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about us

We're an online, full-service accounting firm with over 20 years of experience. Several years ago, we shut the doors of our physical offices for good. Now we work remotely from all over the United States, from California to Florida to New Hampshire. Our philosophy is that a happy team makes for happy clients, so we do our best to provide a fullfilling work environment for our excellent bookkeepers, accountants, and virtual CFOs. This ensures that our clients get the best service possible from a highly motivated team.

The History of hpc

Bruce Phillips grew up in Rhode Island in the 1970s and attended the College of William & Mary from 1980 to 1984. After graduating, he decided to go south to Atlanta to start his career with Arthur Young. In the late 1980s he became an audit manager for Ernst & Young. Bruce left Ernst & Young in the early 1990s to work at a boutique CPA firm in Atlanta, Halligan & Associates. Just a year and a half later, Tony Halligan suffered a heart attack and passed away in the middle of tax season. At the time, the firm just had just two other minority partners, and losing Halligan was devastating for everyone at the firm both personally and from a business perspective. Not sure quite what to do, Bruce called Bill Harshman, who had also left Ernst & Young and was practicing on his own.

Bill agreed to come in to help with some of the bigger tax clients. Together they managed to hold on to all but one of the biggest clients, and decided to go into business together. Harshman Phillips & Company was born. For decades Harshman Phillips was a traditional CPA firm. But all that started to change in 2011 when Bruce met Rod Drury, the founder of Xero, at The Sleeter Group's Accounting Solutions Conference in Las Vegas. After talking with Rod, Bruce realized that technology like Xero was about to dramatically change the way accountants interact with their clients.

Bruce flew back to Atlanta and started setting up Harshman Phillips & Company (HPC) on Xero. Within six months, HPC was Xero's number one partner in the United States. Not long thereafter, HPC mothballed its servers closed its physical offices, letting all employees work from home. In mid-2015, HPC acquired Cloudsourced Accounting, an online bookkeeping and cloud integration firm. With the addition of the Cloudsourced Accounting team in 2015, HPC increased its head count to 25, with team members spanning the country from California to Florida to New Hampshire.

On Oct. 1, 2018, HPC was acquired by Aprio, LLP, a nationally-recognized, CPA-led business advisory firm. Being a part of Aprio allows us to provide clients with access to a breadth of new services to drive business growth and create efficiencies that save time and money. From sophisticated international tax planning and structuring, to tax credits and incentives, as well as data analytics and business process automation, Aprio’s capabilities and specialty offerings will allow us to serve global entrepreneurs and growing enterprises with greater services and resources.

Why We Do It

Happiness is contagious! We enjoy making you happy because it also makes us happy. Whatever success means to you, we want you to achieve it. As they say, sharing is caring. It is our desire and mission to share our experiences with others.

How We Do It

HPC combines experience with technology solutions to get you on the right track. We provide timely, accurate, and meaningful financial information so that you’re always in the loop. We also connect the best people with the best processes, and ultimately deliver the best product.

As early adopters of Xero cloud accounting, our experience sets the bar when it comes to industry standards.
Our integrated tax department is proactive, not reactive. We stay in touch with you throughout the year and use cutting-edge technology to keep our clients ahead of the game.
At HPC, you only pay for what you need. Whether your company is small or large, we offer flexible service packages that meet your business needs.