Edward J. McSweeney, CPA/ABV/CFF

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In practice in Nevada County since 1981, Ed McSweeney applies his tax accounting and auditing talents to individual clients, proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and both manufacturing and retail businesses. His expertise extends to business valuations for the purposes of buying and selling a business, marriage dissolution, and estate planning. He also maintains a focus on special procedure management engagements for business clients.

Ed's earlier professional experience includes ten years of auditing work for the Defense Contract Audit Agency, and six years with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto. Immediately prior to moving to Nevada County in 1981, he served as EPRI's director of finance/treasurer; managing a staff of 50 employees.

Ed earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa in 1965, became a certified public accountant in 1976, and received an accreditation in business valuations from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in 1998. He is a past instructor in accounting and taxation at Sierra College, as well as a member of the AICPA and the California Society of CPAS.

Actively involved in a diversity of professional and community organizations, he currently serves as Treasurer of the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club. He is a 2 term President of child advocates of Nevada County, past director of FREED, the Nevada County Community Workshop, and Nevada City Little League. He formerly held the title of chair of the Nevada County Discussion Group, Sacramento Chapter, of the California Society of CPAs. Additional past memberships include Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Finance Committee, Nevada County Housing Development Council, and Gold Country Lions Club.


BA, Accounting - University of Northern Iowa, 1965
Certified Public Accountant - California 1976


Defense Contract Audit Agency, June 1965 - May 1975

  • Field Auditor, 1965 - 1973. Planned, performed and supervised financial, operational and compliance audits at defense contractors such as Boeing, Lockheed, and Martin Marietta.
  • Auditor in Charge of UTC office, 1974 - 1975. Planned and implemented total audit requirement, managed a staff of five professional auditors.

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Palo Alto, California, June 1975 - July 1981

  • Director of Audit, 1975 - 1978. Organized department, established policy; negotiated audit rights; planned, supervised, managed financial and compliance audits at contractors such as General Electric and Exxon. Staff of ten professional auditors.
  • Director of Finance/Treasurer, 1978 - 1981. Responsible for accounting, auditing, planning, investments, insurance, data processing, cash management, property management and debt financing. Managed fifty employees.

McSweeney & Associates, APC, Grass Valley, California, July 1981 - present

  • Tax partner for individual and business clients
  • Firm accounting and auditing partner
  • Various management/special procedures, engagements for business clients and city and county organizations.
  • Business valuation practice for buying, selling, marriage dissolution and estate planning purposes.


  • Current Treasurer, Penn Valley Rotary Club
  • Current member of Hospice of the Foothills Board of Trustees
  • 20 year Instructor, Accounting and Tax - Sierra College
  • AICPA Certificate of Educational Achievement-Business Valuation 1998
  • Past Director, Nevada City Little League
  • Past President, Child Advocates of Nevada County
  • Past Director, FREED
  • Past Director, Nevada County Community Workshop
  • Nevada City Little League Manager
  • Gold Country Soccer Association Coach
  • Past Chairman, Nevada County Discussion Group,
    Sacramento Chapter, California Society of CPAs
  • Member, AICPA and California Society of CPAs
  • Past member, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Finance Committee
  • Past member, Nevada County Housing Development Council
  • Past member, Gold Country Lions Club
  • Past Treasurer, 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City
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