Ross joined the firm in 2019 as a Tax Shareholder. He has more than 20 years of public accounting experience, including four years implementing ERP systems. Prior to joining Schneider Downs, Ross was a Partner at a large national public accounting firm.

Ross provides research and development credit and incentive services to companies in a wide variety of industries. In his current role, Ross assists companies with the entire life cycle of claiming and sustaining research and development credits and incentives including estimating the benefit for any open tax periods, discussing qualified research activities with technical professionals from your organization, quantifying qualified research expenditures, calculating and documenting the benefits, and if necessary, defending your benefits upon examination. Ross has historically served companies in the following industries: manufacturing, technology/software development, engineering/construction, banking/finance, biotech/pharmaceutical, transportation/logistics, apparel/retail, and food/beverage.

His knowledge and experience with research incentives helps his clients to maximize and sustain their benefits.


B.S.- Business Administration, Duquesne University
M.S. – Taxation, Magna Cum Laude, Robert Morris University

Professional and Community Involvement

Member—American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants

Member—Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants


Our Thoughts On


Big Problem: High Tax Burden For Family-owned Franchisor.

Big Thinking: Comprehensive Planning For A 15% Tax Reduction.

A tax shareholder with more than 25 years of private and public accounting experience, CHRIS MCELROY joined Schneider Downs in 2017 and advises clients in diverse sectors, including consumer products and retail, healthcare, and manufacturing and distribution. Chris' team went to the aid of a family-owned retailer/franchisor that needed to reduce its tax burden to better align with the long-term vision for the business. Schneider Downs' shareholder-led service model positioned the team to have a sophisticated understanding of the client's objectives and leverage opportunities afforded by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. "We helped the client implement a structure to get requisite cash flows to the owners while taking advantage of favorable corporate tax rates, non-U.S. tax planning, and other tax provisions such as QBI and FDII,” said McElroy. “We were able to reduce their overall annual global tax burden by nearly 15% as a result." Schneider Downs provides Big Thinking and Personal Focus in delivering a variety of services for large and small businesses, both publicly and privately held, as well as nonprofit organizations, government entities and more. Through our commitment to thought leadership and knowledge management, we deliver the solutions our clients need with a personal commitment to service.

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