Thomas Bassett

Thomas Bassett, JD, MBA, CPA, AEP

Vice President, Tax Manager - East Region


Tom has managed the East region tax team for Commerce Trust Company since joining in 2012. He is responsible for the services his department provides to clients of Commerce Trust in the St. Louis, Springfield, Belleville, Peoria, and Bloomington offices.

In addition to tax planning and consulting services to that client base, his group annually prepares more than 120 returns for charitable trusts and private foundations and more than 350 returns for individual, estate, gift, trust, and partnership clients of Commerce Trust. Tom also co-manages Commerce Trust’s annual tax return preparation process, including reviewing and maintaining Commerce Trust’s accounting system and the integration of this system with the organization’s external vendor.

Prior to joining Commerce, Tom was a manager at BKD, LLP, where he focused on providing tax planning, consulting, and compliance services to high net worth individuals and their businesses in a variety of industries, primarily real estate, healthcare, manufacturing, and distribution. Before BKD, he worked for KPMG, LLP, at various levels, including manager.

Tom attended Washington University in St. Louis, earning two Bachelor of Arts degrees in physics and psychology, a juris doctorate, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Science in business administration. He is a member of the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Missouri Bar Association, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, and the Estate Planning Council of St. Louis. Tom has chaired the audit, investment, and budget subcommittees of the Finance Committee of The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis for several years.