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Denise Nix, MBA, EA

Princess Denise of Deductions

Enrolled Agent


After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Denise got her start in the tax world as a tax professional at H & R Block. Denise went on to complete her MBA in 2013, just before joining the ROR team in early 2014. She has continued with her tax education by completing the Special Enrollment Exams in 2016.

Previous to her work at ROR Denise was employed by one of their suppliers, TENENZ, Inc. (Tax and Accounting Supplies). At TENENZ Denise was the Accounting Manager with many hats. Last minute tax law and filing changes were always on her radar. She is no stranger to tax research either.

Before 16 years at TENENZ Denise owned and managed a preschool and daycare for 5 years, and spent nearly 10 years in Inventory Control with Best Buy Company as they grew from 7 local metro stores to over 230 stores across the nation. Very exciting stuff!

With a vast array of past experience and education including her new Enrolled Agent (EA) status, Denise is available to help you with your individual and small business taxes, bookkeeping, and general questions. Just give her a call to set something up.

Declaration of royal treatment ~ “I pledge to not just prepare a tax return for you, but to also look for ways to help you manage your fiscal life to its fullest potential. My goal at tax time is to make your experience majestic!”

Matthew Pagel, EA

Kaiser of Credits

Enrolled Agent


Matt was born and raised in the German founded city of New Ulm, Minnesota. He earned his AAS in Financial Accounting from Rasmussen College Mankato and his BS in Accounting from Colorado State University. In the late 1990’s he owned and operated a small pizzeria, so he knows firsthand the challenges small business owners face. Matt works with businesses in a variety of industries from construction and manufacturing to restaurants, retail, and transportation. Having worked in accounting and tax preparation since early 2008, Matt’s area of specialty has become tax and accounting for small to medium sized businesses and offers bookkeeping, sales tax, business start-up and income tax services. He has experience assisting clients with live IRS audits as well as responding to mailed notices.

Currently, Matt is only considering new clients who have business related tax and accounting needs. We recommend scheduling an initial “no fee introduction meeting” outside of tax season (May to December).

Declaration of royal treatment ~ “I pledge to provide clients with realistic answers to their tax situation and to give them the peace of mind that their tax returns are accurate and deliver the best possible outcome.”

Ray Mohr

Earl of Earnings

Sr. Income Tax Specialist


Ray is not ashamed to admit he originally hails from the northern suburbs of Chicago. However, he considers himself a MN native as he left the shores of Lake Michigan more than twenty years ago. Ray spent 25 years working in the software industry, most recently with Lawson Software, as director of product development, marketing and information technology. After a brief “Ray-tirement”, he is enjoying a second career at ROR as one of our tax professionals focusing on individual returns and individuals who are self-employed or have rental properties. Off-season, Ray can be found outside in the yard and garden, working on the family tree or spending time with friends and his 4-legged adopted daughters, Tessa (dog) & Tivo (cat)!

Declaration of royal treatment ~ “I pledge to treat every client as a member of my extended family, making tax time a “family reunion”, while going above and beyond and making “getting the taxes done” as efficient, reliable, accurate and enjoyable as possible!”

Michael Ness, CPA

Baron of Businesses

Certified Public Accountant


Michael grew up in Southern Illinois and has lived in Wisconsin, Alaska, and in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area for most of the past 2 decades.  He obtained his Bachelor’s degrees in both Accounting and Political Science, then took and passed the rigorous CPA exams becoming licensed in Minnesota in 2011.

Michael lives in St. Louis Park with his lovely wife and incorrigible (and also lovely) daughter.  His free time is dedicated to family, friends, and spending time in nature.  A long-time dream of his was to be able to ride his bicycle to work and that dream has come true since joining ROR!  Wave to him if you see him riding the trails.

After 20+ years in the workforce, Michael has done a lot:  accounting, tax preparation, payroll, auditing, sourcing/buying, HR management, cost negotiation & reduction, inventory analysis, retail management, marketing, supervising, product development, program management, and supply chain management.  His experience ranges from small to large sized entities and covers many sectors including public accounting, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, non-profit, government, & real estate.

With his diverse experience and knowledge, Michael brings a unique perspective in assisting clients with their bookkeeping, payroll, and small business/individual tax preparation needs.  Feel free to call Michael and set up an appointment.

Declaration of royal treatment ~ “I pledge to be a reliable, accurate, accessible, and personable accountant who you can rely on as your trusted financial partner.”

Mike Cassidy, CFP® ChFC® APMA®

Prince of Planning

Partner and Income Tax Specialist


A farm kid from Elk Mound, Wisconsin, Mike’s arrival to the Twin Cities started a varied financial career, having now spanned 23 years for taxes and 18 years for financial services.

And Mike has definitely settled in. He’s been board president of the Minnesota AIDS Project, a founding board member and treasurer of Project 515, treasurer and event co-chair of DIVA|MN, rider and crew of the Heartland AIDS Rides, and chair of the American Express’ PRIDE Network. He’s always into something!

You might find him in the Gayborhood of Robbinsdale (yes, Robbinsdale), enjoying restaurants “too much” and relentlessly renovating he and his husband’s (Alan) home to maintain his status as honorary lesbian with many tools.

Speaking of tools, Mike brings many of them to ROR. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® and Chartered Financial Consultant®, they include retirement and education planning, as well as individual tax planning and preparation. In fact, he’s also been named a Five Star Wealth Manager in Minneapolis St Paul Magazine for seven years running.

Declaration of royal treatment ~ “I pledge to not just prepare your taxes, but to look for opportunities in your situation that will make your life better. I will also do my best to take the pain out of getting your taxes done!”

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Tax Preparation & Planning Pricing

Because everyone's tax situation is different, fees can be a very complex question. At ROR, we calculate your fee based on the time we've spent preparing, reviewing, processing and filing your return, as well as the complexity and the liability associated with your return. Our minimum fee is $350 for a typical Individual return which includes completion of your Federal return (Form 1040 with Schedule A) and a single State return. Our minimum fee also includes assisting you with responding to tax agency letters (IRS, State Department of Revenue, etc..), answering tax questions and providing you with tax planning services through-out the year.

Client Accounting Services Rate
1096+1099 preparation and filing $75 + $15 each additional 1099
Bookkeeping Consultation required
Pleasant/sense of humor No charge
Liberal No charge
Whining Charged by the minute