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CS&L CPAs Promotes Jennifer Messal, CPA to Leadership Team
CS&L CPAs, a certified public accounting firm located in Bradenton, Sarasota and Tampa, is pleased to announce that Jennifer Messal, CPA, has been promoted to Principal.
Messal provides full service tax consulting and compliance, specializing in federal taxation. With more than 15 years of experience, Messal has extensive experience working with family businesses spanning multiple generations placing importance on estate and succession planning. She focuses her talents on delivering personalized service in valued relationships as a trusted advisor.
Messal is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) and the Manatee County Estate Planning Council. She presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Manatee County Library Foundation. Messal is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and the University of Florida. She resides with her family in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.
“We are very excited to welcome Jennifer to the firm’s leadership team,” states Bob Stanell, Managing Principal of CS&L CPAs. “Jennifer has been a key player in driving the growth of our tax practice and we value her exceptional contributions to the firm.”
CS&L CPAs Auditors Earn Advanced Certificates
CS&L CPAs, a certified public accounting firm located in Bradenton, Sarasota and Tampa, is pleased to announce that two individuals within the firm, Jeff Gerhard and Regina Klein, have each earned the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Not-for-Profit Certificate II. This certificate demonstrates an in-depth understanding of more complex accounting and financial reporting, tax compliance, governance and assurance matters in a variety of not-for-profit settings. The Not-for-Profit Certificate II program focuses on helping professionals apply proven best practices in specific circumstances, using case studies, examples and interpretations.
In addition, Regina Klein has earned the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Advanced Single Audit Certificate. Qualified through a competency-based exam administered by the AICPA’s Governmental Audit Quality Center, this certificate demonstrates Kleins’s expertise and a deep knowledge of the Uniform Grant Guidance. She joins Jeff Gerhard among the firm’s audit professionals who hold this certification.
Hurricane Irma Tax Relief Update
Updated 10/02/2017 - HR 3823 provides targeted tax relief for taxpayers impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Contact us to explore whether this applies to your personal or business circumstances.
Updated 9/19/2017 -The IRS is now offering expanded relief to any area designated by FEMA as qualifying for either individual assistance or public assistance in the State of Florida and the State of Georgia. For information on government-wide efforts related to Hurricane Irma, visit www.USA.gov/hurricane-irma.
9/14/2017 - The Internal Revenue Service has announced that Hurricane Irma victims in parts of Florida and other areas have until January 31, 2018, to file some individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments. The tax relief granted Tuesday by the IRS includes an additional filing extension for taxpayers with deadlines between September 4, 2017 and before January 31, 2018. This includes:
- Taxpayers and businesses who had a valid extension to file their 2016 returns that were due to run out on Sept. 15, 2017 or Oct. 16, 2017.
- Quarterly estimated income tax payments originally due on Sept. 15, 2017 and Jan. 16, 2018, as well as the quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on Oct. 31, 2017.
- Tax-exempt organizations that operate on a calendar-year basis and had an automatic extension due to run out on Nov. 15, 2017.
- Penalties on payroll and excise tax deposits due on or after Sept. 4, 2017, and before Sept. 19, 2017, will be abated as long as the deposits are made by Sept. 19, 2017.
The relief is granted to individuals who live and businesses whose principal place of business are located in the disaster area, as well as relief workers affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization assisting in the relief activities. Additionally, tax returns prepared by CS&L CPAs will be entitled to this relief as our offices (and therefore the records necessary to meet a deadline) are located in the covered area.
The following Florida counties are included: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter and Volusia Counties.
We continue to work diligently to assure all tax returns are completed and filed in a timely manner. For more information about the status of your return, please email or call our offices. You can also find additional relief details on the IRS website, https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-relief-for-victims-of-hurricane-irma-in-florida. The IRS will be updating this site with all further disaster relief efforts related to Hurricane Irma. Thank you for your understanding throughout these extraordinary circumstances.