News

8/27/2014
TEG Welcomes New Employees

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP would like to welcome our most recent new hires to our team.

Martha Guaigua, EA (Senior Accountant 2), Anjali Govani (Staff Accountant), Craig Kline (IT Specialist), Michael McKee (Senior Accountant 2), and Chris Hartman (Staff Accountant).

 Welcome to TEG!


8/11/2014
Brian Wassell & Wayne Luckenbaugh Present to Lancaster Bar Association

Brian Wassell and Wayne Luckenbaugh of Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP presented a seminar entitled "Recent Trends in Mergers and Acquisitions” to members of the Lancaster Bar Association on Thursday, August 7th.  Attendees earned Continuing Legal Education credit.


8/4/2014
Why The First 48 Hours In A Fraud Investigation Are So Important

Don’t underestimate the importance of reacting immediately to potential fraudulent activity.  A quick and smart response to fraud can help preserve the company’s brand and reputation, and the confidence of its customers, suppliers and affiliates. The article below indicates why the first 48 hours in a fraud investigation are crucial to a company’s survival.

Why The First 48 Hours In A Fraud Investigation Are So Important

Contact us for more information.


8/4/2014
TEG Featured in Central Penn Business Journal’s 2014 Business Profiles

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP has been featured in the 2014 edition of Business Profiles, a supplement to the Central Penn Business Journal.


7/31/2014
TEG Offices Will Be Closed August 5th

Our offices will be closed on Tuesday, August 5th for our annual Team Building/Employee Appreciation Day.  We will reopen on Wednesday, August 6th at 8:00 am.


7/28/2014
Robin Bodine and Donald Sauder Featured in R&A Magazine

Robin Bodine, partner, and Donald Sauder, senior tax accountant, at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP were featured in the Summer 2014 issue of R&A Magazine.  They contributed to the "Ask the Experts” section of the magazine on tax implications of property rental and tabulating cost basis for tax savings on in-progress renovations with a resident contractor.  To read the article, please click on the link.

R&A Magazine is a free-consumer publication dedicated to providing valuable home improvement information to Lancaster County's current and future homeowners.


7/22/2014
Brian Wassell Attends AM&AA Conference in Chicago

Brian Wassell, CPA, CM&AA, and partner at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, is attending the 2014 Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA) Summer Conference in Chicago, Illinois from July 22nd  to the 24th.  The theme of this year’s conference is EVOLVE: capturing opportunities in today’s market.

The AM&AA Conference offers in-depth workshops and breakout sessions led by industry leaders.  Attendees take away practical knowledge that can add value to their company and clients and expand their business.


7/15/2014
TEG Makes Debut at #13 in the Philadelphia Business Journal Top 25 Accounting Firms List

We are proud to announce that Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP has been named one of the top 25 accounting firms in the Philadelphia region by the Philadelphia Business Journal.  The list is based on the number of local employees.

With 102 area employees, Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is thirteenth in the 2014 ranking.


6/25/2014
TEG Welcomes Summer Interns

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is proud to have Corey Eshelman, Emily Schmidt, Mike Cannon, Travis Oot, and Jensen Appleman join our team as summer interns.  This internship provides an excellent opportunity for gaining hands-on experience in the accounting field.
 
Corey will graduate from Elizabethtown College in May 2015 with a Bachelor degree in Accounting and Economics.  He is a member of the intramural soccer and softball teams, Accounting Club, Honors Program, and Delta Mu Delta.  He spent the spring semester studying in Belgium and traveling around Europe.
 
Emily will graduate from the University of Delaware in May 2015 with a Bachelor degree in Accounting and a minor in Spanish.  She is a member of the national service sorority Gamma Sigma Sigma and a resident assistant at the University.
 
Mike will graduate from Elizabethtown College in May 2015 with a Bachelor degree in Accounting.  He is on the Elizabethtown College Men’s Tennis Team and is involved in many intramural sports.
 
Travis will graduate from York College of Pennsylvania in December 2014 with a Bachelor degree in Accounting and a minor in Criminal Justice.  He is a 4 year member of the York College Golf Team, a member of the Phi Sigma Phi fraternity, a member of the Ski and Outdoor Club, and a Math tutor.
 
Jensen will graduate from Elizabethtown College in the spring of 2015 with a Bachelor degree in Accounting.  She is a student assistant in the University’s business department, a tutor, and plays intramural sports.  She is also a volunteer for Lancaster County Conservancy and the Conewago Creek Initiative, two organizations committed to maintaining and improving land and water quality in the local area. 
 
Welcome Corey, Emily, Mike, Travis & Jensen!


6/16/2014
Lauren Schaefer Writes for YPN Blog

Don’t miss Lauren Schaefer’s latest Young Professional Network’s blog post called "Moving On Up.  Lauren is currently a member of the Young Professional Network and its Advisory Board.  This blog represents the voices of young professionals from within Chamber membership.

The Lancaster Chamber has formed a Young Professional Network to offer opportunities for networking, professional skills development, and shaping the quality of life in Lancaster County


5/23/2014
Memorial Day Hours

Let's take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day: To honor the servicemen and women who lost their lives while serving our country -- often to make our own lives better and the United States an even greater place to live.

Our offices will be closed Monday, May 26th in observance of Memorial Day.  We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 27th.


5/21/2014
Jill Gilbert and Krista Showers Present at PICPA Employee Benefit Plan Conference

Jill Gilbert and Krista Showers, both CPAs and partners at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, attended the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Employee Benefit Plan Conference on May 19th and 20th in Lancaster.  Jill and Krista were part of a joint presentation on "Q&A: Audit Best Practices.”

The PICPA Employee Benefit Conference offers essentials to auditors of employee benefit plans and covers the latest technical standards, compliance rules and regulatory issues related to such audits.

PICPA is the premier statewide resource for top-class continuing professional education programs, professional networking, business-friendly advocacy, thought leadership, and a full range of services for accounting professionals.  PICPA’s programs and services are a springboard for growing camaraderie, confidence, and commitment in the world of accounting.

Jill and Krista both serve on the PICPA Employee Benefits Plan Committee.


5/20/2014
Ethan Derr Recognized by PICPA for Passing CPA Exam

Ethan Derr attended the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants South Central Chapter Annual Meeting on May 8th.  He was recognized by the PICPA for passing the CPA exam and was presented with a framed CPA certificate.

Other employees who have passed the CPA exam this year and who were not in attendance are Lauren Schaefer, Amanda Lehman, and Jacob Dietz.

This certification indicates that they have completed the necessary education and experience requirements and have passed the uniform CPA examination.

We wish to congratulate Ethan, Lauren, Amanda, and Jacob on this important milestone in their professional career.


5/5/2014
Krista Showers Presents at Annual PAFPC Conference in Seven Springs

Krista Showers, CPA, CEBS, and partner at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, gave three presentations at the 45th Annual Pennsylvania Association of Federal Program Coordinators (PAFPC) Conference in Seven Springs, PA.

She spoke on Tuesday, April 29th on "Proper Use & Fiscal Accountability for Title I Funds to Meet Student and Teacher Needs” as well as "Top 10 Audit Findings – Things That Will Cost Your School Money & Negatively Impact Achievement.”  These sessions were part of the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) Program.  PIL is a statewide, standards-based continuing education program for school and system leaders.  This comprehensive, cohort-based program is focused on developing the capacity of leaders to improve student achievement.

Krista also spoke on Wednesday, April 30th on "Maintaining Strong Internal Controls for Grants.”

The purpose of the PAFPC is:


  • To promote an exchange of knowledge, experience, and ideas concerning federal programs in order to enable the members to serve educational entities with greater effectiveness and efficiency.
  • To disseminate information concerning resources available from the federal government so that greater use can be made of these resources.
  • To supplement and assist the flow of information and constructive comment from the offices of the Pennsylvania Department of Education that are responsible for the administration of federally supported educational programs.
  • To provide advice and counsel regarding federal programs to any member and/or organization seeking to serve the educational needs of the community, the state or the union.
  • To provide training institutes or workshops in the area of federal program.


5/5/2014
Krista Showers Speaks to Lancaster-Lebanon School Business Officials

Krista Showers, CPA, CEBS, and partner at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP attended the Lancaster-Lebanon School Business Officials Meeting on May 1st and gave a presentation entitled "Maintaining Strong Internal Controls for Grants.”  The Lancaster-Lebanon School Business Officials is a business regional chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO).

PASBO is a statewide association, 3000 members strong, and is devoted to providing members with education, training, professional development and timely access to legislative and policy news.  PASBO’s membership based covers school professionals working in finance, accounting, operations, facilities, transportation, food service, technology, communications, human resources, purchasing and safety services.  While diverse in areas of specialty, all members share a common goal – to support classroom learning in schools during good and bad economic times through smart business practices.  PASBO helps make that goal a reality.


4/23/2014
Brian Wassell Speaks to Real Estate Professionals in Harrisburg

Brian Wassell, CPA, CM&AA, and partner at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP attended and spoke at a Real Estate Professionals Seminar on the tax aspects of Professional Associations in Harrisburg on April 22nd.


4/9/2014
Krista Showers Served as Judge for PA FBLA Event

Krista Showers, CPA, CEBS, partner at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, served as a judge for two different events at the Pennsylvania Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) 2014 State Leadership Conference in Hershey, PA on April 7th.  Krista was a judge for the American Enterprise Project whose purpose to promote an awareness of some facet of the American enterprise system within the school and/or community and help members learn more about the economic system under which they live and then to share their expertise in some way.  Krista was also a judge for the Partnership with Business Project whose purpose is to learn about a business through communication and interaction with the business community. 

The FBLA helps students develop leadership abilities, and prepare for entry into, and advancement within, a business or business-related occupation. Members learn how to engage in business enterprise, how to direct the affairs of a group, and how to compete honorably in competitive events. These activities help prepare students to be better employees and better citizens.


4/3/2014
Jill Gilbert Nominated to PICPA Professional Ethics Committee

Jill Gilbert, CPA and partner at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, has been nominated for election to the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Professional Ethics Committee for a three-year term ending April 30, 2017.  The committee serves an important role within the PICPA through ethics enforcement and education, and member advocacy in connection with the ethics standard setting process.

PICPA is the premier statewide resource for top-class continuing professional education programs, professional networking, business-friendly advocacy, thought leadership, and a full range of services for accounting professionals. PICPA’s programs and services are a springboard for growing camaraderie, confidence, and commitment in the world of accounting.


3/17/2014
Krista Showers Attends Annual PASBO Conference

Krista Showers, CPA, CEBS, and partner at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, attended the 59th Annual Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) Conference at The Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, PA from March 12th to the 14th.  The conference included a line-up of educational sessions that addresses critical school finance issues designed to:


  • Control current costs
  • Reduce future liabilities
  • Generate additional dollars for the classroom
  • Create efficiencies

PASBO is a statewide association, 3000 members strong, and is devoted to providing members with education, training, professional development and timely access to legislative and policy news.  PASBO’s membership base covers school professionals working in finance, accounting, operations, facilities, transportation, food service, technology, communications, human resources, purchasing and safety services.  While diverse in areas of specialty, all members share a common goal - to support classroom learning in schools during good and bad economic times through smart business practices.  PASBO helps make that goal a reality.


2/28/2014
Krista Showers Speaks to Girl Scout Junior Troop #70441

Krista Showers, CPA, CEBS, and partner at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, spoke to Girl Scout Junior Troop #70441 in Lancaster as part of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Scout Financial Literacy Program.  The Program teaches children early on about the power and pitfalls of money and helps them grow into financially savvy adults.  On February 28, 2014, Krista helped the Juniors to learn about business, getting the word out, ads, writing a business plan, grand opening celebrations and earn their Business Owner badge.

Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increased understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.


2/11/2014
Krista Showers Speaks to Maytown Girl Scout Juniors

Krista Showers, CPA, CEBS, and partner at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, was asked by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA),  as part of their Scout Financial Literacy Program, to speak to the Maytown Girl Scout Junior Troop.  The Program teaches children early on about the power and pitfalls of money and helps them grow into financially savvy adults.  On February 11, 2014, Krista, in conjunction with a fellow PICPA member, helped the Juniors to learn about business goals and roles in business and earn their Cookie CEO badge.

Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increased understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.


1/24/2014
Jacob Dietz Receives CPA Designation

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is pleased to announce that Jacob Dietz has earned the designation of Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  This certification indicates that Jake has completed the necessary education and experience requirements and has passed the uniform CPA examination.

We wish to congratulate Jake on this important milestone in his professional career.


1/20/2014
TEG Selected to Assist CFMA with Multi-State Database

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP has been selected to assist the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) with their muli-state database.  This database will be used as a tool by CFMA members across the country.  The database will be a valuable resource to CFMA members who are considering working in a new state and need to know the business registration process and tax rules.

CFMA is an organization dedicated to bringing together construction professionals and those partners serving their unique needs.  CFMA serves more than 6,600 members via 88 chapters located throughout the US and Canada.


1/13/2014
Providing Quality Accounting Services to Our Community for 85 Years!

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, a provider of quality accounting, auditing, tax, and business consulting services to central Pennsylvania since 1929, is celebrating our 85th anniversary!

Building on a reputation for exceptional service, Trout, Ebersole & Groff has grown to become one of the leading accounting firms in the region and currently employs 95 people in our Lancaster, Elizabethtown, and Harrisburg offices.

Trout, Ebersole & Groff’s reputation reflects the high standards we demand of ourselves. Our partners and staff seek continual improvement through professional education programs which enable our firm to maintain a high level of   technical skill, financial knowledge, and service to our clients.  Our partners are passionate about what they do and combined with the expertise, experience, and energy of our staff, each client receives personal and professional attention.

Many of our professionals hold credentials which allow us to offer expertise in business continuity, business valuation, construction, employee benefit plans, estate & trust, fraud investigation and forensic accounting, litigation support, and mergers & acquisitions.  We are also well known for our extensive QuickBooks services and training.

We are confident that we can assist you in achieving your financial goals.  We invite you to contact us directly to see how Trout, Ebersole & Groff can provide you with the SERVICE, ANSWERS and TRUST that you and your business deserve.


12/19/2013
TEG Delivers Christmas Gifts to Lancaster Day Care Center

Today, Thursday, December 19th, Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is excited to deliver Christmas gifts to the children of Lancaster Day Care Center!  Krista Showers and Megan Senkowski are currently members of the board and are delivering the gifts. The children will be surprised when they wake up from their naps to see that Santa was there!

A special thank you to Jude Hoar for organizing both the TEG Children's Christmas party and the recipient of the donated gifts. We are privileged to have the opportunity to spread a little holiday cheer throughout our community!


12/18/2013
Krista Showers Served as Preliminary Judge for PA FBLA 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 2014 State Leadership Conference.  As such, she was one of three judges that reviewed all financial business plans.

 The FBLA helps students develop leadership abilities, and prepare for entry into, and advancement within, a business or business-related occupation. Members learn how to engage in business enterprise, how to direct the affairs of a group, and how to compete honorably in competitive events. These activities help prepare students to be better employees and better citizens.


12/16/2013
TEG Annual Children’s Christmas Party

On Saturday, December 14th, Trout, Ebersole & Groff hosted their annual Children’s Christmas Party with the help of a few Santa’s elves for the employee’s children.  The children enjoyed meeting the elves, making crafts, a wrapped gift, and a bagged snack.  Each child also brought a wrapped gift for a child in need for a local non-profit organization.

Check out our Facebook page for photos!


12/4/2013
Local Churches Benefit from Health Care Tax Credit

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP has recently launched an effort to raise awareness about the Health Care Tax Credit for churches in central Pennsylvania. Churches that pay health insurance for employees may be eligible to receive a refund up to 25% of premiums paid.

Because many churches are not required to file an annual tax return, churches are generally unaware of the opportunity to file for a refund. Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP professionals are coming alongside these local churches to educate about the credit and assist in filing for refunds.

If your church pays health insurance premiums and may be interested in the Health Care Tax Credit, please contact Dan Chodan at (717) 358-9049 or dchodan@troutcpa.com for more information.


11/20/2013
Krista Showers Presents at Employee Benefits Forum

Krista Showers, CPA, CEBS, and partner at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, gave a presentation at an Employee Benefits Forum on Tuesday, November 19th at the Eden Resort & Suites in Lancaster, PA.  Her presentation was entitled "Is Your Plan OK? A Review of Fiduciary Responsibility” which covered fiduciary responsibilities of plan sponsors and some best practice consideration tools as well as a checklist for plan sponsors.

Other topics included:
  • Economic Outlook
  • Retirement Readiness and Other Hot Topics
  • Healthcare Reform Update


11/19/2013
TEG Welcomes New Employees

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP would like to welcome our most recent new hires to our team.

Matt Lavin (senior tax accountant), Linda Gabriel (part-time para-professional), and Kimberly Davis (office manager).

Welcome to TEG!


11/12/2013
Krista Showers Presents at the PAIU and Business Administrators Fall Conference

On Friday, November 8th, Krista Showers, CPA, CEBS, and partner at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, gave a presentation at the 2013 Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU) and Business Administrator Fall Conference in Gettysburg, PA.  She was part of a joint presentation entitled "Maintaining an Environment of Strong Internal Controls” and personally spoke on the topic of internal controls for grants.


The Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU) is a non-profit organization comprised of the executive directors of Pennsylvania’s 29 intermediate units.  PAIU promotes educational and operational collaboration across IU boundaries; leverages partnerships and resources to expand high quality services to students, schools and communities; facilitates communication to school and community leaders on matters of educational practice and public policy; and advocates on behalf of intermediate units with policymakers in state agencies and the General Assembly.


11/1/2013
TEG Accountants Voted as the Best by the Readers of Lancaster County Magazine

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP would like to thank the readers of Lancaster County magazine for voting our accountants as the Best again in 2013!

#1 Accountant

Brian Wassell, CPA, CM&AA

#4 Accountant

Amy McEldowney, CPA


#5 Accountant

Don Johnson, CPA

Lancaster County magazine’s "Best of Lancaster” Reader’s Survey is the area’s original readers’ poll.  Established in 1990 featuring results determined by reader feedback, the "Best of Lancaster” Readers’ Survey has become a touchstone for excellence among local businesses and organizations.


10/3/2013
Peggie Stauffer, Amy McEldowney & Chris Johnson Attend CFMA Conference

Peggie Stauffer, CPA and partner, Amy McEldowney, CPA, and Chris Johnson, CPA at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, attended the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Philadelphia.   This two-day conference provided continuing education in construction including the new healthcare rules, managing human resources and trends, new accounting frameworks, and GAAP updates. The guest keynote speakers were Larry Kane, an Emmy Award winning newsman and Best Selling Author, on communication and Larry Linne, former New England Patriot football player, on leadership.

The Construction Financial Management Association is the only organization dedicated to bringing together construction financial professionals and those partners serving their unique needs. CFMA serves more than 6500 members via 89 chapters located throughout the US and Canada.


10/2/2013
Brian Wassell and Wayne Luckenbaugh Earn CM&AA Designation

Brian Wassell, CPA/Partner, and Wayne Luckenbaugh, CPA/Manager, at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, attended a week-long credentialing program held by the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA) at the DePaul Center in Chicago.  Both Brian and Wayne earned the Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA) designation which serves to maintain the highest recognized standards of professional excellence for middle market corporate financial advisory and transaction services, and to provide a benchmark for professional achievement within that overall body of knowledge.

The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA) is the premiere International Organization serving the educational and resource needs of the middle market M&A profession.

Brian Wassell serves on the firm's Management Committee and chairs the firm's Business Development Committee.  He has over 22 years of combined experience and has provided accounting and tax due diligence services to many middle market transactions

Wayne Luckenbaugh serves as the firm's Practice Group Leader in the Business Valuation & Litigation Support Practice Group. He has over 20 years of combined experience providing tax, accounting and general consulting services to clients in a wide variety of industries. He is also an active member of the firm's Business Development Committee.


9/26/2013
TEG Employees Participate in BBBS Dodgeball Tournament

On Saturday, September 21st, a group of Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP employees helped kids dodge adversity by participating in the Big Brothers Big Sisters 9th Annual Dodgeball Tournament held at Warwick High School in Lititz. We are proud to announce that our team won 1st place in the recreational division for the second year!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lancaster is the most experienced and successful one-to-one youth mentoring organization in the country. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lancaster County is one of 400 affiliated agencies nationwide that works to create a better future for children-in-need by connecting them with a positive role model and friend.


9/19/2013
Krista Showers Presents at Annual Multi-State ESOP Conference in Scranton

Krista Showers, CPA, CEBS, and partner at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, gave a presentation at the 18th Annual Multi-State ESOP Conference presented by the New Jersey/New York and Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapters of the ESOP Association in Scranton, PA.  She was part of a joint presentation entitled "Fiduciary Responsibility - Beyond the Basics” and personally spoke on the topic of best practice tools for trustees and committees as well as a fiduciary checklist for Plan Sponsors.


The ESOP Association, founded in 1978, the largest employer sponsored advocacy and education association focused on retirement savings in America, is a national non-profit membership organization, with 18 local Chapters, serving approximately 2,500 employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) companies, professionals with a commitment to ESOPs, and companies considering the implementation of an ESOP. The Association is the only association devoted solely to ESOPs. Promoting and enhancing laws before Congress and regulatory agencies that govern ESOPs and providing its members with expert educational ESOP programming and information are its main focuses.


9/16/2013
Required Department of Labor Employee Notification

By October 1, 2013, applicable employers, generally those with revenue in excess of $500,000, will be required to provide notice to each employee of the Health Insurance Marketplace and if applicable, information on the employer's health insurance coverage.  The notice must also be given to new employees within 14 days of their hire date.

 

This requirement was implemented as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in order to assist individuals in using the new Health Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace).  The notice must be in writing, provided free of charge, understandable by the average employee, to all employees, full or part time, whether they participate in a health insurance plan or not.

 

The notice must provide the following information:

 

1.      Inform the employees of the existence of the Marketplace including a description of the services provided by the Marketplace, and the manner in which the employee may contact the Marketplace to request assistance.

2.      If the employer plan's share of the total allowed costs of benefits provided under the plan is less than 60 percent of such costs, inform the employee that he/she may be eligible for a premium tax credit under section 36B of the Internal Revenue Code if the employee purchases a qualified health plan through the Marketplace.

3.    If the employee purchases a qualified health plan through the Marketplace, the employee may lose the employer contribution to any health benefits plan offered by the employer and that all or a portion of such contribution may be excludable from income for Federal income tax purposes.

 

The DOL website has provided sample "Safe Harbor" letters for employers use.  You can find these model letters at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/healthreform/  under the title Notice to Employees of Coverage Options.

 

This notification is general in nature and is not intended to be, nor should it be, treated as tax advice.  Please contact us if you have specific questions.


9/13/2013
Tim Gallagher Participates in Durham Warriors Survival Challenge

Tim Gallagher, senior tax accountant at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, participated in the first-ever edition of the Durham Warriors Survival Challenge, a "Survivor”-style fundraiser held last weekend in Durham, Maine, to benefit military veterans.  To learn more about the event, read the article "Survivor skills raise cash for South Portland ‘Survivor’ winner’s Durham camp”.

Check out our Facebook page to see photos of Tim in action!


9/9/2013
TEG Employees Volunteer Time to United Way Day of Caring

On Saturday, September 7th, a group of Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP employees volunteered their time to the United Way’s Day of Caring event.  Everyone worked really hard at the fall landscaping clean-up project for the historic Shreiner-Concord Cemetery Foundation.

Day of Caring is the kickoff for United Way of Lancaster County's annual campaign. About 2,500 participants usually take part in the annual Day of Caring, pitching in to help the community with a variety of activities including waterway cleanup, painting, carpentry, cleaning houses for the elderly, reading to children, yard work and landscaping, clerical work, and much more.

Check out our Facebook page for photos!


9/4/2013
Chris Johnson Earns FAFE Designation

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is pleased to announce that Chris Johnson has earned a graduate certificate in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination (FAFE).    As part of the certification process, Chris had classes taught by the ATF and FBI, and was put through a mock trial and depositions as his final "case” project.

We wish to congratulate Chris on this important milestone in his professional career.


8/23/2013
Tim Gallagher Hired as Senior Tax Accountant

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is proud to have Tim Gallagher join our team as a Senior Tax Accountant.  Tim earned the CPA designation in 2012, the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation in 2013, and is currently working on obtaining the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation.   He has 3 ˝ years experience working in public accounting.

Tim graduated from Millersville University (magna cum laude) in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and a minor in Spanish.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

Welcome Tim!


8/22/2013
Lauren Schaefer Writes for YPN Blog

Lauren Schaefer, Senior Tax Accountant at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, has again written a post for the Lancaster Chamber’s Young Professional Network blog called "Gen Y: Spoiled Slackers or Genuine Go-Getters?”   Lauren is currently a member of the Young Professional Network and its Advisory Board.  This blog represents the voices of young professionals from within Chamber membership.

The Lancaster Chamber has formed a Young Professional Network to offer opportunities for networking, professional skills development, and shaping the quality of life in Lancaster County.


8/2/2013
Robin Bodine and Donald Sauder Featured in R&A Magazine

Robin Bodine, Partner, and Donald Sauder, Senior Tax Accountant, at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP were featured in the Summer 2013 issue of R&A Magazine.  They contributed to the "Ask the Experts”section of the magazine on how to benefit from federal energy saving tax credits.  To read the article, please click on the link.


7/26/2013
TEG Announces Employee Promotions

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is very pleased to announce the promotions of the following employees who have met and exceeded the duties of their current classifications.

 

  • Monte Anderson – Manager
  • Cheri Horn – Senior 1
  • Chris Johnson – Senior 2
  • Michelle Long – Senior 1
  • Nicole Manyko – Supervisor
  • Ann Shenk – Supervisor
  • Emily Stehman – Senior 1
  • Cheri Work – Supervisor
  • Nadia Zerebilov – Senior 1

 

We would like to congratulate these employees and wish them continued success in their new roles!


7/18/2013
Jill Gilbert Attends PICPA Local Government Conference

Jill Gilbert, CPA and partner at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, attended the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Local Government Conference on July 15th and 16th in Hershey, PA.  She was Chair of the conference and gave a presentation on "Maintaining Internal Controls with a Shrinking Workforce”.  Jill’s presentation reviewed ways to maintain effective internal controls with little manpower, and discussed which control areas to segregate. She also explained compensating controls and provided warning signs that your controls may not be adequate.

 

Jill is currently a member of the PICPA Local Government Committee, Employee Benefits Plan Committee, and the South Central Chapter Executive Committee.

 

PICPA is the premier statewide resource for top-class continuing professional education programs, professional networking, business-friendly advocacy, thought leadership, and a full range of services for accounting professionals. PICPA’s programs and services are a springboard for growing camaraderie, confidence, and commitment in the world of accounting.


7/10/2013
Lauren Schaefer Receives CPA Designation

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is pleased to announce that Lauren Schaefer has earned the designation of Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  This certification indicates that Lauren has completed the necessary education and experience requirements and has passed the uniform CPA examination.  We wish to congratulate Lauren on this important milestone in her professional career.


7/1/2013
Jill Gilbert Teaches Courses for PICPA

Jill Gilbert, CPA and partner at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, taught two 8 hour courses for the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA).  On June 24th, Jill taught a course on "Latest Developments in Government Accounting and Auditing” and on June 25th, she taught a course on "A Complete Guide to the Yellow Book”. 

 

Jill is currently a member of the PICPA Local Government Committee, Employee Benefits Plan Committee, and the South Central Chapter Executive Committee.

 

PICPA is the premier statewide resource for top-class continuing professional education programs, professional networking, business-friendly advocacy, thought leadership, and a full range of services for accounting professionals. PICPA’s programs and services are a springboard for growing camaraderie, confidence, and commitment in the world of accounting.


6/24/2013
TEG Welcomes New Employees

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP would like to welcome several new employees to our team.

Bottom row: Joe Biesecker (HR Manager), Barbara Sanborn (QuickBooks ProAdvisor), and Matthew Burkhart (Staff Accountant)

Middle row: Christopher Stetler (QuickBooks ProAdvisor), Dan Chodan (Staff Accountant), and Sean Post (Staff Accountant)

Top row: Ryan Butzer (Staff Accountant), Bob Leabhart (Desktop Specialists/Helpdesk), and Ethan Derr (Staff Accountant)

 Welcome to TE&G!

 


6/20/2013
TEG Welcomes Summer Interns

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is proud to have Chris Hartman, Amanda Kilroy, Tiffany Rutledge, and Stacy Owens join our team as summer interns.  This internship provides an excellent opportunity for gaining hands-on experience in the accounting field.

 

Chris is a senior at Elizabethtown College and will graduate in spring 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He is the Vice President of the Elizabethtown College Accounting Club and is on the Spring 2013 Elizabethtown College Dean’s list.

 

Amanda graduated from Millersville University (cum laude) in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an option in Accounting.  She is a member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority and has volunteered her time to the S. June Smith Center and Girls on the Run.

 

Tiffany graduated from Millersville University in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.  She was on the Millersville University Dean’s list in Fall of 2011 and Spring 2013.

 

Stacy graduated from Millersville University (cum laude) in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a Minor in Psychology.  She is a member of the Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity and has volunteered her time to Habitat for Humanity and the Lancaster Shelter for Abused Women.

 

Welcome Chris, Amanda, Tiffany & Stacy!


6/11/2013
TEG 2013 Softball Season

A group of employees from Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is once again participating in a summer softball league.  Come out to Stompf Field for some fun and support our team!

 

Game Schedule:

June 11th – TEG vs. Northwestern at 7pm

June 19th – TEG vs. Union National at 7pm

June 26th – TEG vs. Donegal Teachers & Friends at 7pm

July 1st – TEG vs. Leadership Lancaster at 6pm

July 17th – TEG vs. PNC Bank at 7pm

July 23rd – TEG vs. BB&T at 7pm

August 5th – TEG vs. Everence at 7pm

 

Go Number Crunchers!!

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