Who We Are
We are a small firm comprised of 7 highly qualified, experienced professionals. Since 1956 we have offered a full range of accounting, tax, and small business consulting services.
Collectively, the firm has significant experience in every area of tax preparation and accounting, including individual, corporate, not-for-profit, estate and trust. The firm has an excellent track record for resolving disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and the State of Indiana and will aggressively pursue any problem with either department.
OUR MISSION AS A COMPANY IS TO MEET NEEDS:
The Need for Quality Tax Return Preparation
The Need for Tax, Retirement and Estate Planning
The Need for Professional Financial Reporting
The Need for Conscientious Eldercare Assurance Service
In order to meet these needs, our Mission includes the exercise of constant diligence in being up-to-date on all aspects of tax laws as they are enacted and all the planning techniques available. It is our mission to provide to our clients information and service that is both practical and cost effective in a professional manner and to do so in a friendly environment.
It is also our mission to provide an atmosphere in which personnel of our firm can grow both professionally and as individuals.
Brown, Woodsmall and Hinkel, PC is a third generation family-owned business that was established in December of 1956 by Bruce H. Brown and his son-in-law, Richard D. Woodsmall. They were assisted by Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Woodsmall. The business grew from a small accounting firm housed in three rooms with four staff members to the present full-service accounting firm housed in eighteen rooms with a staff of twelve during peak season.
Much of the early growth was due to Mr. Brown's genuine desire to serve his clients well. He considered everyone a friend. His policy was aggressive and his motto was "Through those doors walk the most wonderful people in the world - our clients." Mr. Woodsmall approached every tax return as if it were his own. Accessibility to clients was a policy that was adopted by both Mr. Brown and Mr. Woodsmall in those early years. These attitudes have prevailed to the present.
In 1986 the firm purchased an Apple IIe computer and became the first firm in Sullivan County to prepare tax returns using a computer. To this day we remain committed to using the current state-of-the-art technology for the benefit of our clients. In 2011 we introduced our Secure Client Portal, which allows us to securely exchange documents with our clients, and provides our clients with secure on-line storage of current and prior years' tax returns.
The firm has been managed by Geraldine Woodsmall, PA, EA since 1974. In 1991, Jennifer Hinkel was certified by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In 1993 she became a partner at Brown and Woodsmall. Jennifer is the granddaughter and daughter of the founders. Due to Jennifer's addition to the firm, the name was changed to Brown, Woodsmall and Hinkel, PC. Since 1993, the firm has been managed by both Geraldine and Jennifer.