Whitinger & Company LLC has signed an agreement to merge in Merrill Greene, CPA’s firm, Greene Inc., effective Nov. 1, 2015.

Founded in 1930 with offices in Muncie and Fishers, Ind., Whitinger & Company provides a variety of accounting, tax and advisory services, including audit, business valuation, estate planning, tax advisory and compliance. Firm affiliate Whitinger Financial Advisors provides financial advisory services, while another affiliate, Whitinger Strategic Services, offers business development services.

“A merger with Greene Inc. is another step in fulfilling our strategic initiatives including our commitment to provide exceptional service and value for our clients,” said Whitinger managing member Linn Crull in a statement. “Merrill’s firm has a strong reputation and an established track record of success, and we were pleased that our firms share common values of quality and personal service. By combining our two highly complementary organizations and leveraging our talented teams, we’ll capitalize on new growth opportunities with current and future clients. We will become an even more valuable resource to a wide range of clients seeking traditional accounting services as well as an innovative mix of specialized services and business consulting acumen.”

Merrille Greene’s firm has serviced clients in East Central Indiana since 1979. The firm specializes in accounting and tax services for individuals and small businesses. All of Greene’s current staff members will be joining Whitinger. The combined firm will have nearly 40 professionals. The merger is expected to enhance Greene’s specialty services, including specialized tax consultation, business valuation, fraud and forensic accounting, estate planning, business consulting and financial planning. The merged practice will operate out of three offices until next spring including Greene’s Muncie office and Whitinger’s two offices in Muncie.

“We are very proud of the history of our firm,” said Greene. “We also recognize that the next logical step is to merge with a highly respected firm that would enable us to expand services to our clients and opportunities for our team members. Our clients can look forward to working with a growing firm while keeping the value, local points-of-contact and exceptional client service to which they’ve become accustomed.”

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