Our Firm

 

We combine the experience of a large firm with the personal attention that only a small firm can provide. Our clients come back to us year after year because they know they are in good hands. We work to develop long-term relationships; whether your needs are simple or complex, we can help.

 

Our People

Mickey R. Aldridge, CPA

Mickey joined the firm of William H. Polk & Co. in 1975 after completing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from Delta State University. On Mr. Polk's partial retirement in 2009, Mickey became managing partner of the firm. He uses a hands-on approach to support his clients in establishing practical and sound tax and financial processes. Mickey's area of concentration in public accounting has been taxation. He focuses the majority of his time on individual and corporate tax preparation, tax planning, estate planning, and client communication. His expertise includes the resolution of tax problems and representing taxpayers before the IRS and state tax authorities. Mickey holds membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA). He has previously served as a peer reviewer for the Private Companies Practice Section of the AICPA. He is active in the community, serving as a board officer/member of a community bank and multiple not-for-profit organizations and as deacon and past treasurer in his church.
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Amy D. Byars, CPA

Amy is a partner in the firm and graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy and Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi in 1985. She has over 29 years of experience in accounting, audit and tax. Her experience includes the preparation of federal and state tax returns for various types of business entities,  individuals and tax-exempt organizations; as well as performing compilations, reviews and audits for companies involved in real estate, agriculture, non-profit organizations, medical practices, manufacturing, construction, retail establishments, and employee benefit plans. She is also a qualified reviewer and participates in numerous engagement and system peer reviews of other CPA firms. Amy holds membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA). Her interests include spending time with her family, watching the Ole Miss Rebels play football, and working on home projects. She is an active member of her church in Oxford, Mississippi.
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Robert E. Crawford, CPA

Bill is a partner in the firm and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University in 1974. He has, in prior years, served on the Governmental Audit Committee and the Accounting and Auditing Committee of the Mississippi Society of CPAs; and for several years now has served on the Society's Peer Review Committee. He has some 39 years of accounting, audit and tax experience; and has been performing peer reviews on other CPA firms for over 25 years. He is now primarily involved in the firm's audit and peer review practice areas. Bill holds membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA). He is an active member of his church.
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Jennifer J. Heafner, CPA - Jennifer (J J) graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwood University in 2003 with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and received her Master's of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi in 2009. She has 14 years of experience in preparation of income tax returns for individuals, partnerships, corporations, trusts and non-profits. She provides QuickBooks consulting and monthly accounting services. She also specializes in compilations, audits and reviews. JJ holds membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA). She is an active member of the community, serving as a board officer/member of various community organizations and in her church. In her spare time, JJ enjoys coaching her children's sports teams, running in road races with her husband and competing in triathalons.
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Jeremy Aldridge, Accountant - Jeremy is the grandson of the firm's founder and the son of Mickey Aldridge. He is a 2008 graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting. After a four month internship in 2007, Jeremy joined the firm full time in January, 2009. His experience includes monthly accounting services and preparation of federal and state tax returns for all types of business entities and individuals. Jeremy's passions away from work are fishing and hunting, including tournament crappie fishing and guiding.
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Cheryl Davis, Accountant - Cheryl graduated from the University of Mississippi in May,1980 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting. She has been with the firm since December, 1979. Her areas of experience are in monthly bookkeeping including preparation of all required payroll and sales tax returns and preparation of income tax returns for various types of business entities and individuals. Cheryl is an active member of her church and serves on the church's finance committee.
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Martha S. Flint, Accountant - Martha started her career in 1976. Prior to joining the firm in December, 1993, she had several years experience in public accounting and the private sector with a manufacturing company. Her experience includes monthly bookkeeping, payroll and preparation of federal and state tax returns for various types of business entities and individuals. She is an active member of her church, serving as a Sunday School teacher, member of the Finance Committee and member of the hand bell choir. She enjoys spending time with her family, exercising and growing flowers.
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Natalie R. Lawrence, Accountant - Natalie joined the firm in July, 2013. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harding University. Her previous experience includes five years in public accounting and ten years in accounting and finance with an international manufacturing company. Her experience includes monthly bookkeeping, payroll, cash management, and assistance in preparing federal and state tax returns. She is an active member of her church, serving as a Bible Class teacher. She enjoys spending time with her family, making crafts and watching her children's sporting events.
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Peggy W. Reese, Accountant - Peggy first started to work for the firm in 1975. She has over 40 years of experience in information systems and accounting. Her involvement in the firm is primarily as IT Coordinator. Her experience includes QuickBooks and other computer consulting, monthly bookkeeping and accounting services, payroll services and preparation of federal and state returns for various types of business entities and individuals. Peggy is an active member of her church and has served in numerous positions. She loves to travel and spend time with her grandchildren.
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Barbara McCarley, Administrative Assistant - Barbara started working with the firm in December, 1977. Her strengths lie in customer focus and team work and collaboration skills. She demonstrates a strong work ethic and a dedication to the firm and its clients. Barbara enjoys spending time with her family and working crossword puzzles. She is an active member of her church.

 

Betty Sanders, Administrative Assistant - Betty retired from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers after 25 years of service. She was a division chief and served two tours of duty in Germany as an accountant and budget analyst. She has been employed with the firm since 2006. Her years of experience and positive attitude are an asset to the firm. Her customer service skills and supportive rapport with clients contribute to their trust in the firm.
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Our History

The firm was established by Mr. William H. Polk, CPA in 1959, to offer general accounting services for businesses and individuals. Over the years, the small firm has grown into a full-service accounting firm providing services in the areas of income taxes, auditing, compilation, review, accounting, bookkeeping and computer consulting and support. The firm was built on "old school" principles of honesty, integrity, accountability, and a commitment to excellence. Those principles which were the foundation of the firm still hold true. The commitment to excellence includes staying updated on new laws and tax reform to meet client needs in a rapidly changing business world.

 

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Our Credentials

The firm holds membership in the Mississippi Society of CPA's, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Private Companies Practice Section of the American Institute which monitors our firm's audit and accounting practice and makes periodic peer reviews. We have undergone eight successful peer reviews and are proud of the fact that for at least eighteen years our firm has not received a letter of comment. Several of our staff members have served or are serving on various committees of the Mississippi Society of CPA's including the Governmental Audit Committee, the Accounting and Auditing Committee, and the Peer Review Committee.

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Our Areas of Specialization

Our entire operation is rooted in a tradition of meeting the highest standards of accounting practices. From this foundation, we offer the following specialized services: strategic tax services for individuals, businesses, estates and trusts; audit, review, and compilation services for governmental and business entities and individuals;  peer review services for other CPA firms; business services and computer and software consulting services.

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