Practice Areas

Individual and business income tax, financial statement compilation, review and audit, business development and consulting, financial and estate planning.

Industry Specialties:

Real estate, construction trades, professional service firms (architecture, legal, medical, securities dealers), restaurants, retail trade, entertainment, athletes, artists and inventors, tax exempt organizations, churches, some manufacturing.

Professional Overview

Ernie began his career in public accounting in 1976 with a southeastern regional public accounting firm and then founded Ernest M. Sewell, CPA, PA in 1981 with the purpose of addressing the tax and accounting needs of small to medium sized businesses and their owners.  He has experience in a wide array of business industries and sizes as well as a CPA license, a bachelor’s degree in economics and securities licensing.  Ernie has worked closely with retail, wholesale, manufacturing, not-for-profit, government and service organizations of all sizes, ranging from the micro business to organization’s with 100+ staff, helping them with solutions and results that enable them to stay informed and current concerning their tax and financial condition.

Education and Credentials 

BA in economics from Wake Forest University 1973, CPA licensed in 1979, member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Professional designations

American Institute of CPAs, South Carolina Association of CPAs, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Hilton Head / Bluffton Chamber of Commerce

Civic and Community Activities

Beaufort County Tax Equalization Board member, Christian Renewal Church of Hilton Head, former member of Bluffton Rotary, Hilton Head Sertoma and board of Hilton Head Christian Academy.