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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Look Out Alabama, M&J Is Coming Your Way!

Mauldin & Jenkins will be attending the Alpha Beta chapter of Beta Alpha Psi at The University of Alabama tomorrow, January 22, for the Meet the Firms Accounting Career Fair.  Be on the lookout for our enthusiastic M&J representatives, Kelsie Dieter, Bill Curtis and Reid Fawcett!  They will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our firm and opportunities with Mauldin & Jenkins.


Monday, January 19th, 2015

Today We Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

In honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and the legacy he has made, we would like to take today to remember this great man and the impact he has made on our society.

MLK 2015

 

 

 

 


Friday, January 16th, 2015

Welcome, Welcome, WELCOME to Our Interns!

We kept you waiting, but it was worth it!  Get to know a little about the rest of our new interns:

Jessica Bailey - Atlanta

Jessica Bailey – Atlanta

1.) From what school did you graduate and with what degree?
I am currently enrolled in Kennesaw State University pursuing a degree in accounting.
2.) What is your Hometown?
I was born and raised in Lithonia, GA.
3.) Share a little something interesting about you!
On my free time I enjoy going to sporting events (mainly basketball but I am open to all sports), I enjoy watching scary/thriller movies and I enjoy cooking (when I don’t have to wash the dishes)!

Cole Renfro - Atlanta

Cole Renfro – Atlanta

1.) From what school did you graduate and with what degree?

I will be graduating in May from Auburn University with a degree in Accounting.
2.) What is your Hometown?
Knoxville, TN
3.) Share a little something interesting about you!
I’m big on spending time outdoors!  My favorite hobbies are hunting and fishing.

Shelby Weathersbee

Shelby Weathersbee – Chattanooga

1.) From what school did you graduate and with what degree?
I will graduate from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in May with a BS in Accounting and Finance.
2.) What is your Hometown?
Jackson, TN
3.) Share a little something interesting about you!
I am a double preachers kid. Both of my mom and dad are ordained United Methodist ministers.

Beau Barrett

Beau Barrett – Atlanta

1.) From what school did you graduate and with what degree?
I graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University with a degree in Accounting this past may. Currently in  the Master of Accounting program at Georgia Southern.
2.) What is your Hometown?
I was born in Americus and raised in God’s country otherwise known as Sumter County.
3.) Share a little something interesting about you!
Five years ago when I began my college career I would have never believed anyone who told me that I would graduate with a degree in accounting.

Ali Bleckly - Atlanta

Ali Bleckly – Atlanta

1.) From what school did you graduate and with what degree?
I am currently a junior at Oglethorpe University.
2.) What is your Hometown?
I am originally from Hiawassee, GA.
3.) Share a little something interesting about you!
I play on the women’s basketball team at Oglethorpe and went skydiving this year!


Thursday, January 15th, 2015

A Big Welcome to Our New Interns!!

We are so happy to welcome our newest interns to M&J!  Get to know those bright and shining faces and introduce them to the firm.

Here’s a glimpse of half of the new interns.  Check in tomorrow to get to know a few more!

Nick Jarrett

Nick Jarrett – Chattanooga

  1.)  From what school did you graduate and with what degree?
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Accounting
2.) What is your Hometown?
Born in Knoxville, raised in Ooltewah, Tennessee
3.)  Something interesting about you!
I attend almost every Tennessee Vols home football game in the fall. I love any chance I get to spend outdoors, especially fishing. I am also pretty passionate about breast cancer awareness (Komen Race for the Cure), it has had a big impact on my family.

 

Reid Fawcett

Reid Fawcett – Birmingham

 1.)  From what school did you graduate and with what degree?
I will plan to graduate from Auburn University in May 2015 with a degree in Accounting.
2.) What is your Hometown?
My hometown is Greenville, SC.
3.)  Something interesting about you!
I realized that my partner in charge, Hanson, and I went skiing the same place over Christmas break, and even stayed in the same cabin complex.

 

Mackie Reynolds

Mackie Reynolds – Atlanta

  1.)  From what school did you graduate and with what degree?
I plan to graduate from Georgia State University in December 2015 with a BBA in accounting.
2.) What is your Hometown?
I grew up just up the road in Marietta, GA.
3.)  Something interesting about you!
A few years ago I went skydiving with my dad and sister for my birthday. It was awesome!

 

Allison Geiger

Allison Geiger – Bradenton

  1.)  From what school did you graduate and with what degree?
I graduated from Webber International University with my Bachelors in Accounting, and I am currently pursuing my Masters at Stetson University. I’ve have about 7 months left in my program.
2.) What is your Hometown?
My hometown is Bradenton, Florida.
3.)  Something interesting about you!
I played softball for 15 years. I LOVE Disney World! I enjoy painting and doing anything outdoors, especially activities on the water!

 

Marlea Hawkins

Marlea Hawkins – Albany

1.)  From what school did you graduate and with what degree?
I graduated from Georgia Southern University this past December with a degree in accounting and a minor in fraud examination.
2.) What is your Hometown?
I was born and raised in Americus, GA.
3.)  Something interesting about you!
Dance has always been a huge part of my life. I am obsessed with Florida State football. In my free time I enjoy spending time at Lake Blackshear and vacationing at Tybee Island.

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Get to Know Our Latest M&J Recruits

Stop wondering, and get to know those fresh faces you’ve been seeing around the office!

1-16-15 Collage

 

 

 

Sarah Higginbotham

Sarah Higginbotham – Macon

1.)  From what school did you graduate and with what degree?
I graduated from the University of Georgia with my Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, and got my Master of Accountancy from Georgia College & State University.
2.) What is your Hometown?
I am originally from Gray, GA.
3.)  Something interesting about you!
This past May I got married!  Mark and I got married on Herty Field, which was the original football and baseball field for the University of Georgia.  At the end of the ceremony we rang the Chapel Bell, which students traditionally ring after home wins, exams, or graduation. We then travelled to Disney World and Universal Studios’ Harry Potter World for our honeymoon!

Kellan Shuford

Kellan Shuford – Macon

1.)  From what school did you graduate and with what degree?
I graduated from Valdosta State University with a Masters in Accountancy.
2.) What is your Hometown?
My hometown is Warner Robins, Georgia.
3.)  Something interesting about you!
I am very ambidextrous: I can do a lot of things left or right handed.  I enjoy anything that is outdoors.  I am also a big sports fan!

Eddie Dung

Eddie Dung – Atlanta

1.)  What school did you graduate from and with what degree?
I graduated from University of West Georgia with a Masters in Accounting
2.) What is your Hometown?
I am originally from Jos, Nigeria.
3.)  Something interesting about you! 
I found out I like to travel when I moved to the US in 2007. I boarded the flight for the first time and I was by myself. I also traveled to Japan with a group and I was stuck for a few days. Both experiences were a big culture shock for me but it was my taste of “The Amazing Race”. I also enjoy driving. I drove to Key West for a vacation in July and Texas for thanks giving. Each trip was over 1,000 miles one-way.

Thomas Forrestal

Thomas Forrestal – Atlanta

1.)  From what school did you graduate and with what degree?
I graduated from Kennesaw State University with a BBA accounting.
2.) What is your Hometown?
Albany, GA is where I call home!
3.)  Something interesting about you!
I once was a caddie in a group playing with Phil Mickelson. I have pictures to prove it!

Andrew Fredericks

Andrew Fredericks – Atlanta

 1.)  From what school did you graduate and with what degree?
I received a BBA & MaCC from UGA – GO DAWGS!
2.) What is your Hometown?
My hometown is Alpharetta, GA.
3.)  Something interesting about you!
I am working to know more than just 6 chords on the guitar.

Elizabeth Childers - Atlanta

Elizabeth Childers – Atlanta

1.) From what school did graduate and with what degree?
I got my Bachelors in Accounting at Old Dominion in Norfolk, VA, and I got my Masters in Tax from Georgia State University.
2.) What is your Hometown?
I am an Army brat.  The closest thing I have to a hometown is Jacksonville, AL.
3.)  Something interesting about you!
I love astronomy!  Periodically I attend stargazing events in Georgia, North Carolina and Florida.


Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

M&J Team Featured in Albany’s Business Magazine

Albany Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business magazine featured two of our very own in its November/December 2014 edition.  Kyle Nichols and Rob Douglas have been chosen to be a part of the Inaugural Class of 2015 for the Institute for Leadership Development program.

“The purpose of the program is to prepare our young professionals while providing valuable tools and resources to develop into future business and community leaders.”  To read the whole story click here!

Albany BUSINESS Journal


Friday, January 9th, 2015

Tommye Barie Featured as Florida CPA Today’s Cover Story

Bradenton Partner and newly elected Chair of the AICPA, Tommye Barie is Florida CPA Today’s cover story for the January/February 2015 Issue.  Click here to read the article “On the Horizon – Tommye Barie looks to the future as the AICPA Chair”

Tommye, you continue to make your Mauldin & Jenkins family proud!

CPA Today - Tommye Barie Cover Jan-Feb 2015 1


Thursday, January 1st, 2015

New Year, New Promotions!

With the New Year, we are happy to announce we have several new promotions throughout our offices.  We are proud of the work and dedication our employees have given to Mauldin & Jenkins over the past year and want to give a big CONGRATULATIONS to all!  Way to go team, you earned it!

Birmingham:
Jamie Cash to Staff II

Macon:
Megan Mangrum to Senior
Demetria Wright to Senior
Grant Davis to Senior
Justin Elliott to Senior
Ben Eavenson to Staff II
Atlanta:
Lew Henry to Manager
Patrick Willis to Manager
Brian Champ to Manager
Ashley Smith to Staff II
Brandon Lee to Staff II
Justin Davis to Staff II
Katie Smith to Staff II
Jenna Huggins to Staff II
Bradenton:
Chris Divincenzo to Staff II
Chattanooga:
Bethany Mercer to Staff II
Umair Somani to Staff II
Albany:
Bradley Abell to Manager
Caroline Reese to Staff II
Haley Janousek to Staff II

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

IRS enters filing season with reduced enforcement and service due to budget cuts

The IRS is expected to shortly open the 2015 filing season and both the agency and taxpayers are preparing for some turbulence. The IRS is going into the filing season with a reduced budget, which could translate into fewer audits. Legislation passed by Congress in late 2014 could delay the start of the filing season, although to date, the IRS has not announced a delay. Taxpayers and the IRS are on alert for identity theft, a pervasive problem during filing season. Additionally, new requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act kick-in.

Budget cuts impact audits and service

The IRS must do more with less after Congress voted in December to cut the agency’s budget by some $345 million. In fact, the IRS has been doing more with less for the past several years as its budget has been reduced nearly every year. In December, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told the agency’s employees that he was instituting a hiring freeze, with only a few mission-critical exceptions.

Koskinen also acknowledged that the number of taxpayer audits will likely decline because of staffing cutbacks and budgetary pressures. The audit coverage rate for individuals hovers around one percent and that rate could go down. Between 2012 and 2013, the audit rate experienced a decline, largely due to budgetary constraints at that time, according to the IRS.

Going into the filing season, the IRS has cautioned that its customer service functions will be challenged by the budget cuts. With limited budgetary resources, the agency will likely need to shift personnel from other functions to customer service during the filing season. This could slow the processing of refunds, Koskinen said. As a last resort, Koskinen indicated that the agency could consider furloughing employees for one or more days. Koskinen said the IRS spends $29 million every day to keep operating.

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Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Mauldin & Jenkins Fulfills Christmas Wishlists for Children in Our Communities

For many years now, Mauldin & Jenkins has made it a priority to give back to the community during the holiday season.  This year several of our offices had great success collecting toys and donations for families in need in our communities.

Toys for Tots benefited from the 24 new toys and $700 cash donations from the Albany office, as well as the 37 new toys the Atlanta office collected!  Our Bradenton office participated in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program to help struggling families in the area fill Christmas “wishes” of their children.  Seventeen members of the Bradenton staff shopped for wishlist items, including toys, clothing and shoes, for 17 children!

A special thanks to Debra Biedrzycki, Jessica Reuter and Holly Bryant for facilitating the drives in their offices and encouraging everyone to give.

Atlanta Office Toys for Tots Drive

Atlanta’s Toys for Tots Drive

Bradenton's Angel Tree Gifts

Bradenton’s Angel Tree Gifts

Bradenton's Angel Tree

Bradenton’s Angel Tree