Charles W. Cowden, CPA, MS-Taxation


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Charles has both public and private accounting experience.  Prior to merging his practice with Rubens Partners LLP, he was the founding partner of Cowden Neale, LLP a successful and well respected CPA firm practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1980.  Prior to that, he worked as Vice President of Finance for a closely held transportation company and spent seven years with the San Francisco office of an international accounting firm.

Charles has extensive audit, review, tax and consulting experience with closely held businesses and their owners in a wide variety of industries.  In addition, his experience includes significant estate and trust tax planning and compliance.  His high degree of personal involvement with clients and his creative and understandable approach to addressing complex business and technical issues have made him an integral part of clients’ management teams.

In addition to being the past president of the Estate Planning Council of Diablo Valley, Charles is also an active member of several professional and charitable organizations.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Idaho and holds advanced degrees from the University of Oregon (MBA) and Golden Gate University (MS-Taxation).