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Fall 2014 

Welcome to the first edition of our e-newsletter!  Our goal is to provide you with news you can use in your business and personal lives.  In addition, we'll let you know what we're up to in the community.  Please contact us with any questions or suggestions.  We'd love to hear from you!

Inside Our World....
Leslea Ellis, LLC is supporting the Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Metro-McGregor by collecting books for patients at All Children's Outpatient Center in Fort Myers.  The books will be presented at the Club-sponsored annual holiday party on December 13th.  Donations of new books for children ages 2-12 may be dropped off at Leslea Ellis, LLC from now until December 6th between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday. 

In December, Leslea Ellis, LLC staff will be cooking up some holiday spirit by preparing a meal for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House of SWFL Thank you to United Way's Days of Caring program for coordinating our service project!
Tax Matters
Same-Sex Couples to
Receive Tax Benefits


The Department of Treasury and the IRS issued a ruling last year in response to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act. The ruling gives same-sex couples the right to certain benefits and protections under federal tax laws.


Based on the ruling, legally married same-sex couples will be treated as married for federal tax purposes, regardless of whether or not they live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage. All federal tax provisions where marriage is a factor are impacted including filing status, exemptions, standard deductions, employee benefits, IRA contributions, tax credits, and gift and estate taxes. Read more...


Tax Provisions under the Affordable Care Act
In 2010 President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act which mandates that government, the private sector, and individuals share the responsibility for health care coverage.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the law has succeeded in making quality health care more affordable and accessible to all Americans, including the uninsured and underinsured. But what kind of impact will the law have on your 2014 taxes? Read more...
Big Ideas for Small Businesses

How Does Your Business Grow?

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University offers guidance and resources to help Southwest Florida's small business community grow. Certified Business Analysts, employed by the SBDC, consult one-on-one with new and existing entrepreneurs at all stages of development. The SBDC offers additional services as well as training sessions and workshops on topics including business start-ups, financial statements, sales and use tax, social media and government contracting. To learn more, click here


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At Leslea Ellis, LLC, we provide our clients with the best solution for their tax and accounting needs using the benefit of our experience, up-to-date technology, and professionalism coupled with an unyielding commitment to honesty and integrity in all we do.  Our service offerings include general accounting services, forensic accounting and litigation support, fraud examination, as well as tax preparation and related services.  Call our office today at 239-690-6500 and speak to Diane about scheduling an appointment.



Leslea G. Ellis, CPA
Managing Member
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