Ralph G. Cottrell, CPA

Ralph G Cottrell

Ralph G. Cottrell, CPA, has been with Mockensturm, Ltd since September, 2010, bringing a lifetime of public accounting and income tax experience with him. Ralph's almost 35 years of working with small and medium sized companies and individuals makes him the logical choice for special projects, whether the need is for multiple years of federal income tax returns, training staff in working with QuickBooks or preparation of various states income tax returns.

As a Senior Tax Specialist, Ralph works with clients in meeting their obligations to federal, state and local taxing authorities. He also strives to ensure that each client achieves their lowest possible required tax liability.

Ralph has an Associates Degree in Professional Accounting from International Business College in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1996 and attends multiple continuing education courses each year to stay abreast of current rules, regulations and issues affecting our clients.

Career Profile

  • Experienced in financial statement preparation under generally accepted accounting principles and other comprehensive basis of accounting.
  • Broad experience in federal, state, and local tax preparation including consolidations and projections.
  • Strong knowledge of income tax, payroll tax, and sales tax
  • Extensive experience in accounting and tax software systems
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Possess strong analytical and problem solving skills, with the ability to make well thought out decisions
  • Detail-oriented, effective at multi-tasking, trustworthy, discreet and ethical

Experience

Mockensturm, Ltd Toledo, Ohio 2010 – Present
Certified Public Accountant

  • Represent taxpayers in disputes with taxing authorities
  • Advise and assist clients in the preparation of financial statements.
  • Prepare and review income tax returns for individuals and businesses.
  • Prepare review balance sheets, profit and loss statements.
  • Preparation of other reports to summarize current and projected financial analysis.

Intuit, Inc., dba, TurboTax Mountain View, California, 2012-2012 & 2013-2013
Ask a Tax Expert

  • Provided tax assistance to TurboTax customers both by phone and internet chat.
  • Seasonal internet employee.

Sobb Roberts Inc. fka Sobb Roberts + Pribis, Inc. Toledo, Ohio, 2005-2010
Certified Public Accountant

  • Analyzed information to form strategic plans to minimize federal and state taxes for corporations and individuals.
  • Advised and assisted clients in the preparation of financial statements.
  • Prepared and reviewed income tax returns for individuals and businesses.
  • Prepared compiled balance sheets, profit and loss statements.
  • Assisted with preparation of other reports to summarize current and projected financial analysis.
  • Represented taxpayers in disputes with taxing authorities

Alan R. Wagner and Company, CPA's, Toledo, Ohio 1989 – 2005
Certified Public Accountant

  • Analyzed and advised on financial information and prepared financial reports for private and non-profit organizations.
  • Prepared income tax returns for individuals and businesses.
  • Supervised and managed payroll check writing and payroll tax filings for 25 clients.
  • Prepared financial statements using various basis of accounting.
  • Managed and maintained accounting and tax preparation software.
  • Represented taxpayers in disputes with taxing authorities
  • Instructed paraprofessionals in software use.
  • Direct and manage activities of paraprofessionals and clerical workers

Keidan's Jewelers, Toledo, Ohio 1987-1988
Controller

  • Preparation of financial statements and management reports to summarize the current and projected financial position of the company.
  • Preparation and timely filing of all payroll taxes.
  • Supervised and managed staff of four employees.

Lublin, Sussman, Rosenberg and Damrauer, CPA's, nka, Lublin Sussman Group Toledo, Ohio 1982-1987
Staff Accountant

  • Preparation of federal, state, and local tax returns for individuals and businesses.
  • Performed compliance audits on health benefits of collectively bargained contracts.
  • Preparation of financial statements using various basis of accounting.

Sinn, Laukhuf and Stoller, CPA's, nka, Arend, Laukhuf & Stoller, Inc. Paulding, Ohio 1980-1982
Staff Accountant

  • Preparation of federal, state, and local tax returns for individuals and businesses.
  • Preparation of audited, reviewed and compiled financial statements.

Education

Associates Degree in Accounting

  • International Business College, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Additional coursework taken at:

  • Defiance College, Defiance Ohio
  • St. Francis College, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Additional Information

  • Member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA)
  • Member of the Northwest Ohio CPE Planning Committee (OSCPA)
  • Soccer Official - Certified by the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA)
  • Soccer Referee – Certified by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF)