Firm Profile

Higgins & Smith was formed in 2007 when partners Tim Higgins and Anne Smith saw a need for a different kind of CPA firm in their community of Newnan, Georgia. Believing that service should be at the forefront of any successful business, the two set out to create a firm that would listen to their clients and respond to their needs in a timely and relevant manner.

Beyond service, Higgins & Smith strives to provide the highest levels of professionalism and quality to our clients. We are continually improving our own professional knowledge through education and training. We hold ourselves to a high standard which is reflected in the quality of the work we produce. Beyond our own standards, our internal systems are subject to an independent peer review conducted by an outside CPA firm under standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Our clients are assured of personal attention from our professional staff. We value relationships and view every client relationship as a partnership. We enjoy participating in our clients' success and hope you will see us as a trusted advisor.

Higgins & Smith In the News (reproduced by special permission of the Newnan Times-Herald)


Timothy S. Higgins, CPA

Tim Higgins is one of the founding partners of Higgins & Smith. He has served as the firm’s managing member since inception. He brings more than 25 years experience in the public accounting profession to the firm. Tim holds a Master of Accountancy from the University of Alabama and is a Cum Laude graduate of Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

Tim is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in both Georgia and Alabama. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants. Tim is also an active member of our local community. Currently, he serves as treasurer at First Baptist Church of Newnan, vice chairman of  the Newnan Theatre Company, and treasurer of RACE for the Orphans Inc. Tim previously served on the Coweta County Commission, including two years as Chairman. He has also served on the Coweta Water and Sewerage Authority, Main Street Newnan Board and the Newnan Urban Redevelopment Authority. A native of Alabama, Tim has lived in Newnan for the past twenty years. Tim and his wife, Kim, have three children at Newnan High School and Georgia College.

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Anne D. Smith, CPA

Anne Smith has been a partner with Higgins & Smith since the firm’s inception. She brings a range of experience to the firm having previously worked in the nonprofit sector, in the restaurant industry and with another public accounting firm. Anne is a Cum Laude graduate of the State University of West Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Samford University.

Anne is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in Georgia. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. She serves as a member of Central Baptist Church. Anne was raised in Griffin but is happy to have called Newnan home for the last 15 years. She and her husband, Stephen, have 2 sons that attend Newnan High School and Samford University.

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Jackie Satterfield, CPA

Jackie Satterfield joined Higgins & Smith in July 2022. She is a certified public accountant with more than 10 years of experience in public accounting working for firms in the metro Atlanta area ranging from small to regional sized firms. Her experience has been focused in tax, assisting small businesses, sole proprietors and individuals with their tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs. Jackie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in Accounting from the University of West Georgia.

Jackie and her husband Travis are Coweta County natives having grown up in Newnan and graduated from Newnan High School. Jackie feels fortunate to be able to serve and give back to the community in which she was raised and resides.

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Kathryn A. Sterling, CPA

Katie Sterling joined Higgins & Smith in June 2013. She has more than 15 years of experience in public accounting and has worked with public accounting firms in Indiana, Michigan, Maryland and Texas. She earned a Master of Accountancy with Tax Emphasis from the University of Wisconsin.

Katie and her husband, Nick, have two children attending Lee Middle School. Nick is an assistant professor of physics/astronomy at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton. Nick and Katie live in the Summergrove community. 

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Alice Abbott

Alice joined Higgins & Smith in August 2022. She is a long-time Newnan resident and comes to the firm with over 25 years of experience in various accounting and payroll roles. 

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Alison M. Smith

Alison serves in an administrative role for the firm. Alison and her husband Donny have 3 children and attend Unity Baptist Church.

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In 2009, Higgins & Smith looked to cease leasing office space and find a permanent home in Newnan. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to purchase and renovate a building in historic, downtown Newnan. For 53 years, the Higgins & Smith office building was in operation as Newnan Seed Store. Renovating a former retail space into professional office space was a major undertaking but the outcome has been well worth the effort. We are proud to be a member of the downtown community and proud to show off our space to our clients.

Higgins & Smith received a 2010 Preservation Award for Restoration of a Historic Commercial Building from the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society


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