History and Expertise

Pugh CPAs accounting and business advisory firm started in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1969 and has since grown into a regional firm with global connections. We’ve been in business a long time and that has given us the opportunity to serve a diverse group of industries and clients. Of course, we do tax planning, compliance, auditing, and accounting but our passion is collaborating with our clients to ensure that your business and financial goals are met.

It’s critical for your business advisors to understand how your business operates within your industry.  Our longevity as Knoxville’s most established accounting firm is rooted in the relationships that we’ve built with our clients, and how we build trust. You can be confident that Pugh CPAs has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to help you achieve your goals.  We are dedicated to the economic health and well-being of this region because this is where we all live, work, and play.

Our relationship with RSM’s Professional Service+ Practice provides professional services firms in accounting, consulting, law and other professions access to a wide range of client-centric services, leading tools, and tailored solutions to accelerate growth. This relationship provides best practices, technical education, regulatory updates and access to service leaders across the country to help us best meet the needs of our clients.

Some of our areas of expertise are listed below:


From unusual business cycles, complex financing arrangements, economic factors, Pugh CPAs has extensive experience in working with all sizes of general contractors, subcontractors and developers. We understand the daily struggles and are here to help.

Employee Benefit Plans

As a member of the AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center, we have the expertise to understand the reporting requirements and the challenges from the ever-changing regulations from DOL and ERISA. This means we’ve made the commitment to understanding this industry so we can better serve our clients.

Financial Institutions

We are specialists in this highly regulated environment with over 30 years of experience. Our highly trained and experienced team can assist and advise you on all types of assurance, tax, compliance and regulatory issues. Information technology consulting is also an area we are well versed in. We even have a former FDIC IT auditor on our staff!

Government Contractors

Navigating the complex government compliance requirements throughout the process of bidding, implementing and completing project for the government can be a challenge. Let us guide you through the numerous accounting, auditing and tax issues that arise as your business evolves.

Government Entities
We are a member of the AICPA Governmental Audit Quality Center. We are committed to providing the highest quality service to our governmental practice. Local governments need advisors who understand public sector challenges. From meeting demands for services to balancing budgets and understanding funding concerns, Pugh CPAs understands the complexities.
Real Estate

Market fluctuations, changes in tax law and interest rates we understand these challenges. We can help you navigate through an ever-changing economy to help you meet your business objectives.


Consistent and accurate financial reporting is key to operating effectively and efficiently. As the economy changes, labor and product costs can rise and margins can shrink. We can help you stay on track as you report to your stakeholders, including creditors, owners and governmental agencies.

Non-Profit Organizations

You provide an invaluable resource to our community and we want you to succeed. We help you meet the reporting requirements necessary to effectively communicate with your management, board of directors and funding sources to advance your mission.

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