George Knostman

Title: Tax Manager

NC CPA License #: 21489

Years at SMC: 1998 - Present           

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“Justice Learned Hand wrote in Helvering [IRS Commissioner] v. Gregory, ‘Any one may so arrange his affairs that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which will best pay the Treasury; there is not even a patriotic duty to increase one’s taxes.’  In other words, within the law, there is no obligation of any taxpayer to pay more taxes than he or she is required to pay.” 

George has worked in taxes since 1986.  He became Certified Public Accountant in 1993.  In 1998, he joined Sharrard, McGee as a Tax Supervisor and is now a Tax Manager.

George has extensive experience in multiple tax areas including individual, partnership, corporate, and not-for-profit.  He has represented clients in tax audits before the IRS and the North Carolina Department of Revenue on numerous occasions.  He particularly enjoys tax research and has become proficient in using several tax research platforms. 

George graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and from the University of Maryland with a Masters of Arts in Economics.  He took his accounting courses at Guilford College.

George grew up in Hillsboro, Illinois and moved to Winston-Salem in 1985.  He enjoys being at home with his wife, Donna; his daughter, Maggie; and his two Maltese puppies, Lily and Daisy.

Education:

  • Washington University – M.A. Economics, 1974
  • University of Maryland – M.A. Economics, 1980

Involvement:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants - Member

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