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HPG Tax Manager Earns Estate Planning Certification

Services: Tax

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 14, 2011)  Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (, the largest CPA firm headquartered and staffed in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, announces today that Jane West Phillips, tax manager, has earned the professional designation of Certified Specialist in Estate PlanningTM from The National Institute for Excellence in Professional Education, LLC (

“With the estate planning field continually changing, it is important to stay educated on the current laws,” says Phillips. “The CSEP program will allow me to better help clients wade through the complex rules and regulations.”
Phillips has worked with HPG for 10 years, and is a 20-year veteran in the tax and estate planning industry. To earn the designation, Phillips was required to complete a curriculum of eight courses during an 18-month period and pass a rigorous exam at the completion of each. Core and elective courses ranged from basic ideas to advanced concepts.

About Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (HPG):

HPG is the largest CPA firm headquartered and staffed in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, as ranked by the Triangle Business Journal. More than just an accounting firm, HPG assists clients in looking beyond the bottom linesm by being the right people, right value and right firm to achieve each client’s definition of success. HPG is a member of CPAmerica International and affiliated with the Crowe Horwath International alliances of firms, with offices worldwide. The firm leverages this to provide national and global accounting resources to its clients. HPG offers a wide array of business accounting, auditing, corporate tax and management advisory services. Specialties include serving owner-managed, investor-backed technology and life science organizations, healthcare services, real estate development, manufacturing and distribution businesses, as well as providing ERISA audits, family wealthcare services and Sarbanes-Oxley internal audit services.

HPG has remained committed to advancing a thriving Triangle community since its founding in 1983. In recognition, the firm is the recipient of two Pinnacle Business Awards by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce; the 2009 Large Entrepreneurial Business Award and the 2010 Integrity in Business Award. Additionally, HPG has been certified Green Plus by the Institute for Sustainable Development for integrating environmental sustainability efforts into company culture, and has been named one of the top 100 Best Accounting Firms to Work For in the country by Accounting Today. Visit or follow HPG on Twitter at

About the CSEP Designation Program:

The CSEP program is designed not only to promote professional competence in estate planning and trust taxation, but also to provide the public with a high standard by which estate planning professionals may be judged. Those who have successfully earned the Certified Specialist in Estate Planning™ designation have achieved this goal through completion of an intensive series of integrated courses in this subject area, and thus have earned the practical knowledge necessary to provide the best possible service to the general public. For more information please visit