Melinda Fellner Bramwit

Partner

Direct: (908) 731-0351 Ext.252 / NJ - (908) 731-0354 / NY - (212) 204-7932

Practice Groups and Client Sectors:

Tax, Corporate, Trusts and Estates, Private Client, International

Areas of Focus:

International Tax, Personal Tax, Partnerships and Other Joint Ventures, Energy and Project Finance, Startups & Startup Financing, Estate and Gift Tax, Trusts and Estates, Cannabis Law
Melinda Fellner Bramwit

Education

New York University

LL.M., Taxation

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

J.D.

Cornell University

B.A.

Other Experience

Adjunct Instructor, Rutgers University School of Law – Newark, Fundamentals of Federal Income Tax, 2002

Bars & Courts

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Florida

Professional Experience

Melinda Fellner Bramwit focuses her practice on tax matters including federal, state and international tax. 

Ms. Bramwit's experience includes business structuring, acquisitions and reorganizations, and joint ventures and partnerships in both the domestic and offshore world. This experience includes negotiating and drafting operating agreements and drafting organizational and transactional documents for corporate transactions. She has cultivated specific expertise in the international arena, including guiding affected clients through the IRS Streamlined Offshore Programs and the IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program and assisting with other offshore income issues. Additionally, Melinda routinely represents clients in federal and state tax controversies. 

Ms. Bramwit also represents a variety of tax-exempt organizations including the Bedminster Township Parent Teacher Organization. She has written opinion articles for the New Jersey Law Journal and is a former adjunct instructor at Rutgers-Newark on Fundamentals of Federal Income Tax. She has been a panelist on Hot Tips in Taxation, the premier New Jersey ICLE seminar on tax updates, as well as a lecturer for Strafford Legal Education and other webinars in the US and abroad, and she has appeared several times on the cable channel ITV. 

Representative Transactions

  • Served as tax counsel to a France based manufacturer in connection with an acquisition of a China based manufacturer 
  • Structured acquisition of a $20M US domiciled company with operations in Hong Kong in connection with a restructuring and reorganization in Hong Kong 
  • Served as tax counsel in connection with acquisition of US gaming company by a German Corporation 
  • Successfully negotiated NJ Division of Taxation case involving critical statutory interpretation of NJ Sales Tax Statute 
  • Negotiated zero penalty imposition in potential $2M offshore voluntary disclosure penalty case. 

Articles

  • The New Jersey Angel Investor Tax Credit Act – The “Angel Act” A Valuable Benefit to Those Investing in New Jersey
  • Has the IRS Found its Mojo, Just Like Austin Powers? A Commentary on the Trilogy of IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Programs
  • IRS Announces 2012 Offshore Disclosure Program ("2012 Ovdp")
  • New Jersey Madoff Victims Receive State Income Tax Refund
  • Technology Taxation: Taxing the "Cloud" on the Horizon
  • Important Update: 2011 IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative
  • 2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative Announced by IRS and New Jersey
  • Recent New Jersey Tax Court Decision Opens the Door to Potential Transfer Tax Savings on Real Property Transfers
  • New Relief from our old Friend "AMT": Individual Tax Planning
  • Forum Empowers Women Attorneys on the Rise

Blogs

Business Without Borders

  • Taxpayers: Fincen Form 114 (Electronic FBAR) Due Date Modified Along with Other Due Dates
  • NJ Division of Taxation Issues Bulletin Regarding Nexus for Corporation Business Tax
  • India and U.S. Sign FATCA Agreement to Combat Offshore Tax Evasion
  • Taxpayers take note of the June 30, 2015 deadline for the Fincen 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (“FBAR”)
  • Nothing’s Stopping Indian Firms From Starting FATCA Registration

Lehigh Valley Legal Blog 

  • Taxpayers: Fincen Form 114 (Electronic FBAR) Due Date Modified Along with Other Due Dates

Publications

  • Client Alert: Fincen 114 (the “FBAR”): New Filing Date of April 15 Each Year, January 2017
  • “Has the IRS Found its Mojo, Just like Austin Powers? A Commentary on the Trilogy of IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Programs,” New York Law School Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions, July/August 2013
  • Quoted, “NRIs in US: Don’t panic; seek right advice about foreign account reporting,” The Economic Times, April 11, 2012
  • “IRS Announces 2012 Offshore Disclosure Program (“2012 OVDP”),” Tax Law Alert, March 2012
  • “New Jersey Madoff Victims Receive State Income Tax Refund,” Tax Law Alert, November 2011
  • “Technology Taxation: Taxing the ‘Cloud’ on the Horizon,” Bloomberg Law Report– Technology Law, Vol. 3, No. 17, August 22, 2011
  • “Important Update: 2011 IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative,” Tax Law Alert, August 2011
  • “2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative Announced by IRS and New Jersey,” Tax Law Alert, April 2011
  • “Recent New Jersey Tax Court Decision Opens the Door to Potential Transfer Tax Savings on Real Property Transfers,” Tax Law Alert, July 2010
  • “New Relief From Our Old Friend “AMT”: Individual Tax Planning,” Tax Law Alert, July 2008
  • “A Hole in N.J.’s Efforts to Lure Business,” New Jersey Law Journal, August 15, 2005

Videos

  • Melinda Bramwit discusses offshore income issues. Watch video
  • Melinda Bramwit discusses IRS offshore voluntary disclosure on ITV. Watch video

Awards

  • LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent - For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, 2016