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Jennings Group: Where experience and technology meet to serve clients' needs

Tanja Moody • Dec 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Jennings Group, a tax and bookkeeping firm, is only in its second year, but already it’s seeing growth in customers, services and staff.

Owner Christe Jennings has seen the company experience much progress in a short time. Her passion and excitement is obvious, as is her concern for her clients. Jennings Group is a company that offers experience, personality and technology.

Jennings is a certified Enrolled Agent (EA), America’s Tax Experts. EAs are the only federally licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and also have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS.

And now Jennings Group is growing.

Starting in January, Betty "Boop" Morefield, who has nearly 30 years of tax experience and is an EA, will join the staff. Kim Hackler, who graduated with Jennings with an accounting degree from ETSU in 2010, is also coming on board.

"We’re a new firm, but we’re experienced," Jennings said. "We’re now bringing more depth and knowledge to the firm."

It was Jennings’ father, Carl Knox, who mentored her in the accounting field. They worked together in the business until he passed away in August. Jennings says her goal this year is to talk with her clients and educate them about being prepared for life-altering events.

"I want to make sure my clients are more knowledgeable about the process," she said, "and better equipped during an emotional time."

Jennings Group is open year-round, providing not only tax assistance, but helping area businesses with their bookkeeping and payroll services.

"Just since January, our bookkeeping and payroll services have grown exponentially," Jennings said. "We’ve been extremely blessed."

The firm specializes in preparing tax returns for individuals, partnerships, Limited Liability Corporations, corporations and state returns.

Jennings Group keeps their rates reasonable and affordable with a 1040EZ costing $40, and their average tax return (for individuals) costing around $75. They’re an official e-File provider for the IRS and offer the client the ability to have their tax preparation fee deducted from their refund with funds placed on a Visa prepaid debit card.

Jennings Group offers services not only for local businesses, but for landlords as well. They will track all expenses and collect payments.

"We’ll take care of everything for the landlords," Jennings said. "If they have a local bank, we’ll even make the deposits for them. Everything is for the convenience of our clients."

They also provide secure cloud computing.

"I protect clients’ social security numbers as well as I’d protect my own," the owner said. "And in cases like the recent Sandy storm, my clients won’t have to worry about anything being lost."

The Jennings Group is located at 1567 N. Eastman Road, Suite 1, in Kingsport, and can be reached by phone at 423-408-2106. Current business hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday. During tax season, the hours will be extended to accommodate clients. You can schedule an appointment online at http://www.jenningsgroupea.com/ or read client testimonials on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JenningsGroupEA.

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