Susan M. Kirsch
CPA, JD

CONTACT: skirsch@schneiderdowns.com

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Sue has more than 25 years of public accounting and industry experience with particular expertise in tax matters affecting nonprofit organizations. She is an experienced tax and business advisor with a background in both internal and external settings, providing clients with timely, innovative and high-quality advice on a broad array of compliance, planning, regulatory and business issues. Sue’s clients include colleges, universities, secondary educational organizations, arts and cultural organizations, religious organizations, business and professional associations and private foundations. 

Sue’s experience includes representing clients in connection with seeking and receiving audit representation, obtaining recognition of tax-exempt status, foreign information reporting governance and operating issues, and technical advice on matters such as public charity/private foundation qualification, intermediate sanctions, lobbying, political activities, unrelated business income, executive compensation and fringe benefit matters and Form 990 and Form 990T compliance.

Sue instructs the firm's personnel and clients in tax issues affecting exempt organizations. She is a frequent speaker on tax aspects of exempt organizations.

Education

J.D. - University of Pittsburgh
B.A. - St. Mary's College

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Chair—Schneider Downs Tax Practice
  • Chair—Schneider Downs Nonprofit Industry Group
  • Member—American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Associate Member—AICPA Exempt Organization Technical Resource Panel
  • Member—National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • Former Chair and Board Member—Vincentian Collaborative System
  • Advisory Panel Member—PowerLink
  • Member—Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Board of Trustees—FISA Foundation
  • Board of Directors—Portiuncula Foundation
  • Advisory Committee Member—United Way, YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

Do you have a hobby/personal passion?  
I love every sport with a letter K and I:  skiing, biking and hiking.

What was the best advice you’ve ever received?  
Treat each day as the gift that it is. 

Who is your role model?  
My grandmother

What was your childhood dream?  
To become a ski instructor

People would be surprised to know that I…   
lived in a cave for a week on the island of Corfu 

What was your first job?  
Switchboard operator for a convent

Do you have advice for young professionals?  
Own your career but remember that it is a marathon not a sprint.