Making Payroll Tax Management Easy!

Name: Bryan Ray
Title: Manager, Payroll Tax Outsourcing and Consulting Services
Joined LBMC EP: April 2006

Background: Bryan graduated from Alabama’s Auburn University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Upon graduation, Bryan moved back to Nashville and began working for a large national, public CPA Firm. After earning his CPA license and working with that firm for five years, Bryan transitioned to work with a startup payroll processing service bureau. 

This start-up payroll processing company was in need of someone to oversee all payroll tax functions. Bryan, with his CPA background and past payroll tax experience, was charged with assuming the direction of the payroll tax services that the bureau provided for the company’s client base. As the company grew, it began to partner with large employee count, multi-state businesses processing payroll in-house, yet still needing assistance with the related payroll tax processing; always deferring to Bryan’s sheer competence with payroll taxes. After 10 years with this payroll company, Bryan did independent consulting work for a year and a half, and then fatefully found his way to LBMC EP!

Current Role at LBMC EP: Primarily, Bryan’s role at LBMC EP is managing payroll tax outsourcing engagements for a primarily multi-thousand employee, multi-state clients that process payroll internally.

In addition, Bryan provides payroll tax project services and IRS Representation for valued client companies. As the Payroll Tax Outsourcing and Consulting Manager, Bryan helps resolve payroll tax issues, represents clients before the IRS, as well as state and local tax agencies, reviews current payroll tax processes and makes recommendations to improve accuracy and efficiency, completes and submits new payroll tax account applications, researches state and local withholding requirements for new companies and/or employees, and trains new and existing payroll tax personnel. 

Why LBMC EP Stands Out: When asked why LBMC EP stands out from the rest of other HROs, PEOs, and payroll tax services, Bryan quickly responded, “The level of professionalism of our employees is something you don’t get with other service providers. We have an incredibly strong team of client service professionals who want to provide our clients with the highest quality customer service.”

Unique Factors of the Work Environment: The strong team bond of everyone at LBMC EP makes Bryan enjoy working there even more. “Nobody is afraid to step in and help another if there is a specific deadline coming up. Our team approach is very prominent, our leadership is strong, and there is a keen focus on having a healthy work-life balance. While we always work hard, we also keep a focus on our families and personal matters.”

Personal Life: Born and raised in Nashville, Bryan currently lives in Franklin with his wife, Erin, his two sons, Jack (16) and Adam (12), and his cat, Pepper. Bryan and his family enjoy life’s simple pleasures: traveling, going out to eat, enjoying concerts and movies together, and watching his sons play football and basketball.