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Michael T. Hanley, CPA

Michael T. Hanley, CPA
Managing Partner

As a Certified Public Accountant and QuickBooks ProAdvisor with over eighteen years of accounting experience, Michael focuses his efforts on small and mid-sized businesses.

He works with clients of all sizes, but enjoys working with small businesses, start-up businesses, home-based businesses, independent contractors, and 1099 recipients.  Unlike your typical accounting firm, where “small fish” often get overlooked or overcharged, Michael embraces all of his “small fish” and treats them like big fish.

He has worked with over 2,000 entrepreneurs to assist them with starting up their new businesses, from setting up their Corporation or LLC to helping them navigate the earlystages of business ownership.

In addition to having three small business accounting books published (Choosing the Right Structure for Your BusinessEffective Tax Planning for the MicroBusiness, and Why You Should Incorporate Your Real Estate Business), Michael's expert tax advice has been featured in Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Long Island Business News, Accounting Crossing, Tax Auditor, USAA Magazine and dozens of other publications nationwide. 

Michael had the distinct honor of being the first person ever interviewed live on camera for Wall Street Journal's Small Business Website that was launched in 2009.  In this video interview, Michael tells Wall Street Journal Small Business Editor Colleen DeBaise the advantages and disadvantages of LLCs versus other types of companies.

As an avid Do-It-Yourselfer, Michael has extensive experience working with other Do-It-Yourselfers who look to keep their accounting fees as low as possible. He offers QuickBooks Cleanup Services, Customized Bookkeeping Spreadsheets, and various other services to allow DIYers to enjoy his expertise while participating in the process and reducing their fees.

Michael resides in Northport with his wife and two sons.  They have two dogs and three cats of their own, but typically have guest animals being fostered.  He enjoys playing Volleyball, reading suspense novels, woodworking, Angel Investing, and hydroponic vegetable gardening.

Volunteering, fundraising, and charity work play a large role in Michael's life.  He serves on the board of directors of several local organizations and is the founder of Networking for a Cause, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that raises money and collects supples for various Long Island charities that focus on animals and medically frail children.  



  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, NYS Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, NYSSCPA Closely Held & S Corporations Committee
  • Member, NYSSCPA Private Equity & Venture Capital Committee
  • Member, NYSSCPA Small Firms Practice Managment Committee
  • Founder, Networking for a Cause
  • President, Irish Business Network
  • DirectorKings  Park Chamber of Commerce
  • PresidentSuffolk Business Executives
  • QuickBooks ProAdvisor
  • Past President, Kings Park/Smithtown AOH
  • MemberSmithtown Industry Advisory Board
  • Member, Smithtown Chamber of Commerce
  • Volunteer, Kings Park Youth
  • Volunteer, Yorkie911 Rescue
  • Volunteer, Handmade Holiday Cards for Angela's House


  • Long Island Business News Reader Rankings Best Accounting Firm on Long Island, 2017
  • CPA PracticeAdvisor Top 40 Accountants Under 40, 2018
  • CPA PracticeAdvisor Top 40 Accountants Under 40, 2017
  • Kings Park Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year, 2010
  • Long Island Business News Business & Finance Award, 2016
  • Long Island Business News 40 Under 40, 2010
  • SmartCEO Future 50, 2017
  • Salvation Army Doing the Most Good Award, 2010
  • Star Network Kings of Long Island, 2017
  • Irish Echo Irish American Young Leaders, 2012
  • Long Island Business News Who's Who in Accounting, 2008
  • Long Island Business News Ones to Watch in Accounting, 2007
  • ExecuLeaders Excellence in Small Business Accounting, 2010
  • ExecuLeaders Excellence in Networking, 2008


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