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Trout CPA Welcomes Outsourced Accountant Jade Buffenmyer

Trout CPA is pleased to announce the hire of Outsourced Accountant, Jade Buffenmyer.

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Trout CPA Named One of the Best Places to Work in PA

Trout CPA has been named to the 2020 list of 100 Best Places to Work in PA. Best Places to Work in PA is a survey and awards program designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in the state.

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Trout CPA Announces Employee Promotions

Trout CPA is thrilled to announce the following employee promotions:

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New PA Grants for Small Businesses

Click on Your County:  Berks  |  York  | Lebanon  |  Adams  |  Dauphin  | Cumberland

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Trout CPA Hires Valuation, Forensics & Litigation Services Manager

Trout CPA is pleased to announce the hire of Valuation, Forensics & Litigation Services Manager Keith Gordon, CPA, CFF, CVA.

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Trout CPA Hires Three Staff Accountants

Trout CPA is pleased to announce the hire of three staff accountants, Anna Sweger, Drew DeBastiani, and Geoffrey Kaufman.

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Trout CPA Named Best in CPBJ's Reader Rankings Mergers & Acquisitions

Trout CPA is pleased to announce that Central Penn Business Journal's readers have voted our firm in the top three for the Mergers & Acquisitions category.

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Trout CPA Named a Top 300 Firm by INSIDE Public Accounting

Trout CPA is pleased to announce that our firm has been named a Top 300 Firm by INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA). This year was the firm's first time participating in the annual IPA practice management survey and analysis of firms. Trout CPA was honored to earn the 229 spot. 

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Rebecca Shirk is Selected for the PICPA Firm Ambassador Program

Trout CPA is pleased to announce that Rebecca Shirk, CPA has been selected for the PICPA Firm Ambassador Program.

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COVID-19 Relief PA Small Business Assistance Program

Round 2 of the COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program is underway. The application window is open for 15 business days from 9:00 AM on August 10th to 11:59 PM on August 28th. This will be the final opportunity to apply for the program.

The COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to small businesses that have been economically impacted by COVID-19. This is not a first-come, first-served program.

If you applied during the first application window, you do not need to reapply. Qualified applications will be automatically rolled over into the next funding round for consideration. 

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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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Funding Available: Dauphin County DCED $10,000 Block Grant Program

Dauphin County DCED still has some funding available as part of their $10,000 Block Grant Program. According to the Dauphin County webpage, "The CDBG is a federally funded entitlement program that provides funding to local and state governments across the country. In 2002, the Dauphin County program attained urban status - meaning an increase in allocation - totaling approximately $1.5 in aid throughout the county to benefit low-income and disabled residents."
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Why Have I Not Received My Stimulus Check?

The IRS recently updated their Get My Payment Frequently Asked Questions, which addresses why some people never received their Economic Impact Payment (EIP) even though the Get My Payment tool said the pre-paid debit card was mailed on May 22, 2020.
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PA Hazard Pay Grants Available for Life-Sustaining Occupations

The COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant program was established to help employers retain employees by providing hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining occupations during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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COVID-19 Relief PA Statewide Small Business Assistance Program

The COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to small businesses that have been economically impacted by COVID-19. This is not a first-come, first-served program. There will be multiple rounds of application windows.

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Dental Relief Fund for Medicaid and CHIP Providers

Dental providers who participate in Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP) can apply for funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the CARES Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal.

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SBA Releases New Loan Forgiveness Applications

Yesterday, the Small Business Administration (SBA) posted a new EZ version of the forgiveness application, in addition to a revised version of the full forgiveness application.

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Main Street Lending Program Opens for Lender Registration

The Federal Reserve announced today, that the Main Street Lending Program is open for Lender registration. Eligible Lenders can register using the program's portal.

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Important Lancaster Funding Update

The SBRSF is awarding grants that do not have to be paid back. The funding was received as part of the $150 billion CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund which directed federal dollars to states and eligible units of local government.  The total SBRSF size is $25 million, with distribution being broken into three phases. Phase 1 is capped at $10 million. Below are the key facts about SBRSF. 

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Balance Due Notice Mailings: Due Dates Extended to Help Taxpayers

Balance due notices will start being sent again shortly and the IRS is warning the letters will come with due dates that have already passed. The due dates aren't accurate, but there is nothing the IRS can do to change the dates on these computer generated letters. See the full statement below.
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Trout CPA Hosts First Virtual Internship Program

LANCASTER, PA (July 28, 2020) – The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of challenges to businesses including their Summer Internship Program. While many businesses had to cancel their summer internship program, Trout CPA found an opportunity to create a unique experience.

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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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