Thomas W. Goodwin, CPA, MST
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Tom has over 35 years of experience in public accounting and real estate, including several years as a partner with the “Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group”, the real estate arm of Ernst & Young LLP, a “Big Four” public accounting firm. Prior to founding Goodwin Partners LLP, Tom was a Senior Vice-President at Equis Financial Group, where he was responsible for all tax related matters, financial reporting and financing for various projects as well as acquisition and divestiture planning and implementation for the entire organization. During his public accounting career, which included a period as senior tax manager at Arthur Andersen, he has provided service, directly or indirectly, or participated in industry groups with over 50% of the major real estate organizations in New England. This experience has made Tom one of the better known professionals in the local real estate community.
During his public accounting career, he has delivered US and international tax services to clients in the real estate, financial services and venture capital industries. Tom’s expertise includes structuring merger, acquisition, and disposition transactions with an emphasis on minimizing overall tax liability. He has served several clients with foreign investors and has devised and implemented strategies to minimize world-wide taxes. Tom has used various partnership techniques and other strategies to defer tens of millions of dollars of taxes for clients in the last several years. He has also assisted clients in identifying and implementing strategic opportunities.
In addition to his experience in public accounting, Tom spent several years at Cabot, Cabot and Forbes, when it was a $2 billion privately owned real estate developer. Tom supervised a staff of 7 people, delivering tax services to the 125+ legal entities in the organization, as well as having responsibility for Human Resources, payroll and Risk Management.
He served for eight years as a member of the Wakefield Finance Committee, the final two as chairman, so he is very familiar with the workings of local town politics and financial needs and procedures.
Tom graduated from Suffolk University in Boston with a BS in Accounting and received his MS from Bentley College. He is a CPA in Massachusetts, and a member of the Mass. Society of CPA’s, the AICPA, and the Real Estate Finance Association (REFA). Over the years, Tom has served on several committees, including the Real Estate Committee of the Mass. Society of CPA’s, the Membership Committee of REFA, and Co-Chairman of the Education Committee (and member of the Executive Board) of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP). He has also spoken on real estate and income tax matters to various real estate and business groups.
Tom and his wife Mary Ellen live in Lexington, Massachusetts with their three children.