Linton & Associates, PA, CPA in Durham, NC

The Linton & Associates team understands that dealing with your finances means much more than working with numbers. That’s because the numbers tell a story — of an entrepreneur’s success or failure, of financial security, of what old age will be like. They tell your story.
We are committed to helping you achieve your goals by building a close relationship with you and listening to your aspirations, priorities and values. By understanding your story, we can lend individualized insights on your finances and work with you to shape the future.
You’ll work most closely with one of our CPAs, but each member of our team is ready to lend decades of specialized expertise whenever you need it. Our president, Heather Smith Linton, takes the lead in our quality review process, overseeing client engagements from a technical and big-picture standpoint.
Like you, we’re business owners, members of the Triangle community and people with hopes and dreams. We would be honored to be part of your team.
About Our Firm
For years, Linton & Associates, PA has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Our expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as reviews, financial statements, and financial planning.
Linton & Associates, PA is one of the leading firms in and throughout the area. By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year.
Our Mission
Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients’ needs through research and sound analysis. Linton & Associates, PA is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of the area’s business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.
Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around the area. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose Linton & Associates, PA receive competent and timely advice.
Our Accountants
Here at Linton & Associates, PA, our talented staff has the expertise to meet the needs of our diverse client base. Please take a few minutes and get to know the most experienced and knowledgeable tax and accounting professionals you’ll ever meet.
Heather Smith Linton, CPA, MBA, CFP, CDFA
NC Certificate 14805
Heather founded Linton & Associates in 1989 to serve clients differently from other accounting firms, “to take a holistic team approach to clients,” she says.” We take the long-term view. We do try to save taxes in the short run, but not at the expense of good, long-term financial planning.” In addition to tax planning and reviewing tax returns, Heather spends most of her time helping clients, especially divorcing or separating individuals, with financial planning issues.
Heather earned her MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill and her bachelor’s summa cum laude from the University of Delaware. She is active in the community, and has served on the boards of the Durham Chamber of Commerce, Durham Communities in Schools, the Durham Arts Council, and Durham Technical Community College Foundation. She is past president of Chapel Hill Country Club, Leadership Triangle and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. She is currently on the board of the North Carolina Central University Foundation, the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, and the Durham Central Park Cohousing Community finance committees.
Heather is an author of two nationally distributed books: The Complete Guide to Protecting Your Financial Security When Getting a Divorce, and Streetwise Guide to Business Valuation. Heather is available to speak to interested groups about a variety of issues, including taxation, divorce, small business and financial planning.
Heather was recognized in 2009 by CPA Magazine as one of the top 40 tax advisors to know during a recession.
Heather lives in Durham, and she enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, yoga, reading, live jazz and relaxing with family and friends. Her great weaknesses are the New York Times crossword and sudoku puzzles.
5011 Southpark Drive, Suite 100
Durham, NC 27713
Telephone: (919) 489 – 5399
Fax: (919) 489 – 8721

Kenneth A. Howard, P. A., CPA in Durham, NC

Kenneth A. Howard, P. A., Certified Public Accountant is an accounting firm located in Durham, North Carolina. Founded by Ken Howard in 1982, we provide quality accounting and tax services to meet your personal and business needs. Ken has more than 35 years of public accounting experience, and he has successfully put together a staff of dedicated professionals who are committed to serving a wide range of client needs. By establishing long-term relationships, we feel our firm can be an integral part of your success.
Ensure the success of your small business with accounting services from Kenneth A. Howard, P. A., Certified Public Accountant in Durham, North Carolina. From assisting you with startup to representing you against the IRS, we handle all your financial needs.
Small Business Services
At our accounting firm, we understand the issues and challenges facing small businesses. Our focus is to address these issues with comprehensive services tailored to meet your specific needs.
3200 Croasdaile Dr, Ste 101,
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 383-2588

J. Scott Dick, CPA, PLLC, CPA in Durham, NC

Accounting – it’s known as the “language of business.” It is more than just bookkeeping, auditing and tax preparation. Today’s business environment places a greater responsibility on the accounting profession, especially CPAs. In this environment, successful CPAs must bring a broader range of skills to the table, while gaining a better understanding of their clients and offering knowledge, insight and sound counsel.
Business owners want their CPA to guide them in their financial outcome, including the impact on their personal lives. They want us to serve more than just compliance needs and the business of numbers; they want us engaged in understanding the business driving their numbers.
These expectations require us to become more involved, to partner with our clients and to truly evolve as their trusted advisors. While some still view accountants as bean counters, many more are turning to their CPAs for business acumen. The best CPAs understand and embrace this.
Yet, in our fast-paced world, we experience challenging demands on our time and our priorities; with such demand, CPAs can easily become caught up in a mode of project/production focus at the sacrifice of a relationship focus. While both are important, the best CPAs work very hard to give meaning to what they produce; clients reciprocate with confidence and trust, paving the way for a long-term financial partnership.
I am passionate about helping my clients succeed, and I want to earn your trust and respect through a deeper advisory relationship, built upon attentive and professional service, a high standard of integrity, and a solid foundation of knowledge and experience. This is what I do; and it’s my ongoing passion and consistency in these things that I believe distinguishes me from many of my competitors.
J. Scott Dick, CPA, CAE
Scott has over 22 years of accounting experience, offering a well-balanced combination of public accounting, corporate and nonprofit sector expertise. A versatile, service oriented professional with a proven ability to understand and contribute to the business beyond the numbers, Scott has served in progressive management and leadership roles within public accounting firms, small businesses, and corporations. Over the years, Scott has held several senior financial executive roles, including CFO, Controller, and Sr. VP of Finance and Operations. For years, while serving in leadership positions in privately held corporations, Scott continued to practice as a CPA, providing tax, accounting and business advisory services to small business owners, individuals, families and nonprofits.
As a business professional, Scott believes in outstanding service, lifelong learning, winning teams, and a high standard of integrity. As an advisor, Scott partners with clients, supplying business acumen, fiscal responsibility, and a strong foundation of tax, accounting, and management expertise to help those he serves reduce taxes, make informed decisions, build better businesses, and achieve better financial results.
Scott graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, with academic honors. Scott continues to make substantial investments in training and continuing professional education.
Professional Certifications: Certified Public Accountant (CPA); Certified Association Executive (CAE)
Professional / Community Activities:
Georgetown Tennis Association, Treasurer (2014-2015, 2012-2010), Past President (2013); USTA KY, Treasurer (2014-2013), Executive/Finance Committee (2014-2013); Vistage International Key Executives Group (2014-2013, 2009-2007); AMC Institute, Chair Annual Meeting Task Force (2015), Chair-Elect (2014), Co-Chair Benchmarking Task Force (2009-2008), Annual Conference Speaker (2009), and Volunteer (Since 2005); March of Dimes, Volunteer (2007-1997); Kiwanis, Treasurer (1999-1998); KY Society of CPAs; American Institute of CPAs.
3500 Westgate Drive, Suite 900
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 489-5566