Mr. Barnes has been a CPA for more than 45 years. A graduate of The College of William and Mary, Mr. Barnes was associated with PricewaterhouseCoopers for eight years in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In 1977 he established the present firm of Barnes & Associates, CPAs. He is licensed in Florida and Virginia.
For more than 25 years Mr. Barnes has served as chief editor for the tax book "Common Questions Asked By Foreign People About U.S. Taxes and authored Economic Forecast for South Florida Residential Real Estate Market 2008 - 2013 a prescient analysis that in February 2008, forecast the depth of the present crisis in the South Florida real estate market.
Active in MSI Global Alliance for more than 20 years, Mr. Barnes served on the Management Board and as an Area Representative in North America and has travelled extensively in connection with that worldwide organization which has member firms in more than 100 countries.
He is a past chapter president of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and served on the Board of Governors of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also served as a Federal Congressional Key Person Coordinator for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and for 15 years as Campaign Treasurer for a South Florida congressman.
Mr. Barnes' special interests include tax services for closely held businesses, estate planning, international taxation, real estate taxation, tax planning for foreign investors in the U.S., franchises, private charitable foundations, the construction industry, import-export businesses, e-commerce, retail businesses, manufacturing and the broadcasting industry. He also specializes in corporate acquisitions and liquidations of closely held businesses. In addition to tax services he has many years of audit experience in these industries.