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Karen Facer-Mee

Present Position

Facer, Mee & Associates, P.C.

1995 to present – 50% Shareholder and President of Facer, Mee & Associates, P.C.

Education

Bachelor of Business Administration, Major: Accounting, Temple University, August 1983

Licensed as a Certified Public Accountant on August 30, 1984

Professional Awards

2015 Five Star Professional Award

June 2010 Empowering Successful Women Award from American Society of Women Accountants

Professional Memberships/Affiliation and Positions Held

  • CGMA
  • Member of Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance since 1980 (formerly ASWA)
  • Member of AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) since 11/30/84; Member PCPS (Private Company Practice Section) and Tax Section
  • Member of CPA Ambassador Program. One of 44 spokespersons in Pennsylvania trained on 9/19/06 to reintroduce the CPA profession to the public: in financial literacy, recruitment and partnering with small business as well as emphasize CPA profession’s commitment to battling fraud, improving audit standards and quality, and shoring up small businesses
  • Member of PICPA (Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants) since 11/15/84
  • President of PICPA Greater Philadelphia Chapter (largest Chapter approximately 9,000 members) served 5/1/09 to 4/30/10
  • President-Elect PICPA Greater Philadelphia Chapter served 5/1/08 to 4/30/09
  • Secretary of PICPA Greater Philadelphia Chapter served 5/1/07 to 4/30/08
  • Treasurer of PICPA Greater Philadelphia Chapter served 5/1/06 to 4/30/07
  • Committee Chair PICPA Greater Philadelphia Chapter Federal Tax Committee elected serving from 5/1/10 to 4/30/15 (founder of Committee during Presidency)
  • Committee Chair PICPA Greater Philadelphia Chapter Past Presidents served 5/1/09 to 4/20/12
  • Committee Chair PICPA Greater Philadelphia Chapter Nominations Committee served 5/1/10 to 4/30/11
  • Committee Chair PICPA Greater Philadelphia Chapter Executive Committee served 5/1/09 to 4/30/10
  • Presently Member of PICPA Greater Philadelphia Chapter Annual Tax Forum and Planning Meeting, Cooperation with the Bar & Other Professionals, Legislation & Local Taxation, and Past President’s Committees. Former member of Budget and Finance, Business Valuation, Lifestyles & Family Issues, Emerging CPA’s and Relations with Schools and Colleges, CPA Image Enhancement and Community Involvement Committees.
  • Member PICPA Greater Philadelphia Chapter Executive Committee served 5/1/05 to 4/30/11
  • Former chair of PICPA Greater Philadelphia Chapter Accounting Task Force
  • Former member PICPA Greater Philadelphia Chapter Bylaws Task Force
  • Media spokesperson for PICPA Speaker’s Bureau 5/1/06 to 4/30/15
  • PICPA State Council elected and served from 5/1/09 to 4/30/10 and 5/1/13 to 4/30/15
  • PICPA State level Federal Taxation Committee from 5/1/13 to 4/30/16
  • PICPA State Chapter Operations from 5/1/08 to 4/30/09
  • PICPA State Budget and Finance Committee from 5/1/06 to 4/30/08
  • PICPA State Image Enhancement Committee from 5/1/03 to 4/30/05
  • Member of Pennsylvania Society of Tax & Accounting Professionals, member since 1/31/93
  • Former member Council Rock School District Parent Advisory Panel for High School Renovations and Parent Forum
  • Former Co-director of the Rock North Girls Volleyball Club
  • Former Co-director of Council Rock North Girl’s Volleyball Booster Club including co-director of annual tournaments

 

Previous Employment

1995-present

Facer,Mee & Associates, P.C., Ivyland, PA

President (in 1995 Patrick Mee joined as partner)

1990 – 1995

Karen C. Facer-Mee, CPA, Warrington, PA

Founded as Sole Proprietorship in 1990

1986 – 1990

Kreischer, Miller, Horsham, PA

Manager

1982 – 1986

Kreischer, Miller, Horsham, PA

Senior Accountant

1980 – 1982

Kreischer, Miller, Horsham, PA

Accountant (while attending Temple University)

1976 – 1980

Kreischer, Miller, Horsham, PA

Para-Professional (while attending Temple University)

Television

  • March 6, 2015, March 18, 2014, March 5, 2013, March 7, 2012 and March 11, 2011 CBS-3, tax phone bank
  • March 29, 2012, NBC-10, tax phone bank
  • March 16, 2011, NBC-10, television interview with Tracey Davidson
  • March 31, 2010, NBC-10, television interview with Tracey Davidson
  • March 22, 2010, CBS-3, tax phone bank and television interview with Jim Donovan
  • February 3, 2010, NBC-10 phone bank regarding new credit card rules

 

  • March 10, 2009, CBS-3 tax phone bank and television interview with Jim Donovan
  • November 24, 2008, CBS-3 retirement and personal financial planning and investment phone bank and television interview with Jim Donovan
  • May 22, 2008, NBC-10 phone bank regarding economic stimulus rebate
  • April 1, 2008, CBS-3 tax web chat and television interview with Jim Donovan
  • March 19, 2008, CBS-3 tax web chat and television interview with Jim Donovan

 

Radio

 

February 16, 2010, WDAY AM 970 “Tax Talk with Karen”

Public Speaking Engagements

  • July 28, 2015 developer and moderator of panel for Roundtable Discussion with IRS Representatives with Richard Furlong, Senior Stakeholder Liaison, Internal Revenue Service Small Business/Self-Employed Division, Lois Lombardo, Taxpayer Advocate Service, James Smith, Supervisory Revenue Officer Field Collection Function Internal Revenue Service Small Business/Self-Employed Division

 

  • May 6, 2015, New Jersey Society of CPA’s, Best Practices for Sole Practitioners

 

  • March 4, 2015, ComPsych presentation Strategies for Improving Your Finances to Internal Revenue Service Bankruptcy employees

 

  • February 5, 2015, February 6, 2014, February 7, 2013, February 9, 2012 and February 10, 2011, developer, moderator of panel and speaker for Questions & Answers with Richard Furlong, Senior Stakeholder Liaison, Internal Revenue Service Small Business/Self-Employed Division. Also obtained sponsorship to defray costs for PICPA for these courses and various others and worked with Rep. Scott Petri to provide updates to practitioners on PA budget
  • December 2, 2014, December 2, 2013 and December 4, 2012 , PICPA GP Chapter Annual Philadelphia, Local, and Multistate Tax Update Conference presented Pennsylvania Tax Update
  • November 12, 2014, PICPA Annual Tax Forum presented Common Mistakes Practitioners Make
  • June 18, 2014 developer, panel moderator and speaker for Questions & Answers Internal Revenue with James Smith Internal Revenue Service SB/SE, Central Area Field Collection Manager, Susan Howard SB/SE, Central Area Examination Territory Manager and Richard Furlong, IRS
  • February 3, 2014 and February 1, 2013, PSTAP’s Annual Tax Potpourri
  • November 13, 2013, PICPA Annual Tax Forum presented Comfort Letters, IRS Code Sections 230 & 7216 Update and Engagement Letters with Managing Director of CBIZ MHM’s National Tax Office Bill Smith

 

  • November 12, 2013, PICPA Annual Tax Forum presented PA Tax Update June 5, 2013 and June 13, 2012 developed course and obtained presenter update on FBAR and FATCA Requirements
  • November 8, 2012, PICPA Annual Tax Forum, presented Mergers & Acquisitions with Grant Thornton, LLP
  • December 16, 2011, Financial Literacy at Bucks County Community College for Region 12 Future Business Leaders of America Conference
  • November 15, 2011, PICPA Annual Tax Forum, presented passive loss planning and publicly traded partnerships
  • December 2, 2010, represented PICPA at their first Philadelphia Business Expo
  • July 8, 2010, Philadelphia Business Journal 2010 CFO of the Year Award presenter for PICPA
  • November 10, 2009, budget counseling at Veteran’s Administration Multi-Service Education Center for PICPA
  • August 18, 2009, seminar with the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition and Career Link on establishing financial priorities, saving and investing, and preparing for tax season
  • July 9, 2009, Philadelphia Business Journal 2009 CFO of the Year Award presenter for PICPA
  • November 6, 2008, PICPA Successful CPA Reception speech about career in accounting (self prepared materials)
  • November 27, 2007, Entrepreneurial Skills and Career Counseling Seminars organized by The Brothers of Alpha Kappa Psi at Penn State University Park for college students regarding starting and managing your own business (self prepared materials)
  • March 15, 2007, Money Management Seminar organized by Philadelphia Futures for college students regarding tax considerations of athletic and academic scholarships and grants, how to build and maintain credit, how to evaluate employer benefits, how to manage money over your career, etc. organized by Philadelphia Futures for students from low-income families (self- prepared materials)
  • December 1, 2006, National Association of Women Business Owners, tax planning seminar for small businesses (self-prepared materials)
  • September 12, 2006 interviewed by accounting department of Cabrini College regarding advantages of choosing a career in public accounting
  • August, 2006, Governor’s Institute for Personal Finance and Entrepreneurship Education Roundtable and Exhibit Sessions at Lehigh University
  • February 2, 2005, Town Meeting for State Senator Joe Conti, Majority Policy Chairman, regarding tax and disaster planning for flood victims caused by Hurricanes Ivan and Frances

 

Newspaper and Magazine Interviews

Bucks County Courier Times

  • April 15, 2010, interviewed for “Tax filers are going the thrifty route.”
  • February 15, 2009, interviewed for “Economy raising fiscal consciousness”
  • April 4, 2008, interviewed for “IRS targets higher earners”

 

  • January 5, 2008, interviewed for “Tax fix will delay millions of IRS refunds”
  • March 23, 2007, interviewed for “The bet you lose can be a winner, losses can mean tax deductions”
  • February, 2007, interviewed for “Residents get free help to cope with flood damage”

 

Philadelphia Business Journal

 

  • Judge for Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2010 CFO of the Year Award, recognizing financial accomplishments, tenure and scope of responsibilities, leadership, respect and influence within his or her company and stewardship of the company’s business model
  • On Topic: “What’s your best advice for businesses as they prepare their taxes this year?” February 22-28, 2008
  • Judge for Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2009 Women of Distinction Award, recognizing outstanding female leaders

 

CCH Federal Tax Weekly

 

  • Rules for Employer-Provided Cell Phones, June 17, 2009

 

CPA Magazine

 

  • “Love and Marriage and File Cabinets,” October, 2003

 

PICPA Network News

 

  • Year End Practice Management Tip: Prepare tax engagement letters for all returns and obtain signed separate consents to disclosure or use of tax return information according to IRS Section 7216, December 9, 2008

 

Political Advocacy

 

  • October 27, 2015 Internal Revenue Service Practitioner Liaison Meeting representing PICPA
  • June 18, 2015 AICPA Tax Executive Committee Meeting
  • June 9, 2015 PICPA Day on the Hill met with State Representative Scott Petri as well as various aids of Senator Robert Tomlinson
  • April 21, 2015 Submitted comments on Revenue Procedure 2015-20 to Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department authored with William Stickney Tax Partner from Grant Thornton, LLP Co. Chair of PICPA GP Federal Tax Committee
  • October 27, 2014 Internal Revenue Service Practitioner Liaison Meeting representing PICPA
  • October 1, 2014 meeting with State Representative Scott Petri on behalf of Pennsylvania Society of Tax and Accounting Professionals to discuss PA Dept. of Revenue’s new internal policy regarding unreimbursed employee expenses automatic denial not communicated to practitioners or general public, inheritance tax reform, pension reform and PICPA’s Fiscal Responsibility Report as well as financial literacy needs
  • June 3, 2014 PICPA Day on the Hill met with State Representative Scott Petri as well as various aids of State Senator Robert Tomlinson
  • December 11, 2013 asked by Councilman Bill Green to testify before Philadelphia City Council Committee on Finance public hearing on Bill No. 130530 regarding eliminating net income tax portion of BIRT.
  • September 30, 2013 Q&A session with department heads of Pennsylvania Department of Revenue to resolve practitioner questions
  • Spring, 2013, meetings with State Senator Tomlinson and PICPA CEO & Executive Director, Michael Colgan analyzing effects of amending the CPA Law in PA by eliminating the requirement that CPA candidates have at least 400 hours in attest activities for licensure
  • June 11, 2013 PICPA Day on the Hill met with State Senator Robert Tomlinson and State Representative Scott Petri
  • October 25, 2012 Internal Revenue Service Liaison Meeting representing ASWA
  • June 12, 2012 PICPA Day on the Hill met with State Representative Scott Petri as well as various aids of Senator Robert Tomlinson
  • May/August, 2010, interviewed on Legislative Report (cable television at PA State Capitol) by State Representative Scott Petri (R-178th District) about the Governor’s proposed budget item that would tax professional services as well as other budget issues and how they would affect the accounting profession and consumers, airing began on cable television
  • August 13, 2010, legislative briefing with State Representative Steve Santarsiero (D-31st District) to hear concerns and suggestions from PICPA and PSPA leadership as well as discuss recently passed Pennsylvania Budget and provide an update as to what issues affect the accounting profession and our clients.
  • May 5, 2010, PICPA Day on the Hill met with State Senator Robert Tomlinson’s (R-6th District) and State Representative Scott Petri’s aids
  • June 4, 2009, meeting with PICPA State leadership with State Representative David Levdansky (D-39th District), Chairman, House Finance Committee State of Pennsylvania to discuss solutions to budget crisis and current legislation
  • May 13, 2009, PICPA Day on the Hill met with State Senator Robert Tomlinson’s and State Representative Scott Petri’s aids
  • April 29, 2009, meeting with PICPA State leadership with State Senator Jake Corman (R-34th District), Majority Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee to discuss budget crisis
  • June 11, 2008, PICPA Day on the Hill met with State Representative Scott Petri (R-179thDistrict)