HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - Jan 22, 2014) - CPA firm MiddletonRaines+Zapata, LLP announces merger with Cindi Johnson, P.C. and welcomes Cindi Johnson as Trust & Estate Tax Partner. The merger was finalized on January 13, 2014, bringing 7 more members to the MiddletonRaines+Zapata team.

An expert CPA, Johnson brings over 34 years of accounting experience to the firm, with a primary focus on the tax needs of individuals, trusts, estates, and small business owners. Her comprehensive estate tax knowledge complements MiddletonRaines+Zapata's existing tax and audit service offerings.

A native Texan, Johnson first opened her practice in Houston in 1980 after seven years spent as a Corporate Controller for PACE Management and Concerts. She is an active member of the Houston chapter of the Society of Certified Public Accountants (HSCPA), having spent the last two years as the chairman of the Relations with Taxing Authority Committee. Johnson was named outstanding committee chairman of the year, a reflection not only of her commitment to foster and maintain an open and beneficial dialogue in the tax arena, but also of her exceptional knowledge and professional alacrity. She was elected to the HSCPA Board of Directors January 15th as further proof of her dedication to, and comprehensive knowledge of, the accounting field.

When asked about joining another firm, Johnson cited technological resources and know-how as a key factor in her decision to partner with MiddletonRaines. She stressed, "Middleton gives us the opportunity to keep up with the latest technology in the field. We can bring to it our experience in other areas. We think it'll be a success, and we hope to be able to give as much as we receive in the merger." Johnson is excited to offer her clients access to a greater range of resources and services, including a client portal on the MiddletonRaines website, a number of tax and audit services, and timely tax updates via the firm's blog and soon-to-be-launched e-newsletter.

Managing partner Wesley Middleton also expressed his excitement at beginning this new chapter for the firm. "Cindi's depth and expertise with trusts and estates adds a dimension to our practice that we did not previously have. Cindi and her team are a welcome addition to the firm's service team."

About MiddletonRaines+Zapata

MiddletonRaines+Zapata provides personal and commercial accounting services including tax, audit, and consulting, with a focus in the construction, manufacturing, healthcare, and oil and gas industries. The firm has developed a reputation for crafting strategic, innovative tax solutions to improve their clients' financial positions. Their unique approach is built on a foundation of technical expertise, close client relationships, and a persistent curiosity to find new ways to better serve their clients through technology, increased internal efficiencies, and open communication lines.

To learn more about MiddletonRaines+Zapata, or for more information about their accounting and tax services, visit them online at www.middletonraines.com.

Contact Information:

Evan Tierce
MiddletonRaines & Zapata, LLP
(713) 955-1123