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Brown Smith Wallace has nearly 40 years experience providing tax and accounting consulting  services as well as performing external audits. As an external audit firm, our success depends on the results we provide. Part of our commitment to quality control is monitoring client satisfaction. Clients give us high marks year after year for our professionalism, timeliness, responsiveness and understanding of their business.

Brown Smith Wallace has successfully completed all peer review examinations. Our firm has achieved the most prestigious results by receiving an ‘unmodified report and no letter of comments.’ This confirms that we adhere to the strictest of all American Institute of Certified Public Accountants quality control standards.  We are members of the AICPA Center for Audit Quality and we were one of the initial five Missouri-based firms to be accepted into the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

Audit Approach

As an external audit firm, we follow a precise process which is customized to the needs of your organization. Our process includes providing you with recommendations for improving profitability. We add value by going beyond traditional external audit reporting to become your trusted advisor.

Audit process




  • A few years ago, we made the decision to move our audit and tax work to a larger firm. We had grown considerably, and were looking for a firm that could provide value beyond just the traditional audit and tax work that we had needed in the past. Our requirements did not preclude a firm that was unfamiliar with our industry from being chosen, but certainly the size of the firm and their commitment to quality were important factors to us. We were looking for a good fit and a good partner. After an extensive review, we chose Brown Smith Wallace to be our partner.

    From the start of our engagement, Brown Smith Wallace did not disappoint, as they initially impressed us with their audit and tax knowledge and capabilities. Early on, they recommended a change in a tax filing that saved us a considerable sum of money….and we realized they had a whole lot more to offer. We have used them to assist us with acquisitions, conduct penetration tests of our IT security, and perform a variety of operational and financial special projects.

    If you are looking for an accounting firm that adds real value, strives to understand your business, and is committed to being a long-term partner, you should talk to Brown Smith Wallace.

    CCA Global Partners
    Jim Acker, CFO

  • J. F. Electric has been a client of Brown Smith Wallace for over 30 years and I can attest to the fact that they provide a measurable difference and have assisted our firm in many aspects of our business. Brown Smith Wallace provides our annual certified financial audits, monthly financial reviews with management, tax strategies and benefits analysis, business risk services, insurance and employee benefits analysis and recommendations, management consulting services as well as other valuable services. The management and support staff of Brown Smith Wallace that we have had the pleasure to have worked with over the past many years, have all been very knowledgeable and experienced in their field of expertise. They consistently exceed our expectations in every way.

    J.F. Electric, Incorporated
    Greg Fowler, P.E., President and CEO

  • Brown Smith Wallace served as our independent auditor for six reporting periods, and during that time, they provided immeasurable guidance to our team on reporting changes associated with the implementation of GASB 68 and 75. They’ve always served as a trusted business advisor to us, making themselves available whenever we had questions surrounding potential vendor, staffing and internal procedure changes. Their experienced team provided best practice consultations and opportunities to increase the strength of our operational control environment.

    Missouri Public Entity Risk Management Fund (MOPERM)

    Larry Weber, Executive Director

  • Brown Smith Wallace is a great partner for the breadth of services that we require. Not only do they perform our typical annual audit, we also have two HUD audits that we need each year and all of our audits require Uniform Guidance compliance. In addition, they perform our 403(b) audit and audits for two for-profit entities under a Master Lease arrangement. As a fairly complex entity, it’s nice to know we can obtain all the expertise we need under one roof! The staff we work with are terrific!

    Places for People

    Laura McCallister, Vice President of Finance & Facilities

  • Brown Smith Wallace has provided audit, tax and consulting services to SAK Construction since 2011. They have done a great job of understanding our business and tailoring their audit work to efficiently address the relevant risk areas. The audit and tax personnel on our job meet with us quarterly to stay abreast of our financial progress toward meeting our plans and to be proactive in addressing new developments and changes in our business. This level of communication has helped us resolve issues during the year and assisted us in structuring transactions with the flexibility to do so in a tax-efficient manner. It has also helped us prepare for the implementation of new accounting rules that impact our financial statements. I would highly recommend Brown Smith Wallace to any of my peers for audit, tax and consulting services.

    SAK Construction

    Roger Archibald, Chief Financial Officer

  • I have worked with Brown Smith Wallace for a few years on some of our project audits. They are very client-centered and responsive to all our requests. They work hard to get to a sensible, reasonable technical answer before moving on to the next item. With that approach, they help us get reports out efficiently and on time. They also do a good job of auditing the business as a whole and not just the financial statements. In our meetings, they always seem to bring up a new idea about the business or have some new perspective about a tax issue or an IT issue.

    SunEdison, Inc.

    Brian Williams, Corporate Controller

  • I have more than 20 years of experience working with auditors and CPA firms.  I have worked with Brown Smith Wallace for four years, and I have found them to be a world-class organization. They are extremely professional, and their auditors are top notch. They really take the time to listen and understand the business to ensure that we are following best practices and maintain a stable foundation for our business. That gives me the confidence I need to focus on providing accurate and valuable data and analysis.  I highly recommend Brown Smith Wallace. They are a pleasure to work with and are a trusted resource.

    TSI Global Companies
    Christine Robinson, Accounting Manager

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