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James Ridout, CPA

2159 Wilton Drive

Phone: 954-368-3817

Wilton Manors, FL 33305




Certified Public Accountant, Florida #AC 52423

IRS Certified Acceptance Agent for authenticating immigration documents

Notary - Florida



Certified Public Accountant Wilton Manors, FL (2016 – Current)

Small Business Setups: State Articles of Incorporation, IRS EIN & ITIN, Name search, IRS entity classifications

QuickBooks Bookkeeping consulting services: financial reporting, payroll, invoicing, sales tax, generation of sales orders

Tax preparation - estates and trusts, non-profit, individuals, partnerships, and corporations; IRS mediation & representation

Tax Resolution engagements

Preparation of Financial Statements: Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Statement of Cash Flows, Excel Specialty reports

Audit – small business and attest engagements

Counsels clients from different nationalities & cultures for planning and implementing personal and business tax strategies

Gives free consultations to help people & small businesses plan tax strategies & future plans

Reviews contracts and proposals with clients for due diligence and to help ensure compliance and reduce fees



Minister The United Methodist Church, Columbia, Maryland (2006 –2015)

Managed volunteers in various committee meetings promoting leadership and human resource development: finance, trustees, education, missions for the poor, thrift store, youth programing, music, cemetery

Managed operating budgets, fundraising activities for capital campaigns, day-to-day transactional accounting, payroll, administrative duties, banking activities

Oversight of stewardship programs, capital campaigns, endowments, funding mission assignments, cemetery endowments, restricted cash management, investing restricted funds and trusts, receiving tangible assets to convert to cash



Mortgage Loan Officer Carteret Mortgage, Centerville, Virginia (2003 –2006)

Mortgage origination for individuals, joint ventures, and businesses

Analyzed credit reports, financial reports, and tax returns complexities to verify actual cash flows

Negotiated with banking officials, underwriters, appraisers, lawyers, realtors and accountants

Distributor The Washington Post, Washington, DC (1986 – 2003)

Manager of the year & 8- time manager of the month among 100 departmental colleagues

Transactional accounting (QuickBooks) with accounts receivables; accounts payable, invoicing, reconciliations

Verified account discrepancies with past payments, inventory issues with clients

Developed collegial relationships with personnel during times of distressed environments

Managed customer service and maintained customer accounts: store venues, private accounts, vendors

Managed 10-15 service employees



Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, Florida

Masters Degree in Accounting 2011

GPA: 3.4/4.0


Wesley Theological Seminary Washington, DC

Masters Degree in Theology 2006

GPA: 3.46/4.00

The University of Maryland College Park, Maryland

Bachelor’s Degree Business Administration 1985

GPA: 3.1/4.0

The University of Maryland College Park, Maryland

Master’s Degree Human Resource Management 1994

GPA: 3.1/4.0

COMMUNITY ACTIVITES: US Masters Swimming, USA Triathlons, Roadrunners USA

COMPUTER SKILLS: QuickBooks, MS Office, Peachtree (Sage 100), Oracle, PeopleSoft, RIA, CCH, Drake Tax, Ultra Tax

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