Wathen, DeShong, and Juncker, LLP (WDJ) has merged with McClelland, Samuel, Fehnel, and Busch, LLP (MSFB)

Wathen, DeShong, and Juncker, LLP (WDJ) is excited to announce that we have merged with McClelland, Samuel, Fehnel, and Busch, LLP (MSFB) effective January 1, 2023. We believe the combination of our experienced teams will provide value for clients and allow us to continue to serve our clients’ accounting, tax, auditing, and business consulting needs at the highest level.

Wathen, DeShong, and Juncker, LLP was formed in 1968, and in 2022, was designated one of the top 500 accounting firms in the country. WDJ is one of the fastest growing and innovative CPA and advisory firms in Southeast Texas, servicing clients in over 30 states and 8 countries. In addition to providing accounting, auditing, tax, advisory, and client accounting services, the firm operates WDJPay, a payroll service provider. WDJ has built a strong reputation as a leading firm within our community by providing a comprehensive array of professional services and investing in its employees, community, and clients.

For decades, McClelland, Samuel, Fehnel, and Busch, LLP has demonstrated their dedication to their clients, employees, and the community.

Together, WDJ is now 53 members strong with 8 partners and over 30 professionals. It is one of the largest firms between Houston and Lake Charles. “WDJ’s story of success is unparalleled in the Southeast Texas area – in almost 55 years we have grown from a small local firm in Beaumont, Texas, to a top 500 accounting and consulting firm in the country. MSFB lived these same principles which have been a big driver in their own firm’s success. From the time we first met it was apparent that they were a cultural and strategic fit, and that together we would make great things happen,” stated Chip Majors, managing partner of WDJ.

With the combination of our firms, we have added a new client accounting services department, expanded our IT department, and added experienced professionals to both our audit team and our tax team. These additions will allow us to better service our clients’ accounting, tax, auditing, and business consulting needs.

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Peer Review Report on the Firm’s System of Quality Control


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WDJ In The Community

TXCPA Southeast Texas held its 14th Annual School Supply Drive in July 2021. This year firms were able to help with student supplies for Fehl-Price Classical Academy, an elementary school in Beaumont ISD that ranges from Pk-5th grade. Our Tax Manager, Debby Huffman, headed up the collections for Wathen, DeShong, & Juncker. Here are a few pictures from the school supply drive. WDJ loves helping the community.

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WDJ Announces New Partner


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November is CPA Month of Service

-written by Kelsey Broussard, Professional Staff

For the second year in a row, Wathen, DeShong & Juncker, LLP participated in the November CPA month of service hosted by the Texas Society of CPAs. Our community service day was held on Friday, November 16th at the Maree Calcote Greenway.

We thoroughly enjoyed partnering with Laurie Leister at Beautify Beaumont again. There were ten* of our staff members who volunteered and performed the tasks of trimming and fertilizing rose bushes, cleaning up the site, and weeding the flower beds. It was a beautiful day to give back to our community!
*Not Pictured: Jane Burns, Partner

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Hiring Experienced Tax Accountants

WDJ is seeking a full-time team member with strong knowledge and experience in individual, corporate, and partnership return preparation, tax planning, and research. If you are tired of working excessive work hours during the busy tax season, then consider joining our firm. Our goal is to provide our clients with extraordinary service while being flexible enough to allow a good balance between work and home life for our staff so we allow our employees to work from home.

Experience Desired:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Accounting
  • CPA or CPA Candidate with significant progress toward a CPA or scheduled to take the CPA exam
  • Minimum 3 years tax preparation experience in a public accounting firm
  • Experience in preparation of business and high-end personal tax returns
  • Team player who works well with others
  • Strong computer skills: proficiency preferred in personal safety equipment, QuickBooks, and other MS Office products

Wathen, DeShong & Juncker, L.L.P. offers excellent benefits to its professional employees:

  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive benefits
  • Stable work environment
  • Minimal travel requirements
  • Private workspaces
  • Up to 4 weeks of vacation
  • Flexible work hours
  • Continuing education
  • Professional organization memberships
  • Opportunities for community involvement
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Welcome Lindsey Fontenot

Ms. Regina Rogers presenting Lindsey with The Ben J. Rogers Outstanding Student of 2018 award.

Wathen, DeShong & Juncker LLP is pleased to announce the recent addition of Lindsey Fontenot to our Professional Staff. Lindsey graduated, summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA from Lamar University in May 2018, earning a BBA in Accounting. She is a member of two honor societies, Beta Alpha Psi and Beta Gamma Sigma. Lindsey will be working part-time at the firm helping us incorporate and completing her Master’s Degree over the next year.

Lindsey has several accomplishments and honors to be proud of:

The Financial Executives International Scholarship which honors twelve accounting or finance students attending accredited colleges and universities in Southeast Texas annually with a scholarship award and an Academic Honors Program. Lamar honors one student each year with the FEI award.

The Ben J. Rogers Outstanding Student of 2018 is a prestigious award given to college of business graduating seniors with the highest overall GPA. This award honors the late Ben J. Rogers, a Beaumont business leader and philanthropist. He was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame in 1991.

The Plummer Award honors the top male and female graduates with the highest GPAs of the graduating class. Plummer Awards honor the late Otho Plummer, who was chairman emeritus of the Lamar board of regents and a longtime board member. This year Lindsey is one of four students to receive this honor.

The College of Business Excellence Award recognizes students scoring in the 90th percentile or higher on the ETS Business Test which measures a student’s subject knowledge and ability to apply facts, concepts, theories and analytical methods.

Lindsey has lived in Southeast Texas all of her life. She enjoys spending time with her family and her Welsh Corgi named Winston, spending time in the outdoors, reading, and playing the piano and violin.

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Harvey Tax Relief


Michael W. Kiefer, CPA and partner at WDJ recently appeared as a guest writer for the Jefferson County Bar Association and was published in their most recent newsletter.


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7 Fun Accounting Facts

Who said accounting can’t be fun!

Do you think of accountants as serious suit-wearing, pen-wielding number-crunchers? A bit dull and gray maybe? Think again! Accountants are an eclectic bunch of smart, interesting people, who are passionate about making your money work for you.

  1. Bubblegum was invented by an accountant, Walter Diemar in 1928. It was bright pink in color because that was the only dye he had to hand at the time.
  2. It was accountants who brought down Chicago crime boss Al Capone. Although believed to be guilty of everything from bootlegging to murder, he was ultimately arrested and convicted of tax evasion.
  3. The word accounting comes from the French compter meaning to count or score. Other accounting terms are derived from Latin, such as debit he owes, and credit he trusts.
  4. St. Matthew the Evangelist is the patron saint of accountants, as well as bookkeepers, tax collectors, bookkeepers, stockbrokers and bankers.
  5. Mick Jagger, Janet Jackson and author John Grisham are just a few of the famous names who worked in accounting before their showbiz careers took off.
  6. The FBI employs more than 2,000 accounting special agents who use their mad math skills to solve crimes.
  7. Every year since 1935, a team of CPAs has spent over 1,700 hours prior to Oscar night counting the Academy Awards ballots by hand. You may not have noticed, but members of the Academy’s accounting firm traditionally make an appearance during the broadcast.

And as a special bonus…

National Accounting Day is on May 14th this year. It’s a great day to recognize the special accountant(s) in your life! Mark your calendars now!

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Lost Tax Documents

If you lost your tax documents in the Harvey flood, you can obtain your tax transcript directly from the IRS website. It’s very easy! You will need access to your cell phone and email when registering so your identity can be verified. Visit the IRS website for more information. https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript

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