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Darla is a Partner in the Brown Smith Wallace Tax Services practice and has more than 25 years of public accounting experience. Her areas of concentration include rental real estate, family wealth, manufacturing, distribution and other professional service industries. She works with privately-owned businesses, executives and family groups. She is also the chair for the Brown Smith Wallace Individual Technical Committee.

In addition to her extensive work in individual, business and trust taxation, Darla is responsible for supervising and reviewing tax engagements. She enjoys the learning opportunities that exist with the diversity of clients and projects she oversees. She also trains, develops and evaluates tax staff. She conducts the annual tax season training for the firm. She is responsible for tax software updates and implementation, oversees e-filing and extensions, and develops tax process improvement procedures.

A tax planning specialist, Darla keeps abreast of changes in tax law through a variety of continuing education courses and seminars. She assists clients in minimizing their tax obligations while maximizing their assets. She helps them understand their current tax position as well as plan for future tax situations. She especially enjoys connecting with clients and alleviating their stress of tax compliance.

Darla has worked with:

  • Individuals
  • Small businesses
  • Consolidated corporations
  • Multistate companies
  • Partnerships
  • Trusts
  • Not-for-profit organizations

She is a licensed certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is active in her community and also serves as treasurer for Caring for Kids, Inc. and Wild Horse Elementary PTO.

She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree in Accounting from Southeast Missouri State University.

Thought Leadership


Community Involvement

Board of Directors--Caring for Kids, Inc

Professional Organizations




Southeast Missouri State University

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