Two Ellin & Tucker CPAs elected to serve important causes


Jerry E. Beard, CPA, MST, a supervisor in the Tax Department at Ellin & Tucker, Chartered, has recently been appointed chair of the Maryland Association of CPAs State Tax Committee.

Beard has been involved with this committee as an active member for more than 10 years and began his two-year commitment as chair on June 7. The State Tax Committee serves to proactively advocate, educate and communicate between CPAs, Maryland administrators and legislators to promote integrity, efficiency and understanding in the development, implementation and application of state taxation.

Prior to joining Ellin & Tucker, Beard was a tax accountant for a regional banking institution. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University, an accounting certificate from Catonsville Community College and a Master of Taxation degree from the University of Baltimore.

Susan P. Keller, CPA, a principal in the Tax Department at Ellin & Tucker, Chartered, has recently been appointed to the board of directors of Santa Claus Anonymous.

Founded in 1934 by future Baltimore mayor, Theodore R. McKeldin, Santa Claus Anonymous is a unique volunteer nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. Each year, money is raised to provide thousands of needy children in the Baltimore metropolitan area with a Christmas present. The organization partners with the Department of Social Services, or its equivalent, in Baltimore City and seven neighboring counties to accurately identify eligible recipients and distribute gift certificates for them.

With more than 20 years of experience, Keller leads Ellin & Tucker’s exempt organization tax group and services high net worth individual accounts, their families and related entities. She has spoken at the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants’ training conferences on the subject of nonprofit tax compliance and frequently represents exempt organizations for Internal Revenue Service examinations.

Ellin & Tucker is an accounting and consulting firm that represents clients throughout the United States and abroad from its offices in Baltimore, Belcamp, and Frederick, Md., and Washington, D.C.