Industries / Construction

Financial confidence to build on.

To help construction contractors focus on building their next project while building their business, we deliver accounting and tax solutions to create a foundation for smart growth. We navigate you every step of the way to avoid unforeseen bumps in the road. No matter what your business might face, our team has experienced it before.

Our DFK International affiliation also provides us with the resources to support the growth of contractors throughout the world.

The construction industry can present challenges not common in other industries that requires continuous specialized training and industry knowledge. In addition to specific continuing education we are also members of various national and local organizations, including Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), Associated General Contractors (AGC), and Alabama Surety Association. Our team services over 80 construction and related industry clients.

How our services are applied to construction

Financial reporting and assurance
  • Audits, reviews & compilations of financial statements – contractors are generally required to present financial statements to satisfy bonding, licensing, and banking requirements as well as contract owner bidding requirements
Tax
  • Income tax planning

  • Preparation and assistance with federal, multi-state and local income, franchise, payroll and sales tax

  • Specialized long-term contract tax regulations

  • Cost segregation studies

  • Domestic production activities deduction

Tax Credits and Incentives
  • Our team is highly knowledgeable about the research and development (R&D) credit that provides an incentive for companies to invest in innovation in the U.S. This credit is available to companies across all industries that develop new products or processes, where most don’t realize if and when they are eligible. Our team aligns our client to claim wages, supplies, and contract research costs associated with R&D projects and activities.
  • Section 179D allows qualifying building owners and businesses to receive an up to $1.80 per square foot tax deduction for their energy-efficient buildings placed into service during all open tax years.
Consulting services
  • Personnel consulting and assistance –we are often a resource for employment or hiring needs. We can assist in the search, interviewing, and hiring process.

Outsourced Accounting Services
  • Assist with monthly financial statements, percentage of completion calculations, check writing, account reconciliation, payroll and sales tax filings, accounting and internal control assessment. Our team can serve as your back office without having to take on unnecessary costs.

  • Serve as an interim CFO or other supporting accounting personnel for staff transition within an organization.

Employee Benefit Plans
  • Audits of retirement plans and preparation of related tax filings

  • Compliance with tax reporting for health and welfare plans

Forensic Accounting, Litigation & Valuation Services
  • Help you understand the value of your businesses
  • Perform due diligence on potential acquisitions
  • Assist in planning for the transition of ownership to the next generation through sale or estate planning
Wealth Management
  • Retirement plan asset management and advisory services
  • Estate and gift planning and general wealth management services for contractors and the individual owners
IT
  • Our IT department can manage the computer, phone and other technology needs, including the design and implementation of facility improvements in these areas (i.e. wiring, equipment procurement/setup/training).

We have shared a great relationship with Wilkins Miller for over 40 years. Their team is an asset and partner to our organization whether it’s in results, advice or proactive planning. They operate with integrity, great character and values.

– John White-Spunner

The people I work with at Wilkins Miller are always professional, thorough, high in character and have a great attitude. I value them as a part of my company and would highly recommend them to anyone.

– Ben Radcliff

Industry leaders

John W. Jeffries, CPA, CVA

Partner

Scott L. Browning, CPA, MTA

Partner

Erin Jones, CPA

Partner

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John W. Jeffries, CPA, CVA

Partner

As a partner of Wilkins Miller, John Jeffries began his career in public accounting in 1990. With a bachelor's degree of science in commerce and business administration from The University of Alabama, John's areas of special competence include both business and individual accounting and taxation.

John has strong experience in the preparation of financial statements, including audits, reviews, and compilations for closely held businesses, bookkeeping services, income tax preparation and planning (including corporate, partnership and individual), as well as, consulting and business valuation preparation. John has offered counsel to clients in many areas, with a focus in construction, construction-related businesses and professional service firms.

John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, Construction, Financial Management Association, Associated General Contractors. He also sits on the board the St. Paul's Episcopal School, Mobile Area Council Boy Scouts of America, Murray House, 1702, and the Senior Bowl Committee.

John enjoys hunting, fishing, cycling, and watching college sports. His favorite vacation spot is Mt. Willing, Alabama.

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John W. Jeffries, CPA, CVA

Partner

As a partner of Wilkins Miller, John Jeffries began his career in public accounting in 1990. With a bachelor's degree of science in commerce and business administration from The University of Alabama, John's areas of special competence include both business and individual accounting and taxation.

John has strong experience in the preparation of financial statements, including audits, reviews, and compilations for closely held businesses, bookkeeping services, income tax preparation and planning (including corporate, partnership and individual), as well as, consulting and business valuation preparation. John has offered counsel to clients in many areas, with a focus in construction, construction-related businesses and professional service firms.

John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, Construction, Financial Management Association, Associated General Contractors. He also sits on the board the St. Paul's Episcopal School, Mobile Area Council Boy Scouts of America, Murray House, 1702, and the Senior Bowl Committee.

John enjoys hunting, fishing, cycling, and watching college sports. His favorite vacation spot is Mt. Willing, Alabama.

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Scott L. Browning, CPA, MTA

Partner

As a partner of Wilkins Miller, Scott Browning has worked in public accounting since 1996. Upon earning a bachelor's degree of science in commerce and business administration from The University of Alabama and a master's degree of taxation from The University of Alabama, Scott began his career with a national accounting firm in Birmingham before joining a local firm.

Scott specializes in federal and multi-state tax compliance and planning for corporations, partnerships, individuals, and trusts and has strong experience in the preparation of financial statements, bookkeeping, contractor's licenses, and representation in Internal Revenue Service and state department of revenue examinations.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants. Scott sits on the board of directors for The University of Alabama Federal Tax Clinic and is the treasurer for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. He was a part of the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants Leadership Academy Class of 2012 and was named one of Mobile Bay magazine's "Forty Under 40."

Outside of work, Scott enjoys spending time with family, hunting, fishing and watching the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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Scott L. Browning, CPA, MTA

Partner

As a partner of Wilkins Miller, Scott Browning has worked in public accounting since 1996. Upon earning a bachelor's degree of science in commerce and business administration from The University of Alabama and a master's degree of taxation from The University of Alabama, Scott began his career with a national accounting firm in Birmingham before joining a local firm.

Scott specializes in federal and multi-state tax compliance and planning for corporations, partnerships, individuals, and trusts and has strong experience in the preparation of financial statements, bookkeeping, contractor's licenses, and representation in Internal Revenue Service and state department of revenue examinations.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants. Scott sits on the board of directors for The University of Alabama Federal Tax Clinic and is the treasurer for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. He was a part of the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants Leadership Academy Class of 2012 and was named one of Mobile Bay magazine's "Forty Under 40."

Outside of work, Scott enjoys spending time with family, hunting, fishing and watching the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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Erin Jones, CPA

Partner

Erin Jones brings over ten years of experience in public accounting to the Wilkins Miller team. After earning a bachelor's degree of science in accounting and a master's degree in business administration from Spring Hill College, Erin joined the firm in 2003 and was named Manager in 2007.

Her areas of special competence include audits, reviews and compilations of non-profit organizations, non-public companies and employee benefit plans and the taxation of corporations. Erin's industry experience lies in construction contractors and engineers, professional service firms, retail sales, manufacturing, universities and timber and real estate management.

Erin is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is the past president of the Mobile Chapter of the ASCPA, the current treasurer of the Mulherin Custodial Home Board of Directors, an audit committee chair of the United Way of Southwest Alabama Board of Trustees, a member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Leadership Class of 2009 and a graduate of the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants Leadership Academy Class III. She was also named of Mobile Bay magazine's "Forty Under 40" Class of 2015.

Outside of work, Erin enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, kayaking and traveling.

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Erin Jones, CPA

Partner

Erin Jones brings over ten years of experience in public accounting to the Wilkins Miller team. After earning a bachelor's degree of science in accounting and a master's degree in business administration from Spring Hill College, Erin joined the firm in 2003 and was named Manager in 2007.

Her areas of special competence include audits, reviews and compilations of non-profit organizations, non-public companies and employee benefit plans and the taxation of corporations. Erin's industry experience lies in construction contractors and engineers, professional service firms, retail sales, manufacturing, universities and timber and real estate management.

Erin is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is the past president of the Mobile Chapter of the ASCPA, the current treasurer of the Mulherin Custodial Home Board of Directors, an audit committee chair of the United Way of Southwest Alabama Board of Trustees, a member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Leadership Class of 2009 and a graduate of the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants Leadership Academy Class III. She was also named of Mobile Bay magazine's "Forty Under 40" Class of 2015.

Outside of work, Erin enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, kayaking and traveling.