A member of the legal profession in Greater Boston, Paula N. Singer (the N. is for her maiden name, Noyes) returned to Maine with her husband, Gary, to retire.
Singer graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Maine, Orono, in 1966 and received her JD from the University of Maine School of Law in 1978. Singer recounts stories about her early years growing up poor in Kennebunk and the zig zag course she followed on her 50-year career journey in her memoir, When There Is No Wind, Row. She describes how she became successful in a man’s world—in a computer career when there were no computer science courses; as an international tax lawyer when there was no fax, email or Internet; and as owner/operator, with her husband, of a software company without any outside investors.
Before writing her memoir, Singer authored more than 80 published articles about taxes. Her articles appeared in tax journals and in journals published by trade organizations, including the Massachusetts Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Payroll Association, and the National Association of Tax Professionals. 20 of her articles appeared in Tax Notes International (TNI), published by Tax Analysts. Singer was one of 48 contributors—one of only three women—to their 2010 book, 40 Years of Change, One Constant: Tax Analysts. Singer authored 11 tax guidebooks and more than 50 e-newsletter articles published by Windstar Publishing, Inc. (now owned by Thomson Reuters). International Aspects of Individual U.S. Tax Returns received a Bronze medal from Axiom Business Book Awards in 2008. In 2004, Windstar published Singer’s book, A Simple, More Efficient Tax Collection System for America. Her articles about tax reform appeared in the Christian Science Monitor and CSM’s online business journal, and in Tax Analysts’ journals, Tax Notes and TNI, and their online World Tax Daily. She was one of 32 expert contributors—one of five women—to their 2009 publication, Toward Tax Reform: Recommendations for President Obama’s Task Force. Her two co-authored law review articles on international tax reform proposals for individual taxation are available on the Social Science Research Network.