Firm Profile

Higgins & Smith was formed in 2007 when partners Tim Higgins and Anne Smith saw a need for a different kind of CPA firm in their community of Newnan, Georgia. Believing that service should be at the forefront of any successful business, the two set out to create a firm that would listen to their clients and respond to their needs in a timely and relevant manner.

Beyond service, Higgins & Smith strives to provide the highest levels of professionalism and quality to our clients. We are continually improving our own professional knowledge through education and training. We hold ourselves to a high standard which is reflected in the quality of the work we produce. Beyond our own standards, our internal systems are subject to an independent peer review conducted by an outside CPA firm under standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Our clients are assured of personal attention from our professional staff. We value relationships and view every client relationship as a partnership. We enjoy participating in our clients' success and hope you will see us as a trusted advisor.

 
Higgins & Smith In the News (reproduced by special permission of the Newnan Times-Herald)
 

Staff

Timothy S. Higgins, CPA

Tim Higgins is one of the founding partners of Higgins & Smith. He has served as the firm’s managing member since inception. He brings more than 20 years experience in the public accounting profession to the firm. Tim holds a Master of Accountancy from the University of Alabama and is a Cum Laude graduate of Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

Tim is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in both Georgia and Alabama. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants. Tim is also an active member of our local community. Currently, he serves as assistant treasurer and a deacon at First Baptist Church of Newnan, board member of the Coweta Water and Sewerage Authority, and treasurer of RACE for the Orphans Inc. Tim previously served on the Coweta County Commission, including two years as Chairman. He has also served on the Main Street Newnan Board and the Newnan Urban Redevelopment Authority. A native of Alabama, Tim has lived in Newnan for the past seventeen years. Tim and his wife, Kim, have three children.

E-mail Tim —

Anne D. Smith, CPA

Anne Smith has been a partner with Higgins & Smith since the firm’s inception. She brings a range of experience to the firm having previously worked in the nonprofit sector, in the restaurant industry and with another public accounting firm. Anne is a Cum Laude graduate of the State University of West Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Samford University.

Anne is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in Georgia. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. She serves as a member of Central Baptist Church where she teaches Sunday School. Anne was raised in Griffin but is happy to have called Newnan home for the last 13 years. She and her husband, Stephen, have 2 sons that attend Newnan High School and Evans Middle School.

E-mail Anne —

Kathryn A. Sterling, CPA

Katie Sterling joined Higgins & Smith in June 2013. She has more than 10 years of experience in public accounting and has worked with public accounting firms in Indiana, Michigan, Maryland and Texas. She earned a Master of Accountancy with Tax Emphasis from the University of Wisconsin.

Katie and her husband, Nick, have two children attending Newnan Crossing Elementary. Nick is an assistant professor of physics/astronomy at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton. Nick and Katie live in the Summergrove community. 

E-mail Katie —

Crystal H. Atwood

Crystal joined Higgins & Smith in September 2018. Crystal has 6 years of nonprofit accounting experience as well as banking experience. Crystal is a graduate of the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.

Crystal is from Eastman, Georgia but has lived in Newnan for over 12 years. Crystal and her husband, Denver, have five children and are members of Sonrise Baptist Church.  

E-mail Crystal —

Alison M. Smith

Alison serves in an administrative role for the firm. Alison and her husband Donny have 3 children and attend Unity Baptist Church.

E-mail Alison —

 

Office

In 2009, Higgins & Smith looked to cease leasing office space and find a permanent home in Newnan. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to purchase and renovate a building in historic, downtown Newnan. For 53 years, the Higgins & Smith office building was in operation as Newnan Seed Store. Renovating a former retail space into professional office space was a major undertaking but the outcome has been well worth the effort. We are proud to be a member of the downtown community and proud to show off our space to our clients.

Higgins & Smith received a 2010 Preservation Award for Restoration of a Historic Commercial Building from the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society
 

Affiliations

Higgins & Smith is a proud member of: