Staff

W. Kent Early, EA, ATA - Is an Enrolled Agent and Accredited Tax Advisor.  He has over 33 years of experience in the field of  accounting and taxation with an emphasis on individuals and small businesses.  He specializes in complicated Real Estate transactions and Estate and Trust planning and administration.  Kent attended the College of Hampton Roads where he received his associates degree and finished his accounting, tax, and finance studies at Christopher Newport College and Saint Leo University.  He started his career in accounting and taxation with a local CPA firm, Hall, Cotman, Garrison and Roseberry,as a staff accountant. He eventually started and managed an office in Gloucester, Virginia until he left to join Richman Steel and Fabrication, Inc. as comptroller and chief financial officer.  In August 1986, Kent started W. Kent Early Accounting & Tax Service and has grown the business to one of the most successful accounting and tax practices on the Middle Peninsula.  The practice offers a full array of Accounting and Tax Services to include tax preparation and planning for Individuals, S-Corps, C-Corps, Partnerships, LLC's, Estate and Trusts. They also offer monthly write-up services, financial statement preparation, QuickBooks training, full payroll services and estate and trust planning and administration.  Kent is a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents, National Association of Public Accountants and the National Association of Tax Practitioners.

In addition to being a Tax Accountant, Kent has been a licensed Registered Representative and Registered Investment Advisor for the last 23 years.  He specializes in investment and retirement planning, estate and trust planning and wealth preservation and management.  He is also the sole and managing member of Early Financial Services, LLC.

Kent is one of the founding members of the Gloucester Boys and Girls Club and has been a major contributor of both time and financial resources to the Club since it's inception and has been a major financial sponsor of the Gloucester Youth Football League.  He also served on the Small Businesses Advisory Board of Chesapeake Bank advising the bank on issues related to small businesses.

Kent is married with three children and resides at Gloucester Point.

Email address: kearly@wketax.com

 

Matt Stewart, CPA - is a Virginia Certified Public Accountant who came to W. Kent Early Accounting and Tax Service in November 2015 after working for Cherry Bekaert LLP in Virginia Beach. Matt audited a variety of entities, including a large real estate company listed on the NASDAQ exchange, non-profit organizations, local governments, and employee benefit plans, and worked very closely with the tax department when performing audits.  Matt has hands-on experience with small business management having managed a photography company in McLean, Virginia for 5 years.  Matt has also worked with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to help low-income families file their tax returns.  Matt completed his Master's Degree in Accounting at Old Dominion University and completed all but his thesis toward a Masters in Economics at Eastern Michigan University.  He is a member of the VA Society of Tax & Accounting professionals, the VA Society of CPAs, the American Institute of CPAs, and the Virginia Society of Accountants.  In his spare time, Matt enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing tennis, and hiking.

Email address: mstewart@wketax.com

 

Debbie Bartos, EA - Is an Enrolled Agent with over 30 years in the field of accounting and taxation.  She graduated from Christopher Newport College with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in May 1988.  She started her career with Eason, Lawson & Westphal, PC as a staff accountant in Hampton, VA.  She began working with W. Kent Early Accounting & Tax Service in June 1993 and is currently the firm's tax manager.  Her experience includes complex individual tax returns and accounting and tax services for  manufacturing, construction, retail and service based small businesses to include preparation of write up work, compiled financial statements and business tax returns.  She is a member of the Virginia Society of Tax & Accounting professionals.  Debbie is a member of The Church of Saint Therese and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Debbie is married with two children and resides in Gloucester.

Email address: dbartos@wketax.com

 

Joyce Clarke - began her career with W. Kent Early Accounting & Tax Service in 2014 as an individual tax preparer.  She has over 10 years of experience working with all aspects of bookkeeping for different businesses including accounts receivable, accounts payable, preparing payroll, and working with QuickBooks.  Joyce began preparing individual tax returns in 1993 and went on to receive a "Tax Preparation Certificate" in 1997 from The Professional Career Development Institute in Atlanta, Georgia.  She enjoys continuing her education of individual tax returns, and  first became a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1996, which she renews the certificate every four years. Joyce is an active member of Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, and in her spare time, works on the bookkeeping of her husband's landscape business and home schools their daughter.

Email address: jclarke@wketax.com

 

Sandra Mahony  - Sandy joined our office staff in March 2016, and brings over 20 years of experience working in the public accounting industry.  She started her accounting career in 1990 working as a tax processor for a large national public accounting firm in Merced, California.  After moving to Virginia in 1995, she began working for what is now known as Dixon Hughes Goodman. Her experience includes tax and payroll processing, staff scheduling, and all aspects of office managing.  Sandy is a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Virginia, served on the Board of Directors for Coventry HOA, and was the Office Coordinator for Relay for Life and Toys for Tots. She enjoys the beach, spending time with family and friends, and watching her daughter's college volleyball team.

Sandy is married with three grown children and two grandchildren.

Email: smahony@wketax.com