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Denise Nix, MBA, EA

Princess Denise of Deductions

Enrolled Agent

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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 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

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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

Income Tax Specialist

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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. You may recognize him as a familiar face at ROR. He worked in the back-office and assisted clients for several years. 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”, Ray is enjoying a second career at ROR as one of our tax professionals, working closely with Mike Cassidy and his clients. When he isn’t working, Ray can be found spending time with family and friends and his 4-legged adopted daughters, Tessa, Tivo & Taz!

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

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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 since 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®

Prince of Planning

Partner and Income Tax Specialist

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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!”

Lee Roehl

Queen of Queries

Partner and Founder

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This self-proclaimed Network Queen and Santa Claus wannabe started doing taxes at H&R Block in the mid-70’s. He taught school for 23 years with his BA & MA in Elementary Education. “First grade for the last 8 years was the best!” says Lee R.

His daughter Jen and his grandchildren Ani and Storm, are his pride and joy. “The Boys” – Baxter and Doulton are the bosses. They say “Jump” and Lee says “How high?”

He is passionate about making the world a better place, equal rights for everyone.

Dancing, cooking, Quorum and non-profits tend to keep him off the street. (thank goodness!)

Declaration of royal treatment ~ “I pledge to coordinate your activities to (1) help you pay the least amount of taxes possible (2) increase your net worth (3) connect you to the right people to fulfill your needs and ultimately (4) live well.”

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Joan Pipp

Duchess of Protocol

Office Manager

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Joan grew up in the far away kingdom of Michigan. She proudly sports her Wolverine Maize and Blue crest to show her loyalty. She and her husband have raised their 3 sons here in Minnesota.

She has experience in a tax accounting office, and now uses her knowledge to keep our office running smoothly during the busy tax season and creating a pleasant atmosphere for the financial planning clients during the rest of the year.

Declaration of royal treatment ~ “I promise to make sure you are treated quickly with utmost confidentiality and care. I will use all my creativity to make sure the details of your requests are taken care of in a timely fashion.”

Troy M. Brueggemeier

Viceroy of Valuation

Financial Planning Analyst

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Troy is a member of the financial planning and private wealth management practice, Fathom Advisors, which is located within ROR. Coming to us with over 15 years experience in financial services, he is fully licensed and is a Notary Public. Troy works along Mike Cassidy in reviewing client investments, coordinating the preparation and follow up of client meetings, executing transactions , and preparing financial plans.

In addition to his passion for finance, Troy also enjoys volunteering in both the local and national LGBT community. He has been the chairperson for the local and national chapter of Ameriprise Financial’s LGBT employee network (PRIDE Network) and continues to work with their marketing and leadership team to help the company serve its LGBT clients. He also gives his time and expertise to the Minnesota AIDS Project.

Born and raised in small town Minnesota, Troy currently resides in St. Louis Park. When not volunteering in the community, you can find him running or biking around the beautiful lakes in Minneapolis, spending time with friends and family with a movie or two, or enjoying some delicious food and a glass of wine (or 2).

Declaration of royal treatment ~ “I pledge to be a steward to our community and always remember our clients are paramount to our success, and therefore, ensure you will receive the personalized, premium service you come to expect.”

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