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Jenkins CPA Firm

JENKINS CPA, LLC, is a Certified Public Accounting firm faithfully serving Southwest Missouri since 2001, located in the Jenkins Executive Center, 204 Village Center St, Nixa, Missouri. Heather Jenkins, owner and staff Certified Public Accountant, is a member of the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. Jenkins CPA, LLC is concerned with the health of the communities in which we live and is actively involved with several groups such as the Nixa and Ozark area Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Club of Nixa, CCCC Sertoma, local PTA’s, the LEAP Program and other community outreaches. Our name is on the door, but our HEART is in our community!


Heather L. Jenkins, CPA

Heather was born and raised in Nixa, MO. After completing college in Joplin, MO at Missouri Southern, she and her husband, Vance, moved back to Nixa with the intention of creating a company to help local businesses understand and thrive in an ever changing economy. During her childhood, her parents were independent contractors in the construction industry. This gave Heather insight at a very young age of the joys and hardships of entrepreneurship.

As college progressed Heather began working for a manufacturing company as an accounting clerk. This basically meant picking up the bits and pieces of all the different facets of accounting, (A/P, A/R, Billing, Collections, Bank Reconciliations) that others didn’t have time for or just plain didn’t want to do.


After graduating college with honors, Heather started a family. Returning to Nixa and a career at Lakeland Regional Hospital where she moved from Payroll Clerk to Accounting Manager and finally to Assistant Controller in six years. While at Lakeland, Heather learned many aspects of corporate accounting and the interoffice relationships that exists within each department and the facilities as a whole.

During that time Heather was also building a tax practice and bookkeeping clients. In June 2001, she stepped away from the corporate world to start her dream of owning her own firm with 90 tax clients and one monthly bookkeeping client. Today Jenkins CPA employees 5 fulltime and 3 part time employees. The office serves over 1300 tax clients and nearly 100 monthly bookkeeping clients.

When not working Heather enjoys weekend trips to the lake with Vance and their three kids, Dakota, Mason and Madison. She loves to read when time allows and stays very active in her community as a state licensed foster parent. She’s also an active member in several local clubs and organizations such as the Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce, The Rotary Club of Nixa and the Nixa Mighty Mites Football league.

Federal Tax Refund status


Mileage Reimbursement Rate

2019: $0.58 / mile
2018: $0.545 / mile
2017: $0.535 / mile
2016: $0.575 / mile
2015: $0.575 / mile
2014: $0.56 / mile
2013: $0.565 / mile
2012: $0.555 / mile

Vance Jenkins

Vance Jenkins has been a lifelong resident of Nixa and is a 1991 graduate of Nixa High School. After high school Vance moved to Joplin, MO to attend Missouri Southern State University in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration degree. While living in Joplin and going to school he married his high school sweetheart, Heather, and the two began their family together. After completing his bachelor’s program in May 1995 Vance and his family returned to Nixa and he began work with the Greene County Juvenile Court program as a probation officer. During his two and a half years with the juvenile office, Vance was afforded many opportunities. He established and managed the court’s intensive probation program, initiated several outreach programs for youth in the county and was an integral part of forming the county’s first alternative school program. In July 1997, Vance left the juvenile office to join the Springfield Missouri Police Department.

While at the police department Vance held many positions including patrol officer, narcotics officer, major crime scene investigator and hostage negotiator. During his nearly 10 years with the police department he developed his ability to see the big picture while managing some very uncomfortable situation, which he believes to be an asset to his current role at Jenkins CPA.

In the Fall of 2009 Vance’s wife, Heather, expanded her business, Jenkins CPA, by acquiring another local tax service. With the acquisition of the new business Vance transferred his “behind the scenes role” as a seasonal or as needed tax preparer at Jenkins CPA to a fulltime position working with clients on a daily basis. Vance has conducted most of the functions at the firm during his tenure but currently focuses his attention on the company’s daily financials working hand in hand with Heather to ensure that the company stays on a true and accurate trajectory so that they can continue to help their clients find success in their businesses.

Kevin Wise, CPA,

Kevin grew up in Marshfield, Missouri. He attended Missouri State University, earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accountancy as well as a graduate certificate in Taxation. Kevin worked for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and the Low Income Tax Clinic while studying at Missouri State University helping hundreds of southwest Missourians with tax issues. Kevin spent three years in public accounting at a small Springfield CPA firm before moving to Jenkins CPA in July of 2017. When not helping our clients with their tax planning and preparation, Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife Laura and son Sherlock.

Zac Buxton

Zac Buxton, graduated with a Masters in Accountancy from Missouri State University in December 2015. He has worked in public accounting assisting clients for several years. His experience and background in accounting include bookkeeping and tax matters. He started at Jenkins CPA in November 2017 and is serving as the Accounting Services Supervisor. With this job he oversees the payroll and bookkeeping departments at Jenkins CPA. He works with clients to meet their needs and make sure they have the information they need to help run their businesses and answer questions that co-workers and clients have. He also works as a tax preparer and will meet with clients to resolve tax issues or questions that may arise.

Josh Rand

Josh Rand grew up in Omaha, Arkansas. He attended the University of Central Arkansas, receiving a Bachelors of Science in Accounting & Finance. He moved back home to the Ozarks after graduation & started his accounting career with O'Reilly Automotive in 2009. From there he moved to the Air Evac Lifeteam in West Plains in 2011. He moved back to Springfield to start his life with his eventual wife Tegan in 2012 & worked for Expedia. He was then presented an opportunity to join Jack Henry & Associates of Springfield/Monett in 2015 as an Sr. Analyst. He has always had a passion for personal finance & helping people. While seeking a part time opportunity within the tax & personal accounting world, he was able to join the Jenkins CPA team in 2016 as a tax preparer & financial analyst. Josh looks forward to providing great customer service for the firm in many years to follow. When Josh is not working, his #1 joy is spending time with his wife & two beautiful children. Josh is also an avid fan of Razorbacks athletics & the outdoors.

Caitlan Powers

Caitlan moved from Northern Minnesota in 2005 (because it was cold) to attend Missouri State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 2008.  While in college, and beyond, she worked for Brown Derby as a clerk and a store manager until 2013 when she went to work for Harter House in Nixa.  She was excited to join Jenkins CPA early in 2017.

Camille Wilmes

Camille Wilmes grew up in Nixa, Missouri.  She is currently attending Missouri State University pursuing an Accounting degree. She worked for her aunt in a skin care company called Skin Blends.  Camille is a Beta Alpha Psi, (a honors accounting society) member.  She started working as an intern at Jenkins CPA in September of 2017.  Camille enjoys helping clients with their tax and bookkeeping needs.

Caitlin Wood

Caitlin Wood grew up in California and relocated with her family to Missouri in the fall of 2012. She is a sophomore accounting major with a minor in communications at Truman State University. She is involved in Student Public Health Association and the campaign coordinator for GlobeMed. She joined the Jenkins team in 2016 for her first tax season and ever since has been a dedicated team member. Caitlin started as a receptionist and is moving up to start her journey with tax returns. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, her three wiener dogs, and close friends.

Lee Payne

Lee Payne grew up in a military family with formative years in England, Germany, Japan, and Stateside residence at Ft Campbell Kentucky. She attended Syracuse University obtaining Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Physics. Ms. Payne proudly served in the United States Army Chemical Engineering Corp during the Vietnam era. Ms. Payne returned to Syracuse University to complete a Masters degree in Physics with doctorate studies at Cornell University. Ms. Payne spent the majority of her career as an engineering consultant involved heavily in the Space Shuttle program with primary consultation in launch and recovery air modeling and thermodynamic combustion. The military uniform has never been taken off, Ms. Payne spends non-working hours recording stories and anecdotes from area veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam. These stories are then provided to family members. The remaining item on the bucket list is the completion of a physics doctorate thesis.

Madison Jenkins

Madison Jenkins grew up in Nixa, Missouri. She graduated from Nixa High School in the fall of 2016 and started attending OTC in the spring of 2017. Madison has been member of the Jenkins CPA team since August 2016 as an Operations Clerk. Her personality is sure to bring excitement and positive energy to the Jenkins CPA team this tax season!

Emilie McPhail

Emilie McPhail grew up in Republic, Missouri.  She attended Drury University, earning her degrees in Criminal Justice, Psychology and Sociology.  During college, she worked for the Greene County Juvenile Office, Lakeland Regional Hospital, Department of Justice (Drug Enforcement Administration) and was a volunteer for CASA and Cox Medical Center.  After graduating college with honors, she worked as a child abuse investigator for the State of Missouri for twelve years before deciding to hang up her social work hat. In 2011, Emilie decided to be a stay at home mom.  Realizing this was more challenging than she thought, she decided it was time to enter the workforce full time again in 2015 by joining the Jenkins CPA team as the office manager. Emilie will quickly say that she loves our clients and customer service.  One of her proudest moments was being called the “client whisperer.” When not working, Emilie enjoys spending time her husband Chris and children Katie, Brody, and Carly.

Mason Jenkins

Mason Jenkins grew up in Nixa, Missouri. He Joined the Army after graduating from Nixa High School and was stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana as an Infantryman with Third Brigade 10th Mountain Division. When the time came to re-enlist, Mason felt that he wanted to rejoin the civilian work force. Mason has always been a member of the Jenkins family but this November he has rejoined the Jenkins CPA team as the office Operations Team Leader. Preparing all members of the Jenkins CPA team for a busy and exciting tax season.