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Spring 2015 

Spring is in the air and tax season is over!  Time to plant some new ideas.  Whether it's trying to forecast next year's taxes or taking steps to green your business, proper planning prevents poor performance!

Inside Our World....

Founder and Managing Member Leslea Ellis was recently awarded the Certified in Financial Forensics credential by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. To qualify, CPAs must demonstrate expertise in applying forensic accounting skills in a variety of areas including: family law, financial statement misrepresentation, business valuations, bankruptcy, fraud prevention, and damages calculations.

On March 25th, Leslea Ellis, LLC celebrated two years in business. Since opening its doors in 2013, the firm has grown to four employees serving nearly 100 clients in Lee, Charlotte and Collier counties.   Thank you for your support!


Planning for Your Success
The Tax Man Cometh
Y ou filed your tax return (or filed for an extension), but you still owe the IRS.  Now what?
Here are 5 tips to help you send the tax man packing:

1. Filing for a tax extension only extends the deadline for filing your return. It does not give you more time to pay any taxes you may owe. (Read more...)

Coming Full Circle

While tax season may be over, managing your personal finances is a lifelong process. To teach people how to take control of their finances at every stage of life, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) created 360 degrees of financial literacy. The website is part of a public service campaign proclaiming April as National Financial Literacy Month. (Read more...)

Small Business Play Book

 A Winning Combination

Southwest Florida is home to a multitude of non-profit organizations who rely on local businesses for support. Find a non-profit with a cause you care about and ask how you can help. Showing your support doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming. Donating goods or services, attending a fundraising event, conducting a United Way campaign, or volunteering a few times a year are all ways your small business can promote itself, and increase referrals and revenue. To learn about non-profits in our community, contact the United Way at 239-433-2000 or click here.

Show Us Your Green

On April 22nd, Southwest Florida will join over 1 billion people in 192 countries to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. A variety of activities and events are planned to highlight the importance of protecting our environment, and what we as individuals can do to help. Small business owners can get in on the action too by adopting green business practices. The Small Business Administration offers a slew of suggestions and resources on how to run an environmentally friendly business.




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/CFF, CFE
Managing Member