Melissa Hou, CPA, MST, is a tax manager. In this role, she works with clients in a wide variety of industries including distribution, manufacturing, sales, business and professional services, real estate and non-profit organizations. She specializes in rental real estate, real estate development and real estate investment. She joined the WNDE team in 2015.
Melissa was born in Taiwan and grew up in Los Angeles. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics at UCLA, and a Master of Taxation at Golden Gate University. Accounting was not her first career choice, she said, but she agreed to try it out for three months upon her father’s insistence. Melissa remarked, “He was right. I absolutely loved how challenging and dynamic accounting is. There is an endless amount of learning and growth available.”
Her areas of expertise include: partnerships, s-corporations, c-corporations, individuals, and trusts; planning, quarterly and year-end tax provisions, research; business property tax, sales tax; non-profit organization tax compliance; and Quickbooks. She is a member of the AICPA and CalCPA.
Interests outside of the office include spending time with her boyfriend and dog, hiking, attending concerts and traveling both domestically and internationally.