About Us

Wendy Marsden, CPA, CFP®

Wendy Marsden, CPA, CFP®

Wendy Marsden

Wendy Marsden, CPA, CFP®, RIA, MSA began as a tax accountant in 1992. In 2001 she opened Tea & Taxes as a CPA tax practice from a home office while she raised her children. She developed a reputation as a thorough tax accountant who looked at the whole financial picture, often offering financial advising to her clients as well as tax preparation. In 2014 she added comprehensive financial planning services to her tax practice. Here’s a video where she talks about this.

In 2016 she became a registered investment advisor using the name ProsperiTea Planning. This completed the journey to become 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 bachelors 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.

Wendy is assisted from time to time by Jennifer Chabott and sometimes Wendy’s young adult sons Sammy or Gary, 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 uncomfortable with dogs, please let us know and we will put her in her crate before you come.

River the ProsperiTea Planning dog

River the ProsperiTea Planning dog

We usually hire seasonal assistant tax preparers to help with data entry and covering the phones in tax season, so let us know if you know anyone interested in those positions.  We stopped employing staff accountants or bookkeepers in the Fall of 2015.

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 Financial Planning Association, and the Alliance of Comprehensive Planners.

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.

Monhegan Rock Garden by Robert Grant

Monhegan Rock Garden
by Robert Grant

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.

What does the power of trust mean to you?
Read on about NAPFA and what sets us apart.

NAPFA - The Power of Trust

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. Both CPAs and EAs have 40 hours a year of continuing education requirements — which Ms. Marsden routinely exceeds!

Your doctor is certified. Your lawyer is certified.
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If your accountant isn’t a Certified Public Accountant,
think twice about where you are getting your advice.
Who do you want handling your financial and business matters?
If your accountant isn’t a CPA, it’s time to seek professional help.

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