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About Us

Background

 

For years, Gale E. Smith, CPA has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Gale E. Smith, CPA's expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as financial planning.

Gale E. Smith, CPA is one of the leading firms in and throughout Bellevue. By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and personal attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and strong work ethic are why our clients returns year after year.

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires us listening to understand our clients' needs and following through with research and sound analyis. Gale E. Smith, CPA is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of Bellevue's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.

As a longtime staple of Bellevue’s business and financial community, we pride ourselves on the level of respect we have earned.  We believe this is a direct result of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose Gale E. Smith, CPA receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

Gale E. Smith, CPA

gale@gescpa.com (425)455-0065

Gale leads clients as a practicing Certified Public Accountant (CPA) of 30 years and an Investment Adviser. Her tax expertise provides clients peace-of-mind that their financial plan she develops is tax-efficient and goal-oriented. Gale was featured in the 425 Business Magazine in March of 2020, which is a tribute to her dedication as a tax professional across the greater Seattle area. She holds the designation as a Personal Financial Specialist (PFS), further bolstering her proactive approach toward guiding clients.


Education

  • University of California in Los Angeles, Bachelor of Arts, Economics

Licenses

  • CPA License in Washington, including PFS Certificate
  • Licensed in California by the California Board of Accountancy
  • Insurance License – Life & Health
  • Series 65

Memberships

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants

Deborah Straka, EA

deborah@gescpa.com (425)455-0065

Deborah’s passions for tax law and serving people and their businesses intersect in her role as Tax Preparer. She started at local non-profit organizations, volunteering her time bookkeeping and tax filing. Transitioning to professional roles at small businesses, Deborah earned her Enrolled Agent license and is entering her third season preparing taxes. The EA license allows her to prepare tax returns for all 50 states. She also brings years of customer service and IT support experience to the firm. She enjoys the challenge of complex tax scenarios and helping clients, as well as performing pro bono tax work in the community. In her free time, she loves to paddleboard, scrapbook, and explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her family.

Education

  • The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Science
  • Bellevue College, ongoing education

Licenses

  • Enrolled Agent License

Memberships

  • National Association of Tax Professionals
  • Washington Association of Accounting and Tax Professionals