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Ringler CPA is pleased to welcome Brook Hall, CPA, to the firm.

Brook Hall, CPA, is a member of the Ringler CPA client service team. He has been in public accounting since 2000 and earned a Bachelor's Degree in 2000 from Eastern Michigan University.  Brook's specialties include tax compliance and consulting services to privately held companies and family businesses.  He has extensive experience within the manufacturing, professional services and real estate industries.  Brook is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


 

Ringler CPA is pleased to welcome Leanne Solomon to the firm.

Leanne is the firm's Office Manager and support partner.  She has extensive client service and account management experience.  Leanne is responsible for "all things" administrative, including scheduling appointments, processing tax returns, etc.  She has a Master of Arts Degree from Oakland University.


February 2020 Tax Update....IRS Provides Relief for Reporting Required Minimum Distributions: ..but Tightens up "Stretch IRA's"

Who is affected?  Those nearing Age 70 and those individuals with estate plans using the popular "Stretch IRA".  

Enacted on 12/20/19, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act changed the start date for Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from age 70 1/2 to age 72. This ACT commenced January 1, 2020.  In our opinion, this is the most significant update to the laws governing retirement accounts since the Pension Protection Act in 2006.  Under the SECURE ACT, required minimum distributions must begin by April 1 of the year following reaching the age of 72. Therefore, a slight deferral on when $$$ needs to be distributed from a qualified retirement account and included in taxable income.

So...what's the offset?  Generally, a relaxing of one type of IRS rule results in a tightening of another.  Ditto here.  In this instance, the IRS has largely reduced those eligible for "stretching" their IRA to a beneficiary.  The "Stretch IRA" has been a widely used estate planning tool to leave behind IRA assets to the next generation and use a payout schedule for the life expectancy of the younger generation.  The benefit of the "Stretch" was that the IRA assets would continue to grow tax deferred for a longer time.   IRS did not like this anymore because they were receiving their tax revenue later rather than sooner.  So, they tightened this up by disallowing many types of beneficiaries from "stretching".  The definition of "many types of beneficiaries" is beyond the scope of this communication.  But, here is my recommendation on what you will want to do:

1.  Contact your estate planning/trust attorney and set up an appointment to review these changes with them to consider the impact it may have on you.  Existing trust planning and documents could be obsolete.

Our team of CPA's including  Mrs. Danielle Scramlin, CPA, Ms. Andrea Beauvais, CPA, Mr. Brook Hall, CPA and myself stand at the ready should you like some coordination with your attorney and your trust documents. 

Best,

Mike

Quickbooks Upgrade by Michael Ringler

If you are using an older version of Quickbooks, I recommend that you upgrade to the 2020 version. 
 
QuickBooks follows a very strict "sunset policy". This policy provides support to the current and two prior years versions of QuickBooks. In most cases, the "sunset" of an older version happens at the end of May. For example, support for QuickBooks 2017 will end at the end of May 2020 (and support for anything older than 2016 has already expired).
 
Our office has applied the "best practice" of upgrading annually and remaining within the "sunset policy." In other words, we will be supporting Quickbooks versions 2018, 2019, 2020. Versions of Quickbooks prior to 2018 will not be supported.
 
If you are in the situation with an older version and do NOT choose to do an upgrade, QuickBooks will continue working but you will no longer have access to any of the integrated QuickBooks software or services.
 
My suggestion is that you set your budget to ensure an upgrade to your QuickBooks at least once every three (3) years. This policy will ensure that you always have support for your QuickBooks. 






January 2020 Business Update...EXITS by Michael Ringler, CPA 

It's January, the beginning of a new year.  So let's talk about...EXITS.

An EXIT strategy exists when there is a documented plan of action in the event of a disability or death of an owner or key person AND an executed funding strategy in place.

Many business's have BUY SELL agreements.  Fewer, though, have funded the buy sell agreement properly.

Others' have not taken the time to plan effectively for the disability or death of the owner/key person. 

Either case, in most instances, the probability of financial harm is remote - after all, someone will have to die or be incapacitated.  Unlikely scenarios in the short run, right?

But unfortunately at times,  even the short run runs out of time.  People die...sometimes those people own companies or are integral to the success of the company.

Then, as Warren Buffet said,  "only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked."  Those that are "swimming naked" are the ones' who do not have a plan in place nor funded properly.

Our client, C & C Heating + Cooling Company, was "wearing clothes" when tragedy struck.  One of their shareholders ( and key people ) suddenly passed.  Not only did they have a buy sell agreement in place, they also had an adequate funding strategy in place.  The passing, although creating significant emotional duress did not create financial duress.  

Another client, Nameless Co., unfortunately was "naked" when tragedy struck.  No buy sell agreement, no funding strategy in place.  After all, what could happen?  And then it happened.  Now this Nameless Company is wrestling in court with the deceased shareholder's spouse regarding value and payment.  The Company will experience significant financial duress as it had no funding mechanism in place.  Time ran out...they were "naked."

My recommendation is to do yourself a favor...keep your bathing suit on and set a Q1 2020 goal with a deadline of March 31, 2020 to get your Buy Sell Agreement prepared/updated/reviewed and THEN make sure it is funded properly.

Let's make sure our EXIT is a seamless ENTRANCE for someone else.

TCJA doubles the child tax credit and allows a new lower credit for other dependents.

Improvements have been made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Act") to the child tax credit, i.e., the credit available for taxpayers with children under the age of 17 ("qualifying children"), and about a new credit for other dependents.

Starting in 2018, the TCJA doubles the child tax credit to $2,000 per qualifying child under age17. It also allows a new $500 credit (per dependent) for any of your dependents who are not qualifying children under 17. There is no age limit for the $500 credit, but the tax tests for dependency must be met. Under the Act, the refundable portion of the credit is increased to a maximum of $1,400 per qualifying child.

The Act also substantially increases the "phase-out" thresholds for the credit. Starting in 2018, the total credit amount allowed to a married couple filing jointly is reduced by $50 for every $1,000 (or part of a $1,000) by which their AGI exceeds $400,000 (up from the pre-Act threshold of $110,000). The threshold is $200,000 for all other taxpayers. So, if you were previously prohibited from taking the credit because your AGI was too high, you may now be eligible to claim the credit.

In order to claim the credit for a qualifying child, you must include that child's Social Security number (SSN) on your tax return. If a qualifying child does not have an SSN, you will not be able to claim the $1,400 credit. The SSN requirement does not apply for non-qualifying-child dependents, but you must provide an ITIN or ATIN for each dependent for whom you are claiming a $500 credit.

The changes made by the Act should make these credits more valuable and more widely available to many taxpayers.

The above information is designed to inform and is not to be used as a substitute for qualified tax planning and preparation. Specific scenarios may apply to your particular situation. We encourage you to call us at 586.954.2990 with any specific questions. And, if you know of someone who may benefit from the info in this Tax Alert go ahead and forward it to them.

How to Select a CPA

Assessing your accounting service provider options? Selecting a CPA is a critical decision for you and your company. In addition to tax compliance and establishing sound accounting practices, the right CPA can become a key strategic third-party advisor. A trusted CPA can facilitate relationships with other essential service providers and help you prepare your company for the future. Additionally, your needs will change over time so it is always a great idea to make sure your CPA is aligned well to your needs today and tomorrow. So, if you are in the process of selecting your provider, consider the following:

  1. Get a referral

Discuss your options with your attorney or banker. They have access to many relationships and have experienced how those individuals and firms respond to similar clients' needs. With the knowledge and understanding of you and your company, they will be able to narrow your focus considerably to a few select providers. Plus, trusted advice is worth a lot more than a random internet search or geographic-only selection.

  1. Technical competencies count

Insight is worth a lot - especially knowledge honed in a particular market segment or financial discipline. Assess how the CPA firm has helped current clients with needs similar to yours in comparable industries or stage of growth. Hands-on working knowledge of your particular business or niche will enable them to provide recommendations and advice based on similar issues now and those you will be facing in the future.

  1. Meet your team

Who will serve you and your business's needs? A team approach enables you to have multiple points of contact within your organization that will help accomplish the task and projects in a timely fashion. Do they have technical competencies in your industry? How well do you align with them and their approach? Also, it's a great sign if the CPA's team has been with them for a long time - happy team members are better service providers.

  1. Technology matters

Does your CPA employ modern technology to benefit you and how your projects are accomplished? How does the team communicate and what is the communication flow? Technological investments are important as they impact the way your engagement is accomplished, transferred, and stored. You want to make sure your CPA is on top of technology.

  1. Team investments

It is always a good idea to learn about the investments your CPA firm makes in their team. How do they manage continuing education? What benefits are available? The way your CPA treats their team is going to impact how the team treats you.

  1. Transparency

Assess the CPAs policies related to client service. Are they transparent and developed to serve you and your needs the right way? How are projects billed? How are changes communicated? Have the conversation upfront so that you won't be surprised later.

  1. Client service philosophy

Your CPA should become a trusted service provider. It is important that the CPA's client service team supports you and your business proactively. Discuss how they serve their clients, how new services are introduced, and how scope changes work. In addition, what you can expect from them in the long term - new ideas, practical advice, and active participation.

  1. Fees

Price matters, but value creation is equally important. Before any service is undertaken, ask the CPA what charges to expect. Evaluate the price in relation to the benefit or value derived. Is it a fair exchange? Don't just accept that you are being sold "time." Keep in mind that time increases if your work is done manually without the proper use of technology, so make sure to evaluate the CPA's efficiency in accomplishing your work. Get value and a fair price.

  1. A client's perspective

Current clients can offer you great insight into the experience of working with a particular CPA. What do the CPA's referrals have to say about them? How long have they been with the CPA firm? What has their experience been overtime? Having this perspective will provide you with a true example of the CPA's work and service delivery.

Finding the right CPA firm isn't an easy task, but it is worth the "up-front" effort. Assessing the provider from multiple inputs will provide you with broader intelligence on how working with them will be and provide you confidence in your selection.


For additional information or a complimentary discussion to determine if Ringler*CPA is a "right fit" for you, call me at 586.954.2990.

Coaches vs Cancer

January 2018

Continuing to make a positive impact in our community Ringler CPA has extended our “Jeans for a Cause” operation, allowing team members the opportunity to wear jeans on select Fridays for a $10 donation. Roughly once a quarter, one teammate has the opportunity to choose a charity to donate the proceeds to. “I see “Jeans for a Cause” as a win-win situation. I get to wear my comfortable jeans to the office and show people my entire wardrobe isn’t entirely khaki pants, and I know the money I donate will go towards a good cause,” said Jay Muchortow, CPA (who coincidentally, was wearing khaki pants when interviewed).

 For the month of January, Ringler CPA will be making a donation to the American Cancer Society in support of the "Coaches vs Cancer Suits and Sneakers" movement. Jay Muchortow, CPA, who moonlights as a junior varsity assistant basketball coach at Utica High School, chose this quarters' charity. During a designated week every January, basketball coaches across the country wear suits and sneakers during games to raise awareness for cancer and encourage people to educate themselves about prevention, screening and detection. “For the past couple of years, our basketball program has participated in "Coaches vs Cancer" week, and the kids enjoy the opportunity to support a great cause,” said Jay. “Many of us know someone who has battled some form of the disease, and know how it impacts the lives of those who are unfortunately diagnosed as well as their family members. "Suits and Sneakers" is a simple way for us to do our part to help those struggling and try and find a cure. It also gives me an opportunity to break my suit out of my closet, as friends tell me, “You clean up nicely.”  I don’t know if that is a compliment or a backhanded way to say I have poor fashion sense the rest of the time, but I choose to think positive and view it as a compliment.”

 “It is definitely a backhanded compliment,” chimed in Andrea Beauvais and Jennifer Sanderson. “Unfortunately Jay just doesn’t understand fashion. So it is great to know our dollars are going towards cancer research and awareness and also forcing Jay to look truly professional at least one day during the year.”   

 “We are excited to support this great cause and do our part to help find a way to cure and eradicate cancer,” said Mike Ringler, President of Ringler CPA. 

 

The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer. They accomplish this encouraging prevention, researching for cures and providing support to those who have been touched by cancer.  For more information on the American Cancer Society and "Coaches vs Cancer", visit www.cancer.org.


 

Mike Ringler & Jay Muchortow


           

Staff @ Ringler CPA                                                            Coach Muchortow with a Mission

            

TCJA allows $10,000 per year of 529 plan account funds to be used for elementary or secondary school tuition.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has made changes to qualified tuition programs, commonly known as "529 plans". These changes take effect for 529 plan distributions after 2017.

A 529 plan distribution is tax-free if it is used to pay "qualified higher education expenses" of the beneficiary (student). Before the TCJA made these changes, tuition for elementary or secondary schools wasn't a "qualified higher education expense."

The TCJA provides that qualified higher education expenses now include expenses for tuition in connection with enrollment or attendance at an elementary or secondary public, private, or religious school. Thus, tax-free distributions from 529 plans can now be received by beneficiaries who pay these expenses, effective for distributions from 529 plans after 2017.

There is a limit to how much of a distribution can be taken from a 529 plan for these expenses. The amount of cash distributions from all 529 plans per single beneficiary during any tax year can't, when combined, include more than $10,000 for elementary school and secondary school tuition incurred during the tax year.

The above information is designed to inform and is not to be used as a substitute for qualified tax planning and preparation. Specific scenarios may apply to your particular situation. We encourage you to call us at 586.954.2990 with any specific questions.  And, if you know of someone who may benefit from the info in this Tax Alert go ahead and forward it to them.

Friends:

Under the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act), there are changes in the rules for deducting qualified residential interest, i.e., interest on your home mortgage.

Under the pre-Act rules, you could deduct interest on up to a total of $1 million of mortgage debt used to acquire your principal residence and a second home, i.e., acquisition debt.  You could also deduct interest on home equity debt, i.e., other debt secured by the qualifying homes. Qualifying home equity debt was limited to the lesser of $100,000 or the taxpayer's equity in the home or homes (the excess of the value of the home over the acquisition debt). The funds obtained via a home equity loan did not have to be used to acquire or improve the homes. So you could use home equity debt to pay for education, travel, health care, etc.

Under the Act, starting in 2018, the limit on qualifying acquisition debt is reduced to $750,000 .

And, importantly, starting in 2018, there is no longer a deduction for interest on home equity debt. This applies regardless of when the home equity debt was incurred. Accordingly, if you are considering incurring home equity debt in the future, you should take this factor into consideration. And if you currently have outstanding home equity debt, be prepared to lose the interest deduction for it, starting in 2018. (You will still be able to deduct it on your 2017 tax return, filed in 2018.)

The above information is designed to inform and is not to be used as a substitute for qualified tax planning and preparation. Specific scenarios may apply to your particular situation. We encourage you to call us at 586.954.2990 with any specific questions.

Friends:

New limits are placed on individuals' itemized deductions of various kinds of nonbusiness taxes, which was made by the massive Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act), effective beginning with the 2018 tax year.

Before the changes were effective, individuals were permitted to claim the following types of taxes as itemized deductions, even if they were not business related:

  • (1)  state, local, and foreign real property taxes;
  • (2)  state and local personal property taxes; and
  • (3)  state, local, and foreign income taxes.

Taxpayers could elect to deduct state and local general sales taxes in lieu of the itemized deduction for state and local income taxes.

Tax deduction cuts. For tax years 2018 through 2025, the Act limits deductions for taxes paid by individual taxpayers in the following ways:

  • . . . It limits the aggregate deduction for state and local real property taxes; state and local personal property taxes; state and local, and foreign income taxes; and general sales taxes (if elected) for any tax year to $10,000 ($5,000 for marrieds filing separately). 

The above information is designed to inform and is not to be used as a substitute for qualified tax planning and preparation. Specific scenarios may apply to your particular situation. We encourage you to call us at 586.954.2990 with any specific questions.

Friends:

Recent changes to the individual and corporate income tax rates will take effect beginning in 2018 under the major piece of tax legislation called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act).

Rate changes for individuals. Individuals are subject to income tax on "ordinary income," such as compensation, and most retirement and interest income, at increasing rates that apply to different ranges of income depending on their filing status (single; married filing jointly, including surviving spouse; married filing separately; and head of household). Currently those rates are 10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33%, 35%, and 39.6%.

New rates. Beginning with the 2018 tax year and continuing through 2025, there will still be seven tax brackets for individuals, but their percentage rates will change to: 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35%, and 37%.

Capital gain rates. Three tax brackets currently apply to net capital gains, including certain kinds of dividends: 0% for net capital gain that would be taxed at the 10% or 15% rate if it were ordinary income; 15% for gain that would be taxed above 15% and below 39.6% if it were ordinary income, or 20% for gain that would be taxed at the 39.6% ordinary income rate.

The Act, generally, keeps the existing rates and breakpoints on net capital gains and qualified dividends. For 2018, the 15% breakpoint is: $77,200 for joint returns, $51,700 for heads of household, and $38,600 for other unmarried individuals. The 20% breakpoint is $479,000 for joint returns,  $452,400 for heads of household, and $425,800 for any other individual.

Important: These new individual income tax rates will not affect your tax on the return you will soon file for 2017, however they will almost immediately affect the amount of your wage withholding and the amount, if any, of estimated tax that you may need  to pay.

Bottom line. While these changes will lower rates at many income levels, determining the overall impact on any particular individual or family will depend on a variety of other changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including increases in the standard deduction, loss of personal and dependency exemptions, a dollar limit on itemized deductions for state and local taxes, and changes to the child tax credit and the taxation of a child's unearned income, known as the Kiddie Tax.

The above information is designed to inform and is not to be used as a substitute for qualified tax planning and preparation. Specific scenarios may apply to your particular situation. We encourage you to call us at 586.954.2990 with any specific questions.

October Fest kicks off Fall

Ringler CPA kicked off the 2017 fall season with a client appreciation event on October 26th.  The company held their 3rd October Fest at their beautiful office in Clinton Township.  The festivities began with a continental breakfast at 7:30 am and continued through late morning.  Clients had the opportunity to mingle with the staff, while enjoying a hot cup of coffee or cider.  Clients could stop in on their way to work and grab a quick bite with some conversation.  “We like to do this event as a way of thanking our clients for their business,” said Michael Ringler.  “We appreciate each client.  We know they are the reason we have grown into the company that we are today,” CPA Jennifer Sanderson said. 

Ringler CPA has been in business for 25 years and continues to grow. 


The Ringler staff from left to right: Sheri Rizzo, Danielle Scramlin

Michael Ringler, Bandna Virdi, Andrea Beauvais


From Left:  Joe Sabelhaus, Michael Ringler & Robert Taukert



<a><em>"Autumn Harvest; How to Harvest the Value within your Business"</em></a>

"Autumn Harvest; How to Harvest the Value within your Business"

I am thrilled to announce that my book, "Autumn Harvest; How to Harvest the Value within your Business" has been published.  

The content and solutions contained within this book are derived from my 25 years of experience serving the entrepreneurial family business.  You can receive a complimentary ebook by going here: http://www.autumnharvestbook.com/.

In "Autumn Harvest", you will find several strategies to ensure that you receive fair value for your investment in your business, including maximizing your after-tax financial net worth and preserving your legacy.  

<b>2017 Pacesetter Recognition</b>

2017 Pacesetter Recognition

October 8, 2017, Clinton Twp., MI

Michael W. Ringler, CPA, a financial services professional in Clinton Twp., MI was recognized as a Pacesetter by HD Vest Financial Services®. Michael qualified with 37 other Pacesetters for the 2017 Pacesetters' Meeting, held in Southlake, Texas September 18-20, 2017. The meeting was hosted by Allianz, AXA, Brighthouse Financial, Great-West Financial, Jackson National, Lincoln Financial, Protective Life, and Sammons. HD Vest is one of the oldest and largest independent financial services firms specializing in training and supporting tax professionals.

HD Vest Financial Services Pacesetters is a company-wide program designed to recognize HD Vest Advisors at various stages of their investment planning practice for their commitment to providing clients with investment-planning tools and strategies that will help them work toward a brighter financial future. By recognizing a range of categories, Advisors at all levels of success and tenure are included and can learn from each other. The goal of the Pacesetters' Meeting is to celebrate the Pacesetters' success, share successful ideas and strategies, as well as case studies presented by the hosting partners, and build valuable relationships with other Pacesetter Advisors.

Michael heard HD Vest, industry updates, and case studies from HD Vest Wealth Planning Strategist Chad Smith, Annuity Specialist Aaron Runyon, and educational speakers from each of the hosting partners.

"Pacesetters is a unique program at HD Vest. It's our priority to create and support a like-minded community of Advisors who have excelled in their field but who may be at very different points in their careers - from new Advisors to those who have been helping clients for over 20 years," said Bob Oros, CEO of HD Vest. "Our Pacesetter Advisors learn a lot from each other because they each share their unique expertise in providing the most appropriate and best possible financial solutions to their clients."

Michael has been an Advisor with HD Vest since 1997.  He owns Ringler Capital, in Clinton Twp., MI.  Michael graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Accounting.

Pictured Left to Right:  Pauline Weinbeck, Michael Ringler, Bandna Virdi

 

About HD Vest, Inc.

Since its inception in 1983, HD Vest Financial Services® has supported an independent network of tax and non-tax professionals who provide comprehensive financial services including securities, insurance, money management services, and banking solutions. Ranked as one of the top 20 independent broker-dealer firms1, with 4,600 independent contractors managing over $37 billion in assets for individuals, families and small businesses in all 50 states.2  

 

1Think Advisor 2015 Broker-Dealer Reference Guide, which measured/ranked the top 25 independent broker-dealers by annual revenue.

2As of January 1, 2016

 

Ringler Capital is not a registered broker/dealer or independent investment advisory firm.

HD Vest Financial Services® is the holding company for the group of companies providing financial services under the HD Vest name.
Securities offered through HD Vest Investment ServicesSM, Member SIPC, Advisory services offered through HD Vest Advisory ServicesSM, 6333 N. State Highway 161, Fourth Floor, Irving, TX 75038, 972-870-6000.

Ringler CPA sponsors MSU Executive Forum

Ringler CPA was a proud sponsor to Michigan State University's Executive Forum featuring Jim Hackett, Ford Motor Company's President and CEO.  

 Held at the distinguished The Henry Ford Museum, October 5, 2017, a few hundred attendees gathered to hear Lou Anna K Simon, MSU President, share a question and answer session with Ford's Hackett who shared insights from his experiences at Steelcase and initiatives with Ford Motor Company. 

 Hackett encouraged the crowd to wake up each morning and ask themselves what they can do for someone else that day. A key theme to the evening's discussion was balancing ego with empathy. 

 "It was a fantastic evening to support the thriving business community in our region - one that has global impact," stated Michael Ringler, owner of Ringler CPA. 

 

Click here to learn more about  MSU's Executive Forum and Jim Hackett.

Ringler Hopes to Make a Difference

Ringler Hopes to Make a Difference

Jeans for a Cause

Clinton Township, MI — July 7, 2017Today, Ringler CPA announced it would be making a donation to the Greater Michigan Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

“Giving to a cause that is close to our heart always feels good,” said Michael Ringler, President at Ringler CPA.

Ringler CPA has been collecting money for six months.  Ringler offered an incentive to employees with a small catch, “employees were asking for a casual dress day and I thought this would be the ideal scenario,” Ringler said.   Ringler implemented Jeans for a Cause.  Employees can wear jeans one day a month for a price of $10.  The money is collected and after six months it gets donated to a charity.  The charity is selected by one of the employees.  Employee, Andrea Beauvais and Sheri Rizzo selected the first charity.  “We wanted to donate to a cause that we were familiar with,” said Beauvais.  Both Beauvais and Rizzo have a family member struggling with Alzheimer’s and know how prevalent it is in today’s society.   “Everyone knows someone with this disease and it affects families hard,” said Rizzo.  The Ringler team is excited to see what other charities they can contribute to.

Facts and figures about the disease are staggering.  Five million people in the U.S. are living with the disease.  Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in America.  Every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s.  Since 2000, death from Alzheimer’s has increased by 89%.  “We should all do our part to bring awareness to this disease,” Ringler said.

Information from:  Alzheimer’s Association. 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. Alzheimer’s & Dementia 2017;13:325-373.

Pictured (left to right) Mike Ringler, Sheri Rizzo, Andrea Beauvais

Hurricane Harvey Wreaks Havoc on Texas

August 31, 2017

Corporations from all over the country have been coming to the rescue with monetary support for the American Red Cross to assist victims of the natural disaster Hurricane Harvey. 

Currently, tens of thousands are seeking shelter refuge with the over 230 Red Cross sites.  Thousands of meals have been served to those in need and kitchens are set up to assist those hungry.  Emergency skilled volunteers are coming in from all over the country and Mexico to help the Red Cross.  “There is a huge need for assistance and we want to do our part,” said Michael Ringler, owner of Ringler CPA.

Ringler CPA is stepping up their “Jeans for a Cause” operation; allowing employees to wear jeans on any day in September with a $10 donation to the American Red Cross.  As a small company with eight employees, the team at Ringler hopes to help as much as they can.  “I love the fact that we can dress casual for work during this busy month and pay $10,” said CPA Jennifer Sanderson. 

“When I know that I am helping someone in Texas, it makes me feel good,” said CPA Danielle Scramlin.

 

Since employees can’t be there to assist directly, this gives them a chance to assist in a nationwide crisis.  The team at Ringler discuss how they can help others in need at weekly update meetings.  “Everyone was onboard with this cause.  Giving is a part of who we are,” Ringler said.  Pictured above:  Mike Ringler & Jennifer Sanderson

 


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

Michael Ringler of Ringler CPA Hosts Successful "2016 Ringler Invitational"

Clinton Township, MI - Michael Ringler hosted clients and friends of the firm for a round of golf and lunch at Gowanie Golf Club in Clinton Township, MI on August 10th, 2016.   This year’s event began at 8:30 am under sunny skies and high temperatures (91°).   The Invitational was a perfect occasion to enjoy one of Michigan's favorite summer pastimes with clients and those close to the firm. The day was filled with food, drinks and some nice giveaways. 

“It is important to let our clients know how much they mean to us and spending some time together away from an office is always a great investment," notes Michael Ringler, President and CEO of Ringler CPA.  The following were in attendance:  Mike Ringler, Bill Ringler, Andrea Beauvais, Steve Wandschneider, Brent Wolgast, Bob Taukert, Bill Biga, MaryAnn Osterbeck, Fred Osterbeck and Scott Fleet.  Lowest round was recorded by Brent Wolgast of Blue Water Equity Capital Partners with a score of 71. 


            

              Bob Taukert, Bill Ringler, & Bill Biga

           

Bill & Mike Ringler                                                              Andrea Beauvais & Michael Ringler

Class of 2014 Celebrate at Ringler CPA’s Inaugural President’s Reception

January 22, 2015 

Clinton Twp, MI – Ringler CPA welcomed the Class of 2014 at the President’s Reception. This event celebrated new clients, those that made the introduction to us, and new team members. Held at Andiamo’s in Sterling Heights, on January 22, 2015, the evening marked the occasion to thank everyone for joining the firm.

Mike Ringler, President of Ringler CPA states, “It was a wonderful evening to express our gratitude to these clients and their referral sources for placing their confidence and trust in our firm. In addition, welcoming new team members help us serve and provide premier accounting and financial services to this esteemed group.”

The evening enabled attendees to network, learn more about other business’s, and make new friends. “I really enjoyed meeting the clients that attended and am thrilled to be a part of the team,” noted Pauline Weinbeck, Client Service Manager.

Mike Ringler plans to make the occasion an annual event to welcome each incoming class of new relationships.

Established in 1992, Ringler CPA provides business owners and their families with accounting, tax, and business advisory services including proprietary strategic business solutions. 

 

Patricia Haney Retires after 19 years with Ringler CPA

August 3, 2017 

Ringler CPA celebrated the retirement of one of its longtime employees, Patricia Haney.  On Thursday, August 3rd, Ringler held a retirement party at Brio Partridge Creek in Clinton Township in Pat's honor, inviting some of her long term clients.  Clients such as EMP Manufacturing, Wasik Funeral Home, John's Lumber and Legacy Wealth Management attended the party.  Other attendees included bankers, family and staff from Ringler CPA.  Michael Ringler gave a heartfelt speech commemorating Pat's years of service, followed by a speech from Pat.  Pat was very grateful for the party and is excited about retirement.  "This is a beautiful luncheon, " said Pat.

Pat began her journey with Michael Ringler in 1998 as a licensed CPA.   Pat has grown into a well-loved and appreciated member of the team at Ringler CPA. Pat has helped many entrepreneurs in the areas of accounting, taxation, bookkeeping and consulting. Additionally, she has helped train several team members, passing her vast knowledge onto other employees within the firm. She was instrumental in establishing employee guidelines, processes, and handbooks for the firm. Pat has contributed 19 years of experience to this company, and her achievements will not be forgotten by her colleagues.

We all wish Pat the very best on the next steps of her journey. She has been an outstanding member/leader to our team and is a true inspiration for all of us. Her contributions were integral to our success and continuity.  She will be missed by our team and the many clients she serviced every day. 

Pat plans on spending her newly acquired spare time doing the things she holds dear.  She is an avid quilter, loves to travel, has a grandson and another grandbaby on the way. Pat enjoys spending time with her family and friends and looks forward to making the most out of every day.  

"I have truly enjoyed my years working with Mike and the entire team here at Ringler. I will miss them all. I will also miss all the great clients I have met and worked with throughout the years. However, I can honestly say that I will not miss "Tax Season". I am looking forward to starting the next chapter of my life - retirement", said Pat.

Pat's last day with Ringler CPA was August 3rd.


            

Patricia Haney and her family at Brio      Pat with coworker Danielle Scramlin

            

Pat with client Joe Sabelhaus                 Pat making her speech at the luncheon