Established in 1965.

  • Proudly serving Greenville & upstate South Carolina for over five decades.

Services

Jennings Cook & Co., CPAs is a full-service accounting firm dedicated to providing professional, personalized services for a wide range of business and financial needs. We are committed to offering quality services and financial expertise to our clients. Our firm has been serving the upstate of South Carolina for over five decades and we believe our success is a direct result of our quality staff and our responsiveness to our clients’ needs. We pride ourselves on partnering with our clients to help them meet their financial goals and grow their businesses.

Our professional services include:

Entrepreneurial services

Starting and growing a business is exciting! But business owners often need help with the tax, license, and record-keeping side of owning your own company. We offer services that can help your business get started. Our services include:
  • New business formation services including choice of entity assistance, and completing necessary initial filings with the IRS, the Secretary of State, and the Department of Revenue
  • Monthly bookkeeping
  • Income tax return preparation
  • Property tax filings
  • Quarterly payroll tax return preparation
  • Annual W-2's and 1099's
  • Preparing financial statements for credit or licensing needs
  • Assistance in developing accounting systems and controls
  • Preparation of forecasts and projections

Audits, reviews, compilations & agreed-upon procedures

Financial reporting under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) is important for many businesses whether the need is for internal, managerial purposes or for external purposes, such as creditors or licensing agencies. We offer all levels of assurance services and can help you determine which level you need:
  • Audits – Audits offer the highest level of assurance to third parties. An audit is an objective examination of the financial statements and the underlying financial records.
  • Reviews – Reviews provide a less extensive level of assurance than an audit, but more assurance than a compilation and involve inquiries and procedures to analyze the integrity of the financial data.
  • Compilations – In a compilation, financial information provided by company management is prepared in proper financial statement format. No assurance or opinion is offered with a compilation.
  • Agreed-upon procedures – Agreed-upon procedures can be tailored to address a specific need or concern of a business.

Tax planning, compliance & preparation

Tax planning is an essential part of the tax preparation process. Our tax professionals understand the complexities and dynamic nature of taxation and are committed to helping our clients maintain compliance while minimizing risk and maximizing savings. We offer comprehensive tax planning and preparation services:
  • Individual income tax returns – federal and all states
  • Business entity income tax returns – federal and all states
  • Estate and trust income tax returns – federal and all states
  • Gift tax returns
  • Nonprofit entity returns
  • Property tax returns
  • Maintenance of fixed asset depreciation records
  • Tax planning
  • Tax projections
  • Tax problem resolution including IRS and state audit assistance
  • Choice of business entity
  • Nexus determinations

Accounting services

Maintaining meaningful, well-organized financial records is critical to running a business efficiently and effectively. However, many small business owners do not have the time or expertise to maintain such records. Our firm assists numerous clients by providing comprehensive, cost effective and timely bookkeeping and accounting services to help them manage their businesses:

  • Monthly bookkeeping services
  • Financial statement preparation
  • Payroll tax reporting
  • Preparation of budgets, forecasts and projections
  • Maintenance of fixed asset depreciation records
  • QuickBooks™ consulting

Estate & trust services

Estate planning and trust formation requires complex analysis of each individual’s or family’s resources and future needs. Developing a reliable, comprehensive estate plan should include consulting with both an attorney and a CPA. Our firm offers essential services for the formation and maintenance of estate and trust matters:

  • Tax planning and preparation
  • Personal representative services
  • Trustee services
  • Estate and trust accounting

Consulting & management advisory services

Businesses often face unexpected or growth-related issues that fall outside of the owners’ areas of expertise. We help our clients solve problems and provide comprehensive strategies for growth:

  • Business management consultation
  • New business formation
  • Assistance in developing accounting systems and controls
  • Business valuations
  • Litigation support services

Principals

Douglas P. Schmieding

Douglas P. Schmieding, CPA    

Managing Partner
Doug joined Jennings Cook & Co. in 1989 and is currently the managing partner. He has worked in public accounting for his entire career, beginning as an auditor with Big 4 accounting firm KPMG. Doug has dedicated his career to meeting the accounting, tax, and financial statement needs of businesses in the Greenville area. He specializes in the concerns of closely held entities across a variety of industries, including manufacturers, wholesalers, construction, retailers, service providers, and nonprofits. Over the years Doug has helped local entrepreneurs with business formation, growth of business, sale of business, and transfer of ownership issues. His alma mater is Winthrop University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1981.
Russell E. Padgett

Russell E. Padgett, CPA    

Tax Partner
Russell is our tax partner and has been with the Firm since 2012. Prior to joining Jennings Cook & Co., Russell worked for Big 4 accounting firm Ernst & Young for fourteen years primarily with manufacturing, real estate, retail businesses, and high net worth individual clients. He also spent nine years with a tax consulting firm working with state tax issues including nexus, apportionment and state credits. Russell specializes in tax consulting and compliance services for businesses, individuals, trusts and estates, and nonprofit entities. Russell earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Furman University in 1981 and a Master of Accountancy Degree from the University of South Carolina.

Our Staff

    James B. Snoddy, CPA

Jim joined Jennings Cook & Co. in 1969. His years of dedicated service to area businesses and individuals helped to establish the strong reputation the firm has today. He was the senior partner from 1990 until his retirement in 2013. Jim now provides his services as a consultant for trust and estate matters.

    Kevin A. Klass, CPA, CMA

Kevin specializes in the needs of business and nonprofit entities including tax, accounting and auditing services. Prior to joining Jennings Cook & Co. in 2007, Kevin had sixteen years of experience in public accounting, private industry, and teaching at the college level. Kevin earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bob Jones University in 1990. He also holds two Master’s degrees: a Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado and a Master’s degree in Taxation from the University of Tulsa.

    Jennifer E. Neff, CPA, EA

Jenny joined Jennings Cook & Co. in 2005. She focuses on the needs of closely held businesses and nonprofits including accounting, audit, and tax issues. Prior to joining the firm, Jenny gained experience as an auditor at two Big 4 firms, KPMG in Roanoke, VA and Ernst & Young in Greenville, SC. She also worked as a finance manager for an architecture firm. Jenny earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Virginia Tech. In addition to her Certified Public Accountant designation, Jenny is licensed with the IRS-awarded tax specialist designation, Enrolled Agent.

   David S. Buch, CPA

Dave has been with Jennings Cook & Co. since 2001 and retired from year round service in 2012. He now joins us only for tax season providing expertise in tax issues relating to businesses, individuals, trusts, and estates. Dave has years of experience in both public accounting and private industry including a Big Four accounting firm. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bob Jones University.

    Wendell E. Lunsford, EA

Wendell merged his accounting practice with Jennings Cook & Co. in 2005. His years of tax and accounting experience include twelve years as an examining agent with the IRS. Wendell specializes in business and individual tax issues, including resolving problems with the IRS and state taxing authorities. Wendell holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Erskine College. He is licensed with the IRS-awarded tax specialist designation, Enrolled Agent.

   Gregory A. Martin

Greg joined Jennings Cook & Co. in 1980. Greg focuses on accounting, audit and tax services for closely held businesses in a variety of industries. He also specializes in A-133 audits for governmental and nonprofit entities. Prior to joining the firm, Greg gained experience in private industry. Greg holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Furman University.

   Robert R. Malone

Robert joined the Jennings Cook & Co. team in 1990. Robert’s area of concentration is accounting, auditing and tax services for closely held businesses. He also specializes in A-133 audits for governmental and nonprofit entities. Robert earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Clemson University.

   Donna P. Weathers

Donna joined Jennings Cook & Co. in 1995 and works during tax season. Her concentration is in individual tax preparation.

   Lori L. Gravley

Lori is our bookkeeping department manager. Prior to joining Jennings Cook & Co. in 1987, Lori spent ten years in the bookkeeping department of another public accounting firm.

   Kimberly D. Coster

Kim joined the Jennings Cook & Co. team in 1990. Kim works in the bookkeeping department and provides QuickBooks™ consulting services to our client base as needed. During tax season, she also handles the electronic filing of federal and state tax returns.

   Ruth E. Stephens

Ruth works in the bookkeeping department and provides QuickBooks™ consulting services to our client base as needed. Prior to joining Jennings Cook & Co. in 2006, Ruth acquired years of bookkeeping experience in a wide range of accounting software at various accounting firms.

   Jennifer B. McCalla

Jennifer joined Jennings Cook & Co. in 2000 as the firm’s Administrative Assistant. She handles client communications, client billings, tax return processing and financial report proofreading. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Winthrop University.

   Donna T. Schmieding

Donna works during tax season assisting with tax return processing and clerical duties. She joined Jennings Cook & Co. in 2006.

Contact Us

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Our Office

Physical Address:

1212 Haywood Road, Suite 500 | Greenville, SC 29615

Mailing Address:

PO Box 25937 | Greenville, SC 29616

Phone: (864) 297-4700

Fax: (864)676-1502

Email: administrator@jenningscook.com

Jennings Cook and Company
Jennings Cook and Company