Horizon Accountants is owned and operated by Lawrence R. Yoder CPA. Lawrence has over 27 years of local public accounting and tax experience. Our staff has experience with individuals, families, agricultural operations, construction, small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, churches, and ministers.
We are members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and are subject to Peer Review requirements. Contact us for our most recent peer review report.
Joy Shenk, Sarah Cox, and Roger Austin provide our tax season staff.
Lawrence has been in public accounting since 1988. He worked with SB Hoover & Company of Harrisonburg Virginia from 1988 through 1998. He worked part-time with another local firm before going on his own. He attended seminary from 1997 through 2000 in Harrisonburg to prepare for Christian ministry and assist pastors and any not-for-profit clients he would service.
Past accounting and audit experience includes compilation, review and audit experience. Lawrence was an engagement manager at SB Hoover for seven years. He managed all aspects of audits and prepared many financial statements. He also assisted in peer review of in-house work papers when asked.
Audit experience includes financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations (manager on JMU Foundation audit for four years), cooperatives, non-public businesses, and agricultural. Other audit clients included trucking and tire retail.
Continuing education required Lawrence to attend the annual AICPA Not-for-Profit Conference for several years while at SB Hoover & Company. He continues to read and prepare for this industry through the CPA Journal of Accountancy and PPC books.
Compilation and review experience included real estate, personal financial statements, manufacturing and building contractors.
Each year Lawrence is required to obtain 40 CPE credits from a variety of topics. Horizon Accountants attempts to provide 24 hours in tax related study and 16 in accounting/audit study. Every other year the managing partner will attend 16 hours of practice development/ethics study.
The staff will be required to take a tax update course of their choosing for each tax season. Each staff member will attend the firm sponsored tax and firm procedures update. This update will be held in late fall of each year. The firm also will provide a manual for each staff person on tax preparation aids.