Federal Taxation

  • Coming to America – Love, Marriage and Immigration

    By:
    Carole M. Bass and Rebecca A. Provder
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    Jun 1, 2016

    In the 1988 hit comedy, Coming to America, Prince Akeem, heir to the throne of Zamunda, flees his home country to escape an arranged marriage. He comes to the United States to find his queen, a woman who will love him in spite of his vast wealth and title. Sure enough, he finds Lisa McDowell, heir to the McDowell’s Restaurant fortune.

  • Foreign Trust Reporting: Substance Over Forms? I Think Not

    By:
    Alicea Castellanos, CPA, TEP, NP and Jack R. Brister, TEP
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    Jun 1, 2016
    In a world dominated by data, the IRS’s role in data collection continues to expand. No longer is the agency’s sole focus domestic income tax reporting, collection, and enforcement; rather, today’s IRS is responsible for activity that occurs beyond U.S. borders and disseminating an array of information. 
     
  • Don’t Overlook Your Clients’ IRA Beneficiary Designations

    By:
    Kevin Matz, CPA, Esq., LLM
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    Apr 1, 2016
    The beneficiary designation forms for qualified retirement plans and individual retirement accounts (collectively, “IRAs”) are often overlooked in a client’s estate plan. But in many instances, the beneficiary designation forms will control more assets than the will itself. 
  • Social Security Strategies

    By:
    Daniel Mazzola, CPA, CFA
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    Feb 1, 2016
    The Social Security Act, was signed into law in 1935, was designed to provide adequate financial assistance to the elderly, the poor, the unemployed, the widowed, and fatherless children.  
  • The Crowdfunding Craze: A Primer for Tax Professionals

    By:
    Sean Mathey, Esq.
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    Dec 1, 2015
    The popularity of Internet crowdfunding has exploded in recent years.  As individuals and businesses turn increasingly to this alternative form of financing, the regulatory response has been outpaced, leaving tax and legal advisors on uneven ground regarding client counsel.  
  • Retirement Plans: An Overlooked Benefit for Business Owners
    Higher Contributions and Greater Flexibility

    By:
    Kenneth A. Horowitz, CLU, ChFc
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    Dec 1, 2015
    Many CPAs ask if companies are still sponsoring defined benefit plans.  They are usually surprised by how the current pension rules are “business-owner friendly.”  
  • IRS Proposes Implementing a Donee Report Form

    By:
    John Vazzana, CPA, CGMA
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    Dec 1, 2015

    The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 (“OBRA93”) contained two major provisions affecting charities and their donors by introducing the "substantiation" and "disclosure" requirements.

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