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THF Promotes Stephen Andrews and Brandon Mott to Director

THF congratulates Stephen Andrews on his promotion to Director in the Tax Services Department and Brandon Mott on his promotion to Director in the Assurance Services Department. Stephen joined THF in January 2010. He has been providing tax compliance and consulting services for more than eight years. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree […]

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THF Welcomes Lexi Quigley and Jillian Sliger as Full Time Accounting Professionals

THF welcomes Jillian Sliger and Lexi Quigley to the firm as full time accounting professionals. Jillian received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in accounting at Florida State University.  She started at THF part-time in  September 2017 while finishing her master’s degree. She has two years of experience in the accounting industry. Her areas of practice […]

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THF Welcomes Alyson Battista and Travis Britt to the Firm

THF welcomes Alyson Battista and Travis Britt to the firm. Alyson, a Connecticut native, attended Southern Connecticut State University and earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration.  Since 2016, she has been providing assurance services to a variety of industries including not-for-profit, health care, manufacturing, real estate, and other commercial industries. Alyson will be working […]

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Tax Credits Help Offset Higher Education Costs

If you pay higher for education in 2018 than before, you can see tax savings when you file your tax returns.  If you, your spouse, or your dependents take post-high school coursework, you may be eligible for a tax benefit. There are two credits available to help you offset the costs of higher education:  the […]

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Tips for Taxpayers Who Have to Amend a Tax Return

If you have discovered you made mistakes or omissions on your tax return, you can correct them by filing an amended tax return. If you need to amend, you should remember these tips: File using paper form. Use Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, to correct the tax return. You can’t file amended […]

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Here’s What You Should Know About Penalty Relief

If you make an effort to comply with the law, but are unable to meet your tax obligations due to circumstances beyond your control, you may qualify for relief from penalties. If you receive a notice stating that a penalty was assessed, you first should check that the information in the notice is correct.  If […]

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THF Congratulates Brett Gilman on Passing the CPA Exam

THF congratulates Brett Gilman on passing the CPA exam. Brett Gilman received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in accounting from Florida State University.  Over the last year, Brett has gained auditing  experience in the governmental, commercial, not-for-profit, and employee benefit plan industries. His responsibilities include performance audits, pension audits, inventory observations, compliance testing, and agreed-upon-procedures. […]

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Plan Ahead for Vacation Home Rentals

During the summer, people often rent out their property. They usually think about things such as cleanup and maintenance, but owners also need to be aware of the tax implications of residential and vacation home rentals. If you receive money for the use of a house that’s also used as a someone’s personal residence, it […]

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Law Change Affects Moving, Mileage, and Travel Expenses

The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA) created wide sweeping changes to tax rules at both the business and individual level.  Detailed below are some changes centered around vehicles that are now in effect. Changes to the deduction for move-related vehicle expenses The TCJA suspends the deduction for moving expenses for tax years beginning after […]

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Tax Reform: Changes to Depreciation Affect Businesses Now

If you are a business owner, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may affect your depreciation deductions and taxes. You can generally depreciate tangible property except land, which includes buildings, machinery, vehicles, furniture, and equipment. Changes to depreciation and how they will affect businesses may include: Businesses can immediately expense more under the new law. […]

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Co-Hosts THF and the Florida State University, College of Business, The Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center Announce Aon as New Title Sponsor for INCON – Insurance Conference on Financial Reporting.

Co-hosts Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs and the Florida State University, College of Business, The Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center announce Aon as new title sponsor for the eighth annual INCON – Insurance Conference on Financial Reporting. Aon is a leading global professional services firm. Operating in 120 countries, Aon provides a broad range of […]

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THF Welcomes Justin Marsh to the Firm!

THF welcomes Justin Marsh to the assurance services department in our Tampa office. Justin, a Jamestown, New York native, attended the University of South Florida and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting.  He is currently working towards his master’s degree in accounting at the University of South Florida.  Justin is a US Army veteran and […]

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THF Congratulates Julian Dozier on Receiving the NACVA 40 Under Forty Award

Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs congratulates Julian Dozier on being selected as a National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) 40 Under Forty honoree. The NACVA recognition program honors the nation’s top “40 Under Forty” young financial consulting professionals.  This program was designed to give a voice and an opportunity to the next generation […]

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If You Are in a Two-Income Family or Work Multiple Jobs, You Should Check Your Withholding Amount

The passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will affect 2018 tax returns that you file in 2019, makes checking your withholding amounts even more important. These tax law changes include: Increased standard deduction Eliminated personal exemptions Higher thresholds for individual alternative minimum tax (AMT) Increased Child Tax Credit Limited or discontinued certain […]

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THF Congratulates Timothy Icardi for Receiving His CPA License

THF congratulates Timothy Icardi on receiving his CPA license! Timothy Icardi received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in accounting from Florida State University. Tim began working for THF in the Tallahassee office as a Staff Accountant in the tax services department. He has experience with various accounting positions, including bookkeeping and administrative services. Timothy […]

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THF Congratulates Alexander Frey on Receiving his CPA License

THF congratulates Alexander Frey on receiving his CPA license! Alexander received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.  Alexander began working at THF in May of 2017.  He has experience in internal control assessment and testing, fraud risk evaluation, financial statement preparation, and various accounting matters associated with […]

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THF Congratulates Ying Wang on Being Accepted into Leadership Tallahassee Class 36

Leadership Tallahassee, a division of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, is a year-long program that educates and encourages participants to actively seek positive and constructive changes in the community through leadership roles. The selection process is competitive and qualified applicants must have demonstrated leadership capabilities in the public or private sector or show a […]

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The One Vulnerability Cyber Thieves Are Desperate to Exploit: Weak Passwords

Cybersecurity attacks are becoming more pervasive and seemingly effortless to pull off. Cybercriminals who can execute a successful attack are seizing credit card numbers, bank account information, and even Social Security numbers. You can strengthen your organization’s cybersecurity risk management plan by addressing this one vulnerability: weak passwords. The capture or reuse of passwords, or […]

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