Our Client Loyalty Program

Business clients engaged in a handshake

“When it comes to client relationships, Smith Schafer's belief has always been, shop with clients who do business with us,” Managing Principal, Steve Erchul, stated.

To encourage our employees to honor this motto, we created the Client Loyalty Program in 2015. The purpose of the program is to actively encourage our staff to purchase goods and services from clients and to reward them for doing so.  Each month, staff members submit their receipts in order to receive an entry into a monthly prize drawing. The more times they choose to shop with clients, the more times they are entered into the drawing. One winner is chosen every month and receives a Visa gift card.

IPA Fastest-growing Firm

We are proud to announce we have been named one of the FASTEST-GROWING ACCOUNTING FIRMS in the U.S. by The Platt Group/Inside Public Accounting. We rank 2nd in the Great Plains region with a 29.8 percent all growth rate! This marks the first year in which we have received this recognition.


Smith Schafer Named Top 300 Accounting Firm

Smith Schafer is proud to announce it has been named a Top Accounting Firm in the IPA 300, by INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) for the third year in a row. We have been ranked no. 204 on the ranking list for 2018. 

IPA 300 firms are ranked by U.S. net revenues and are compiled by analyzing the more than 550 responses received this year for IPA’s Survey and Analysis of Firms. This survey and benchmarking report are well respected throughout the profession for being independent, accurate and confidential.

Smith Schafer - Named a Top Workplace for Third Year in a Row

We are proud to announce we have been named a 2018 Top Workplace!

Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction. Over 2,400 organizations were invited to participate in the survey, and over 71,000 employees shared their views.

Smith Schafer Managing Principal, Steve Erchul, is humbled and honored to be included in the list of Top Workplaces, especially since the judges were the employees! Here is a short video message from Steve!

Tax Day is Here! Thank You for a Successful Tax Season!

It's Tax Day! Today we are celebrating all those who filed with us this season. We would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU for choosing Smith Schafer for your accounting and tax needs. We are truly grateful for your business.

Also, THANK YOU to our great employees, whose dedication and hard work have brought us through another successful busy season!

We appreciate our staff’s hard work and dedication YEAR-ROUND. Outside of Tax Season, we conduct audits, prepare financial statements, assist with bookkeeping tasks, prepare payroll returns, conduct business valuations and assist with strategic planning and budgeting.

Twin Cities Tax Manager Raising Funds for LLS

Kyle Spicer CPA | Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year

Smith Schafer Tax Manager, Kyle Spicer, CPA, is a candidate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year.

The Man & Woman of the Year is a philanthropic contest for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Candidates raise funds in honor of two local children who are blood cancer survivors. The man and woman who raise the most during the 10 week campaign are awarded the prestigious title of Man or Woman of the Year. Last year, the campaign raised $38.4 million nationally for blood cancer research.

"I have been given an opportunity to give back,” said Spicer. “I am grateful I can help make a difference and support those going through the challenges Leukemia and Lymphoma bring.”

Happy New Year! Our 2017 Client Loyalty Total!

Wishing you a Happy New Year!

As 2018 begins, we want to take a moment to thank all of our clients and wish everyone all the best as we turn the calendar to another new year! We find ourselves reflecting on the past year and we had a lot to celebrate...   

Smith Schafer Promotes Greg Epsom to Principal!

Rochester CPA - Minneapolis CPA Firm

Smith Schafer & Associates, Ltd., is proud to announce the promotion of Greg Epsom, CPA to Principal effective October 1, 2017.

Greg joined the firm in 2015 and is a member of the Rochester Tax Department. He provides tax consultation, planning and compliance for individual and business clients. Greg has a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and a Master of Science in Accountancy with a specialization in taxation from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.

Greg is a board member of the Rochester Children’s Museum and serves as a board member and treasurer for The Patient Revolution.

Named Top Workplace in Minnesota

Top Workplace in Minnesota

Smith Schafer, a Minnesota-based public accounting and business consulting firm, has been named one of the Top Workplaces in Minnesota for the second year in a row. Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction. Over 2,000 companies were invited to participate. 

Thank You 2017 Interns!

Each year we hire interns to assist us during busy season. They work alongside professionals at all levels and explore what works best for them. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all their hard work this past busy season!

We did a Q&A with our 2017 interns about their experience with us and what they learned along the way. Here is what they had to say...


"Great culture, wonderful employees and a very welcoming atmosphere."

“As an intern the “feel” that I felt the most, and really appreciated about the organization, was I felt what I was doing mattered, not only in my own perception of the work, but also from the feedback I received about the work I was doing.”