Michael Smith Joins as Director in Cherry Bekaert’s Atlanta Practice

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Smith will provide tax solutions to the Firm's middle market clients, particularly public and privately owned companies.

Smith's background includes experience working with Big Four firms and Fortune 500 companies.

Cherry Bekaert LLP (“the Firm”), one of the nation’s top public accounting and consulting firms, is proud to welcome Michael Anthony Smith as a Director within the Firm’s Atlanta practice.

In this capacity, Smith will provide comprehensive tax services to public and privately owned companies, with a focus on providing tax solutions to clients in the middle market. Offering core tax compliance expertise and assisting with cost effective tax outsourcing arrangements, he specializes in the areas of federal and multistate compliance, large corporate tax, tax risk analysis, state credits and incentives, and unclaimed property.

With a public accounting career spanning over 25 years, Smith’s background includes experience working with two Big Four firms and three Fortune 500 companies. He also has directed engagements focused on tax risk management and optimization, leading to the development and implementation of best practices for clients. Additionally, Smith’s state and local taxation efforts have generated successful outcomes for various state tax controversy engagements.

A Chartered Global Management Accountant and Certified Public Accountant licensed in Georgia, Smith has professional ties to several organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA); Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA); Technology Association of Georgia (TAG); Institute of Professionals in Taxation (IPT); Council on State Taxation (COST); and Financial Executives Network Group (FENG). Within the local community, he serves as treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Fire Foundation.

Smith received a BBA in Accounting and MBA in Finance from Mercer University. He also earned a Master of Taxation degree from Georgia State University.

About Cherry Bekaert LLP
As a nationally recognized, growth-oriented firm, Cherry Bekaert has the resources to take your business as far as you want to go. The Firm’s industry specialists already know your marketplace, so they can help you make the most of emerging opportunities while minimizing compliance headaches. With their down-to-earth style and wealth of practical advice, you will find Cherry Bekaert an indispensable part of your team.

Ranked among the largest accounting firms in the country, Cherry Bekaert specializes in offering solutions that impact their clients’ ability to grow. For more than 65 years, global corporations, private businesses, government entities, nonprofits, emerging firms and successful individuals have relied on Cherry Bekaert to guide them forward as their growth partner.

Cherry Bekaert LLP is an independent member of Baker Tilly International. Baker Tilly International is the world’s 8th largest accountancy and business advisory network by combined fee income of its independent members. Baker Tilly International member firms specialize in providing accountancy and business advisory services to entrepreneurial, growing businesses and mid-market listed corporates worldwide. | cbh.com

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