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Manufacturers + Distributors

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Growth + Sustainability
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In what can seem like a sea of accounting firm sameness, Smith + Howard stands out as a beacon to manufacturers and distributors looking for the hard-to-find mix of industry expertise, tax and advisory brilliance and exceptional service.

We know the industry inside out, but equally important, we understand the drivers of success and how to leverage them to grow your business. It’s true that accountants are known for focusing on the past, but we’re adept at harnessing lessons of the past to build a strong future.

What does this mean for you?

Our client service commitment means two things. First, you’ll hear from us regularly with ideas and insights related to your business and its goals. Second, you will never wait days for someone to call, email or text you back on a question. In addition, you have ready access to the Smith + Howard tax, advisory and audit specialists who also know the industry. We are there for you when you need us. We are your partner – a role we take very seriously.

What does this mean for the business?

Your business will be strengthened by the creative solutions we develop that integrate industry knowledge, applicable tax legislation and long-term goals of the business and its stakeholders. We work as an extension of your team, bringing tools and technical knowledge to our conversations that ultimately allow you to make the best decisions possible for and throughout the life of your business – from start-up to exit. With Smith + Howard’s team, you’ll gain confidence that you’re making all the right moves for success.

A Firm of Distinction

Clients served globally
Consecutive years as a Best of the Best firm in the US
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Average tenure (years) of our Partners, Principals and Managers

Services for Manufacturers + Distributors


  • Day-to-day accounting services provide a firm foundation for financial operations. We provide accounting support that will help you gain clarity on your financial situation and efficiencies in your daily accounting operations.
  • + Outsourced CFO and Controller Services
    + On-site Accounting
    + Accounting Software Selection
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  • The compliance aspect of attest services often uncovers useful financial data for the business. We intentionally designed our processes to deliver timely services and provide recommendations to improve the health of the business.
  • + Audits
    + SOC Reporting
    + Employee Benefit Plan Audits
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Cyber Risk Management + Compliance

  • Cyber threats to businesses are growing at a rapid rate. Phishing, supply chain attacks, ransomware and IP theft bring significant risk to your business. We help you address and prepare for each.
  • + Business Impact Analysis
    + Security Risk Assessment
    + Information Security Programs

    + ISO 27001
    + SOC 2

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Indirect Tax

  • Compliance and planning for indirect tax requires an intimate knowledge of tax regulations in jurisdictions across the country, along with people and technology that execute accurately on time, every time. Our indirect tax services are powered by Synexus Tax Solutions™
  • + Sales and Use Tax
    + Property Tax
    + Audit Defense
    + Transaction Tax Compliance
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  • Staying in compliance and out of tax-trouble, while minimizing the taxes you have to pay is our number one goal. The added value is in our commitment to making sure you take advantage of available incentives to fund growth.
  • + Accounting for Income Taxes
    + Entity Selection
    + International Tax Services
    + Multistate Tax Services
    + Planning And Compliance
    + Private Equity and Portfolio Changes
    + Succession Planning
    + Tax Credits and Incentives
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Transaction Advisory

  • Whether you’re on the buy or sell side, our team is experienced and equipped to assess and advance any transaction. Responsive service and creative approaches by our experienced team contribute to a successful deal process.
  • + Financial Due Diligence
    + Quality of Earnings Reports
    + Tax Due Diligence
    + Tax Structure Planning
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Global Perspective

Our clients include U.S. businesses that are expanding outside the country, international businesses that are entering the U.S. and businesses that undertake cross-border transactions.

We offer a practical, tech-based approach that maximizes efficiency while helping businesses navigate the intricacies of worldwide tax rules and regulations. Our reliable advice, proactive planning and responsive approach brings confidence to businesses like yours, allowing you to focus more on growth, and less on tax compliance.

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A Nationally Recognized Accounting Firm

With clients in all 50 states and many with operations around the world, Smith + Howard brings an extraordinary level of expertise and knowledge that helps your manufacturing and distribution business reach the next level.

Our team lives and breathes a promise of personal, responsive client service. It is part of what repeatedly lands us on the client-nominated Forbes Top Accounting and Tax Firm list and the INSIDE Public Accounting National Best of the Best list.

We invite you to connect with us and tell us more about your business.


Why Us?

Smith + Howard is a full-service accounting firm with a demonstrated track record of excellence in the manufacturing and distribution sector. Our team is led by accomplished leaders driven by passionate service, a commitment to excellence and unwavering integrity.

Manufacturing + Distribution Team Leaders

At Smith + Howard, our manufacturing and distribution team is composed of the most skilled and knowledgeable professionals in the industry. We work closely with businesses across the country, delivering expert guidance and a genuine commitment to the success of their operations.

Debbie R. Torrance
Smith + Howard Advisory LLC

I start every day reading a daily tax update so that I am a smarter and better tax professional every day. I also read more than 50 books every year of all types to be a smarter and better leader. I feel that excellence is the foundation to living up to our client and people values.

J. Sean Spitzer
Smith + Howard PC
Smith + Howard Advisory LLC

Always doing the right thing is the most important value to me. Leaders have their integrity challenged daily with the many decisions that have to be made. Integrity is my North Star.

Timothy R.J. Howe
Smith + Howard Advisory LLC

I have never worked with a team as strong, knowledgeable and passionate as the team we have here at Smith + Howard. The passion for client service and desire for growth is evident at every level within the firm and continues to ignite our fire for advancement every single day.

Cas L. Pittman
Smith + Howard Advisory LLC

I find it incredibly fulfilling to be a trusted advisor and partner with my clients. I love providing solutions and opportunities to help them meet current business and personal goals, as well as being a part of their family team to bring all around long-term success. It’s inspiring to see how the success of our clients provides success to their employees and communities.

Melissa Horne
Smith + Howard Advisory LLC

Who am I without living with integrity? Definitely not a leader. Clients depend on us to be honest with them and in the work we do. Without honesty and integrity, we will lose the trust of our clients, our co-workers and those we encounter throughout our life.

Scott Whalen
Smith + Howard Advisory LLC

Life is too short to deal with people who don't commit to making the most of every opportunity to help others. I believe doing the right thing and committing to serving with passion will bring success to our firm, our clients and our community.

Lori G. Wagnon
Smith + Howard PC
Smith + Howard Advisory LLC

The development and growth of our people is the backbone of our success. I feel responsible for teaching and providing the best resources available so our people grow smarter and stronger every day.

Megan Worth
Senior Manager
Smith + Howard Advisory LLC

I have always appreciated how the firm and management team invested in me and my career, and I intentionally do the same thing with our current tax staff every day. I firmly believe in investing in our people, and taking the time to teach and allow them to grow into the best accountants they can be is necessary for our success.

Tyler Heard
Senior Manager
Smith + Howard Advisory LLC

My passion for solving problems, creating efficiencies, and embracing innovation help drive an environment where our firm can provide excellent value on every engagement.

Let’s talk about how you’re looking to grow your business

Whether it’s a quick meeting, consultation or comprehensive audit, our talented team of tax and accounting experts are ready to help solve your business goals. So drop us a line today and let’s get to work!