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Jason Allen Smith, CPA, has been named the Best Accountant Voters selected him in the Best of McDuffie for 2015. Smith, who has lived in Thomson since 1981, earned his Bachelor’s of accounting from the College of Charleston and his Masters from the University of Georgia. In April of 2002, Smith was certified as CPA No. 22629 in the state of Georgia. After college, Smith moved to Atlanta and commenced his professional career employed by Ernst & Young, one of the "big five" accounting firms. Smith was not a fan of being caught up in the corporate structure and

Jason Smith is Best Accountant THURSDAY • February 25, 2016

eventually moved back to Thomson. He returned and began to take over his father’s accounting business. Smith helped his father, Lewis Smith, for a year, and then his dad helped him for two years after he assumed the leadership of the firm. "Part of what people are buying is the fact that they can come sit down here," Smith said. "Most people don't always have an appointment. I think that's what people like. So if you build it bigger, then I think you run the risk of either having to get a different kind of clientele or running off the people you had." Currently, the firm has


about 60 core clients and does around 500 tax returns each year. During tax season, there are three employees, Smith himself, K i m Holsenback and JoAnn Smith. Smith was honored to be recognized by his peers. "There is a good spirit to Thomson," he said.

The McDuffie Progress/Wayne Parham

Jason Smith, CPA, has been a CPA since April 2002.

We would also like to honor: Dr. Susan Land for Best Physician & Dr. Tommy Neal for Best Dentist