Accel Tax & Business Services combines the dedicated client service expected from a small firm with the experience and capabilities typically found in larger ones. It is this combination that has established our Charleston/Mt. Pleasant based firm for growing businesses, entrepreneurs, professionals and individuals with traditional, special or unique tax, accounting and business advisory needs.
Our team of professionals combine their collective experience and knowledge in finance, accounting and the law to serve and deliver industry specific solutions to the unique challenges and issues that our business clients face.
Charleston CPA

Burt Hodges, Partner

Originally from Albany, Georgia, Burt has a BBA in finance from the University of Georgia and a MBA from The Citadel with Honors. Burt has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) since 2007. He has served as the Chief Financial Officer of a public company and has over sixteen years of experience in the Charleston tax, accounting, and financial services industry. Clients benefit from his extensive knowledge of small business accounting, income taxation, finance, and entrepreneurship. Burt is licensed to represent taxpayers before all levels of the IRS and has been a partner of Accel since its founding in 2004.

Mt. Pleasant Accountant

Mark Neath, Partner

Mark obtained his B.A. from Oberlin College and J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School with a focus on individual and corporate taxation. After admission to the Ohio State Bar in 1996, he practiced tax law with the international law firm Squire Sanders and managed the tax practice of a Cleveland CPA firm before moving to Charleston in 2002. Mark has extensive experience with individual and business tax planning, business acquisitions, expatriate taxes, individual and business tax return preparation, and small business accounting. He has been a partner of Accel since its founding in 2004.

Charleston Tax Accoutant

Kimberly Neath, Tax Associate

Kim has a B.A. from Oberlin College and is a tax professional who became an IRS-licensed Enrolled Agent (EA) in 2011. She prepares individual and business tax returns, advises clients on income tax planning issues, and is licensed to represent taxpayers before all levels of the IRS. She has extensive knowledge of small business taxation, expatriate tax planning, and individual taxation. She also has first-hand experience of the joys and trials of entrepreneurship, having owned and managed an independent bookstore in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Kelly Frame, Business Consultant

Kelly holds a law degree and serves as a strategic consultant for the firm’s business clients as they navigate important legal and business decisions and challenges in their respective business industries.  Kelly has extensive experience in business and corporate transactions and also contributes to the firms tax and accounting services. With a focus on advising entrepreneurs, professionals, and privately-held businesses, Kelly provides business consulting and transaction advisory services in the areas of business organizations, reorganizations, restructuring, business entity selection, business tax structures, merger and acquisitions, business contracts, intellectual property, tax and accounting matters, among other practice competencies.

Charleston Bookkeeper

Rhonda Baldrick, Senior Bookkeeper

Rhonda rejoined Accel in 2019 as our senior bookkeeper and QuickBooks expert. She has over 20 years of bookkeeping, payroll tax, and sales tax experience working with both private companies and accounting firms. She helps clients navigate the intricacies of small business bookkeeping–from bank reconciliations to journal entries–and offers one-on-one QuickBooks training sessions for those clients who choose to perform their own bookkeeping or just need advice on a particular issue.

Denise Vaughan, Operations Manager

Denise joined Accel in 2020. She owns the Pepper Palace gourmet food store downtown (and a second location in Boston) and so is familiar with the myriad issues facing small business owners. Before her move to Charleston, Denise was the administrative assistant of a Tennessee CPA firm where she administered over 250 client files, scheduled client meetings, coordinated appointments, and drove efficient client relations. In addition to those roles, Denise coordinates all activities related to income tax return delivery and e-filing, including the gathering of client tax data, assembly of tax returns, and delivery of tax documents.