- Financial Services
- Financial Products/Transactions
- Corporate Tax
- Tax Advisory Services
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- International Tax
CREDENTIALS / EDUCATION
- Brown University: AB
- Columbia Law School: JD
- New York University: LLM, Taxation
Richard Shapiro is a Tax Director and a member of the Financial Services and Corporate Tax Groups. He has more than 40 years of law firm and accounting firm experience as a specialist in all aspects of federal income taxation, including the taxation of financial instruments and transactions, both domestic and international, corporate taxation and mergers and acquisitions.
Throughout his career, Richard has written and lectured extensively. He co-authored a regular column in a major international tax publication on financial products and currency strategies, and for almost 25 years he wrote the tax booklet made available to individual investors by the various U. S. securities exchanges.
Prior to joining the firm, Richard served for many years as the National Director of Tax of a national accounting firm, and later was the Director of Tax for the financial services practice of two other accounting firms. Most recently, Richard was a Tax Principal in the financial services and national offices of a Big 4 accounting firm.
- Where did you grow up?
- Providence, Rhode Island
- Describe your college experience in one sentence.
- I was a rather "nerdy" college student, political science major, whose most enjoyed extracurricular activity was playing clarinet in the university marching band and concert band.
- How do you enjoy spending your time outside the office?
- Reading, exercise, music, stamp collecting, planting.
- What are you most passionate about with your work?
- Solving complex techncial tax issues.
- What piece of advice do you often give clients?
- The devil is in the details.
- What client issue do you have a knack for resolving?
- Detailed techncial tax questions
- If you had to choose another occupation, what would it be?
- Financial services business of some type
- What is your favorite TV show?
- Person of Interest
- What is your favorite nonprofit to support?
- An endowment at the University of Rhode Island in memory of my younger brother to help visually impaired students attend the university. My brother, who attended URI, was blind, and died in 2008 in an electrical fire at the family house in Providence.