Student Loan Tax Experts™ is a subsidiary of Magni Publicani, LLC (Latin for “great tax preparers”), the partnership formed by Erik Klumpp and Ben Martinek when they joined forces in 2019 to assist student loan borrowers and financial advisors looking for tax preparers who understand taxes and student loans.

Ben Martinek, EA, CSLP®, CFP®

Ben Martinek, EA, CSLP®, CFP® photo

Ben started his own financial planning firm, Bona Fide Finance, in 2015 after realizing the conventional business model of financial services was ripe with conflicts of interest. While also studying to become a Certified Financial Planner, it became apparent that individual tax work was indispensable to holistic advising, so Ben became an Enrolled Agent in 2016 and worked with a mid-size accounting firm for several years to gain experience on tax matters. After assisting a few dozen clients who needed significant assistance in student loans, Ben acquired the Certified Student Loan Professional (CSLP®) designation in 2019 to hone further his skill set on this subject, making him one of a few professionals in the country who’s knowledgeable in personal finance, individual taxation and student loans.

Ben works hard, but he also relishes in the fruit of his labor. In addition to his studies pertaining to finance and philosophy, he likes to garden, hike, make home improvements and woodwork. He and his wife live in Bismarck, ND, are involved in their local Catholic parish and have two darling daughters, Edith and Virginia. Ben relaxes by grilling, smoking a pipe, canoeing the Missouri River and sailing Lake Sakakawea!

The fourth of nine children, Ben grew up in rural Indiana. Early in life, he felt strongly moved to serve others and thus attended seminary, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and classical languages. Having once considered an academic career, he continued his philosophy studies and obtained a master’s degree. Upon realizing the challenges with the job market in academia, he sought other career paths, some of which included construction and truck driving–in fact, Ben and his wife Deb spent the first few years of their marriage as team over-the-road truck drivers, logging over 600,000 miles in the “lower 48,” visiting every metropolitan area and traveling over 90% of the Interstate in the US!—before deciding that financial planning should be the focus of his talents and career efforts.

Andrew Bencivenga: Paraplanner

Andrew Bencivenga: Paraplanner photo

Andrew joined the Magni Publicani | Student Loan Tax Experts team in 2020. Originally from Yorktown Heights, NY, he is currently based out of Busan, South Korea, and has lived abroad since 2007. His career began as an English teacher before joining the Galmegi Brewing Company as a partner and manager of their flagship location in Busan. Andrew’s natural affinity for planning and interest in building a strong foundation for his own young family led him to financial planning and tax preparation. Drawing on his past experience in education, business, and the unique perspective of living as a long-term ex-pat, Andrew is an asset in helping Magni’s clients achieve their own financial goals and dreams. In his free time, Andrew enjoys listening to music (especially jazz from the ‘50s and ‘60s), cooking for his family, brewing beer, and traveling. At his side is his wife EunYoung and son, Thomas.

Lexie Hryniewicz: Administrative Assistant

Lexie Hryniewicz: Administrative Assistant photo

Lexie joined the Magni Publicani | Student Loan Tax Experts team in January 2021. The stay-at-home-mom of one began her career as a registered nurse for several years primarily specializing in hospice. When baby arrived, she felt called to work remotely. Knowing Ben and his family personally and having an interest in tax work, she reached out asking if he needed assistance with the company, and the rest is history. Although her initial career is a stretch from tax prep, she finds this work to be fulfilling and interesting as she continues her education to know the field better every day and learn from experts like Ben and Andrew. To better assist our clients, she takes courses from the local community college and reads up on IRS articles in her spare minutes. Lexie enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Steve, and daughter, Julia, preferably eating good food and drinking dry wine.