The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 brought changes in many areas, leading many observers (even experts) to easily overlook the idea that the legislation contains the greatest government-sponsored tax shelter in American history. Anyone advising high-net-worth or ultra-high-net-worth individuals should be aware of the fantastic planning avenue that the new Section 1400Z represents. When devising ways to defer or even eliminate taxation for these taxpayers, investment in a qualified opportunity zone is an essential option to add to the planner’s arsenal.
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Matthew E. Rappaport concentrates his practice in Taxation as it relates to Real Estate, Corporations, Partnerships, and Trusts & Estates. He advises clients regarding tax planning and structuring for generational wealth transfer, commercial real estate enterprises, business transactions, and cross-border considerations. He primarily advises real estate professionals, financial professionals, and closely held business owners. He also functions like a subcontractor for other attorneys, accountants, financial advisors, bankers, and insurance professionals when they encounter matters requiring a threshold level of tax law expertise.
Mr. Rappaport graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007, cum laude, with an undergraduate degree in Political Science. His undergraduate thesis was a cross-sectional analysis of the corporate culture of the privately held financial firm Edward Jones. He received his Juris Doctor and Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 2011. Mr. Rappaport is licensed to practice in New York and is an active member of the Nassau County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He was the Co-Vice Chair of the Tax Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association from June 2015 until June 2016.
He serves on the Sales, Exchanges, and Basis Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation. Mr. Rappaport has authored articles for the Nassau Lawyer, Thomson Reuters’ Journal of Real Estate Taxation, The Tax Adviser, Bloomberg BNA’s Tax Management – Real Estate Journal, and the Journal of Taxation of Investments. He has spoken at the request of the American Bar Association, the National Conference of CPA Practitioners, the Financial Planning Association, Strafford Publications, the School of Accounting at LIU Post, and a wide variety of law, accounting, and wealth advisory firms. He is a founder of the young professionals networking group Hydra Collective.