Mel Schwarz, JD, CPA

Director of Legislative Affairs

Taxation is one of the most complex issues faced by American business. This is particularly true for mid-sized businesses, who have not always been well represented before Congress. Eide Bailly is dedicated to alerting those businesses to what may be coming and helping them make their concerns and needs heard. I am proud to be part of that effort.

OVERVIEW

Mel has over 38 years of experience specializing in legislative affairs, including development and implementation of tax legislation at the national level. He spent six years on the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation and has served as the chairman of the Tax Legislation Committee of the AICPA. He oversees Eide Bailly's monitoring of federal tax legislation and the regulations implementing that legislation and shares that knowledge with the firm and its clients. He is a sought-after speaker for many AICPA, TEI and FEI conferences.

When you work with Mel, you can expect a knowledgeable resource who can help connect the dots between what is happening in Washington D.C. and your situation. He will serve as a guide and assure you your concerns are heard.

Splitting his time between Washington D.C. and midcoast Maine, Mel is an avid supporter of local sports teams and theater. Although he was a failed music major, he has been an active participant in the choral music program of the National Cathedral and other D.C. organizations.

QUALIFICATIONS

Memberships

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, AICPA Tax Executive Committee, 2015 – 2017
  • Chairman, AICPA Tax Legislation Committee, 2013 – 2015
  • Former member of the legislative staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, U.S. Congress

Designations/Licensures

  • Juris Doctorate
  • Certified Public Accountant

Education

  • Master of Professional Accounting, University of Texas at Austin
  • Juris Doctor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Bachelor of Arts, History, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

KNOWLEDGE

Client Work

  • Actively monitors pending tax legislation and prepares for its implementation, using his contacts and presence in Washington, D.C. to uncover planning and compliance details beyond the written record and is a key member of firmwide efforts to implement the various energy and environmental incentives included in recently enacted legislation.
  • Works with the AICPA and major trade groups as an active voice for rationalization of the tax law to ensure the concerns of mid-sized businesses are taken into account in developing tax legislation.
  • Frequent speaker on tax developments before business and professional groups, bringing his individual style (and political cartoon collection) to the Washington scene.