Michael Duffy is co-chair of the Tax Practice Group focusing on corporate, estate, and individual tax planning matters. He advises clients on the tax consequences of forming, operating, restructuring, and liquidating business entities with a focus on tax-efficient succession planning. He also handles issues related to the formation and management of nonprofit entities, executive compensation, federal and state tax audits and controversies, mergers and acquisitions, and the taxation of gifts, trusts, and estates.
Mr. Duffy earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles. After completing his law degree at Washington and Lee University School of Law, Mr. Duffy received an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. Michael is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. He is also a former “Big 4” state and local tax manager and holds a CPA certificate in Connecticut.
Education & Certifications
- Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D.
- New York University School of Law, LL.M.
- Holds CPA certificate in Connecticut
- California State University, Los Angeles, BS in Business Administration, Accounting
- Rhode Island
- U.S. Tax Court
Mr. Duffy is a member of the American Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, and Rhode Island Bar Association, as well as the Connecticut Society of CPAs and Rhode Island Society of CPAs. He has produced content for the Journal of Taxation, Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives, Providence Business News, Worcester Business Journal, and the American Bar Association. Mr. Duffy is also a frequent guest speaker for tax and finance professionals on emerging topics in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Mr. Duffy serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Better Business Bureau of Central New England.
Section 199A Bootcamp - the A to Z of Section 199A, the Pass-Through Deduction, including the recently released final Treasury Regulations and the new real estate safe harbor. Understanding Section 199A is key to surviving tax season. (February 2019) This pre-recorded webinar is available for viewing. $40 fee, CPA's earn 2 CE credits. Click here to register.
Significant Representations and Achievements
- Obtained six-figure waiver of ACA employer shared responsibility payment penalty for large Worcester-based employer.
- Obtained significant Massachusetts estate tax refund in contested case concerning enforceability of shareholder cross-purchase agreement.
- Obtained favorable private letter ruling for taxpayer concerning applicability of sales and use tax to various property swap transactions.
- Resolved state payroll tax audit for financial services employer without imposition of negligence penalties.