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Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

2016 Angelman Syndrome Foundation Walk

On Saturday, May 21 several of the Atlanta office employees and their families participated in the Angelman Syndrome Foundation Walk. We raised $1,600 for the cause. Thank you to everyone who participated or donated!

“The Angelman Syndrome Foundation (ASF) is a national 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization made up of families, caregivers and medical professionals who care about those with Angelman syndrome. Their mission is to advance the awareness and treatment of Angelman syndrome through education, information, research, advocacy and support. Angelman syndrome (AS) is a neuro-genetic disorder that occurs in 1 in every 15,000 live births. Individuals with AS exhibit symptoms such as: developmental delay, lack of speech, seizures, inappropriate laughter, and walking and balance disorders.”

For more information visit www.angelman.org.

 

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Friday, May 20th, 2016

Duck Update

Award RibbonSo, where did our “Where’s my M&J Peeps?” duck rank in the online voting? We are happy to report we won 1st Runner Up for the second year.  Congratulations to the 1st place winner “Leave a Legacy” by TDS Construction.

As you may recall our duck also won 1st Runner Up in the “Best Dressed Duck” contest judged by PACE reps at the Ducktail Party held in April.

IMG_7494This fun and creative fundraising campaign supports the Manatee PACE Center for Girls, a Bradenton not-for-profit.  PACE helps girls achieve their academic goals, develop real world skills and prepare for a promising future.

If you have ideas on how we should dress next year’s duck, email them to marketing@mjcpa.com.

 

 

 

 


Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Bradenton Office Ribbon Cutting with the Alliance

A Ribbon Cutting with the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance (LWRBA) took place this morning at the Bradenton office.  The Ribbon Cutting celebrates the office’s recent move to the Bradenton Financial Center.  Checkout the photos of our team with LWRBA Members Bonnie Hassler, Judy Athari and Dani Fox — Thank you for joining us!  Also, thank you to Heather Kasten and Amy Gonzalez of the LWRBA for being a part of our event.

M&J is a proud LWRBA Member!


Friday, May 13th, 2016

Take M&J Out to the Ball Game!

The Chattanooga office enjoyed a night at the ball field of our hometown team, the Lookouts. The pic is of our soon-to-be retiree, Casey Stuart, and Louie, the Lookouts mascot. Christian Bennett and his wife Lisa are in the background.

 

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Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Congratulations Rory!!

Rory Spurlock is M&J’s newest CPA exam conqueror from the Atlanta office!  Way to go Rory!


Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

LWRBA Golf Scramble

Friday, May 6th, was a “sunny and 75” perfect day for golf…if you don’t count the fact it was exceptionally windy! But we didn’t mind, we were busy keeping the golfers hydrated at the M&J sponsored beverage tent at the annual Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance (LWRBA) Golf Scramble held this year at the Esplanade Lakewood Ranch Golf Course.  We saw some familiar faces and met some new ones, and no one left our station without grabbing a M&J coozie or two.

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Bradenton’s Ron Marshall, Steve Parent, Holly Bryant, Alison Wester & Dianne Kopczynski represented Mauldin & Jenkins.

It was a rough day at the office!


Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Vote for our Duck!

“Where’s My Mauldin & Jenkins Peeps?” Duck is entered in the PACE Center for Girls “Best Dressed Duck” Contest. Take a minute to vote for our duck by clicking below.

You can vote up to 5 times per day per electronic device.

P.S. You will not need to register to VOTE, but you will need to register if you’d like to COMMENT on an entry.

Thanks for voting!

 

 


Friday, April 29th, 2016

Filing season closes; cybersecurity and customer service top priorities for IRS

The 2016 filing season has closed with renewed emphasis on cybersecurity, tax-related identity theft and customer service. Despite nearly constant attack by cybercriminals, the IRS reported that taxpayer information remains secure. The agency also continued to intercept thousands of bogus returns and prevent the issuance of fraudulent refunds.

Cybersecurity

Concerns about cybersecurity and the confidentiality of taxpayer information were paramount during the filing season. According to the IRS, its basic systems are attacked “millions of times” every day by cybercriminals looking for weaknesses. In April, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress that the agency’s basic systems are secure. However, cybercriminals did breach its Get Transcript app in 2015 and other applications are under constant probing and attack by cybercriminals.

Koskinen assured Congress that the agency is beefing up its cybersecurity staffing. The IRS has hired 55 new cybersecurity experts. However, he acknowledged that the agency’s cybersecurity head has left and the position is open. This has drawn criticism from lawmakers who have questioned why such an important job is open. Koskinen said that the lengthy government hiring process is a deterrent to hiring cybersecurity professionals and urged Congress to reinstate the agency’s fast-track hiring process.

Identity theft

Closely related to cybersecurity is tax-related identity theft. The breach of the Get Transcript App in 2015 resulted in $50 million in fraudulent refunds paid to cybercriminals, according to a government watchdog.

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Monday, April 25th, 2016

UGA Spring Honors Banquet

Meredith Lipson, Partner, presented the M&J scholarship to Addison Tate at the UGA Honors Banquet. Congratulations to Addison and all the other recipients!13055786_279033152429885_5651471194618572611_o


Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Where’s my M&J Peeps?

Each year, the Bradenton office participates in a duck decorating contest as part of the Manatee PACE Center for Girls’ spring fundraiser.  You may recall our ducks of years past: “Duck & Run the Numbers”, “Olivia Newton Duck: Let’s Get Fiscal” and “MJ Rockefeller Duck.”

Brainstorming how to decorate our duck for this year, the Marketing department was inspired by Easter, which at the time was right around the corner, and those cute little Peeps! So, we decided to dress our duck like a giant Peep and title our entry, “Where’s My Mauldin & Jenkins Peeps?”

But we couldn’t stop there…we included real Peeps to represent each employee in our Bradenton office. (Had there not been size restrictions to the entry, we would’ve included everyone across the 6 offices…now that’s a lot of peeps!). Take a look…

“Where’s My Mauldin & Jenkins Peeps” won 1st Runner Up in “Best Dressed Duck” contest judged by PACE reps at the Ducktail Party on April 9th.

Brian Carter accepts our 1st Runner Up Award

Brian Carter, Partner & PACE Board Member, accepted the award.

STAY TUNED:  The “People’s choice Award” online voting via the Bradenton Herald will take place in May. We will share details on how to vote at that time. (Last year we received 2nd place in this contest!)

SUPPORT PACE:  Contact Brian Carter if you’d like to support PACE by “Adopting a Duck” (or a few). Your rubber duck(s) will be entered into the “Lucky Duck Race” being held on May 14th at Tarpon Point Grill, where you could win some BIG prizes. $5 for one duck, $20 for 5 ducks and $100 for 30 ducks.