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Trout CPA Hosts First Virtual Internship Program

On Monday, June 1, 2020, Trout CPA's Summer Internship Program began. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's Program is unique to past years. Accounting Interns will be doing some training at the Lancaster office, but most of their internship experience will be virtual. This year's program has also been divided into two shorter sessions. The first session will have seven accounting interns from June 1st to June 26th and the second session will have seven interns and will run from July 6th to July 31st.

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Lancaster County Economic Recovery Plan Update

We are happy to report that the County Commissioners did approve the guidelines for the Small Business Grant fund and the PPE Support at the Commissioners meeting on May 27, 2020. 

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PA Unemployment Compensation Checks for Benefits Not Applied For

According to The PA Department of Labor & Industry's anti-fraud division, they have "discovered recent attempts in which scammers are utilizing personal information to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. No L&I systems or data have been compromised. The personal information was obtained from sources outside L&I.

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Updated Tax Filing Deadlines

Here are the current deadlines for tax filing and payment as of April 17, 2020.

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PA Extends Personal Income Tax Return Filing Deadline to July 15, 2020

The Department of Revenue today announced the deadline for taxpayers to file their 2019 Pennsylvania personal income tax returns is extended to July 15, 2020. 

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Federal Tax Filing Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020

Dear Client,

The Federal tax filing deadline is extended to July 15, 2020. Secretary Steven Munchin tweeted, “At Donald Trump’s direction, we are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest and penalties.” Please note - the tax deadline for Pennsylvania and most other states and PA Counties is still April 15, 2020. We expect to hear from the States and Counties in the next few weeks about whether or not they will follow the IRS extension. We are monitoring this closely and will communicate any changes.

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Trout's Physical Offices Close Per Gov. Wolf's Order

Per Governor Wolf’s order, all non-life sustaining businesses must close at 8:00 pm this evening, March 19, 2020. You can read the Governor’s order here.

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Federal Aid Package Helps Individuals Affected By COVID-19

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201),  became law on March 18, 2020. The Act guarantees free testing for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), establishes emergency paid sick leave, expands family and medical leave, enhances unemployment insurance, expands food security initiatives, and increases federal Medicaid funding.

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Firm Operational Updates

1. How can I get my tax information to my preparer if your offices are closed?

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Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic

Part III - Administrative, Procedural, and Miscellaneous
IRS Notice 2020-17

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Trout CPA Professionals Attend Dental Conference

Trout CPA professionals, Brian Wassell, CPA, CM&AA, Tim Miller, CPA, Barb Sanborn, Nikelle Druck, and Erin McGaw,  attended the 34th Annual Greater Philadelphia Valley Forge Dental Conference. The event was held on March 4-6, 2020, at the Valley Forge Casino Resort & Convention Center in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

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Trout CPA Welcomes New Outsourced Accountants

Trout CPA is pleased to announce the hire of Outsourced Accountants Tammy Bennett and Michaelene Licht. Tammy's primary location will be in our Lancaster office and Michaelene will be in our Mechanicsburg office. 
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Trout CPA Supports New Pediatric Inpatient Center

Trout CPA is giving back to the community with a donation to the Seraph-McSparren Pediatric Inpatient Center.

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Trout CPA Welcomes New Outsourced Accountant

Trout CPA is pleased to announce the hire of Outsourced Accountant Lisa Best, CPP.

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Trout CPA Partner, Jason Herr, Earns CCIFP Designation

Trout CPA is pleased to announce Partner Jason Herr, 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 Jason has completed the necessary education and experience requirements and has passed the written CCIFP examination.

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Trout CPA Acquires Greenawalt & Company, P.C.

Trout CPA (formerly Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP) announced the acquisition of Greenawalt & Company, P.C., a highly respected accounting firm with offices in Mechanicsburg and Carlisle, PA. The acquisition is effective January 2020. The firm adds three partners and nine professional staff.

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Trout CPA Welcomes New Employees

Trout CPA  is excited to announce the addition of the following employees:

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PA 1099 E-Filing Update

Pennsylvania has recently provided guidance that they have changed their 1099-R/1099-MISC filing requirements.

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Trout CPA Partner, Karen Shenk, Earns CCIFP Designation

Trout CPA is pleased to announce Partner Karen Shenk, CPA, CVA, CFE 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 Karen has completed the necessary education and experience requirements and has passed the written CCIFP examination.

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Tax Season Extended Hours 2020

Trout CPA will have extended business hours starting January 25, 2020 through April 15, 2020, for the 2020 tax season.

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Krista Showers Served as Preliminary Judge for PA FBLA 2020 Event

Krista Showers, CPA, CEBS, partner at Trout CPA, served as preliminary judge of the Pennsylvania Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Partnership with Business event for the 2020 State Leadership Conference.  As such, she was one of three judges that reviewed all financial business plans.

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Clair Eby Obtains his Certified Valuation Analyst Designation

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is pleased to announce that Clair Eby, CPA has obtained his Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) designation.  The CVA is a business valuation certification granted by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA).  To earn the certificate, Clair had to attend training classes, pass an extensive examination, and have a sanitized report he worked on reviewed by graders at NACVA.   

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Holiday Hours 2019

Our offices will be closed on Tuesday, December 24th, Wednesday, December 25th, and Wednesday, January 1st  for the holiday season.

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Office Hours on Friday, December 20, 2019

Our offices will be closing at 11:00 am on Friday, December 20, 2019, for our annual Employee Holiday Party.  Our offices will reopen on Monday, December 23rd, at 8:00 am.

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Firm Named #3 Best Workplaces in Lancaster County

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is excited to announce that our firm ranked #3 in LNP’s 2019 Best Workplaces in Lancaster County for medium sized companies.

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Firm Earns 16th Spot for Best Places to Work in PA

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is excited to announce that our firm ranked #16 in CPBJ’s 2019 Best Places to Work in PA for medium sized companies.

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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours 2019

Our offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Trout CPA Manager Passes Away

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of former Trout, Ebersole & Groff Manager, John Devaney, Jr., CPA. John passed away on Thursday, October 24th.

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Firm Welcomes Director of Client Success, Nikelle Druck

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is pleased to announce the hire of Nikelle Druck. Nikelle will be the firm's first Director of Client Success. In her role, she will assist clients and prospective clients with data analytics and outsourced accounting solutions. 

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Nicole Cradic Receives Forty Under 40 Award

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP Partner, Nicole Cradic, CPA, was one of 40 professionals who were honored by Central Penn Business Journal with their Forty Under 40 award. This annual award recognizes up-and-coming leaders in Central Pennsylvania. Earlier this year, Nicole was also honored by PICPA with their Young Leader Award.

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Nicole Cradic Receives PICPA Young Leader Award

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP Partner, Nicole Cradic, CPA, was one of 39 certified public accountants in Pennsylvania who received the 2019 Young Leader: PICPA Member to Watch award. The award recognizes PICPA members under the age of 40 who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to the accounting profession through PICPA or community service.

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Corey Eshelman Presents at the 2019 ESOP Multi-State Conference

Senior Accountant, Corey Eshelman, CPA, and Business Valuation Manager, Doug Knapp, ASA, attended The ESOP Association's Multi-State Conference on September 18-19, 2019. The conference took place at the Kalahari Resorts & Convention Center, located in Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania. This year's conference included presentations on topics relevant to ESOPs, including human resources, mergers & acquisitions, valuations, leadership, company culture, and cybersecurity.

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Office Hours on Thursday, September 19th

Our offices will close at 4pm on Thursday, September 19th, for a company-wide meeting. We will reopen on Friday, September 20th at 8am.

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TEG Offers QuickBooks Online Classes in October

Whether you are new to QuickBooks® Online, 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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TEG Offers QuickBooks Desktop Classes in October

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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TEG Named #2 Accounting Firm & Tax Preparation Service in Lancaster County

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is excited and humbled to announce that the readers of LNP have voted our firm #2 for the  following categories:

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Labor Day Hours 2019

In observation of Labor Day, our offices will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2019.

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Trout, Ebersole & Groff Hires Six Accountants

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP (TEG) is pleased to announce the hire of Emalie Shaffer, Kristen Smoluk, Benjamin Webb, Anne Horting, Connor Bell, and Haley Goodling. Kristen will begin her accounting career at our Capital Region office and the other professionals will be working out of our Lancaster office. 

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M&A Partner Brian Wassell Quoted in CPBJ Article

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP Partner, Brian Wassell, CPA, CM&AA, discusses some of the common struggles businesses deal with in Central Penn Business Journal article “Creative Thinking Grows a Business in Any Season.” When asked about a solution for companies who have a difficult time with collections, Brian said, “We advise businesses to introduce a recurring revenue model when possible.” 

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TEG Announces Employee Promotions

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP  is thrilled to announce the following employee promotions:

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TEG Professionals Earn Outsourced Accounting Certifications

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP (TEG) is pleased to announce that several professionals on our Outsourced Accounting team have earned various certifications. These certifications demonstrate their commitment to continued education and advancement of their skill sets to better serve our clients.
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TEG Wins Three CPBJ's Reader Ranking Awards

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP (TEG) is pleased to announce that Central Penn Business Journal's readers have voted our firm in the top three for the following categories: Consulting Firm, M&A Advisor, and Forensic Accounting Firm.

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Independence Day Holiday Hours 2019

In honor of Independence Day, our offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4th. We will reopen on Friday, July 5th at 8:00 am.

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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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Kelly Deihm, CPA Graduates From Leadership Lancaster's Core Class

Senior Accountant Kelly Deihm, CPA graduated from Lancaster Leadership's Core Class on May 16, 2019. The class, which included 72 students, participated in nine day-long sessions and two retreats that focused on leadership skill training to enhance personal growth. During their training, they learned about:

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