Big changes to FAFSA

4 12 2015

Have a child going to college?  Big changes to the FAFSA were announced from the White House in September.  The changes become effective in October of 2016 and will have a big impact for families with graduates in the year 2017 and beyond.

The new method is referred to as “prior-prior-year” because student’s college financial aid eligibility will now be based off of a family’s income from two years prior to when a student enters college.  Students entering college in the 2017-2018 school year will be able to use income tax information from their parent’s 2015 tax return.  Also with the prior-prior-year method you will be able to file a FAFSA form as early as October (2016).

Currently a student’s financial aid eligibility is based off of the income tax return for the previous year, so the eligibility for school year 2015 – 2016 is based off the 2014 income tax return.  Aid can change throughout the college years with a family’s finances, but the first year of aid could be crucial in playing a part in where a student will choose to attend college.  With current deadlines for filing the FAFSA ranging from January – March, nearly 4 million students file the FAFSA before they have access to the latest tax return.

With these welcomed changes, it will help students determine the true cost of attending college much earlier in the process.  It means students will be able to apply for aid earlier and more easily, and make better informed decisions about where to apply and how to pay for college.

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Submitted by Christa Dickson





Holiday Schedule

25 11 2015

The Holiday Season is quickly approaching.  RBSK Partners’ offices will be closed as follows:

Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 26th; Friday, November 27th.

Christmas – Thursday, December 24th; Friday, December 25th.

New Year – Noon on Thursday, December 31st; Friday, January 1st

RBSK Partners would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Meet Ron Knueven

30 01 2015

Ronald J. Knueven, CPRonSMA, CVA is a partner of RBSK Partners PC. Ron specializes in delivering accounting and tax services to individual and closely-held business clients in a variety of industries, including retail, wholesale, professional services, agriculture, manufacturing, telecommunications, real estate, and nonprofit.

In addition to being a CPA, Ron is also a Certified Valuation Analyst, or CVA. As our director of Business Valuation Services, Ron provides essential valuation services to his business clients for gift and estate tax purposes, marital dissolutions, buy/sell agreements, and for the purchase or sale of a business. He has testified as an expert witness on business valuation matters.

Ron also serves as the manager of RBSK Partners’ Accounting and Auditing Department, ensuring proper accounting and auditing standards are followed and that financial reports produced for our clients are of the highest quality. He invests in ongoing education to stay current on and educate our staff and clients about all accounting, auditing, and business valuation developments.

Actively involved in his community and his profession, Ron is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, The Indiana CPA Society, and the National Association of CVAs. He has served as a member, officer, director, and committee chairperson of various community groups, including the Ripley County Community Foundation, Margaret Mary Community Hospital, and the Chamber of Commerce.

Ron has also presented on a variety of accounting and auditing related topics for clients and staff training sessions. He has also authored several business valuation articles that have been published in local newsletters.

Ron brings his significant experience and commitment to excellence to RBSK to make a difference for our clients. To contact Ron, email him at rknueven@rbskpartners.com or call him at 812-663-7567 extension 208.





New Year, New Website, New Opportunities

7 01 2015

New Year: LisaSM

RBSK is excited to welcome in another new year. Like many of you, we are anticipating 2015 to be a great year and are setting our sights on achieving great things for our clients and staff.

New Website:

We want to take this opportunity to invite you to visit our new website–designed with YOU in mind! We think you will find it has a cleaner look, improved navigation and helpful content. We welcome your feedback and comments. www.rbskpartners.com

New Opportunities:

“Opportunity Season” (formerly known as “busy season” or “tax season”) is fast approaching. We are poised and ready to help you achieve the goals you have set for 2015 and to take advantage of opportunities to grow and strengthen your business and personal wealth . Please don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance and to also spread the word about us to family, friends and colleagues in need of tax, accounting or IT services.  Business is great and we are looking for more!

Here’s to a SUPER 2015!!!!

 





Meet John Seale

31 12 2014

JohnSMJohn G. Seale, CPA.CITP is the managing partner of RBSK Partners with overall responsibility for achieving the firm’s goals and growth plans. He is ultimately responsible for employee and client satisfaction for the firm. He has specific oversight of audit and accounting and the firm’s technology practice. He is experienced in fraud investigations and is a qualified peer review team captain.

Before beginning his career at RBSK thirty years ago, John graduated from Brookville High School as the highest ranking male in his class. While in high school, he won the Indiana state mathematical award and was president of the National Honor Society. After high school, he received a congressional appointment to West Point and an alternate appointment to the Air Force Academy. Choosing not to go the military route, he attended Eastern Kentucky University and attained a BBA in Accounting. From there he was employed by the Indiana State Board of Accounts, where an audit in Greensburg sparked his interest in public accounting.

Through his position as a CPA, John has been able to serve on the Peer Review Committee and Report Acceptance Board of the Indiana CPA Society, and he is a former member of the AICPA Information Technology Committee. Additionally, he is a director of MainSource Financial Group (MSFG).

John and his wife Julie reside in Brookville with their son Austin, a senior at Franklin County High School. Austin plays on the golf team and is an avid hunter. Austin has been able to hunt deer, bear, alligator, Corsican Ram, coyote, sting rays, and other small game. John enjoys accompanying Austin on his hunting trips; he also enjoys boating and travel.

John brings experience, commitment, and excellence to RBSK to gain the trust and confidence of our clients. John can be reached via email jseale@rbskpartners.com or by phone at 663-7567, extension 221.





Meet Bob Blankman

16 12 2014

BobSMRobert J. Blankman, CPA is a partner of RBSK Partners. Bob specializes in delivering accounting and tax services to individual and closely-held business clients in a variety of industries, including retail, professional services, agriculture, transportation, warehousing, and real estate.

As our director of tax services, Bob ensures proper tax return preparation procedures are followed and that RBSK utilizes the best in tax technologies to serve our clients. He invests in ongoing education to stay current on and educate our staff and clients about all tax developments and tax law changes.

In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, Bob has experience as a Valuation Analyst. Bob provides essential valuation services to his business clients for gift and estate tax purposes, buy/sell agreements, or as they contemplate the purchase or sale of a business.

Actively involved in his community and profession, Bob is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and The Indiana CPA Society. He has served as a member, officer, director, and committee chairperson of various community groups, including within his church, the Optimist Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the Decatur County Community Foundation, Knights of St. John, the United Fund, and Big Brothers & Big Sisters.

Bob is also an accomplished speaker, having presented on a variety of tax-related topics for groups including chambers of commerce, service clubs, and churches, as well as for public seminars and training sessions. He has also authored several tax-related articles that have been published in local newsletters and newspapers.

Bob brings significant experience and commitment to excellence to RBSK to make a difference for our clients. To contact Bob, you can email him at blankman@rbskpartners.com or call him at 663-7567, extension 212.





Meet Lisa Tressler

30 11 2014

LisaSMLisa Tressler, CPA is a partner of RBSK Partners PC. Lisa joined the firm in 1992, and has worked in a variety of roles within the firm. Lisa specializes in delivering accounting and tax services to individual and closely-held business clients in a variety of industries, including retail, professional services, agriculture, transportation, warehousing, and real estate.

With her focus in the area of tax services, Lisa ensures proper tax return preparation procedures are followed and that RBSK Partners utilizes the best in tax technologies to serve our clients. She invests in ongoing education to stay current on and educate our staff and clients about all tax developments and tax law changes. Lisa oversees the marketing directives for the firm and works hard to promote our firm and its greatest asset, our staff.

Lisa also manages our Small Business Services department which provides payroll and bookkeeping services to our clients.

Actively involved in her community and profession, Lisa is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Indiana CPA Society. She has served as a member, officer, volunteer, and committee member of various community groups, including those within her church, the United Fund, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Greensburg Community Schools, Decatur County Community Foundation, Hospital Foundation of Decatur County, Pregnancy Care Center, and the Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce. She and her husband, Pete, reside in Greensburg and have three children and one grandson.

Lisa brings experience and commitment to excellence to RBSK to gain the trust and confidence of our clients. Lisa can be reached via email at ltressler@rbskpartners.com or by phone at 663-7567, extension 232.