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TIMOTHY NESS, EA

Tim is  a former IRS tax auditor who founded Ness Tax and Bookkeeping Service in 1999. A graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, he received his MBA from the University of South Dakota. He is an Enrolled Agent and a QuickBooks ProAdvisor.

MONA NESS, CPA

Mona received her Master’s Degree in Professional Accountancy (MPA) from the University of South Dakota. She has distinguished herself as one of the most knowledgeable and friendly members of the Ness team. She is the primary source of contact for all corporate, partnership, and non-profit tax and accounting services.

GARY FORSCH

Gary has more than 20 years of tax preparation experience and specializes in farm and small business tax return preparation. Friendly and trustworthy, Gary is one of our most requested preparers.

GENE LEBAHN, EA

Gene is a graduate of the University of South Dakota where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. Gene has been with the firm for years primarily working with small business and individual tax clients. He is an Enrolled Agent.

CAROL JENKINS, EA

Carol is a graduate of Interstate Business College, ND. She has a long accounting and tax career in Rapid City, SD preparing individual and business tax returns, helping clients with IRS issues, and performing bookkeeping tasks. She's an Enrolled Agent.

JOSEPH BOLGER,  ESQ

Joe has earned a BA in Government and International Affairs from Augustana College, a BBA in Accounting from the University of South Dakota, and a JD from the University of South Dakota School of Law.  He is currently working towards his Certified Public Accountant licensure and looks forward to serving you as a knowledgeable member of the Ness team.

DEAN CASSELLA

Dean is a graduate of Huron University of Sioux Falls with a degree in Accounting. He has extensive experience on multi-state sales and use tax compliance, business accounting, individual and business income tax preparation. 

SCOTT OWEN, EA

Scott is a graduate of South Dakota State University and the University of Sioux Falls with a degree in accounting. He received his MBA from Colorado Technical University. He has several years of income tax and bookkeeping experience.

KIMBERLY ELENKIWICH

Kimberly graduated from South Dakota State University in 2008 and is currently enrolled in the Master of Professional Accountancy program at the University of South Dakota.   She has over a decade of extensive experience specializing in the finance, underwriting and agriculture industries.

JEREMY GERLOFF, EA

Jeremy is a graduate of Colorado Technical University with a Bachelors in Accounting.  He is a QuickBooks Pro Advisor with many years of public accounting and tax experience in a variety of industries.

MARK PEDERSON, CPA

Mark graduated from University of South Dakota with a major in Accounting, later he obtained a MBA degree and CPA credentials. Mark has extensive experience both in public and private accounting, in various industries such as manufacturing, construction, non-profit entities, and in various states. He has represented clients before the IRS, and was relied upon as an expert in courts.

 

JESSICA FISCHER

Jessica graduated from Augustana University with a major in Accounting and Business Administration.  She is proficient with MS Office, QuickBooks Desktop, QuickBooks Online. 

 

STEVEN WAGNER

Steven has 35 years of accounting, auditing and tax experience. He graduated from Mount Marty College with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration. He is an expert in non-profit organization, law firm practices, individual and business taxation, corporate financial accounting, specialty taxes such as property tax, sales and use tax, construction excise tax, payroll tax, state nexus and taxation, various business entity types, accounting internal control and procedures. He has worked with both public accounting and private businesses. He has extensive knowledge of transportation, retail and service industries.

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