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Stemmy receives NSPA Golden Quill Award.

The NSPA Editorial Review Board has selected Thomas J. Stemmy, CPA, of Greenbelt, Maryland, as this year's recipient of the NSPA golden Quill Award. Created to honor and encourage outstanding member-written feature articles in the National Public Accountant, the award carries with it a $250 cash prize and commemorative plaque as well as recognition in the Society's publications and annual convention.

Stemmy was selected for his article, "Hitting Below the Line: New Rules For Employee Benefit Expenses," which appeared in the October 1991 issue of the NPA. In his article, Stemmy explains that as business deductions grow more restrictive under Congress' new progressive tax policy, individuals seeking reimbursement for business expenses must rely on tax advisers for alternative plans/options.

An active member of the National Society of Public Accountants since February 1986, Stemmy is a senior partner with the firm of Stemmy, Tidler & Morris, P.A. The practice primarily offers tax, accounting, financial and estate planning services.

A tax specialist and consultant for 28 years. Stemmy holds a bachelors degree in economics from Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania (1960); and a masters degree in management science from the National Graduate University in Washington, D.C. (1977).

He began his work in accounting in 1960 as a federal tax auditor for the Internal Revenue Service. After three years with the IRS, he worked briefly for the Washington, D.C., government as a tax auditor. From 1963 to 1973, he ran his own firm T. J. Stemmy & Co. in College Park, Maryland. In 1973, he opened a firm a Greenbelt, Maryland, called Stemmy, Tidler & Co., the predecessor of his current firm current firm of Stemmy, Tidler & Morris, P.A.

In addition to his practice, Stemmy is a faculty member at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, where he teaches federal taxation and has been an advisor in the cooperative education program.

Listed in Marquis' Who's Who in the East. Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Stemmy is also active in a number of professional, civic and political organizations where he holds or has held board positions.

A prolific writer, Stemmy has published numerous articles for a variety of professional publications. He has recently written articles for Prentice Hall's Business Information. Publishing Division and is currently under contract with Simon & Schuster to write the book, How To Avoid the Cost, Time and Aggravation of a Tax Audit, scheduled for completion in April of this year.

Not limited to writing for professional accounting journals, Stemmy has additionally been published in the Horsemen's Journal and the Prince George's County Journal newspapers.

Despite his busy schedule, Stemmy finds time to write and publish one to two articles per year. His advice to practicing accountants anxious to get their name in print: "I believe that the key is to try not to impress the readers with your esoteric knowledge and technical expertise. Publishers (and readers) could pick up the tax code if they want to read uninteresting (and complex) prose. Simple, short sentence structure is a must."

The NSPA Board of Governors has approved the Golden Quill Award as an annual recognition of member achievements in the area of writing for publication in the National Public Accountant. NSPA members are encouraged to submit articles on a variety of topics including: practice management, liability, tax penalties, computers, estate planning, marketing, financial planing, business valuations, management advisory services, corporate taxation, year-end planning and tax planning for small business.
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Title Annotation:Accounting Scene; National Society of Public Accountants
Publication:The National Public Accountant
Article Type:Column
Date:Apr 1, 1992
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