MELISSA EARNHART | PARTNER
MELISSA EARNHART began her career as a receptionist at an accounting firm 20 years ago. She worked her way up through each level of business management. She gained practical experience in all aspects of business management including accounting, tax preparation and planning, royalties, insurance review (in consultation with insurance industry professionals), and music tours. Her client base includes musicians, actors, writers, directors, social media influencers, and other high net worth individuals.
PRACTICE FOCUS & SPECIALIZATIONS
Melissa’s focus is on Business Management and Tax and her extensive experience lies in:
•Financial review, cash management and planning
•Domestic and International Music Tour Planning, including contract review, in consultation with counsel, tax compliance and mitigation, employee classification, insurance coverages, in consultation with insurance industry professionals, merchandise, and budget to actual analysis
•Compliance and reporting for public and private foundations
•Contract review, estate planning, construction projects, and life events, all in consultation with counsel
•Royalty review, reporting, and tracking
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Melissa graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. After several years’ experience in business management, she supplemented her education with a Masters in Taxation in 2008 from Golden Gate University.
ASSOCIATIONS & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Melissa is enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue Service and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. She currently serves as Treasurer of the Richland Avenue School’s Booster Club. Melissa’s philanthropic and charitable work focuses on foster-adopt programs through Los Angeles County DCFS, the East LA Women’s Shelter, and UCLA Ties for Families.