January 10th 2014, —Niki Matthews, Manager at Smith Marion and Company, received the California Tax Education Council Certification.  This certification gives Matthews the licensing to prepare and sign Tax Returns in California.

In 1996, the California Legislature passed the Tax Prepares Act; this requires that all Tax Preparers be registered with the California Tax Education Council.  In order to receive her certification, Matthews took the CRTP Exam which she passed with a score of 97%.

Peter Wesch, Partner of Smith Marion and Company states, “I would like to congratulate Niki on completing the prerequisites and registration as a California Registered Tax Preparer. Niki has augmented her substantial knowledge of individual tax preparation with 60 hours of qualifying tax education to qualify for registration. I greatly appreciate her dedication and welcome her increased contribution to the upcoming tax filing season.”

Matthews began working with Streit & Peters in 1997 and remained with the company when they merged with Smith Marion & Co. in 2012.  Matthews specializes in bookkeeping services, payroll processing, tax return preparation and QuickBooks support.  She provides these services to businesses and non-profits of varying sizes.