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Substance, Not Just Form

Substance over form is a basic tax doctrine. It stands for the concept that in a tax matter, the substance of a transaction shall prevail over its form. At Jaffa Simmons, substance, not just form, is the governing way that we perform for you, and the tenet we live by. We strive for excellence in our service to our clients in both substance and form, and we strive to be the best we can for the sake of good in all the things we think, say and do.




William S. Jaffa
Bill has served publicly and privately held companies and its executives and owners, nationally and internationally, in the areas of manufacturing, high tech, wholesale, retail, real estate, professional and other service companies, among other companies.   Bill provides tax planning and oversees compliance services in all almost all areas of tax. He has special expertise in providing clientele representation in tax controversies.

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Layne R. Simmons
Experience includes all areas of taxation including international tax planning and structuring; mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; consolidated and multistate tax planning and income tax return preparation; vast audit experience in managing international, federal and state tax audits and appeals; providing leadership of the tax department, advising senior management and board members of tax related issues.

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Areas of Expertise



  • Tax Planning, Consulting and Compliance Services
  • Compilation and Review Attestation Services
  • Business Planning
  • Compensation Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Qualified and Non-qualified Retirement Plan Consulting

Commitment to Service

We shall strive to be a strong member of your financial team and provide you with the expertise that you require in the accounting arena, whether the services are assurance, tax or consulting-related. You will be assigned a team of professionals. These professionals are knowledgeable about your business industry and dedicate themselves to helping you achieve your goals and objectives.


Our Invitation to You

Proper planning can make your financial dreams a reality. Our strength lies in our ability to provide you with year-round planning for your financial, tax and business affairs.

We look forward to meeting with you to explore the benefits of merging our teams.