Pet vaccination clinic with PSPCA and H&R Block

June 11, 2018 : Lisa Patterson

 

Terry Lenig is a self-described people-person but he has a soft spot for animals too.“Animals are my passion,” said Lenig. “I hate to see animals in need of a home.”

His passion and work in the Danville community as an H&R Block tax professional led to a relationship with Pennsylvania SPCA’s Danville Center. In December and February, the H&R Block office was used for cat adoption events where 17 cats found new homes.

“We are part of the community and we are here to help the community so it has been easy to support the PSPCA,” said Lenig.

In early June, Lenig fielded a call from Carlee Fiddes, Danville site supervisor of the PSPCA. She needed space for a vaccination clinic, due to ongoing construction in the organization’s clinic space. That’s when Lenig and the H&R Block office stepped in.

“It has been a bit of a challenge accommodating the construction project at our clinic and still providing the needed services of our pet community. It’s is through the support of a great organization like H&R Block that we can offer these services,” said Fiddes.

“We are happy to donate our space for the vaccination clinic and support the work that the SPCA does in Danville,” said Lenig.

The clinic was able to go on as scheduled but now in the H&R Block office. For the first clinic June 6, about 30 pets were vaccinated.

Lenig has a long connection to the area. He’s been preparing taxes with H&R Block since 2009, starting after a 19-year stint as a machinist at a local manufacturer. After losing this job as a machinist, Lenig headed back to school for a Bachelors of Art in accounting. To get some practical experience with numbers while in school, he took the H&R Block Income Tax Course.

“I liked taxes and I enjoyed working with people. The position made sense with my focus an accounting degree,” said Lenig.

In 2016, Lenig took on the role of office manager with H&R Block. He still prepares tax returns for his clients but his expanded role includes supporting his fellow tax preparers with scheduling, training and the business operations.

Helping clients year around

Lenig works year around, contrary to misconceptions about tax preparation that he encounters frequently around town.

“Our door is open all year long,” said Lenig.

After the tax filing deadline, Lenig and other tax preparers in his office help clients respond to IRS letters, support taxpayers in audits, file returns by the extension deadline and give out advice.

Lenig shared an example: “Yesterday I helped a client who was considering taking money out of his 401(k). His financial advisor recommended he talk with his tax advisor before they made a final decision. That was a good call because people don’t want to be surprised in April.”

Helping people understand the tax implications of financial moves is standard stuff for H&R Block offices all year long.

Upcoming pet vaccination event

The H&R Block office in Danville will host another PSPCA vaccination clinic on June 17. To learn more about the clinic, call the Danville SPCA at (570) 275-0340.

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Lisa Patterson

Lisa Patterson

Contributor and Producer

Lisa Patterson has been a member of the H&R Block newsroom since 2012. She supports efforts to educate consumers and members of the media about taxes and company happenings. Before helping tax professionals talk taxes with the media, Patterson was a consultant for small companies running social media efforts, blogs, events and product marketing. She spent more than 10 years in local government managing communications for city operations, fire and the city manager. Patterson holds two degrees from University of Kansas: a Bachelor's in Business with an emphasis in marketing and a Master’s in Integrated Marketing Communications.

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