Staff

Meet the Larson Accounting staff!

 

Michelle Michelle Larson

Owner of Larson Accounting & Tax Service

If I wasn’t here, I would be on the side of a mountain with a really good book.

I love all types of music.

My favorite pastime is cooking and baking/ entertaining the people that I love!

My favorite TV show growing up was Little House on the Prairie.

My favorite food is dessert. It’s also my favorite word.

I wanted to be an architect when I was younger.

 Maggie  Maggie

Tax Preparer and Client Liaison for Larson Accounting.

If I could be any animal I would be a hippo- they’re so cute and cuddly!

I’ve ridden an elephant in Thailand.

I’ve been in a beauty pageant.

I helped build a house for hurricane victims in Nicaragua.

I ran my first half marathon when I was 60!

My favorite pastime is playing board games.

 Jennifer  Jennifer

Tax Accountant & Firm Administrator for Larson Accounting.

When I was younger I wanted to be a stay at home wife and mother.

My guilty pleasure is definitely coffee.

If I wasn’t here I would be living in Africa.

My favorite pastimes are shooting guns, reading, and spending time with my family.

I love coffee, all seafood, and steak.

If I could be any animal I would be an elephant.

Jim  Jim

Tax Preparer and Client Liaison for Larson Accounting.

If I could be any animal I would be a hippo- they’re so cute and cuddly!

I’ve ridden an elephant in Thailand.

I’ve been in a beauty pageant.

I helped build a house for hurricane victims in Nicaragua.

I ran my first half marathon when I was 60!

My favorite pastime is playing board games.

 

 Donna  Donna

Tax Accountant and Payroll Specialist at Larson Accounting.

I love listening to new country and oldies rock & roll.

My favorite food are mashed potatoes with corn and strawberry shortcake.

If I could travel anywhere, I would go back to New Zealand with my family.

My favorite pet was my Arabian Quarter-horse, Prince Charming.

My favorite pastime is spending time with close friends and decorating.

        Claire Claire

Front desk Receptionist and owner’s assistant at Larson Accounting.

My favorite animals are cows.

I love country music.

My favorite past times are crafting and crocheting.

If I could be anywhere, I would be at my family’s farm in Princeton Missouri.

My favorite food is Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp from the Cheese Cake Factory.

My favorite pet is my dog Bentley.

My guilty pleasure is retail therapy.

Michelle Larson

Started the business from her home office in 1992 and moved into their current location on South 291 Highway inLiberty in 2002.

Her first love is small business and helping entrepreneurs succeed by helping them understand and use financial statements as tools to make solid business decisions.  Michelle shares her knowledge through the consulting arm of the practice.

She has experienced entrepreneurship and therefore has first hand understanding of the challenges and victories that accompany small business ownership.   It is definitely a path of many ups and downs.   It is her goal to encourage you as you travel your journey.  She does it from the heart with understanding. That’s what makes the difference here.  She’s an entrepreneur and an accountant.

That’s a winning combination for your business.

The success of the practice comes from building long-term relationships that serve our clients over a lifetime.  “It is incredibly important for you to understand your financials, not just throw them in a drawer for tax purposes later.  They really are the key to your success because they help you make good decisions.”

Michelle holds a BS in Accounting from William Jewell College.  She is an Enrolled Agent (EA), a tax designation issued by those who are licensed to practice before the Internal Revenue Service.  She is an Accredited Business Advisor (ABA), a Missouri Society of Accountants member since 1994, and Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce member since 1992.

Michelle was widowed with three young children, so she has a special place in her heart for folks who are in the heat of battle in uncharted waters.  She remarried in 2005 to a crazy saint who’s taken on 3 rough and tumble boys and one very large dog.  You will often find her and her family camping any time they can get away.

 


Debbie Smith

Debbie joined the firm in 2011.  She’s our resident QuickBooks specialist and does most of the training for our business clients as well as payroll. She is a fabulous trainer for new users or for anyone who just needs a little help.

Debbie and her husband Willie are the newlyweds of the bunch having been married just 4 years.  They have 4 grown children between them and two beautiful granddaughters who are the light of their lives.

 


Maggie Chapman

Maggie’s specialty inside the firm is college tax planning and credits.  Going through this process recently herself with 4 kids, she has extra insight in this area.  It is her love for people and a desire to help them solve their tax problems that makes her such a great asset to the firm.  Best of all, she brings a fabulous sense of humor and the gift of gab to the office  (that is not exactly something common to accountants), but is appreciated by the staff and clients alike.

Maggie  has been married to John 34 years and she and her husband have 4 grown children and 2 grandchildren. They enjoy games and puzzles of all kinds. However,  Maggie’s passion is short term missions trips.  She and John’s most recent trip was to build huts near the equator in Nicaragua.  She’d like to go on another trip this summer.  Haiti is on the short list if you want to ask her about her next destination.    Also showing her love of adventure is the fact that she loves putting on her harness as a course facilitator for the Tucker Leadership Lab at William Jewell College when she’s not slaving away in the office.

FYI,  she’s a neat freak too.  Just for fun…. She might rearrange the office supplies on the top of her desk while you’re here. Her attention to detail makes her ideal for assembling the puzzle fragments of information and compiling it into a complete and accurate tax return.

 


Tiffany Stevens

Tiffany Joined the firm in 2002.

She earned her BS in Accounting from UMKC and passed the CPA exam in 1996. Her graduate work, where her specialty lies, is in entrepreneurship.

You will connect with Tiffany, because it will be so obvious that she is an entrepreneur at heart who has a deep  understanding of the challenges that small businesses face.    It is this passion for helping businesses succeed that makes her a most valuable asset to the firm.  Small businesses, corporations, partnerships and LLC’s will be well served by her knowledge.

Tiffany and her husband John have been married 13 years and enjoy raising their  young daughter and being the bench warmers at her competitive swim meets.

 


Becky Zimmer

Becky joined the firm in 1995 and retired this past year.  She knows most of our clients by telephone voice!  For that reason,  she’ll be an honorary staff member for a while.  She still stops in to make sure we’re up to snuff.

Becky’s role inside the firm is the office manager, resident ‘sweetie’ and “Mama Becky”.  She takes as good of care of our staff as she does the clients.  You’ll see for yourself–she’s absolutely fabulous.

Married almost 40 years, they recently enjoyed an anniversary cruise to Alaska. She and her husband have 2 grown sons and 6 grandchildren to enjoy.

A native of Michigan, Becky brought her love of the lakes to Missouri with her. When she isn’t working, you can find Becky and her fisherman husband at the lake enjoying fun in the sun on their cabin cruiser, the “Becky Lee”.