Attorney Advertising Material * CPA Advertising Material
Attorney Advertising Material * CPA Advertising Material
I graduated with a BA from the University of Rochester, an MBA from Cornell University and a JD from Washington University in St. Louis. As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), I am able to prepare taxes in all 50 states. In addition, I am also an attorney - admitted to practice in New York State courts and the US Tax Court. Taken together, I am uniquely positioned to serve the financial, estate planning, and business needs of my clients.
MY ETHICS AND VALUES
Of most importance, I lead a life of strong ethics and expect the same of my clients. Similarly, I hold my family values in high regard. I am a proud husband and father of two boys.
Sometimes I feel like I scored a hat trick! As a CPA, an attorney, and MBA, I can offer clients a depth of knowledge, skill, and business acumen that very few practitioners can match. For example, when forming new businesses, I educate my clients on both risk mitigation and potential tax consequences. When formulating an estate plan, I do a deep dive into the client's balance sheet. Other attorneys engage me to prepare transfer tax returns such as estate tax or gift tax returns.
You can see how my CPA practice and law practice dovetail nicely with each other. I work hard to build a long-term trusting relationship with my clients.
The hat trick! Neeraj Shah is a CPA, an attorney and MBA
CPA - expertise when it comes to money
LAW - expertise when it comes to managing risk
MBA - expertise when it comes to business strategy
My prior work experience stems largely from Citigroup, where I was Vice President. Some of the areas that I supported include: asset management, audit, business planning, mortgage and financial control (both domestic and international). I worked in a variety of localities including NYC, St. Louis and Hong Kong. In addition to Citigroup, I also worked for the IRS (Office of Chief Counsel) and Ernst & Young (tax services). I have been quoted on tax and legal issues in the Daily Record, and have presented on legal and tax topics to several organizations in the Rochester area.
Neeraj Shah, Esq., MBA, CPA
Esq. New York State Bar - admitted as Attorney and Counselor at Law
CPA Certified Public Accountant - New York State
JD Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law
(tax and estate planning)
MBA Cornell University, Johnson School of Management
BA University of Rochester
(economics and political science)
New York University
(Certificate in Accounting)
University of Rochester
(Certificates in Management Studies)
(Certificate in International Relations)
(Special Achievement Citation in Finance)
Courts of New York State, including:
- Court of Appeals, Supreme Courts, County Courts
- Surrogate's Courts, Family Courts, Court of Claims
U.S. Tax Court
Sep, 2011 - “IRS Offshore Deadline is Friday,” Daily Record is Western New York’s premiere daily law publication with a focus on law, real estate, and finance.
Jan, 2018 - presentation on President Trump's landmark Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Penfield Rotary Club
Jan, 2019 - panel discussion on tax reform highlights and buying and selling homes in 2019. Panelists included David Browne of Keller Williams and Jolene Flaherty of Premium Mortgage.
Feb, 2019 - presentation on tax reform impact and buying and selling homes in the current market. Co-presenter was David Browne of Keller Williams. Irondequoit Public Library.
Jan, 2020 - presentation on current income tax code, Penfield Rotary Club
Jan, 2020 - delighted to have been invited by local libraries to speak on our current income tax code. Co-presenting with Happy Homes by The David Browne Team at Keller Williams Realty, Tax Update and Buying / Selling Homes in 2020. Various presentations at the following libraries: Gates Public Library, Fairport Public Library, Mendon Public Library, East Rochester Public Library, Livonia Public Library, Geneseo Wadsworth Public Library, and Irondequoit Public Library
Feb, 2021 - presentation on income tax update, Penfield Rotary Club
Mar, 2021 - webinar with Patrick Caufield (Edward Jones, Penfield Office 250/441), "Key Life Decisions: Are You Prepared?" and "Understanding Taxes"
Nov, 2022 - presentation to a local investment club at the American Association of University Women, "Investment Taxation and Basic Estate Planning"
Board of Trustees, Penfield Public Library (2016-2025)
- Current Member (2023)
- Current Committee Appointment, Finance & Budget Committee
- Current Committee Appointment, Policy and By-Laws Committee
- Chair, Communication Committee (2018 and 2020)
- Chair, Finance & Budget Committee (2021, 2022 and 2023)
- Officer, Secretary (2018, 2019 and 2020)
- Officer, Finance (2021, 2022 and 2023)
- Adhoc Committee Appointment, Officer Nomination Committee (2022)
New York State Bar Association, Trust and Estates Law Section, Business Law Section
Monroe County Bar Association, Tax Section
- Co-Chair-elect, Continuing Legal Education Committee, YLS (2010-2011)
- Former Member, Law Practice Management Committee
- Member, Elder Law Committee and Lawyer Referral Service Committee
Penfield Boys Basketball (Booster) Sponsor (2022-2023 season)
- Member, Strategic Master Plan Update Committee (2018)
Cub Scouts, Pack 250 (Penfield)
- Recruiting Lead (2018-2019)
I grew up in Penfield and graduated from Penfield High School. Spending time with my family is my #1 priority. We love all kinds of family hikes, but some family adventures were 100% more daring than others like:
* encountering a bear at Jenny Lake in Grand Teton NP,
* hiking the steep red rocks of Sedona's Soldier Pass - Subway Cave,
* hiking down the majestic Grand Canyon NP - 3x
This week I want to feature a map of our national parks. We are huge fans of these American treasures. My short term family goal is to visit both Glacier NP and Everglades NP. We really have a beautiful country, which is the backdrop of great family memories.
More routinely, however, we enjoy seasonal activities and watching our boys play. Kansas basketball and Buffalo Bills football dominate our TVs. I have yet to take the family to a Cornell Hockey game at Lynah Rink, but I will.
Last but not the least, one of my most favorite thing to do is to share a small cup of Dunkin coffee with my amazing and accomplished wife - we always get 1 pump of mocha swirl to make our mornings extra special.
Life is short, and love is simple.