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Marla Esan

Marla  Esan, Director, Tax & Business
Tax & Business

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Melville, NY 11747

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Marla Esan is a Director in the Family Wealth Services group of the Firm's Long Island office. She has more than 20 years experience with a particular expertise with high-net-worth individuals and fiduciary taxation. Her in-depth background with tax compliance compliments her ability to maximize tax saving strategic solutions.

Ms. Esan has developed a strong passion for working closely with nonprofit clients. In 2007, she championed the idea of starting Marcum's Nonprofit Tax Compliance area with the 20 existing private foundation clients. She quickly grew the Melville office client base to 150 nonprofit organizations while providing consultative services and oversight to more than 250 private foundations and public charities throughout the New York region. Ms Esan developed and created the Firm's Nonprofit Back Office Business; a multifaceted customized operations solution for bookkeeping, grants administration, hands-on-training, reporting and compliance needs. This allows more time for nonprofits to spend on societal impact and less on management and operations.

Ms. Esan's specialty is educating, training and engaging donors in philanthropy by advising them from vision to mission to development and finally execution. She advises nonprofit management with operations, and fiduciary and compliance responsibilities. Her knowledge of working with high-net-worth individuals uniquely qualifies her to strategically maximize donors' philanthropic goals. Ms. Esan joined the Firm in 1999 as a Supervisor and has been given increasing levels of responsibility; being named Manager in 2004 and Senior Tax Manager in 2006. Prior to joining Marcum, Ms. Esan operated her own accounting firm. For more than 12 years she focused on individual, fiduciary and non-profit taxation.

Professional & Civic Affiliations
  • New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA)
  • National Association of Female Executives
  • Metro New York Philanthropic Advisors Network (NYPAN)
  • GuideStar, Advisory Panel
  • Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC)
  • Nonprofit Professionals Forum
Articles, Seminars & Presentations
  • Advanced Wealth Strategies, Registered Rep, August 2011
  • Demystifying Private Foundations, CPE Seminar, 2011
  • Nonprofits Out There – Beware of May 15, 2010, Marcum Insights & Alerts
  • The Rewards of Giving: A Look Into Private Foundations,
  • Family Foundation Advisor, March/April 2009
  • Private Foundations Tax Compliance, CPE Seminar, NYSSCPA,
  • Nassau County Chapter, 2008
Subject Matter Expertise

Non-Profit Taxation & Compliance
Individual Income Tax
Fiduciary Taxation
Nonprofit Consulting

Practice Focus

Private Foundations
Public Charities
High-Net-Worth Individuals
Nonprofit & Social Sector


Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting
City University at Queens College (CUNY)

Bachelor of Business Administration, Economics
City University at Queens College (CUNY)

Awards & Recognition

Who's Who in Women in Professional Services, Long Island Business News, 2011

Related News

The Hartford Business Journal published a column by Tax Services Director Marla Esan about the impacts of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Bill for nonprofit organizations.

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The Hartford Business Journal published a column by Tax Services Director Marla Esan about the impacts of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Bill for nonprofit organizations.

Like every sector, nonprofits won some and lost some in the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act. Here is a brief summary of the provisions impacting ....

How the Nonprofit World Fared with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

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How the Nonprofit World Fared with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

Like every sector, nonprofits won some and lost some. The final legislation, as compared to earlier drafts, ultimately had a narrower, though significant, impact in ....




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