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  • Fundamental Tax Reform Is Mostly Dead—but Not Quite

    By:
    Curtis S. Dubay
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    Oct 1, 2016

    In the classic children’s movie The Princess Bride, Billy Crystal plays a miracle-performing medicine man. When the hero of the story is brought to him, Crystal’s character says that he is “mostly dead.” That is an apt description of fundamental tax reform’s current state. 

  • Why the Estate Tax Should Concern Us All

    By:
    Daniel Mazzola, CPA, CFA
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    Oct 1, 2016

    During the week of Aug. 7, presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump revealed their respective tax policies in major speeches to partisan audiences. While the presentations contained such jargon as marginal rates, inversions, and expenditures, the programs can be summarized as follows: Corporate America—along with the wealthy—will bear the brunt of Mrs. Clinton’s progressive agenda in the form of higher taxes, while these two groups would see their taxes reduced under a Trump regime. This is the choice Americans face in November.

  • Proposed Regulations Under IRC Section 2704

    By:
    Kevin Matz, Esq., CPA, LLM (Taxation)
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    Oct 1, 2016

    On Aug. 2, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS issued proposed regulations under IRC Section 2704 (the “Proposed Regulations”) that, if enacted in its present form, might significantly curtail the ability of taxpayers to claim valuation discounts for both lack of control and lack of marketability in family-controlled entities. 

  • 2016 New York Tax Update: Highlights and Lowlights

    By:
    Timothy P. Noonan, JD
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    Oct 1, 2016

    This article covers recent updates and developments in the New York State and City tax areas.

  • A Brief Update on Filing Requirements for U.S. Citizens Living Abroad and Resident Aliens in the United States

    By:
    R. John Smith, Esq.
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    Oct 1, 2016

    Who has to file Form 1040NR? Form 1040NR may need to be filed if a specified individual is a nonresident alien engaged in a trade or business in the United States, represented a deceased person who would have had to file Form 1040NR, or represented an estate or trust that had to file Form 1040NR. See the form’s instructions for more information.

  • Who Do You Want Making Decisions About Your Online Accounts If You Die or Become Incapacitated? A Proposed New York Statute Would Give You the Right to Choose

    By:
    Kadeen Wong, Esq., and Kevin Matz, CPA, Esq., LLM
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    Sep 1, 2016
    Have you ever wondered what will happen to the contents of your Facebook, LinkedIn, and personal e-mail accounts if you die or become incapacitated? Does your family know what accounts you have? Do they have the authority to access, use, or terminate those accounts? 
  • Early Twenty-First Century Estate Planners Shift Focus from Estate to Income Tax Planning

    By:
    Philip A. Di Giorgio, Esq.
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    Sep 1, 2016

    This article will focus on successive changes to the federal tax code since the beginning of the 21st century—which have resulted in a dramatic paradigm shift in estate planning—as well as some of the planning strategies that have garnered increased attention as a result of those changes. 

  • Setting the Tone: The Broken Windows Theory and Tax Policy

    By:
    David Tunstall, CPA
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    Sep 1, 2016

    The presidential campaign is in full swing, and with it comes tax policy proposals from each candidate. Both candidates have said they will help middle class families by raising taxes on the wealthy. So what are they talking about? Who is the wealthy? How would they do that? Is it true?

  • Number of Expatriations Continue to Rise

    By:
    Alicea Castellanos, CPA, TEP, N.P. and Jack R. Brister, TEP
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    Sep 1, 2016
    American expats continue to renounce their citizenship at an increasing rate, although the overall percentage taking this step remains relatively small. Driving this trend is the fact that the United States is the sole country in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that imposes taxes on its citizens regardless of where they reside. 
  • Does My Organization Have Unrelated Business Taxable Income?

    By:
    Robert Lyons, CPA, MST
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    Aug 1, 2016

    Unrelated business taxable income (UBTI) is a relatively simple concept: It represents activities conducted by an organization that are both (1) commercial and (2) not in furtherance of the organization’s exempt purpose. UBTI is based on the idea that when a nonprofit participates in commercial activities or exploits its exempt purpose, it would be competing at an unfair advantage with for-profit entities because, as a nonprofit, it generally does not pay taxes on its income. 

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