Gerald (Jerry) Bernard started in public practice after graduating from the University of Maryland with a BS in accounting in 1973 and then serving for five years as a revenue agent with the IRS. He received his certificate as a CPA in March of 1979 and obtained his Personal Financial Specialist certificate from the AICPA in 2010. Since then he has concentrated his accounting practice in the areas of individual and small business taxation and consulting.

Jerry has been active in the professional community, chairing the Arizona Tax Legislation committee and serving as a member of the Arizona Tax Liaison and Internal Revenue Service Liaison committees for the Arizona State Society of CPAS as well as serving as member of the board of directors for the Society. In addition to his contribution to several ASCPA committees, he has served on the Tax Practice Committee for the Arizona State Board of Accountancy.

Jerry is also a published author. He co-authored six books published by John Wiley and Sons, New York. The six book series, IRS Audit Protection and Survival Guide, covers auto body and repair, attorneys, bars and restaurants, gas retailing, bed and breakfasts and trucking businesses. The books contain Jerry’s advice for dealing with the Internal Revenue Service based, in part, on his five years of experience as a revenue agent.

Jerry likes to stay active in his free time. As an avid mountain biker he has followed trails in Moab, Purgatory, California, New Mexico, Washington and Nevada, as well as most of Arizona. He is also an active handball player maintaining his weekly regimen even during the rigors of tax season; a routine claimed by his fellow workers to be essential to his sanity and those around him.

Jerry contributes to the community by volunteering his time to serve on the boards of two non-profit organizations. Success4Kids is his favorite activity. That organization provides guidance, inspiration and positive role models to inner city youth interested in organized handball competition. As a coach and mentor, Jerry shares his experiences to teach leadership and life skills to the city’s youth.