2016 Join the Madness with ISU

Brooke Eppa
Feb 25, 2016 07:02 PM
It was our third annual Join the Madness event in Pocatello with Idaho State University accounting students. The competition was fierce with between 40 to 50 students who came out for the event. 
Kimberlee Lystrup, an attendee (and winner of the women's bracket) at our first Join the Madness event several years ago, is now an accountant with us at Cooper Norman. She headed up the event this year, and was excited to be involved again. 

"I think the Join the Madness is a great experience for students and staff alike. When I was at ISU it gave me a chance to meet more of the Cooper Norman team in the Pocatello office where, at the time, I was hoping to get a job. Now, as a staff member, it is a fun stress reliever from tax season and it provides us an opportunity to meet students in a more casual setting. At Cooper Norman we do all we can to support the university and build relationships with its faculty and its students even when it's not "recruiting season". I think that level of involvement stands out when we are recruiting and students get a good feel for the fit we are looking for in potential future CN team members."- Kimberlee Lystrup


Our winners- Cody Bunn and Jennifer Donaldson, and then a photo of three years of the women's pop shot bracket champs, Kimberlee, Brittney, and Jennifer


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2016 AgKnowledge Ag Seminar

Brooke Eppa
Dec 1, 2015 06:10 PM
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You can register through Eventbrite or call Malinda in our Idaho Falls office at 208.523.0862 for questions or to register over the phone.
$25 per person or $50 per farm (lunch is included)
All locations listed below will be in the state of Idaho:
Pocatello - Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Twin Falls - Friday, January 22, 2016
Idaho Falls - Friday, January 29, 2016
AgKnowledge future planning
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Sign in and registration
9:45am - 10:00am
Topic 1 - Tax Update
10:10am to 10:55am
Topic 2 - Strategic Planning and Retreats for Business
11:05am to 11:50am
11:50am to 12:20pm
Topic 3 - Industry Panel Part 1: Commodity Leaders will give presentations, discuss, and answer questions regarding current opportunities and issues
12:20pm to 1:00pm
Break 1:00pm to 1:10pm
Topic 4 - Industry Panel Part 2: Commodity Leaders will give presentations, discuss, and answer questions regarding current opportunities and issues
1:10pm to 2:10pm
Question and Answer and Wrap Up 
2:10pm to 2:25pm
AgKnowledge agriculture business seminar
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Cooper Norman Vision Day 2015

Brooke Eppa
Jun 25, 2015 11:06 AM
Our 2015 Vision Day was based on Steven Covey's 13 behaviors highlighted in his book Speed of Trust. These 13 behaviors are meant to increase trust. Covey states that our ability to trust some one is based on that individual's character (integrity) combined with their competence. Trust, integrity, and competence are important core values in our culture at Cooper Norman, and these were a great basis to a productive and meaningful Vision Day for all of us. We also had fun connecting with our fellow team members.
Pictures were taken by one of our very talented partners, Dan Packard, of our Idaho Falls office. 
Please visit the full gallery on our Facebook page.
2015 Cooper Norman Vision Day Blake
2015 Cooper Norman Vision Day, Clint Tavenner
2015 Cooper Norman Vision Day, Breanna Howard
2015 Cooper Norman Vision Day, Games
2015 Cooper Norman Vision Day, Blake Johnson and his opportunity seeing glasses
2015 Cooper Norman Vision Day, RoLynne Hendricks
2015 Cooper Norman Vision Day, Todd Jensen
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2015 BYU Idaho Tax Competition Winners

Jun 16, 2015 10:21 AM
The winners of the 2015 BYU Idaho Tax Competition are:
First Place 
• Derek Ward
• Amanda Gardner
• Jordan Ward
• David Jacobs
 1st Place winners of the BYU Idaho tax competition
Second Place 
• Richard Butler
• Brandon Caywood
• Preston Davison
• Shane Riley
 2nd Place winners of the BYU Idaho Tax Competition
Third Place 
• Bryce Olson
• Brantley Brooks
• Jonathan Price
• Brandon Pelfrey
 3rd Place Winners of the BYU Idaho Tax Competition
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2015 Client Appreciation Open House in Twin Falls

Brooke Eppa
May 20, 2015 11:13 AM
May 28 2015 Client appreciation open house invitiation
Event Details:
Thursday, May 28th
4pm to 6pm
Brief program at 5pm
Food and drink
722 North College Road, Twin Falls, Idaho
RoLynne Hendricks
  • RoLynne Hendricks will be there!
  • Welcome RoLynne to her new position.
Cooper Norman Twin Falls building
722 North College Road
Twin Falls, Idaho


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IRS Phone Scam Hitting Idaho

Brooke Eppa
Jan 26, 2015 05:43 PM
The scammers make unsolicited calls to taxpayers fraudulently claiming to be IRS officials.  They demand money be sent to them for unpaid taxes.  They want the taxes paid via prepaid debit cards or wire transfers.  There are also versions promising big refunds. 
If you receive one of these calls please just hang up.  Do not divulge information or make payments over the phone. If you have a question about the status of your relationship with the IRS, please contact your accountant for clarification.
Please be aware that the IRS will never call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.   The IRS will never demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.  The IRS will not require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card, nor will they ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.   The IRS will not threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying. 
For anyone who is not represented by an accountant, or those wishing to speak directly with the IRS, you may call this number to find out if there really is an issue you need to resolve: 1.800.829.1040 (Be prepared to patiently wait for assistance.)
Big RED flags! Characteristics of the scam listed on the IRS website:
• Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
• Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.
• Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
• Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
• Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
• After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.
In addition to the Phone Scam, there are also scammers sending email requesting that you “update your IRS e-file” information.   The IRS has a list of scam on their website.    If something doesn’t sound right, it probably isn’t.  Please be cautious with your personal data.
Content and wording pulled from the IRS website and from our Tax Committee Chair Todd Wadsworth, CPA.
Any material appearing in communication or shared third party content from Cooper Norman is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal, accounting, or tax advice provided by Cooper Norman. Opinions expressed in communications from Cooper Norman professionals or shared third party content do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Cooper Norman or its associates. These communications are not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, a legal relationship, including, but not limited to, an accountant-client relationship. Often these materials have been prepared by professionals, but the user should not substitute these materials for professional services, and should seek advice from an independent advisor before acting on any information presented. Cooper Norman assumes no obligation to provide notification of changes in tax laws or other factors that could affect the information provided.
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Why I want to be an accountant

Brooke Eppa
Sep 19, 2014 01:45 PM
Tell us why you want to be an accountant by posting it to our Facebook page using text, imagery, and/or video. The contest starts September 18th and final posts need to be posted by November 1st. We can't wait to hear why you want to be part of this amazing profession!
Why I want to be an accountant Facebook post
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Buhl Youth Rodeo Awards

Brooke Eppa
Aug 29, 2014 10:38 AM
We have several Cooper Norman families from our Twin Falls office who participate in the Buhl Youth Rodeo. All the following information and imagery about the Rodeo, awards, and placements was provided by Laura Skinner of Laura Skinner Photography.
2014 Buhl Youth Rodeo Participants
picture by Laura Skinner Photography
Placements and Recognitions (Cooper Norman family members highlighted in Red):

0-6 Rubber Head Roping

Mason McDaniel  1st
Brazon Wells    2nd
Kasier Roe      3rd
Wyatt Blass     4th
Rodee Owen      5th
Joe Pavkov      6th

0-6 Rubber Head Roping

Mackenzie Rose  1st
Ruby Jo Nannini 2nd
Journey Kempton 4th
Jaycee Stroud   3rd
Kallie Gnesa    5th
Reata Severe    6th

Rubber Head 7-10

Devon McDaniel  1st
Heath Owens     2nd
Jardee Kempton  3rd
Sammy Saunders  4th
Bowen Brunson   5th
Jeb Ireland     6th

Rubber Head 7-10

Jetta Bott      1st
Teely Jo Bott   2nd
Jentree Bott    3rd
Alx Roe 4th
Laynee Gregersen        5th
Arlee Morrison  6th

Open Team Roping

Wacey Williams  1st
Talon Clark     2nd
Jeb Ireland     3rd
Garet Jardine   4th
Aaron Champneys 5th
Cooper Bradshaw 6th

Sr. Pole Bending

Josie Schmitz   1st
Jaylan Thomason 2nd
Meghan Lewis    3rd
Hayden Brunson  4th
Aubryn Bedke    5th
Caylee Bradshaw 6th

Jr. Poles

Laynee Gregersen        1st
Teely Jo Bott   2nd
Haylee Stroud   3rd
Abigail Olsen   4th
Sophie Berlin   5th
Alx Roe 6th

Pee Wee Poles

Jaycee Stroud   1st
Mackenzie Rose  2nd
Ruby Jo Nannini 3rd
Emma Owen       4th
Oaklee Skinner  5th
Kallie Gnesa    6th

Sr. Figure 8

Garet Jardine   1st
Cooper Bradshaw 2nd
Gage Gregersen  3rd
Wacey Williams  4th
Gage Campbell   5th
Wes Ireland     6th

Jr. Figure 8

Heath Owens     1st
Tennessee Owens 2nd
Sammy Saunders  3rd
Devon McDaniel  4th
Dally Sears     5th
Jeb Ireland     6th

Pee Wee Figure 8

Ryan Jardine    1st
Eyer Morrison   2nd
Mason McDaniel  3rd
Kasier Roe      4th
Blaze Conner    5th
Joe Pavkov      6th

Calf Riding

Heath Owens     1st
Jeb Ireland     2nd
Devon McDaniel  3rd
Tennessee Owens 4th
Aaron Champneys 5th
Will Nannini    6th

Sr. Girls Goats

Talon Clark     1st
Jesse Wadsworth 2nd
Aubryn Bedke    3rd
Hayden Brunson  4th
Zoie Bedke      5th
Jaylan Thomason 6th

Jr. Girls Goats

Alx Roe 1st
McKynlee Jacobs 2nd
Sophie Berlin   3rd
Jetta Bott      4th
Laynee Gregersen  5th
Rose Park       6th

Sr. Boys Goats

Wacey Williams  1st
Gage Gregersen  2nd
Michael Nannini 3rd
Garet Jardine   4th
Donovaun Rose   5th
Cooper Bradshaw 6th

Jr. Boys Goats

Devon McDaniel  1st
Aaron Champneys 2nd
Sammy Saunders  3rd
Jeb Ireland     4th
Tennessee Owens 5th
Mason McDaniel  6th

No-Horse Goat Un-tie
Ryan Jardine    1st
Eyer Morrison   2nd
Mason McDaniel  3rd
Britt Wells     4th
Brazon Wells    5th
Olen Morrison   6th

No-Horse Goat Un-tie
Oaklee Skinner  1st
Mackenzie Rose  2nd
Aspen Schiermeier 3rd
Jaycee Stroud   4th
Kallie Gnesa    5th
JaCee Payne     6th

Mini Bucking Horse

Gage Campbell   1st
Garet Jardie    2nd

Sr. Breakaway
Garet Jardine   1st
Wacey Williams  2nd
Gage Gregersen  3rd
Cooper Bradshaw 4th

Sr. Breakaway
Talon Clark     1st
Ally McDaniel   2nd
Aubryn Bedke    3rd
Jesse Wadsworth 4th
Aspen Steinmates 5th

Jr. Breakaway

Aaron Champneys 1st
Alx Roe 2nd
Sammy Saunders  3rd
Devon McDaniel  4th
Jeb Ireland     5th
Heath Owens     6th

Steer Riding

Wes Ireland  1st
Vernon Adams 2nd

Chute Dogging

Gage Gregersen  1st

Sr. Barrels

Aubryn Bedke    1st
Jaylan Thomason 2nd
Caylee Bradshaw 3rd
Talon Clark     4th
Ashlynn Lehman  5th
Codie Ann Park  6th


Sophie Berlin   1st
Jetta Bott      2nd
Alx Roe 3rd
Kitanna Barnes  4th
McKadee Bedke   5th
Jentree Bott    6th

Pee Wee Barrels

Jaycee Stroud   1st
Eyer Morrison   3rd
Mackenzie Rose  2nd
Oaklee Skinner  4th
Joe Pavkov      5th
Ruby Jo Nannini 6th

Sr. Flag Race

Cooper Bradshaw 1st
Garet Jardine   2nd
Michael Nannini 3rd
Donovaun Rose   4th
Wes Ireland     5th
Gage Gregersen  6th

Jr. Flag Race

Sammy Saunders  1st
Aaron Champneys 2nd
Heath Owen      3rd
Tennessee Owens 4th
Will Nannini    5th
Riley Brunson   6th

All Around                 Reserve All Around
Sr. Boy                     Sr Boy
Garet Jardine             Cooper Bradshaw

Sr. Girl                    Sr. Girl
Aubryn Bedke           Talon Clark

Jr. Boy                    Jr. Boy
Heath Owen               Devon McDaniel

Jr. Girl                    Jr. Girl
Alx Roe                    Jetta Bott

Pee Wee Boy             Pee Wee Boy
Mason McDaniel         Eyer Morrison

Pee Wee Girl               Pee Wee Girl
Mackenzie Rose         Jaycee Stroud

Karl Skinner, CPA, MAcc, with daughters at the Buhl Rodeo

Above picture showcasing Karl Skinner, MAcc, CPA with his daughters, two of which participated in the Rodeo and holding their awards. 

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Marilee Allison named Friend of the Fair

Brooke Eppa
Aug 8, 2014 06:25 PM
Marilee Allison, CPA, was recognized this year for her volunteer efforts and contributions to the Jerome County Fair. She has been involved with the fair since her own childhood when she showed livestock. 
Marilee Allison
Photo Courtesy of Laura Skinner Photography
Times News Article clipping of Marilee Allison
News Clipping from the Times News
Marilee started with Cooper Norman in 1977 and has been a partner in the firm since 1995. She is a great asset to any organization, and we are lucky to have her.  You can read more about Marilee in her bio.
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The winner of our basket at the 2014 Potato Growers Golf Tournament

Brooke Eppa
Jul 23, 2014 10:24 AM
Steve Prescott of Idaho Supreme Potato was the winner of the Cooper Norman basket of goodies at the 2014 Potato Grower's Golf Tournament. He is shown here holding the basket next to Dan Packard from our Idaho Falls office.
Steve Prescott of Idaho Supreme Potato with Dan Packard of Cooper Norman
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