Rebecca Melaas

Boston,  MA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Tax, Benefits & Compensation
  • Tax
  • Tax Credits & Syndication
  • Business Law
University Bates College, B.A., magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Xi
Law SchoolBoston College Law School, J.D., cum laude

Rebecca Melaas (formerly Kunzendorf) is a member of the Tax, Benefits & Compensation Department and practices in the firm's Boston office. Her practice includes all aspects of federal and state income taxation of corporate and flow-through entities and individuals. She also has experience in transactions using federal and state tax credits and incentives, including low-income housing and new markets tax credits. Rebecca has also represented a number of non-profit organizations in obtaining tax-exempt status.
•Represented low-income housing tax credit syndicator in investment in affordable housing projects in Nebraska and California.

•Represented developer in the new markets tax credit financing of a new school annex facility.

•Assisted nonprofit organization formed to raise awareness about life-limiting rare diseases affecting children obtain tax-exempt status.

Before Edwards Wildman

Before joining the firm, Rebecca worked as a law clerk at the maritime law firm of Holbrook & Murphy, where she researched issues relating to cargo loss and damage, personal injury and other civil litigation matters. Prior to her law clerk experience, she interned at the Massachusetts Office on Disability, where she aided individuals with disabilities in the filing of charges of discrimination with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. At Boston College Law School, she also served as a research assistant to Professor Brian D. Galle for whom she researched and analyzed federal taxation topics such as corporate tax integration and the tax treatment of stock dividends.

Besides Edwards Wildman

Rebecca is an avid Boston sports fan and loves to cook. She also enjoys going to the movies and patiently waits every two years to watch the Olympics.


Bank's Construction Loan with Low Income Housing Tax Credit and AFP Funds

Our Real Estate and Tax lawyers represented a major bank in connection with a construction loan for 38 units in 18 buildings of affordable housing for Marshfield Commons in North Smithfield, Rhode Island.

Acquisition of Smart Device Media, Inc.

Our lawyers represented Smart Device Media, Inc. in its December 2011 acquisition by Crisp Media, Inc., which provides a platform for delivering advertising content to smart devices.

Edwards Wildman Client Advisory: Rev. Rul. 2014-18
June 2014
Internal Revenue Service Files Appeal in the Validus Excise Tax Case Insurance & Reinsurance Blog
April 10, 2014
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory: Supreme Court Holds that Severance Payments Constitute Wages under FICA
March 27, 2014
Validus District Court Decision: Retrocessions Not Taxable as Reinsurance Under Section 4371 of the Code Insurance & Reinsurance Blog
March 21, 2014
Massachusetts Enacts Sales Tax on Computer and Software Services Digilaw Blog
August 7, 2013
The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit - 2012
April 2012
Obama's 2013 Budget Proposes Tax on Excess Reinsurance Premiums to Offshore Affiliates Again Insurance & Reinsurance Blog
February 15, 2012


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Supreme Court Holds that Severance Payments Constitute Wages under FICA
Lori A. Basilico,Karl P. Fryzel,Rebecca Melaas, April 1, 2014
On March 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court held in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc. that severance payments made to employees who were involuntarily terminated are taxable as wages under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (“FICA”). United States v. Quality Stores,...
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Rebecca Melaas

111 Huntington Avenue
BostonMA 02199-7613


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