Olivia Melton, CPA – Senior Accountant

Olivia Melton

Service Expertise

  • Individual Tax
  • Small Business Accounting and Taxes
  • Payroll and Payroll Taxes
  • Farm Accounting and Taxes

 

Background & Experience

Olivia Melton brings a wealth of experience and a unique skill set to the accounting field, making her an invaluable asset to the Wendroff & Associates, CPA team.

With tenure as an Associate Professor at Augustana College since 2017, Olivia has demonstrated proficiency in developing and conducting comprehensive accounting courses. Her dedication to utilizing cutting-edge research and technology ensures that she stays at the forefront of the accounting industry. Moreover, her commitment to guiding over 50 students toward their academic and professional goals showcases her ability to understand individual needs and tailor her approach accordingly, a skill set that benefits Wendroff & Associates’ individual and business clients.

Additionally, Olivia has extensive experience in the practical application of accounting principles. Since 2016, she has operated Olivia Melton, CPA, where she has prepared and reviewed both individual and corporate tax returns. As a result, Olivia has a thorough understanding of tax laws and compliance requirements.

Olivia’s unique background also includes serving as a Staff Accountant at Miller Farm, where she managed multiple clients’ payroll and bookkeeping; prepared and reviewed individual, partner, estate, trust, and corporate tax returns; and consulted with clients on business and tax planning.

Education

  • Master of Accountancy – Western Illinois University
  • B.A. Accounting, Business Management, Magna Cum Laude – Augustana College

Licensing & Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant, Illinois

  • Data Analysis Fundamentals Certificate (AICPA)

  • Application of Data Analysis Essentials Certificate (AICPA)

  • Data Analytics Modeling Certificate (AICPA)

  • Forecasting and Predictive Analytics Certificate (AICPA)

  • Data Visualization Certificate (AICPA)

Publications & Presentations

  • Accounting Educators’ Role in CPA Evolution. Insight Magazine, Digital Exclusive, 2021.

  • Fraud Examiners Have a Plethora of Data Analytics Tools (with Marty Coe). Fraud Magazine, March/April 2022, 62-64, 2022.

  • The ChatGPT artificial intelligence chatbot: How well does it answer accounting assessment questions? Wood, D. A., M. Achhpilia, M. T., Adams, et al. including O. Melton. 2023. Issues in Accounting Education (2023): 1-28.

  • “Examination of State Tax Adoption Credits and the Possible Benefits to State Budgets: Do Tax Policies Match State Political Environments,” Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Vail, Colorado, September 30, 2017.

  • “Data Visualization Techniques in Fraud Investigation,” ACFE Global Fraud Conference, Virtual, June 21, 2021.

On the Personal Side

  • Olivia is an avid reader, particularly of the sci-fi and fantasy genres. She also enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors with her family and two dogs. Olivia started out as an art major in college, working with ceramics, and still enjoys arts and crafts.

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