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About Fritz DeGuglielmo LLC, Certified Public Accountants

Fritz DeGuglielmo LLC has been doing business in Newburyport, Massachusetts for over 35 years. The firm currently has the following professionals who are directly involved in the services we provide to our clients:

Stephen J. DeGuglielmo, CPAstephend@fd-cpa.com

Steve is the managing partner of the firm with over thirty years of experience in public accounting. Steve provides tax, tax planning and tax saving strategies to individuals and business owners. He also works closely with business owners to provide solutions to the challenges of operating a business and advises nonprofit organizations on IRS regulations particular to their industry. Steve is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts and in Florida.

Daniel E. Schaffner, CPA - daniels@fd-cpa.com

Dan joined the firm in 2005 and has nearly fifteen years of professional accounting experience in assurance, accounting and tax services. Dan oversees the firm’s assurance services, and is also significantly involved in providing tax services to businesses, trusts, individuals and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the firm, Dan was employed by firms in New Orleans, LA and Houston, TX. Dan is a native of Georgetown, MA and holds Bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance from Tulane University in New Orleans. Dan is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts and in Texas.

Oliver H. Brown, CPA, MSA - oliverb@fd-cpa.com

Oliver graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a Master’s degree in accounting in 2010 and earned his license to practice as a certified public accountant in 2011. Oliver is significantly involved in performing the firm's assurance services as well as assisting in tax preparation services. Prior to joining the firm, he audited HUD programs under Government Audit Standards for compliance with federal regulations for an international accounting firm. Oliver is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts.

Lorraine Mahoney, EA - lorri@ritzpayroll.com

Lorri is an Enrolled Agent admitted by the US Treasury to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. Lorri also operates Ritz Payroll Solutions, Inc., an affiliate of the firm that provides payroll and related services to many of our clients and others. Lorri has over twenty years experience providing tax and payroll services to our clients and others. If you have any questions regarding payroll or are interested in payroll services we provide, please contact Lorri at 978-462-2161x2 or click on the Ritz Payroll button at the top of the page to visit the Ritz Payroll Solutions, Inc. website.

John Fritz CPA

John C. Fritz, CPAjohnf@fd-cpa.com

John is founding partner of the firm and has over thirty-five years of experience in public accounting and serving businesses and individuals in the local area. John officially retired from the firm in 2012. John graduated from Bentley College, earned his CPA certificate and in 1975, established the firm in Newburyport.

Hemal Patel, CPA - hemalp@fd-cpa.com

Hemal holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom. Hemal is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts and was employed by public accounting firms in the UK as well as Maine prior to joining the firm. Hemal has experience in providing accounting services to individual, corporate, partnership, and non-profit income organizations for over three years. Hemal is also involved in performing firm's attestation and assurance services.
Derek DeFronzo - derekd@fd-cpa.com

Derek graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting in 2011 and will be sitting for the CPA exam in 2016. Derek has over four years of experience in providing tax services to individuals, trusts, estates, non-profits and businesses. Prior to joining the firm, Derek was employed by both Ernst and Young, LLC and a local public accounting firm here in Massachusetts.