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.

Debbie applies acumen, creativity and responsive service to best meet the needs of our clients.

Debbie joined Smith + Howard’s Tax practice in 1991 after spending several years with a Big Four firm. She provides tax planning, compliance and advisory services to businesses and individuals and specializes in merger and acquisition consulting, international taxation counsel, estate planning, transactional analysis, stock option analysis and entity selection. In addition to overseeing the tax planning and compliance services of the firm, Debbie leads our Manufacturing and Distribution group and our International Services group. She is also a member of our Hospitality team.

Debbie, her husband and son live in Atlanta, Georgia.


  • Atlanta, Georgia


  • Winthrop College – Bachelor of Science in Finance
  • Clemson University – Master of Accounting Tax


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Personal Finance Specialist; Tax Division Member)
  • Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Atlanta Tax Forum
  • Atlanta Estate Planning Council
  • Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (Advisory Board)
  • Castle Chess, Inc. (Former Treasurer)


  • Greenville, South Carolina

Interests + Hobbies

  • Reading
  • Walking on the beach

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