Tara focuses her practice on helping clients navigate trust and estate planning with ease.
In her professional and personal life, Tara wears many hats, including one that is proudly labeled “mom.” She and her husband have a young daughter, and they love the days when family time fills up their agenda.
Family is also important to Tara in her role as a partner. She focuses her practice on guiding families through the preparation of trust and estate returns as well as trust and estate planning, which, given the circumstances, can be stressful and emotional for those involved. For Tara, getting to know the family members and gaining an understanding of their personal values and wishes is what’s most important. Her definition of a successful day is when a client leaves her office with a more peaceful expression on their face than when they first walked in.
Having earned a Master of Business Taxation from the University of Minnesota, Tara also advises businesses across a broad range of industries, including many manufacturing clients, to unravel complicated accounting and tax matters.
Tara enjoys traveling on her days off, and is excited to share her passion for exploring new places with her daughter as she grows up. When they’re in town, the family of four (dog Eva is happily included in the mix) looks forward to visiting the lake with their extended family.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In the summer I love to spend the weekend at the lake, relaxing, reading a book, pontoon rides, and biking the trails in Northern Minnesota.
What was your first job growing up?
I washed dishes at a small local café, or maybe I should say that was my first paid job. My first unpaid job was helping my dad on the farm with loading pigs.
What’s your favorite part about being an accountant?
The people! I love getting to know my clients and helping them add value to their businesses, and I also love my co-workers. I might be biased but I think we have an amazing team here at Abdo.
My daughter, Anna, and I on a trip to Arizona.
- Trust & Estate Planning
- Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Minnesota State University, Mankato
- Master of Business Taxation, Carlson School of Management
- Continuing professional education
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
- Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants
- Member of the Finance Committee for the Mankato Area Foundation
- Board Chair of Estate Planners Council of Southern Minnesota, Inc.