Marlena Weinstein

2020 is Marlena Weinstein's 44th 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.

Marlena lives in Sausalito with her partner, David Cotton, and her amazing dog Gabby, who is a permanent fixture and calming force in the office. Turning 72 (!) in 2020, 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, because the penalties are just too steep—even for Marlena!

Marlena's Events

Not only is Marlena a tax whiz, but she knows how to throw great events too.

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