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Steven V. Melnik to Join American Institute of Certified Public Accountants on Executive Committee

 Only Committee Member to Come from Academic Sector and Nationally Recognized as a Leading Expert and Educator in Integrated Approach to Tax, Retirement, Asset Protection, Elder Law/Medicaid, and Estate Planning


Professor Steven V. Melnik, Baruch College’s Director of the Graduate and Undergraduate Tax Programs at the Zicklin School of Business

NEW YORK, NY, March 27, 2017 -- Steven V. Melnik, director of the Graduate and Undergradute Tax Programs at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, has been invited by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to join its Personal Financial Planning (PFP) Executive Committee.

Melnik, who for many years chaired the Continuing Education Programs in Taxation, Law and Financial Planning at Baruch College, is the only member of the PFP Executive Committee to come from the academic sector. He is recognized as one of the nation's leading experts and educators in integrated approach to tax, retirement, asset protection, elder law/Medicaid, and estate planning.

A certified public accountaint (CPA), Melnik holds a JD from New York Law School, a Master of Laws Degree in Taxation from the New York University School of Law, and a BBA in Accounting from Baruch College.

“I am very honored to be asked to join this prestigious and important organization,” said Melnik, who had a successful corporate career prior to embarking on a 15-year plus tenure in academia as a professor, advisor, and program director. “Part of my contribution will be helping to develop continuing education programs for CPAs across the country.”

According to Melnik, another focus will be assisting universities in developing and adopting curriculum that will prepare the next generation of CPAs in offering retirement, asset protection, estate as well as general financial planning services.

Melnik's contributions to the financial education of New York residents has been recognized by numerous public officials, including Borough Presidents of Manhattan and Brooklyn, U.S. and state Senators, members of the New York State Assembly as well as the New York City Council.

A recipeint of Baruch College’s "Outstanding Teaching Award,” Melnik gives educational seminars throughout the country with various financial institutions, elected officials, as well as in conjunctions with such governmental agencies as the U.S. Social Security Administration, the New York City Department of Health’s Medicaid offices, and the District Attorney's Offices. For many years he served as an honorary host and moderator of the annual Internal Review Service Tax Symposium held in New York City.

About the AICPA

The AICPA represents the Certified Public Accountancy profession “nationally regarindg rule-making and standard-setting, and serves as an advocate before legislative bodies, public interest groups, and other professional organizations.” The Personal Financial Planning Executive Committee provides AICPA members with “information, advocacy and leadership to enable them to perform valuable personal financial planning services in the highest professional manner. The committee also assists in developing public statements made by AICPA in the area of personal financial planning. It determines Institute technical policies regarding PFP and serves as the Institute's official voice on those matters.”

About Baruch College

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 164 countries and speak 129 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



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