Lloyd Johnson is shown with Lynn Williams, left, and Jodi Miller-Hammes of Professional Tax Services LLC. Johnson & Goddard merged with Professional Tax Services, LLC, as of Jan. 1, with the former Johnson & Goddard locations in Spring Valley and LeRoy now operating under the Professional Tax Services name.
Lloyd Johnson is shown with Lynn Williams, left, and Jodi Miller-Hammes of Professional Tax Services LLC. Johnson & Goddard merged with Professional Tax Services, LLC, as of Jan. 1, with the former Johnson & Goddard locations in Spring Valley and LeRoy now operating under the Professional Tax Services name.
Johnson & Goddard Certified Public Accountants, with offices in Spring Valley and LeRoy, recently completed a business merger with Professional Tax Services of Rochester and Austin, and is now operating under the Professional Tax Services name.

The merger, which will expand and broaden the company's services, noted Johnson, was complete on Jan. 1. Part of the new services offered through the company is financial planning through Ameriprise Financial. Jodi Miller-Hammes, one of the owners of Professional Tax Services, has been a financial advisor for 19 years with Ameriprise. She is a chartered financial consultant (ChFC) with that company. Some examples of services offered include retirement, investment, long-term care and estate planning.

Johnson said, in addition to the expanded services, the company retains the same services it has always offered its clients. A tax specialist, in addition to Johnson and Eric Goddard, will be added to the local offices. Come summer, there will be three certified public accountants (CPAs) to serve clients. Lynn Williams, tax client manager with Professional Tax Services, who is working in Austin and Rochester, will now be working in Spring Valley and LeRoy two days a week. She is anticipating obtaining her CPA certification this summer.

The merger also provides clients with the additional locations to meet their needs, with the company now operating out of four southeastern Minnesota communities.

"This will provide more convenience for clients," noted Johnson.