A+ Bookkeeping - About Us

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After years of working in management and administration for a phone company, founding partners Tamara Barnett and Melissa Branchau launched A+ Bookkeeping & Payroll Services, LLC in 2005. Both were accounting majors and straight A students, and both had been doing bookkeeping for small business owners on the side, so combining their talents to provide bookkeeping, payroll, and tax services was a natural fit.

From the start, they wanted their new agency in Columbia, Tennessee, to sport a friendly, open atmosphere where clients would feel at home and be comfortable asking questions. They also were determined to provide top quality services at reasonable prices. They aimed to be known for accuracy, approachability, and aptitude, so A+ seemed like a very appropriate name for their new venture. In 2007, A+ Bookkeeping & Payroll Services opened a second office in Murfreesboro, which also serves clients in the Smyrna, Franklin, and Brentwood areas.

Today, Tamara owns and operates the Columbia office—in a wonderful old house that has been converted into homey office space—with five full-time bookkeepers. In addition to servicing Columbia, her office supports clients in Spring Hill and the surrounding counties. Melissa owns and operates the Murfreesboro office, which is located in Murfreesboro’s historic district just off the square. Tamara and Melissa have maintained their original partnership, but it has evolved into A+ Tax Services, LLC and is the venue all of their tax work is done through.

Whether you need help with bookkeeping, payroll, taxes, or QuickBooks training, you’ll get high-quality professionalism and friendly personalized care at A+. Our rates are very competitive, and if we make an error that results in a penalty assessment, we pay the penalty. Our staff combines the friendliness of small-town business with the training and experience of seasoned pros who know the right questions to ask and the right actions to take to meet the individual needs of your business.

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Our Happy Clients

I want to take this time to say thank you for the excellent service A Plus has provided me these past years. You have one of the finest accounting businesses that I know of, and your staff is nothing short of awesome. All my reports and returns have been always on time, filing instructions are detailed out, and any time I have had a question, no matter how trivial, your staff has repeatedly treated me as if I was your only client. I would like to recommend to any small business owner that he or she give A Plus Bookkeeping and Payroll 30 minutes of their time, and let them show you all the services that they offer. You will be most impressed with all they can do, and how much they can help your business. Thank you so much for all you do for mine.

Lou Bottiggi, President, B&L Ballooning, Inc. Partner, Ascension Financial Partners, LLC

Thank God for A+ Bookkeeping!!!! Tamara Barnett is my guardian angel. She saved me and my husband from going bankrupt after another bookkeeper took all our money and didn’t pay any of our bills. Tamara totally got everything back on track. She worked tirelessly on our account and now I have all my bills up to date and money saved. My husband recently passed and she is making sure my future is covered. She handles my taxes and does more in depth research to ensure all the I’s are dotted and T’s crossed and saves me money. She researches all avenues of benefits for me. In a word “Amazing”. I trust her with my life. She is a great bookkeeper and an angel of a friend. If she is not your bookkeeper, immediately drop your old one. You have no idea what you are missing out on!

Jan Bridges

Our Valuable Team Members

Tamara Barnett
Tamara BarnettAIPB Certified Bookkeeper
Enrolled Agent
President, A+ Bookkeeping of Columbia, Inc
Partner, A+ Tax Services, Inc

Tamara discovered a passion for accounting as an 18-year-old college freshman when she took top grade in her Principles of Accounting I class. 20 years later, after raising her family, she went back to school at Columbia State Community College. She graduated from there in 2000 with an AAS degree in Accounting. In addition, she completed all of the course requirements for an AAS in Office Administration, and was named Student of the Year – 2000.

Tamara has worked as a bookkeeper and tax preparer since 1999. She has been an AIPB Certified Bookkeeper since August of 2006, and an IRS Enrolled Agent since February of 2015. Tamara owns and operates A+ Bookkeeping of Columbia, Inc. She loves her job and plans to continue right where she is at until retirement.

Tess Bowen
Tess BowenBookkeeper
Marketing Director
A+ Bookkeeping of Columbia, Inc

Tess joined our team in 2016 bringing with her a vast knowledge of Operation, Project and Asset Management, as well as Marketing and Human Resource. Teaching and assisting owners with how to accurately maintain fiscal control of their company is her avocation. She worked her way up the ladder by rolling up her sleeves, digging in and giving 120% but learned a powerful lesson about the price of not being degreed. Currently a student at Columbia State Community College she is majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Accounting. She is also currently working towards becoming a Certified Bookkeeper. She truly cares about the clients, their timelines and requirements.

Along with her accomplishments, Tess is a fantastic teacher. You can see her by attending our classes. These classes will soon be scheduled and posted on our social networking.

LaCole Littrell
LaCole LittrellBookkeeper
A+ Bookkeeping of Columbia, Inc

LaCole comes to us from Lawrenceburg Tennessee where she lives with her two young daughters. She graduated from Columbia State Community College in the fall of 2015 with an Associate’s Degree in Accounting. Customer service is her top priority and she always looks forward to seeing her clients.
When she is not actively working on client accounts, LaCole is studying for the Certified Bookkeeper exam.

Melissa Branchau
Melissa BranchauNACPB Certified Public Bookkeeper
President, A+ Bookkeeping of Murfreesboro, Inc
Partner, A+ Tax Services, LLC

In the year 2000, Melissa started working with Tamara in the Columbia TN offices of Davis Group, Inc as a college student. She was an accounting major at Ohio Wesleyan University and spent her summers and vacations working in Tennessee. After two years at OWU, she transferred to MTSU and started working full time. It didn’t take long at all until she was second in command in the Davis Group offices.

Melissa co-founded the Columbia office of A+ with Tamara in 2005, and in 2007 opened the Murfreesboro office, which she currently owns and operates. She has been a NACPB Certified Public Bookkeeper since 2007. She is a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor with certification in QuickBooks Desktop, and QuickBooks Online.

Melissa’s plans are to return to college after her three boys are grown and to finish her BS in Accounting while keeping A+ Bookkeeping of Murfreesboro active and thriving.