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Chelsea Tackett Garcia

Manager, CPA, CFE | Chattanooga Office

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As a manager in HHM’s Accounting and Assurance group, Chelsea leads and participates in several assurance and attestation engagements including financial statement audits, reviews and compilations, and other agreed-upon procedures engagements. While her primary focus has been serving clients in the construction, real estate and manufacturing industries, Chelsea also provides services to non-profits, local governments, start-ups, and retail and restaurant establishments.

Chelsea understands that the audit process can sometimes be perceived as a painful experience and she strives to refute that misconception with all of her clients while seeking ways to add value to each engagement. She regularly assists clients with internal control evaluation and implementation and offers suggestions and solutions to improve efficiency and effectiveness of business processes, from both an operational and financial perspective.

Chelsea regularly acts as a consultant to clients, particularly small businesses and startups, to assist with all of their accounting and bookkeeping needs. She is well-versed in the accounting softwares QuickBooks and Xero and has created guides, templates and checklists to aid clients in their day-to-day accounting tasks and responsibilities.

Chelsea is especially attracted to forensic accounting opportunities and obtained her designation as a Certified Fraud Examiner.  She is active in the firm’s fraud services team. She has even served as an expert witness in a court case involving fraud and embezzlement. Her experience examining known or suspected fraud has allowed her to advise clients, particularly small businesses, on fraud prevention practices.

Chelsea’s experience is not limited to accounting and assurance work. She is also very involved in HHM’s tax practice and enjoys tackling complex tax issues. Her tax experience includes preparation of federal and state tax returns for multi-state corporations, partnerships, and high net-worth individuals as well as preparation or assistance with various payroll, state, and local tax filings. She understands the importance of being proactive and spends a considerable amount of time on tax planning and projections for the clients that she serves.

Education

  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Bachelor of Science, Accounting, Magna Cum Laude
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Master of Accountancy

Professional & Outside Affiliations

  • Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, Membership Chair
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Leadership Chattanooga, Class of 2017-2018
  • Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga, Financial Director
  • Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute (CWLI), Member
  • United Way Emerging Leaders
  • Protege Chattanooga 2016-2017
  • Junior Achievement, JA in a Day Volunteer
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiner

Areas of Concentration

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