Wendy Marsden, CPA CFP® RIA, MSA started doing taxes for fun 1992. Licensed as a CPA in 2000, she opened Tea & Taxes as a CPA tax practice from a home office while she raised her young children. She developed a reputation as a compassionate and thorough tax accountant who looked at the whole financial picture, often offering financial advising to her clients as well as tax preparation. Although she joined NAPFA in 2012, she didn’t add stand-alone comprehensive financial planning services to her tax practice until 2014. Here’s a video where she talks about her slow transition to financial planner.
A registered investment advisor in Massachusetts since 2016, she started using the name ProsperiTea Planning for the investment advisory practice. This completed the journey to becoming a deeply integrated holistic financial advisor. She combines tax planning and preparation, comprehensive planning, and investment advising into one service offered under an annual retainer to a few dozen clients.
Ms. Marsden’s graduate degree is from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass/Amherst. She participated in their prestigious two-year MBA program, but took all her electives in Accounting and graduated with the Masters of Science in Accounting rather than the Masters of Business Administration. She continued her education with independent coursework in financial planning.
Honors included graduating first in her class with her MS in Accounting, passing both the CPA and CFP® exams on the first sitting, and winning the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Her bachelor’s degree is in Physics
& Astronomy, with a minor in Computer Science, from Mount Holyoke College, class of ’86. She is a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. You can also find Wendy Marsden on LinkedIn.
Other members of the firm include virtual assistant Jennifer Chabott and virtual para-planner Gary Marsden. Our on-site operations assistants are Eliza Hilyard and Melissa “Sunny” Grossett, and sometimes Wendy’s young adult son Sammy, or her husband Ben. Somewhat less helpful, we also have River, our wonderful office dog. River loves her ball and her belly rubbed. If you are uncomfortable with dogs, please let us know and we will put her in her crate before you come.
Tea & Taxes Company dba ProsperiTea Planning is a member of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, and the Franklin County Community Development Corporation. Wendy Marsden, CPA CFP® RIA, is a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, the Alliance of Comprehensive Planners, the XY Planning Network, and the Financial Planning Association.
We are a Green Business and strive to reduce our carbon footprint. We use a paperless filing system, and your copies will be printed double-sided. Virtual meetings cut down on commuting costs. In addition, we do a carbon offset each year.
What do the credentials mean?
RIA stands for Registered Investment Advisor. Wendy is registered with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Securities Division as a person credentialed to give investment advice in Massachusetts.
CFP® stands for Certified Financial Planner™, a designation signifying a thorough educational background and passing a comprehensive two-day exam. Ms. Marsden passed the CFP® exam on her first try in 2013. There are 30 hours of continuing education required each year for CFP® certificants. The CFP Board requires the use of trademark symbols to protect the integrity of the marks.
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CPA stands for Certified Public Accountant. Massachusetts, where Ms. Marsden is licensed, required passing the grueling, two-day uniform CPA exam. The vast majority of candidates do not pass on their first try, but Ms. Marsden did (without using a prep course!). Massachusetts also requires that several years of an apprenticeship must be served with another CPA. CPAs have 40 hours a year of continuing education requirements — which Ms. Marsden routinely exceeds!
PFS stands for Personal Financial Specialist, a designation given to a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who meets the financial planning requirements established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), which Wendy was awarded but no longer maintains as the CFP® credential duplicates it.
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