Pugh CPAs

Our Team

Pugh CPAs is comprised of over 80 team members that work towards the fulfillment of our firm-wide mission: to enhance the well-being of our employees and the clients we serve.

Our staff is a diverse group of people with various backgrounds, interests, and professional specialties to match each unique client. We choose to focus locally because we take great pride in serving the people in our community.

Our devotion to service not only fosters professional excellence, but also encourages personal growth in each staff member.


Will J. Pugh


Will J. Pugh (Bill), CPA is the founder of Pugh CPAs and has been in public accounting since 1968 and started the firm in 1969. Prior to that he served as an auditor with the Internal Revenue Service for 7 years. He has extensive experience in all types of tax services with significant expertise in the following areas:

  • Consultations on mergers, acquisitions and buy-sell agreements
  • Income, estate and gift tax planning
  • Representation before federal and state tax agencies
  • Preparation of individual, business and estate tax returns

Bill has been involved with numerous civic and professional organizations, including service on the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy where he served six years as chairman. He also served on the board of directors of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. Additionally, he served on the Council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and as president of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, Knoxville Estate Planning Council, and Knoxville Chapter of Institute of Management Accountants.

Bill received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in accounting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1961 and later taught tax accounting in Evening School  for a several years.

He is an avid fan and supporter of the University of Tennessee sports especially football and basketball.


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