About Bible Harris Smith, P.C.

CPA/ Tax Accountants in Knoxville, TN

Our Values

Since 1949, BHS has provided outstanding service to our clients based on three underlying principles: professionalism, responsiveness and quality.

Professionalism

Combining our expertise, experience and the energy of our staff, each client receives close personal and professional attention. Our high standards, service, and specialized staff distinguish us. We make sure that every client is served by the expertise of our whole firm.

Responsiveness

Prompt, responsive service is a BHS hallmark. Companies who choose our firm rely on competent advice and fast, accurate personnel. We provide total financial services to individuals, large and small businesses and other agencies.

To see a listing of our services, please take a moment and look at our services page. Because we get new business from the people who know us best, client referrals have fueled our growth in the recent years.

Through hard work, we have earned the respect of the business and financial communities. This respect illustrates our diverse talents, dedication and ability to respond quickly.

Quality

An accounting firm is known for the quality of its service. Our firm's reputation reflects the high standards we demand of ourselves.

Our primary goal as a trusted advisor is to be available and to provide insightful advice to enable our clients to make informed financial decisions. We do not accept anything less from ourselves and this is what we deliver to you.

Through continued professional education, we stay abreast of current topics allowing us to improve technical expertise, financial knowledge and service to our clients.

We will answer all of your questions, as they impact both your tax and financial situations. Contact us!

Bible Harris Smith, P.C. is a full-service Certified Public Accounting firm licensed in Tennessee. All of our CPA's hold valid Tennessee State CPA Certificates.

Meet Our Team

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    • William B. Snyder

    CPA, CGMA Shareholder, Director of Accounting and Auditing

    Bill supervises the firm’s accounting and auditing practice. He has experience in a variety of industries, including: manufacturing, transportation, computer services, insurance, retailing, communications, nonprofit entities and employee benefit plans. Bill has been instrumental in leading the firm’s accounting and auditing practice through seven successful peer reviews (conducted every three years). His services include:

    • Preparation and supervision of audited, reviewed, and compiled financial statements
    • Updating the firm on new accounting and auditing pronouncements
    • Monitoring the firm's quality control system
    • Providing a variety of other services to clients including small business consulting, preparation of corporate and partnership tax returns, and other assurance services.

    Bill took a non-traditional route to the accounting profession. After receiving a degree in communications, with honors, from the University of Tennessee, he spent eight years as Advertising Director of a weekly newspaper before returning to college to study accounting. He believes his diverse background enables him to see beyond the numbers when advising clients. "CPAs are information agents. As such, we must effectively communicate information, financial and otherwise, in an objective and reliable manner."

    Bill is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA). He has served in various positions with local civic clubs and has been active in his children's school and sporting activities. He and his wife Trescha have two children. When away from work Bill enjoys attending a variety of University of Tennessee sporting events, enjoying the outdoors, reading, and playing guitar in a local rock band.

    Snyder@bhspc.com

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    • Sean W. Brewer

    CPA Shareholder, Director of Taxation

    Sean W. Brewer specializes in providing tax services to individuals and businesses.  He has tax experience with a variety of industries including real estate developers, real estate rental companies, automobile dealerships, community banks, and manufacturers.  He also has experience with both multi-state and consolidated tax returns.  His services include:

    • Preparation and review of the corporation, partnership, estate, trust, and individual income tax returns
    • Preparation of compiled financial statements
    • Consultation with client personnel on accounting assistance matters
    • Researching the tax consequences of various transactions
    • Tax projections

    Sean has worked in taxation in the Knoxville market since 1997, joining Bible Harris Smith as a tax officer in August of 2014.

    Sean has presented continuing education topics to the Knoxville chapter of the Tennessee Society of CPAs, at the SCS Government Contracting Seminar, at the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance annual seminar and at the Singleton B. Wolfe Memorial Tax Conference.

    Sean is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, where he has served in many roles, including that of chapter president.

    Sean is a 1992 graduate of Oak Ridge High School.  He graduated from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in accounting.  In 1997 he graduated from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Master of Accountancy degree with a tax concentration.

    Brewer@bhspc.com

Firm History

The Firm was founded in Knoxville, TN by Miles Siegel in 1949, making us one of the oldest firms in the Knoxville area.

The Firm was founded on the theory that our clients want more than accounting and tax services - that they also want guidance and a plan which will help them to do better in the future.  In keeping with this tradition, our accountants begin as generalists and learn as much as they can by doing all types of tax work as well as the various levels of accounting services.  Our goal is for our accountants to be able to offer consulting and advisory services to clients early in their careers, even if it is only answering the bookkeeper's simple questions regarding payroll tax returns or how to book the sale of an asset.  After certification and two or three years of experience, staff members are encouraged to select one or two areas in which to develop special expertise.  Then, other members of the team may call on them for assistance in that area as it is needed.

Since its inception, the Firm has grown from a sole proprietorship to a staff size allowing us to maintain our roots while providing exceptional service in the areas detailed on our services page.  We remain true to our fundamental goal of assisting our clients in doing better what they are in business to do.  This means listening to our clients and learning what it is they really want and what problems they face.

Our client base provides an ever-widening variety of challenges to our staff and demands the highest standards of professional competence.  The professionals at The Firm are encouraged to assume a leadership position quickly, because the faster you reach your potential, the faster the Firm can expand its capabilities.

LeRoy Bible, the managing director until December 31, 2007 joined the Firm in 1972, and in 1976, became Siegel's first and only partner.  From 1976 until late 1980, the Firm operated under the name Miles Siegel and Company, at which time the firm changed its name to Siegel, Bible and Company, CPAs. When Siegel died in April, 1981, the Firm dropped the "and Company". Marge Niemann became a partner in 1984.  In late 1987, Marge and LeRoy incorporated under the name of Bible, Niemann CPAs, P.C. 

Effective July 1, 1988, Ron May became a shareholder/director in the Firm.

On January 1, 1989, the Firm became a member of BKR International, a top 10 world-wide affiliation of accounting firms, which today is comprised of more than 160 independent accounting and business advisory firms in over 500 offices and 80 countries.

In November 1990, the Firm became a member of the Private Companies Practice Section of the AICPA Division for CPA firms.

On July 1, 1992, Kevin MacLeay and Shirley Harris became shareholders/directors in the Firm, and on October 1, 1992, the name was changed to Bible, MacLeay, May, Harris & Niemann, P.C.

Marge Niemann and Ron May retired from the firm on May 1, 1994 and August 2, 1995, respectively.  The name adopted at that time was Bible, MacLeay, Harris, P.C.

Kevin MacLeay became controller for one of the firm’s manufacturing clients and left the firm on June 22, 1996.

Janice Smith became a shareholder/director on January 1, 1998 at which time the firm’s name became Bible Harris Smith, P.C.  While with the Firm, Janice was president of TSCPA before retiring in 2014.

On December 31, 2007, LeRoy Bible relinquished his ownership in the firm, but continues a presence in the office on a regular basis to service clients as he has done for years.

On January 1, 2014 Bill Snyder became a shareholder/director in the firm after years of service to Bible Harris Smith, P.C.

On January 1, 2015 Sean Brewer, a CPA with 17+ years experience in the Knoxville market, became a shareholder/director in the firm.

September, 2020 – Shirley J. Harris relinquished her ownership of the firm, but continues to assist clients in a consulting role. Currently the firm has 2 shareholders – Bill Snyder, President and Director of Assurance Services and Sean W. Brewer, Director of Taxation.

Our Accounting Firm serves clients across east Tennessee, Georgia and other southeastern states.

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