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  • 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
    |
    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.

  • The CPA’s Annual Life Insurance Audit

    By:
    Laura Sherris, Esq.
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    Dec 1, 2015
    Based on a recent study by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, over 60% of people who own life insurance have no idea what they own or how it works. 
  • New York State and New York City Business Allocation: What Has Changed, and What Has Not

    By:
    Brian Gordon, CPA
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    Nov 1, 2015
    In the past few years, there have been vast changes to the landscape of corporate allocation in the world of state and local taxes.  
  • Maintaining Beneficial Tax Treatment of Employer Stock After Job Loss

    By:
    Daniel Mazzola, CPA, CFA
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    Nov 1, 2015
    A combination of low interest rates, abundance of cash in company coffers, and a need for growth has led to an explosion of corporate mergers and acquisitions this year.  
  • Newsmaker: Diana Leyden, New York City’s First Taxpayer Advocate

    By:
    Chris Gaetano, Trusted Professional Staff
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    Nov 1, 2015
    In July, Diana Leyden became New York City’s first-ever Taxpayer Advocate, a new office within the city’s Department of Finance from which she will help taxpayers navigate the city’s tax code, while also working to address systemic issues that impede taxpayer compliance. 
  • Abandoned Property: The Silent Liability

    By:
    Joseph Endres
    |
    Nov 1, 2015
    Winter is right around the corner. For businesses holding abandoned property on their books (and virtually every operating entity holds abandoned property, whether it knows it or not), that means it’s time to start preparing the annual abandoned property return.  
  • A Letter from the Comptroller of The City of New York, Scott M. Stringer

    By:
    Scott Stringer
    |
    Oct 1, 2015

    I am pleased to join with you in saluting the fifth anniversary of this respected publication. As the Comptroller of The City of New York, my chief goal is to ensure that every tax dollar is used in a fiscally prudent manner--and to hold city agencies accountable for those funds.

  • Deconstructing Maryland v. Wynne: A Big-Time Development in the State Tax Area

    By:
    Timothy P. Noonan, CPA and Ariele R. Doolittle, Esq.
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    Oct 1, 2015
    It was a big year for the U.S. Supreme Court, which issued decisions on hot-button social issues and Obamacare.  But for us tax folks, no case was of more importance than the Court’s May 2015 decision in Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne, which struck down an aspect of Maryland’s personal income tax scheme related to resident credits. 

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