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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lauren Sugihara
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lauren Sugihara
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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Becky Spence
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lauren Sugihara
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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Becky Spence
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Tapanee Poon
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lauren Sugihara
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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Becky Spence
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Tapanee Poon
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Marina McKenna
Tax Professional CRTP, MBA

Introduction

Marina McKenna joined Smith & Company in February 2017. Marina is a certified tax preparer with more than 15 years of experience in accounting, management and payroll reporting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a BS in Accounting with a concentration in tax, earned while also raising two kids and volunteering as the Treasurer for the local PTA. Marina speaks Russian fluently.

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lauren Sugihara
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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Becky Spence
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Tapanee Poon
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Marina McKenna
Tax Professional CRTP, MBA

Introduction

Marina McKenna joined Smith & Company in February 2017. Marina is a certified tax preparer with more than 15 years of experience in accounting, management and payroll reporting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a BS in Accounting with a concentration in tax, earned while also raising two kids and volunteering as the Treasurer for the local PTA. Marina speaks Russian fluently.

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Cecilia Van Voorhees
Tax Professional

Introduction

Cecilia Van Voorhees has over 20 years in Accounting and Finance experience.  She graduated from the University of San Francisco with an M.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduating and completing ROTC, Ceci spent 6 years as a Finance Officer in the United States Army active duty.  After leaving the military she worked as an accountant in the private and nonprofit sector.  Ceci graduated from University of California Berkeley Extension in 2014 with a Certificate in Accounting with a controller’s specialization.  She joined Smith & Company in November 2017. Ceci focuses on tax compliance for individuals, businesses, fiduciary and estates.

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lauren Sugihara
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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Becky Spence
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Tapanee Poon
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Marina McKenna
Tax Professional CRTP, MBA

Introduction

Marina McKenna joined Smith & Company in February 2017. Marina is a certified tax preparer with more than 15 years of experience in accounting, management and payroll reporting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a BS in Accounting with a concentration in tax, earned while also raising two kids and volunteering as the Treasurer for the local PTA. Marina speaks Russian fluently.

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Cecilia Van Voorhees
Tax Professional

Introduction

Cecilia Van Voorhees has over 20 years in Accounting and Finance experience.  She graduated from the University of San Francisco with an M.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduating and completing ROTC, Ceci spent 6 years as a Finance Officer in the United States Army active duty.  After leaving the military she worked as an accountant in the private and nonprofit sector.  Ceci graduated from University of California Berkeley Extension in 2014 with a Certificate in Accounting with a controller’s specialization.  She joined Smith & Company in November 2017. Ceci focuses on tax compliance for individuals, businesses, fiduciary and estates.

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Steven Daniel
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

Steven joined Smith and Company in August 2015. Steven is a certified tax preparer with more than five years tax and accounting experience. Steven has experience with San Francisco Gross Receipts and payroll expense filing, as well as, with preparing 1099’s.

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lauren Sugihara
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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Becky Spence
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Tapanee Poon
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Marina McKenna
Tax Professional CRTP, MBA

Introduction

Marina McKenna joined Smith & Company in February 2017. Marina is a certified tax preparer with more than 15 years of experience in accounting, management and payroll reporting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a BS in Accounting with a concentration in tax, earned while also raising two kids and volunteering as the Treasurer for the local PTA. Marina speaks Russian fluently.

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Cecilia Van Voorhees
Tax Professional

Introduction

Cecilia Van Voorhees has over 20 years in Accounting and Finance experience.  She graduated from the University of San Francisco with an M.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduating and completing ROTC, Ceci spent 6 years as a Finance Officer in the United States Army active duty.  After leaving the military she worked as an accountant in the private and nonprofit sector.  Ceci graduated from University of California Berkeley Extension in 2014 with a Certificate in Accounting with a controller’s specialization.  She joined Smith & Company in November 2017. Ceci focuses on tax compliance for individuals, businesses, fiduciary and estates.

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Steven Daniel
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

Steven joined Smith and Company in August 2015. Steven is a certified tax preparer with more than five years tax and accounting experience. Steven has experience with San Francisco Gross Receipts and payroll expense filing, as well as, with preparing 1099’s.

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Linda Dorrance
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lauren Sugihara
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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Becky Spence
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Tapanee Poon
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Marina McKenna
Tax Professional CRTP, MBA

Introduction

Marina McKenna joined Smith & Company in February 2017. Marina is a certified tax preparer with more than 15 years of experience in accounting, management and payroll reporting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a BS in Accounting with a concentration in tax, earned while also raising two kids and volunteering as the Treasurer for the local PTA. Marina speaks Russian fluently.

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Cecilia Van Voorhees
Tax Professional

Introduction

Cecilia Van Voorhees has over 20 years in Accounting and Finance experience.  She graduated from the University of San Francisco with an M.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduating and completing ROTC, Ceci spent 6 years as a Finance Officer in the United States Army active duty.  After leaving the military she worked as an accountant in the private and nonprofit sector.  Ceci graduated from University of California Berkeley Extension in 2014 with a Certificate in Accounting with a controller’s specialization.  She joined Smith & Company in November 2017. Ceci focuses on tax compliance for individuals, businesses, fiduciary and estates.

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Steven Daniel
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

Steven joined Smith and Company in August 2015. Steven is a certified tax preparer with more than five years tax and accounting experience. Steven has experience with San Francisco Gross Receipts and payroll expense filing, as well as, with preparing 1099’s.

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Linda Dorrance
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Aria McAninch
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lauren Sugihara
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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Becky Spence
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Tapanee Poon
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Marina McKenna
Tax Professional CRTP, MBA

Introduction

Marina McKenna joined Smith & Company in February 2017. Marina is a certified tax preparer with more than 15 years of experience in accounting, management and payroll reporting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a BS in Accounting with a concentration in tax, earned while also raising two kids and volunteering as the Treasurer for the local PTA. Marina speaks Russian fluently.

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Cecilia Van Voorhees
Tax Professional

Introduction

Cecilia Van Voorhees has over 20 years in Accounting and Finance experience.  She graduated from the University of San Francisco with an M.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduating and completing ROTC, Ceci spent 6 years as a Finance Officer in the United States Army active duty.  After leaving the military she worked as an accountant in the private and nonprofit sector.  Ceci graduated from University of California Berkeley Extension in 2014 with a Certificate in Accounting with a controller’s specialization.  She joined Smith & Company in November 2017. Ceci focuses on tax compliance for individuals, businesses, fiduciary and estates.

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Steven Daniel
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

Steven joined Smith and Company in August 2015. Steven is a certified tax preparer with more than five years tax and accounting experience. Steven has experience with San Francisco Gross Receipts and payroll expense filing, as well as, with preparing 1099’s.

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Linda Dorrance
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Aria McAninch
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Fei Xie
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lauren Sugihara
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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Becky Spence
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Tapanee Poon
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Marina McKenna
Tax Professional CRTP, MBA

Introduction

Marina McKenna joined Smith & Company in February 2017. Marina is a certified tax preparer with more than 15 years of experience in accounting, management and payroll reporting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a BS in Accounting with a concentration in tax, earned while also raising two kids and volunteering as the Treasurer for the local PTA. Marina speaks Russian fluently.

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Cecilia Van Voorhees
Tax Professional

Introduction

Cecilia Van Voorhees has over 20 years in Accounting and Finance experience.  She graduated from the University of San Francisco with an M.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduating and completing ROTC, Ceci spent 6 years as a Finance Officer in the United States Army active duty.  After leaving the military she worked as an accountant in the private and nonprofit sector.  Ceci graduated from University of California Berkeley Extension in 2014 with a Certificate in Accounting with a controller’s specialization.  She joined Smith & Company in November 2017. Ceci focuses on tax compliance for individuals, businesses, fiduciary and estates.

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Steven Daniel
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

Steven joined Smith and Company in August 2015. Steven is a certified tax preparer with more than five years tax and accounting experience. Steven has experience with San Francisco Gross Receipts and payroll expense filing, as well as, with preparing 1099’s.

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Linda Dorrance
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Aria McAninch
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Fei Xie
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Nicole Garrison
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lauren Sugihara
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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Becky Spence
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Tapanee Poon
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Marina McKenna
Tax Professional CRTP, MBA

Introduction

Marina McKenna joined Smith & Company in February 2017. Marina is a certified tax preparer with more than 15 years of experience in accounting, management and payroll reporting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a BS in Accounting with a concentration in tax, earned while also raising two kids and volunteering as the Treasurer for the local PTA. Marina speaks Russian fluently.

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Cecilia Van Voorhees
Tax Professional

Introduction

Cecilia Van Voorhees has over 20 years in Accounting and Finance experience.  She graduated from the University of San Francisco with an M.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduating and completing ROTC, Ceci spent 6 years as a Finance Officer in the United States Army active duty.  After leaving the military she worked as an accountant in the private and nonprofit sector.  Ceci graduated from University of California Berkeley Extension in 2014 with a Certificate in Accounting with a controller’s specialization.  She joined Smith & Company in November 2017. Ceci focuses on tax compliance for individuals, businesses, fiduciary and estates.

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Steven Daniel
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

Steven joined Smith and Company in August 2015. Steven is a certified tax preparer with more than five years tax and accounting experience. Steven has experience with San Francisco Gross Receipts and payroll expense filing, as well as, with preparing 1099’s.

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Linda Dorrance
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Aria McAninch
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Fei Xie
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Nicole Garrison
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Panida Puccinelli
Tax Professional

Introduction

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lauren Sugihara
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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Becky Spence
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Tapanee Poon
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Marina McKenna
Tax Professional CRTP, MBA

Introduction

Marina McKenna joined Smith & Company in February 2017. Marina is a certified tax preparer with more than 15 years of experience in accounting, management and payroll reporting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a BS in Accounting with a concentration in tax, earned while also raising two kids and volunteering as the Treasurer for the local PTA. Marina speaks Russian fluently.

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Cecilia Van Voorhees
Tax Professional

Introduction

Cecilia Van Voorhees has over 20 years in Accounting and Finance experience.  She graduated from the University of San Francisco with an M.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduating and completing ROTC, Ceci spent 6 years as a Finance Officer in the United States Army active duty.  After leaving the military she worked as an accountant in the private and nonprofit sector.  Ceci graduated from University of California Berkeley Extension in 2014 with a Certificate in Accounting with a controller’s specialization.  She joined Smith & Company in November 2017. Ceci focuses on tax compliance for individuals, businesses, fiduciary and estates.

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Steven Daniel
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

Steven joined Smith and Company in August 2015. Steven is a certified tax preparer with more than five years tax and accounting experience. Steven has experience with San Francisco Gross Receipts and payroll expense filing, as well as, with preparing 1099’s.

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Linda Dorrance
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Aria McAninch
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Fei Xie
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Nicole Garrison
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Panida Puccinelli
Tax Professional

Introduction

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Gretchen Randles
Director of Operations

Introduction

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lauren Sugihara
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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Becky Spence
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Tapanee Poon
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Marina McKenna
Tax Professional CRTP, MBA

Introduction

Marina McKenna joined Smith & Company in February 2017. Marina is a certified tax preparer with more than 15 years of experience in accounting, management and payroll reporting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a BS in Accounting with a concentration in tax, earned while also raising two kids and volunteering as the Treasurer for the local PTA. Marina speaks Russian fluently.

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Cecilia Van Voorhees
Tax Professional

Introduction

Cecilia Van Voorhees has over 20 years in Accounting and Finance experience.  She graduated from the University of San Francisco with an M.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduating and completing ROTC, Ceci spent 6 years as a Finance Officer in the United States Army active duty.  After leaving the military she worked as an accountant in the private and nonprofit sector.  Ceci graduated from University of California Berkeley Extension in 2014 with a Certificate in Accounting with a controller’s specialization.  She joined Smith & Company in November 2017. Ceci focuses on tax compliance for individuals, businesses, fiduciary and estates.

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Steven Daniel
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

Steven joined Smith and Company in August 2015. Steven is a certified tax preparer with more than five years tax and accounting experience. Steven has experience with San Francisco Gross Receipts and payroll expense filing, as well as, with preparing 1099’s.

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Linda Dorrance
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Aria McAninch
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Fei Xie
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Nicole Garrison
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Panida Puccinelli
Tax Professional

Introduction

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Gretchen Randles
Director of Operations

Introduction

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Kelly Glass
Office Manager

Introduction

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lauren Sugihara
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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Becky Spence
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Tapanee Poon
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Marina McKenna
Tax Professional CRTP, MBA

Introduction

Marina McKenna joined Smith & Company in February 2017. Marina is a certified tax preparer with more than 15 years of experience in accounting, management and payroll reporting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a BS in Accounting with a concentration in tax, earned while also raising two kids and volunteering as the Treasurer for the local PTA. Marina speaks Russian fluently.

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Cecilia Van Voorhees
Tax Professional

Introduction

Cecilia Van Voorhees has over 20 years in Accounting and Finance experience.  She graduated from the University of San Francisco with an M.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduating and completing ROTC, Ceci spent 6 years as a Finance Officer in the United States Army active duty.  After leaving the military she worked as an accountant in the private and nonprofit sector.  Ceci graduated from University of California Berkeley Extension in 2014 with a Certificate in Accounting with a controller’s specialization.  She joined Smith & Company in November 2017. Ceci focuses on tax compliance for individuals, businesses, fiduciary and estates.

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Steven Daniel
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

Steven joined Smith and Company in August 2015. Steven is a certified tax preparer with more than five years tax and accounting experience. Steven has experience with San Francisco Gross Receipts and payroll expense filing, as well as, with preparing 1099’s.

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Linda Dorrance
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Aria McAninch
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Fei Xie
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Nicole Garrison
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Panida Puccinelli
Tax Professional

Introduction

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Gretchen Randles
Director of Operations

Introduction

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Kelly Glass
Office Manager

Introduction

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Jo Klink
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lauren Sugihara
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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Becky Spence
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Tapanee Poon
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Marina McKenna
Tax Professional CRTP, MBA

Introduction

Marina McKenna joined Smith & Company in February 2017. Marina is a certified tax preparer with more than 15 years of experience in accounting, management and payroll reporting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a BS in Accounting with a concentration in tax, earned while also raising two kids and volunteering as the Treasurer for the local PTA. Marina speaks Russian fluently.

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Cecilia Van Voorhees
Tax Professional

Introduction

Cecilia Van Voorhees has over 20 years in Accounting and Finance experience.  She graduated from the University of San Francisco with an M.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduating and completing ROTC, Ceci spent 6 years as a Finance Officer in the United States Army active duty.  After leaving the military she worked as an accountant in the private and nonprofit sector.  Ceci graduated from University of California Berkeley Extension in 2014 with a Certificate in Accounting with a controller’s specialization.  She joined Smith & Company in November 2017. Ceci focuses on tax compliance for individuals, businesses, fiduciary and estates.

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Steven Daniel
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

Steven joined Smith and Company in August 2015. Steven is a certified tax preparer with more than five years tax and accounting experience. Steven has experience with San Francisco Gross Receipts and payroll expense filing, as well as, with preparing 1099’s.

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Linda Dorrance
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Aria McAninch
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Fei Xie
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Nicole Garrison
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Panida Puccinelli
Tax Professional

Introduction

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Gretchen Randles
Director of Operations

Introduction

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Kelly Glass
Office Manager

Introduction

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Jo Klink
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Alex Douglas
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lauren Sugihara
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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Becky Spence
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Tapanee Poon
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Marina McKenna
Tax Professional CRTP, MBA

Introduction

Marina McKenna joined Smith & Company in February 2017. Marina is a certified tax preparer with more than 15 years of experience in accounting, management and payroll reporting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a BS in Accounting with a concentration in tax, earned while also raising two kids and volunteering as the Treasurer for the local PTA. Marina speaks Russian fluently.

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Cecilia Van Voorhees
Tax Professional

Introduction

Cecilia Van Voorhees has over 20 years in Accounting and Finance experience.  She graduated from the University of San Francisco with an M.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduating and completing ROTC, Ceci spent 6 years as a Finance Officer in the United States Army active duty.  After leaving the military she worked as an accountant in the private and nonprofit sector.  Ceci graduated from University of California Berkeley Extension in 2014 with a Certificate in Accounting with a controller’s specialization.  She joined Smith & Company in November 2017. Ceci focuses on tax compliance for individuals, businesses, fiduciary and estates.

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Steven Daniel
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

Steven joined Smith and Company in August 2015. Steven is a certified tax preparer with more than five years tax and accounting experience. Steven has experience with San Francisco Gross Receipts and payroll expense filing, as well as, with preparing 1099’s.

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Linda Dorrance
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Aria McAninch
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Fei Xie
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Nicole Garrison
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Panida Puccinelli
Tax Professional

Introduction

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Gretchen Randles
Director of Operations

Introduction

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Kelly Glass
Office Manager

Introduction

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Jo Klink
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Alex Douglas
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Malcolm Rand
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lauren Sugihara
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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Becky Spence
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Tapanee Poon
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Marina McKenna
Tax Professional CRTP, MBA

Introduction

Marina McKenna joined Smith & Company in February 2017. Marina is a certified tax preparer with more than 15 years of experience in accounting, management and payroll reporting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a BS in Accounting with a concentration in tax, earned while also raising two kids and volunteering as the Treasurer for the local PTA. Marina speaks Russian fluently.

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Cecilia Van Voorhees
Tax Professional

Introduction

Cecilia Van Voorhees has over 20 years in Accounting and Finance experience.  She graduated from the University of San Francisco with an M.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduating and completing ROTC, Ceci spent 6 years as a Finance Officer in the United States Army active duty.  After leaving the military she worked as an accountant in the private and nonprofit sector.  Ceci graduated from University of California Berkeley Extension in 2014 with a Certificate in Accounting with a controller’s specialization.  She joined Smith & Company in November 2017. Ceci focuses on tax compliance for individuals, businesses, fiduciary and estates.

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Steven Daniel
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

Steven joined Smith and Company in August 2015. Steven is a certified tax preparer with more than five years tax and accounting experience. Steven has experience with San Francisco Gross Receipts and payroll expense filing, as well as, with preparing 1099’s.

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Linda Dorrance
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Aria McAninch
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Fei Xie
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Nicole Garrison
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Panida Puccinelli
Tax Professional

Introduction

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Gretchen Randles
Director of Operations

Introduction

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Kelly Glass
Office Manager

Introduction

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Jo Klink
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Alex Douglas
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Malcolm Rand
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Drew Anderson
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lauren Sugihara
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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Becky Spence
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Tapanee Poon
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Marina McKenna
Tax Professional CRTP, MBA

Introduction

Marina McKenna joined Smith & Company in February 2017. Marina is a certified tax preparer with more than 15 years of experience in accounting, management and payroll reporting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a BS in Accounting with a concentration in tax, earned while also raising two kids and volunteering as the Treasurer for the local PTA. Marina speaks Russian fluently.

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Cecilia Van Voorhees
Tax Professional

Introduction

Cecilia Van Voorhees has over 20 years in Accounting and Finance experience.  She graduated from the University of San Francisco with an M.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduating and completing ROTC, Ceci spent 6 years as a Finance Officer in the United States Army active duty.  After leaving the military she worked as an accountant in the private and nonprofit sector.  Ceci graduated from University of California Berkeley Extension in 2014 with a Certificate in Accounting with a controller’s specialization.  She joined Smith & Company in November 2017. Ceci focuses on tax compliance for individuals, businesses, fiduciary and estates.

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Steven Daniel
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

Steven joined Smith and Company in August 2015. Steven is a certified tax preparer with more than five years tax and accounting experience. Steven has experience with San Francisco Gross Receipts and payroll expense filing, as well as, with preparing 1099’s.

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Linda Dorrance
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Aria McAninch
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Fei Xie
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Nicole Garrison
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Panida Puccinelli
Tax Professional

Introduction

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Gretchen Randles
Director of Operations

Introduction

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Kelly Glass
Office Manager

Introduction

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Jo Klink
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Alex Douglas
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Malcolm Rand
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Drew Anderson
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Dea McCarthy
Digital Records Administrator

Introduction

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lauren Sugihara
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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Becky Spence
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Tapanee Poon
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Marina McKenna
Tax Professional CRTP, MBA

Introduction

Marina McKenna joined Smith & Company in February 2017. Marina is a certified tax preparer with more than 15 years of experience in accounting, management and payroll reporting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a BS in Accounting with a concentration in tax, earned while also raising two kids and volunteering as the Treasurer for the local PTA. Marina speaks Russian fluently.

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Cecilia Van Voorhees
Tax Professional

Introduction

Cecilia Van Voorhees has over 20 years in Accounting and Finance experience.  She graduated from the University of San Francisco with an M.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduating and completing ROTC, Ceci spent 6 years as a Finance Officer in the United States Army active duty.  After leaving the military she worked as an accountant in the private and nonprofit sector.  Ceci graduated from University of California Berkeley Extension in 2014 with a Certificate in Accounting with a controller’s specialization.  She joined Smith & Company in November 2017. Ceci focuses on tax compliance for individuals, businesses, fiduciary and estates.

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Steven Daniel
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

Steven joined Smith and Company in August 2015. Steven is a certified tax preparer with more than five years tax and accounting experience. Steven has experience with San Francisco Gross Receipts and payroll expense filing, as well as, with preparing 1099’s.

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Linda Dorrance
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Aria McAninch
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Fei Xie
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Nicole Garrison
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Panida Puccinelli
Tax Professional

Introduction

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Gretchen Randles
Director of Operations

Introduction

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Kelly Glass
Office Manager

Introduction

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Jo Klink
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Alex Douglas
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Malcolm Rand
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Drew Anderson
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Dea McCarthy
Digital Records Administrator

Introduction

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Rebecca Kirsch
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lauren Sugihara
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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Becky Spence
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Tapanee Poon
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Marina McKenna
Tax Professional CRTP, MBA

Introduction

Marina McKenna joined Smith & Company in February 2017. Marina is a certified tax preparer with more than 15 years of experience in accounting, management and payroll reporting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a BS in Accounting with a concentration in tax, earned while also raising two kids and volunteering as the Treasurer for the local PTA. Marina speaks Russian fluently.

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Cecilia Van Voorhees
Tax Professional

Introduction

Cecilia Van Voorhees has over 20 years in Accounting and Finance experience.  She graduated from the University of San Francisco with an M.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduating and completing ROTC, Ceci spent 6 years as a Finance Officer in the United States Army active duty.  After leaving the military she worked as an accountant in the private and nonprofit sector.  Ceci graduated from University of California Berkeley Extension in 2014 with a Certificate in Accounting with a controller’s specialization.  She joined Smith & Company in November 2017. Ceci focuses on tax compliance for individuals, businesses, fiduciary and estates.

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Steven Daniel
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

Steven joined Smith and Company in August 2015. Steven is a certified tax preparer with more than five years tax and accounting experience. Steven has experience with San Francisco Gross Receipts and payroll expense filing, as well as, with preparing 1099’s.

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Linda Dorrance
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Aria McAninch
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Fei Xie
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Nicole Garrison
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Panida Puccinelli
Tax Professional

Introduction

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Gretchen Randles
Director of Operations

Introduction

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Kelly Glass
Office Manager

Introduction

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Jo Klink
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Alex Douglas
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Malcolm Rand
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Drew Anderson
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Dea McCarthy
Digital Records Administrator

Introduction

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Rebecca Kirsch
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Julie Clark
Staff Bookkeeper

Introduction

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lauren Sugihara
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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Becky Spence
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Tapanee Poon
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Marina McKenna
Tax Professional CRTP, MBA

Introduction

Marina McKenna joined Smith & Company in February 2017. Marina is a certified tax preparer with more than 15 years of experience in accounting, management and payroll reporting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a BS in Accounting with a concentration in tax, earned while also raising two kids and volunteering as the Treasurer for the local PTA. Marina speaks Russian fluently.

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Cecilia Van Voorhees
Tax Professional

Introduction

Cecilia Van Voorhees has over 20 years in Accounting and Finance experience.  She graduated from the University of San Francisco with an M.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduating and completing ROTC, Ceci spent 6 years as a Finance Officer in the United States Army active duty.  After leaving the military she worked as an accountant in the private and nonprofit sector.  Ceci graduated from University of California Berkeley Extension in 2014 with a Certificate in Accounting with a controller’s specialization.  She joined Smith & Company in November 2017. Ceci focuses on tax compliance for individuals, businesses, fiduciary and estates.

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Steven Daniel
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

Steven joined Smith and Company in August 2015. Steven is a certified tax preparer with more than five years tax and accounting experience. Steven has experience with San Francisco Gross Receipts and payroll expense filing, as well as, with preparing 1099’s.

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Linda Dorrance
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Aria McAninch
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Fei Xie
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Nicole Garrison
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Panida Puccinelli
Tax Professional

Introduction

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Gretchen Randles
Director of Operations

Introduction

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Kelly Glass
Office Manager

Introduction

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Jo Klink
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Alex Douglas
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Malcolm Rand
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Drew Anderson
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Dea McCarthy
Digital Records Administrator

Introduction

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Rebecca Kirsch
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Julie Clark
Staff Bookkeeper

Introduction

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Elaine Elkind
Bookkeeper

Introduction

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lauren Sugihara
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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Becky Spence
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Tapanee Poon
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Marina McKenna
Tax Professional CRTP, MBA

Introduction

Marina McKenna joined Smith & Company in February 2017. Marina is a certified tax preparer with more than 15 years of experience in accounting, management and payroll reporting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a BS in Accounting with a concentration in tax, earned while also raising two kids and volunteering as the Treasurer for the local PTA. Marina speaks Russian fluently.

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Cecilia Van Voorhees
Tax Professional

Introduction

Cecilia Van Voorhees has over 20 years in Accounting and Finance experience.  She graduated from the University of San Francisco with an M.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduating and completing ROTC, Ceci spent 6 years as a Finance Officer in the United States Army active duty.  After leaving the military she worked as an accountant in the private and nonprofit sector.  Ceci graduated from University of California Berkeley Extension in 2014 with a Certificate in Accounting with a controller’s specialization.  She joined Smith & Company in November 2017. Ceci focuses on tax compliance for individuals, businesses, fiduciary and estates.

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Steven Daniel
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

Steven joined Smith and Company in August 2015. Steven is a certified tax preparer with more than five years tax and accounting experience. Steven has experience with San Francisco Gross Receipts and payroll expense filing, as well as, with preparing 1099’s.

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Linda Dorrance
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Aria McAninch
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Fei Xie
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Nicole Garrison
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Panida Puccinelli
Tax Professional

Introduction

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Gretchen Randles
Director of Operations

Introduction

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Kelly Glass
Office Manager

Introduction

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Jo Klink
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Alex Douglas
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Malcolm Rand
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Drew Anderson
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Dea McCarthy
Digital Records Administrator

Introduction

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Rebecca Kirsch
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Julie Clark
Staff Bookkeeper

Introduction

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Elaine Elkind
Bookkeeper

Introduction

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Robin Hurwitz
Bookkeeper

Introduction

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Lawrence S. Smith
Founder & Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

EDUCATION

Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

EXPERIENCE
Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence’s personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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Eli Shlaes
Tax Professional MST

Introduction

Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation.

He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license.

A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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Erica Hamby
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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Alycia Paletta
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Debbie Huygen Ward
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice.

Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Shirley Li
Tax Professional CPA, MST

Introduction

Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts.

Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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Damon Kass
Tax Professional CPA, EA

Introduction

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Austin Abbott
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Lauren Sugihara
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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Becky Spence
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Tapanee Poon
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Marina McKenna
Tax Professional CRTP, MBA

Introduction

Marina McKenna joined Smith & Company in February 2017. Marina is a certified tax preparer with more than 15 years of experience in accounting, management and payroll reporting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a BS in Accounting with a concentration in tax, earned while also raising two kids and volunteering as the Treasurer for the local PTA. Marina speaks Russian fluently.

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Cecilia Van Voorhees
Tax Professional

Introduction

Cecilia Van Voorhees has over 20 years in Accounting and Finance experience.  She graduated from the University of San Francisco with an M.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduating and completing ROTC, Ceci spent 6 years as a Finance Officer in the United States Army active duty.  After leaving the military she worked as an accountant in the private and nonprofit sector.  Ceci graduated from University of California Berkeley Extension in 2014 with a Certificate in Accounting with a controller’s specialization.  She joined Smith & Company in November 2017. Ceci focuses on tax compliance for individuals, businesses, fiduciary and estates.

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Steven Daniel
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

Steven joined Smith and Company in August 2015. Steven is a certified tax preparer with more than five years tax and accounting experience. Steven has experience with San Francisco Gross Receipts and payroll expense filing, as well as, with preparing 1099’s.

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Linda Dorrance
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Aria McAninch
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Fei Xie
Tax Professional CPA

Introduction

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Nicole Garrison
Tax Professional CRTP

Introduction

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Panida Puccinelli
Tax Professional

Introduction

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Gretchen Randles
Director of Operations

Introduction

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Kelly Glass
Office Manager

Introduction

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Jo Klink
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Alex Douglas
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Malcolm Rand
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Drew Anderson
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Dea McCarthy
Digital Records Administrator

Introduction

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Rebecca Kirsch
Tax Support Team

Introduction

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Julie Clark
Staff Bookkeeper

Introduction

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Elaine Elkind
Bookkeeper

Introduction

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Robin Hurwitz
Bookkeeper

Introduction

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Louie
Security

    Introduction

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    Lawrence S. Smith
    Founder & Tax Professional CPA

    Introduction

    EDUCATION Lawrence Smith earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985. EXPERIENCE Lawrence is well versed in helping individuals and small to mid-sized businesses within various industries, including real estate, manufacturing, retail, importing, education and transportation services. He provides tax planning and compliance, financial planning, litigation support, and resolution of IRS conflicts. Lawrence also performs audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients. For over 30 years, Lawrence has carried on a proud family tradition of accountancy. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and Company and formed Smith and Company in 1989. PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES Lawrence is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Center for Environmental Health, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and Pathways for Kids. Lawrence's personal interests include his family, travel, golfing, basketball, mountain biking and coaching all his children’s sports teams.

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    Eli Shlaes
    Tax Professional MST

    Introduction

    Eli has been with Smith and Company since 2007 and focuses on tax compliance for individuals and businesses. His areas of expertise include small business, real estate partnerships, 1031 exchanges, and multi-state taxation. He holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in International Relations from SF State University. He is currently pursuing his CPA license. A Bay Area/Marin County native, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors BBQing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

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    Erica Hamby
    Tax Professional CPA

    Introduction

    Erica has been with Smith & Company since 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management cum laude in 2009, and became a CPA in 2016. She prepares individual, business and fiduciary returns and is committed to excellent client service. She helps to continually improve internal workflows and build a positive team atmosphere at Smith & Company. Erica enjoys traversing client small businesses, real estate and investment avenues, learning about her clients and making connections. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor activities, Crossfit training, DIY projects and having fun with her family.

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    Alycia Paletta
    Tax Professional CPA

    Introduction

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    Debbie Huygen Ward
    Tax Professional CPA, MST

    Introduction

    Debbie began consulting with Smith and Company in 2006. Debbie has over 30 years of tax experience with local and national firms, including Kenneth Leventhal & Company, known before its merger with Ernst & Young as the preeminent real estate specialist, where Debbie rose to the level of Senior Tax Manager. During her varied career, Debbie has solved a wide variety of complex and unusual tax issues with respect to partnerships, S corporations, troubled property, property exchanges, individuals, trusts, REITs, multi-state taxation, in-bound foreign investment, consolidated corporations, and Limited Liability Companies. Debbie has identified and developed tax planning opportunities, written comprehensive research and tax opinion letters, and has worked with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board to successfully resolve audits and other matters. Debbie has also been published in the Marin IJ and San Francisco Chronicle providing tax advice. Debbie holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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    Shirley Li
    Tax Professional CPA, MST

    Introduction

    Shirley Li is a Certified Public Accountant with solid experience working with individuals and businesses, as well as, estates and trusts. Shirley is a member of California Society of CPAs. She is a graduate of State University of CA with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Taxation from Golden Gate University. Shirley speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.

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    Damon Kass
    Tax Professional CPA, EA

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    Austin Abbott
    Tax Professional CPA

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    Lauren Sugihara
    Tax Professional CPA

    Introduction

    Lauren has been with Smith & Company since 2019. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a tax accountant for almost 8 years. Lauren became a CPA in 2018 and specializes in individual and small business taxation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and dog Phoebe.

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    Becky Spence
    Tax Professional CPA

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    Tapanee Poon
    Tax Professional CPA

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    Marina McKenna
    Tax Professional CRTP, MBA

    Introduction

    Marina McKenna joined Smith & Company in February 2017. Marina is a certified tax preparer with more than 15 years of experience in accounting, management and payroll reporting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a BS in Accounting with a concentration in tax, earned while also raising two kids and volunteering as the Treasurer for the local PTA. Marina speaks Russian fluently.

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    Cecilia Van Voorhees
    Tax Professional

    Introduction

    Cecilia Van Voorhees has over 20 years in Accounting and Finance experience.  She graduated from the University of San Francisco with an M.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduating and completing ROTC, Ceci spent 6 years as a Finance Officer in the United States Army active duty.  After leaving the military she worked as an accountant in the private and nonprofit sector.  Ceci graduated from University of California Berkeley Extension in 2014 with a Certificate in Accounting with a controller’s specialization.  She joined Smith & Company in November 2017. Ceci focuses on tax compliance for individuals, businesses, fiduciary and estates.

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    Steven Daniel
    Tax Professional CRTP

    Introduction

    Steven joined Smith and Company in August 2015. Steven is a certified tax preparer with more than five years tax and accounting experience. Steven has experience with San Francisco Gross Receipts and payroll expense filing, as well as, with preparing 1099’s.

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    Linda Dorrance
    Tax Professional CRTP

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    Aria McAninch
    Tax Professional CRTP

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    Fei Xie
    Tax Professional CPA

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    Nicole Garrison
    Tax Professional CRTP

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    Panida Puccinelli
    Tax Professional

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    Gretchen Randles
    Director of Operations

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    Kelly Glass
    Office Manager

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    Jo Klink
    Tax Support Team

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    Alex Douglas
    Tax Support Team

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    Malcolm Rand
    Tax Support Team

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    Drew Anderson
    Tax Support Team

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    Dea McCarthy
    Digital Records Administrator

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    Rebecca Kirsch
    Tax Support Team

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    Julie Clark
    Staff Bookkeeper

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    Elaine Elkind
    Bookkeeper

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    Robin Hurwitz
    Bookkeeper

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    Louie
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