make 2017 so great! Click the video below to watch our highlights from 2017.

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