Marlena Weinstein

2023 is Marlena Weinstein's 47th Tax Season.

Marlena has owned both Weinstein and Associates (1977-1984) and Weinstein Associates (1987 to present). In between, she took a small hiatus to be home with her then newborn, and moved to the Boston area. This was after selling her business with a clientele base of over 600 clients and then starting all over again from scratch after a three year covenant not to compete, in 1987 in San Rafael, CA.

Marlena has a BS in elementary education from the University of Bridgeport; a 5th year degree in theater arts and speech communication from California State University, San Francisco; and accreditation in Tax Law from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Marlena has been an Enrolled Agent since 1979.

With a background in education, math and theater arts, Marlena has brought to her tax practice a holistic approach to each of her client's needs. She has done this with understanding and implementing tax law "out of the box," and educating her clients so that they can make decisions mutually. Marlena has an encyclopedic knowledge of individual tax law, but takes a practical approach to making determinations. She also has a fabulous relationship with both the field and office audit division of the IRS in San Rafael. And, best of all, her sense of humor, use of the Yiddish language to make her points, and annual signature humor pieces are free of charge!

Marlena has retained her East Coast upbringing and tells it like it nonsense...whatever...even if it hurts. She welcomes challenges whether she is dealing with the Internal Revenue Service or anyone in the financial industry she has to deal with to get a problem solved.

Turning 75 (egad!) in 2023, Marlena has more energy than ever and her brain can connect the dots even if they are not visible to anyone else. She will continue working in her practice, till she the word, retirement, only relates to her having been forced to take out her RMD (Required Minimum Distribution) at 70 1/2 (but you youngsters have until age 72 to begin taking yours), because the penalties are just too steep—even for Marlena!

Marlena was awarded Best of 2020 in the general field of accounting services (even though we know she is not specifically an accountant) by the San Rafael Award Program. And in 2022, Marlena became a member of Nationwide Registries Women of Distinction. Her plaque reads, "For she had the will, believed in herself, and made history."

Besides being a tax whiz, Marlena has other creative endeavors, as you can see below.

Design Innovations

For 49 years, Marlena has been assisting clients and friends in re-inventing their homes, gardens and wardrobe. As of late, she is now specializing in AirBnB's to make them "Beyond an AirBnb." As well, she has been assisting clients in troublesome areas of their yards.

View a portfolio of Marlena's latest work, an AirBnb project in Sausalito and a garden situated on an upslope, by clicking the link to the right.

Design Innovations portfolio

Marlena's Events

Marlena also knows how to throw great events.

In June of 1998, Marlena threw the party to end all parties to honor her 50th birthday and the rite of passage it represented.

In November of 2016, Marlena topped herself with the Weinstein Associates Give-back Gala, a client tribute to honor 40 years of amazing clients.

Share in those events by clicking the links to the right.

Marlena's 50th: A Hysterical Perpective Give-back Gala