Gina Cochetti, CPA, MST
Gina’s background is steeped in the business of agriculture and taxes. She grew up raising animals, riding horses and also worked at a flower shop before attending college to study agriculture business and taxation. She began her career with Hayashi Wayland in 1996.
Gina specializes in:
Agriculture, business flow-through and individual income tax.
She is known for:
Helping clients find solutions to help minimize their taxes and ease their minds.
She works with:
Medium to large sized agricultural businesses, medium to large sized closely held businesses and high net worth individuals.
Her best capabilities are:
Decoding the mysteries of tax lingo and transactions, and breaking them down into terms anyone can understand. She knows what clients need, and takes every measure to help them succeed in a practical manner.
What Gina enjoys most about her job:
Working with entrepreneurs and clients she can learn from. “I know I can help them with the tax aspects, but they can teach me about their unique businesses. I love to learn about different people and businesses.”
She’s a published author:
Gina has written several articles for the Coastal Grower, which include:
Tax Changes and Tangible Asset Repairs Regulations, Winter 2013 (pdf)
IC-DISCs: Complicated Name for Simple Tax Savings, Fall 2013 (pdf)
She has also been featured in an article:
Western Grower Shipper Magazine Features HW (pdf)
Gina has served as Treasurer for the Salinas Jaycees, Treasurer for Ag Against Hunger, Treasurer for the Spreckels Union Educational Foundation and is current Treasurer for the Palma High School Parents Club.
Professional Affiliations and Credentials:
Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA)
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business from Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo
Master of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University
What you may not know about Gina…
Her life outside of work is a mix of indoor-outdoor fun. She enjoys all forms of exercise, including running, biking, swimming, cross fit, and golf. She is equally happy donning her domestic hat as an avid cook and sewing enthusiast (she jokes that she not only owns a sewing machine, but knows how to use it). You can also often find her exercising her lungs as she cheers for her sons at football, lacrosse and baseball game