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Carolyn Amster

Carolyn Amster

Of Counsel, Tax
Location: Menlo Park |
Industries: Life Science, Nonprofit

Carolyn is an Of Counsel in Tax at BPM. She has over 30 years of experience in tax planning, research and tax compliance. She focuses her practice on minimizing federal and state tax liabilities, stock option planning, estate planning, preparation of tax projections, analyzing alternatives, identifying and researching complex tax issues, and representing clients before the IRS and Franchise Tax Board. She represents individual, trust, estate, nonprofit, corporate and pass-through entities in industries ranging from public charities and private foundations to software, professional services, high-tech, biotech, venture capital and real estate management.

Carolyn Amster holds an active CPA license in California.

Quick Facts


Certified Public Accountant

  • Treasurer, Board of Directors – Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo
  • Board of Philanthropy Advisory – Palo Alto Medical Foundation
  • Member – American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Member – California Society of CPAs (CalCPA)
  • Member – Menlo College, School of Business Advisory Board
  • Past Board Member – Board of Governors, University of San Francisco Law School
  • Graduate of Leadership San Francisco

BS/Business Administration – Menlo College
LLM/Taxation – Golden Gate University
JD – University of San Francisco