Alfonso Faustino: Richard Pon, CPA & CFP

(BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front))Richard Pon, CPA and CFP, is an expert in his field.  He has the education, years of experience, and ongoing training to guide you through your finances and tax seasons…whether you are a multi-billion dollar Fortune 500 company or an individual filing a 1040 EZ, Richard has the expertise to maximize your deductions and minimize your tax liabilities.  You can contact Richard at

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My father told me, “son, when you start accumulating your wealth, you need four types of resources in your life: 

  • doctor,
  • lawyer,
  • CPA, and an
  • automobile technician.

I have all four of these resources; and, in this BLOG, I want to write about my CPA and CFP, Richard Pon; because, he is an expert in his field, and he has extensive knowledge in tax law.

Richard represented clients at top CPA firms including BPM (the largest SF based CPA firm) In addition, he managed the worldwide taxes for Morrison & Foerster LLP (one of the world’s Top 30 law firms).

He provides tax and financial advice to individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. He served individuals ranging from Fortune 500 CEOs, self-employed individuals, and retirees. He represented start-ups, family businesses, as well as publicly traded companies. His nonprofit experience includes charities, schools, trade associations, and private foundations.

Richard has been an invaluable asset to me me and family; because, we have a very complex financial portfolio, and Richard’s expertise has helped us immensely in providing us with the best financial avenues to maximize our deductions and minimize our tax liabilities — this is tough stuff; because, the tax laws are constantly changing for my family’s tax bracket.

As an actor, the tax deductions can be tricky; because, there are specific guidelines that are given to actors for deductions, such as, but not limited to: SAG-AFTRA Dues and mileage, and other expenses that may or may not apply during our hunt for work.

I’m also an active volunteer with the SFPD, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, SFFD, and the US Coast Guard; and, Richard successfully guided me in all the stuff that I can deduct as a volunteer with the aforementioned agencies while minimizing my tax liabilities.

Although based in San Francisco, he serves clients throughout the U.S. and globally.  My family and I really dig the fact that he does a lot of his work in the cloud.  No need to meet in person nor snail-mail hard-copy documents — he created a file cabinet in the cloud, and my family and I download and upload documents to him.

If the cloud isn’t the way you like to work and prefer meeting Richard in person, he will accommodate personal meetings, too.

Richard has been quoted on a variety of tax and financial planning topics in publications, such as, but not limited to, the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and even the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (on tax treatment of WWE pro wrestlers as independent contractors).

Richard is also a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®). Richard’s education includes a Master of Science in Taxation and a MBA in Finance. Richard maintains an active CPA license that requires 80 hours of continuing education every 2 years and maintains an active CFP designation that requires 30 hours of continuing education every 2 years.

Richard tries to post 3 or 4 tax or finance tips to his website each week.

For the latest tax and finance tips, please visit

When not working, Richard enjoys time with his wife and toddler son and enjoys watching the latest international action films and Hollywood blockbusters; as well as reading comic books (over 25,000 comics read).

Ask Richard for a cool comic book series recommendation…mine would be The Walking Dead.

If you need simple to complex and sophisticated tax preparation and financial planning advice, please drop Richard an email or ring him and schedule an appointment to meet with him.  You won’t regret it.


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/s/ Alfonso Faustino (K6ASF)

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