William H. Sipes, Jr., CPA/ABV/CFF, ASA, CBA, BVAL, ABAR

Mr. Sipes is a widely recognized expert, author and editor who practices in the areas of family and closely-held business, limited partnerships and professional practices. He has appraised controlling and minority interests in many types of businesses including medical and optometry practices, retail, wholesale, distribution, manufacturing, and technology. In addition to being an accredited Business Appraiser, Mr. Sipes offers his clients an in-depth understanding of the financial and tax aspects of a transaction.

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Stacy Seaton, EA

Stacy Seaton joined the Sipes & Seaton team in 1998 as an intern and became the operations managing partner in 2002. She provides accounting, payroll, business consulting, QuickBooks, IRS issue resolution, and taxation services. Her focus is in the area of taxation of individuals and small business. She provides clients with knowledge of tax law for the benefit of their small business. As well as representation of taxpayers for matters concerning taxes with the IRS and state tax departments for personal and business tax audits or collection issues.

Just like the famous Supreme Court Justice Learned Hand said, “Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one's taxes. Over and over again the Courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does it, rich and poor alike and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands.” Stacy works hard to keep our clients tax burden as low as possible. Stacy continually receives training and education to keep abreast of the continually changing business environment and changes in the tax laws, both at the federal and state level by attending a variety of tax conferences and updates each year. She has attended:

  • AICPA-University of Illinois National Tax Education Program- Level V
  • PPCs Conference on Tax Planning For High Income Clients in La Jolla, CA
  • AICPA Small Business Practitioners’ Tax Conference in Coral Gable, FL
  • TSCPA Annual Federal Tax Update in Memphis, TN
...and many more.

Bill Sipes, Stacy’s partner, says that possibly Stacy’s best skill is to look over someone else’s work and find areas of additional tax savings for clients.


Chancellor S. Fortenberry, EA

Chance is a Senior Accountant and Supervisor of IT at Sipes and Seaton CPA since November of 2007 with the responsibility for various clients’ taxes, bookkeeping, company set up, and software advisement. He is tasked with meeting our clients’ needs and wants regarding their accounts with us. In 2010 he took the Enrolled Agent Examination and was enrolled to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and designated as a registered tax return preparer by the Internal Revenue Service. Prior to joining Sipes and Seaton CPA, Chance worked as a staff accountant at John Mark King, CPA in Grenada, MS for 2 years. His Education background started at Mississippi College in Clinton, MS then he graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS. Their slogan is “We accept smart men too”. Chance is fluent in Microsoft Excel and QuickBooks. He currently resides in Medina, TN with wife Brooke and two sons Jude and Jase.

“Here at Sipes and Seaton we want to meet the needs of our clients and give our clients quality results that they can be proud of.”


Rebecca Richards

Rebecca Richards is an Administrative Assistant at Sipes and Seaton CPA. She holds an Associate’s of Science in Accounting with experience as an office manager at Fogg Farms in Heth, AR. She has plans to pursue her Bachelor degree in the near future. She currently resides in Henderson, TN with her husband, Robert. They have six children and especially enjoy spending time with their 10 grandchildren.


Daniel Laughlin

Daniel Laughlin is a staff accountant at Sipes and Seaton CPA, where he has various accounting, payroll, and write-up duties. He graduated from Union University in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting. He previously interned for Tommy Borgognoni during 2016 tax season and has also worked for the Jackson Country Club since 2014. He has plans to pursue his MBA and CPA license in the near future. Currently, he resides in Humboldt with his parents, niece, brother and sister.

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