Chris Bard

Chris Bard

R&D and FDII Tax National Leader; Global R&D Center of Excellence Chairman

BDO Los Angeles Office



Executive Summary

Chris Bard is the practice leader for BDO’s Specialized Tax Services Research and Development (R&D) practice and chairman of BDO International’s Global R&D Center of Excellence.

Since 1993, Chris has worked full time in the area of U.S. federal, state, and non-U.S. R&D tax credit and incentives services, helping companies of all sizes and in virtually every industry identify more than $3 billion in R&D benefits and support over 90% of those benefits on exam or at appeals. In addition, he has:

  • Increased his clients’ benefits by more than an average of 100%;
  • Assisted scores of companies implement FIN 48 for R&D credits;
  • Analyzed the R&D, manufacturing, software development, and other operations and documentation systems of 100s of businesses;
  • Interviewed 100s of engineers, scientists, and software developers regarding their R&D and R&D-related activities;
  • Worked closely with more than 100 IRS and state tax examiners, appeals officers, engineers, CAS, counsel, etc., across the U.S.;
  • Designed software and procedures to optimize the process of identifying and documenting R&D activities and costs; and
  • Been published in a variety of media, including The Wall Street Journal, Tax Executive, Washington Business Journal, and CFO Magazine.

Professional Affiliations

California State Bar Association


J.D., Taxation, University of California, Berkeley
M.A., Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A., Philosophy, Georgetown University 

Community Involvement

The World Is Just a Book Away Foundation, Director