- Tax, Benefits & Compensation
- Tax Credits & Syndication
- Business Law
|University ||Bates College, B.A., magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Xi|
|Law School||Boston 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.
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
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,...
Massachusetts Enacts Sales Tax on Computer and Software Services
Christopher M. Flanagan,Karl P. Fryzel,Rebecca Melaas,Nicholas V. Romanos, August 9, 2013
On July 24, 2013, the Massachusetts legislature overrode Governor Deval Patrick’s veto to enact a transportation finance bill (H. 3535) which significantly changes the application of the sales tax to the computer service industry in Massachusetts. Prior to the new legislation, the sale of...
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