Murphy, Coe, & Smith, PLLC. employs a team of outstanding professionals. We have a diverse clientele base that continues to 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

 Lou Ann Murphy, CPA,  has over 25 years of experience providing accounting services for primarily small busineses and farming operations. She was born and raised on a farm near a small town in Illinois along the Mississippi River, and then obtained her Associate of Arts in Accounting from Southeastern Community College. She then obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Upper Iowa University in 1981, working full time while attending school. After graduation, Lou Ann moved to Texas to work in the banking industry. Eight years later she returned to Iowa and began working in public accounting. Lou Ann received her CPA certificate in 1993. In 2001, Lou Ann and Steve Lines purchased the accounting practice where they had worked for many years. Sadly, in January of 2009, Steve Lines suddenly passed away and since then Lou Ann has continued the business. 
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 Christopher Smith, CPA, grew up in Riceville, Iowa. He obtained an Associates of Science in Accounting from Rochester Community and Technical College before transferring to Kansas City, Missouri where he obtained a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University in 2008. After graduation Christopher began working in public accounting primarily focusing on services in the areas of local governmental audits, small businesses, and farming operations. 
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 Amy Coe, CPA is a 2003 Phi Theta Kappa graduate of North Iowa Area Community College with an Associate in Science-Business Degree in Accounting.  After graduation, she began her public accounting career with the firm.  In October of 2015 she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Buena Vista University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and Management.  She has several years of experience in public accounting primarily focusing on the areas of bookkeeping, payroll, and tax.  She is currently a licensed CPA in the state of Iowa. Amy grew up in Manly, IA, where she currently resides.
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 Josie Gooder Hrdlicka, CPA, a 2014 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Accounting and Marketing, began her public accounting career after graduation. She is currently a licensed CPA in the state of Iowa and an active member of the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants. She has several years of public accounting experience preparing tax returns for businesses, nonprofits, individuals, and farming operations. She also has experience performing audits, reviews, and compilations for governments and not for profit organizations.
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 Ty LaubeTy grew up on a farm near Charles City, Iowa. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa in 1998 and began working in public accounting. Ty has over ten years experience in providing services to small businesses and farming operations and consistently receives annual continuing education in the areas of farm and small business tax.
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Kim May, grew up in Atwater, California and then moved to the Stacyville, Iowa area. She has been working in public accounting since 2011, and has since then received her Associate’s Degree in Accounting from North Iowa Area Community College. 
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Staci Herrick, has over ten years of experience working in public accounting. Her expertise includes monthly bookkeeping, payroll, and tax return preparation. In her free time Staci enjoys hiking, walking, reading, gardening, and spending time with her nieces and nephews.
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Josh Smith, grew up in Ricevile, Iowa before obtaining his Associate of Science in Accounting from Rochester Community and Technical College. He then continued his education at Winona State University and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor's of Science degree. He has been working in public accounting since 2013 with focus on tax preparation, payroll, and monthly bookkeeping and financial statement preparation.
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 Bev Brooker has been with the firm since 1989 and since has become an expert in payroll. She currently lives in Osage and is married to her husband, Denny, has 3 children, and 11 grandchildren.
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 Coleen Cauwels,  EA was born and raised on a farm in Southwest Minnesota moving to Cresco, Iowa in 1981. She has been a licensed enrolled agent since 1995, but has been in the accounting field and preparing taxes for individuals, businesses and farm operations for over 40 years. She is married and has two daughters and one grandson.
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Our Credentials

The continuous improvement of our knowledge, technical expertise and service is essential to your growth and success, as well as our vision to be the premier firm of choice. We are committed to the highest professional standards of ethics and integrity. With laws and regulations constantly changing we are continuously improving our knowledge and expanding our professional education each year to attain the highest levels of knowledge and skills to exceed our client's expectations. All of our CPA's receive annual continuing education in the areas in which they practice and stay up to date with new laws and regulations that may affect our clientele.

Aside from continuing professional education, our firm maintains its high level of competence through its membership with the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of International of Certified Public Accountants. We are in compliance with all registration and permit requirements relating to the practice of public accounting in the State of Iowa. The firm has a current Permit to Practice for the State of Iowa and all CPA’s have current licenses and Permits to Practice in the State of Iowa.

Our firm’s commitment to high standards and integrity is demonstrated by its participation in the peer review program, in which independent CPAs  conduct a review of our compliance with quality control standards.  You can view a copy of our most recent peer review report dated July 31, 2017 here.

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