LBL managing partner, Beth Kieffer Leonard, is honored by Girl Scouts

Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP managing partner, Beth Kieffer Leonard, was recognized by Girl Scouts River Valleys as one of the 2015 Women of Distinction on Wednesday April 8, 2015 at an awards luncheon. This notable honor recognizes seven community leaders who exemplify the Girls Scouts mission through their professional accomplishments and commitment to making a difference in the community.

Beth believes that the Girl Scouts teach important lessons that help girls become great businesswomen and entrepreneurs. Participating in the Girl Scouts taught her many skills that have set the foundation for her career today.

Beth shared the impact Girl Scouts has had on her life and why it’s so important to give back through a touching video.

LBL is a 2015 Best Company to Work For

For the second year in a row Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP was named a recipient for the 2015 100 Best Companies to Work for Awards. Presented by Minnesota Business magazine, these awards honor 100 Minnesota companies that have been deemed as the best places to work by none other than their own employees.

This notable honor celebrates organizations that are setting the standard for employee happiness and overall well-being. The “100 Best” were selected by an independent research firm employing various research techniques — including an anonymous online questionnaire filled out by the employees of each company — to determine which companies in Minnesota excel in the areas of work environment, employee benefits, and overall employee happiness.

Attention entrepreneurs: Minnesota Cup is now accepting applications

Do you have a breakthrough business idea? Are you ready to launch the next big startup? For 11 years, the Minnesota Cup competition—the largest statewide new venture competition in the United States— has supported and accelerated the development of innovative business ideas from around the state. State residents have until May 8 to submit entries to compete for $327,000 in prize money.

Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP is a proud sponsor and supporter of this program and has been since it’s inception. Members of our firm have also acted as judges and speakers at various events involving the competition.

Participation in the Minnesota Cup competition is free.

6 helpful tips for filling out your tax organizer

Filling out your tax organizer is one of the first steps in preparing for filing your taxes.

As a general rule, if anything has changed for you during the tax year, we need to know (Did you have a child? Do you pay for child care? Did you start paying tuition for your child? Did you purchase/sell a home or refinance your mortgage?). Although the LBL advisor you regularly work with may know about these changes, please note these changes in the organizer and provide any documents you received related to the changes. Providing this information in the tax organizer gives us the information we need to properly document everything on the tax return.

How to handle tax-related scams

UPDATE (Feb. 9, 2015): TurboTax software restarted the e-filing of state tax returns after temporarily stopping them because of reports of fraud.

Tax-related identity theft
Taxpayers are at an increased risk for phone and email scams related to the filing and status of their tax returns. In an attempt to obtain your tax refund, identity thieves use these methods to gain access to your Social Security number (SSN) and file a tax return under your name before you do. It is important to be on high alert for suspicious tax return notices involving either of these prevalent scenarios:

  • More than one tax return was filed using your SSN
  • You were paid by an employer you don’t know

Recognizing a scam
In the majority of cases, the IRS will not initiate contact with taxpayers via email, text or social media, nor will they ask for personal or financial information through these outlets.