• The New Moneyball

    By:
    Alan Pogroszewski, MBA, Kari Smoker, JD, and Keith Donnelly, JD, CPA
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    Sep 1, 2019

    In 2003, Michael Lewis’ book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, outlined the economic disadvantages the small-market Oakland A’s faced competing against the New York Yankees and other large-market teams. Lewis’ book also examined the A’s strategy of exploiting market inefficiencies in the valuation of Major League Baseball players to not only compete, but actually succeed, within the parameters of large-market and small-market teams. Such is the business of sports.

  • SoulCycle and the NYC Sales Tax on Fitness Clubs

    By:
    Brian Gordon, CPA
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    Sep 1, 2019

    A hearing was held before Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Barbara J. Russo in the matter or SoulCycle, Inc. vs. the NYS Division of Taxation. The determination was issued on May 23, 2019.

  • Customized Retirement Plans Revisited—An Overlooked Benefit for Business Owners: Higher Contributions, Flexibility and Opportunities for Additional Deductions

    By:
    Kenneth A. Horowitz CLU, ChFC, RICP
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    Sep 1, 2019

    The current pension legislation was just given a boost to assist business owners of closely held privately entities with income tax planning strategies to help manage current income taxes as well as attract, retain, and reward talent to their businesses.

  • What’s New in New York Taxes for Closely Held and Flow-Through Entities

    By:
    Timothy P. Noonan, JD
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    Aug 1, 2019
    Last month I spoke at the State Society’s annual conference on tax issues for closely-held entities.  My topic, as you might guess, was all-things involving New York State taxes in this area of the law.  This article outlines what I talked about, and it covers recent updates and developments in the New York State and City tax areas and how some of these changes effect closely-held and flow-through entities.
  • Key Estate Planning Concepts That Every CPA Should Know for Their High Net Worth Clients

    By:
    Randy P. Siller, CPA*, CIMA®, and Daniel L. Daniels, JD
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    Aug 1, 2019

    A Credit Shelter Trust [(CST), also known as a bypass trust, estate tax shelter trust, or family trust], is a type of irrevocable trust used by married couples with large estates to take full advantage of the federal estate tax exemptions. The federal exemption for 2019 is $11,400,000 per taxpayer, so proper use of this vehicle can allow a married couple to shield up to $22,800,000 of assets from federal estate tax.

  • What Professionals Need to Know About the Cannabis Industry

    By:
    Zachary Gordon, CPA
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    Aug 1, 2019

    Cannabis is an industry that is of great interest to CPAs, finance professionals, investors, and the public at large. While many have found their way into the industry, there is still a fundamental question to be answered by each professional: should I take on this cannabis client or investment?

  • What CPAs Should Know About Captive Insurance Companies

    By:
    Chad L. Reyes
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    Aug 1, 2019

    In today's fast-moving business environment, many successful companies are increasingly choosing to supplement their existing Property and Casualty policy coverages with a Captive Insurance Company to more effectively manage their enterprises risk. A high percentage of these companies are not just Fortune 1000 companies but rather highly successful family-owned businesses searching for a need of a more effective approach to managing the risks of their growing business.

  • Recent Federal R&D Tax Credit Updates and Why CPAs May Want to Think Again About Going It Alone

    By:
    Mark A. Nickerson, CPA, CMA, MBA and Kaylei E. Russell
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    Jul 1, 2019

    The Research and Development (R&D) credit has become an integral part of tax planning for businesses in the United States since its inception almost forty years ago. The credit was originally enacted to help spur competitiveness and creativity for the United States compared to other countries.

  • Deep Dive Tax Cut and Jobs Act - Nonprofits

    By:
    Magdalena M. Czerniawski, CPA, MBA and Robert Lyons, CPA, MST
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    Jul 1, 2019
    The 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) created a number of significant roadblocks for non-profit organizations. The roadblocks came in two forms—transportation benefits and other. The Act itself created a great deal of uncertainty insofar as part of the effective dates were as of January 1, 2018, while others were for years beginning January 1, 2018.
  • The Nuts and Bolts of an IRS Audit and the Collection Process

    By:
    Hana Boruchov, Esq., JD, and Leo Gabovich, Esq., JD
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    Jul 1, 2019
    The IRS audit process is rife with procedural rules to ensure taxpayers are notified before action is taken against them and they have time to respond. However, these procedures also introduce added complexity for tax professionals who may face multiple pressures—they may lack expertise in handling audit and collection matters and/or their clients may have delayed in getting them involved in the matter and deadlines are looming.
  • Overview of Current Federal Income Taxation on Cryptocurrency Transactions

    By:
    Hanni Liu, PhD
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    Jul 1, 2019

    Since the inception of cryptocurrency in 2009, the very concept of currency has been challenged and debated. This article explains briefly what cryptocurrency is, how it works, and the current federal income tax implications on transactions using cryptocurrency.

  • The Tax Effect of Per Diem Rate for Individual Taxpayers Subject to DOT “Hours of Service” Rules

    By:
    Candelaria Zepeda & Andrew S. Griffith, DBA, EA, CPA, CMA, CIA, CFE, CRMA
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    Jun 1, 2019
    The Tax Cuts and Job Acts (TCJA) was ratified at the end of 2017 and placed into effect beginning with the 2018 tax year. Specific to unreimbursed employee expenses, the changes affect allowances in many industries; namely, a suspension of itemized deductions which includes meal and travel costs that are subject to the 2% adjusted gross income (AGI) floor.
  • IRS Can Resume Charging PTIN User Fees—But Final Cost Still to Be Determined

    By:
    Frank G. Colella, Esq., LL.M, CPA
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    Jun 1, 2019

    According to the IRS 26 C.F.R. § 1.6109-2(d), “Beginning after December 31, 2010, all tax return preparers must have a preparer tax identification number or other prescribed identifying number that was applied for and received at the time and in the manner, including the payment of a user fee, as may be prescribed by the Internal Revenue Service.” However, since June 2017, the IRS has suspended this fee charged for a “practitioner tax identification number” or PTIN.

  • Medicaid Planning and the Medicaid Asset Protection Trust

    By:
    Pauline Yeung-Ha
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    Jun 1, 2019
    Technological advances have increased life expectancy significantly. As the population ages, caring for the elderly has become more prevalent. Rising health care costs is a concern for seniors. Many seniors are house rich, cash poor—their major asset is their home which they seek to protect against unexpected long-term care costs.
  • Utilizing Trusts for the Benefit of Those Suffering with Addictions

    By:
    Anthony J. Enea, Esq.
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    Jun 1, 2019

    Earlier this year Customs and Border Protection officers in Nogales, Arizona seized 254 pounds of fentanyl that was hidden in the floor compartment of a truck transporting cucumbers. Fentanyl is a deadly opioid (in powder form) that is often masked and /or mixed with heroin. It is responsible for thousands of deaths in the United States. A quarter milligram of the drug (the equivalent of several grains of rice) has the potential to kill a person quickly.

  • IRC Section 163(j): Old Law vs. New Law

    By:
    Michael Billet, JD, CPA
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    May 1, 2019
    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), enacted in late 2017, transformed the landscape of the Internal Revenue Code by giving birth to several new tax code sections. One of those new sections is Section 163(j), which limits the business interest expense deductible for certain taxpayers, with the disallowed amount carried forward to future tax years. The newly enacted Section 163(j) replaced its predecessor of the same name. 
  • Tax Accounting Method + Form 3115 + Under $25 Million

    By:
    Eric P. Wallace, CPA
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    May 1, 2019

    Tax accounting methods, and the ability to change those methods, are key issues for taxpayers.  Proper tax accounting methods, and continuing IRS changes to their method-change procedures, are at the front and center of all IRS audits. Tax accounting methods and their change procedures certainly have heightened awareness and importance to tax practitioners; and this is the rule yet again for this tax year.

  • NYS Residency Case: Was His Weekend Home His Domicile?

    By:
    Brian Gordon, CPA
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    May 1, 2019

    This is an analysis of a case involving petitioner Thomas McManus, which was decided by Winifred M. Maloney, Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) on February 7, 2019. See McManus Case. Petitioner represented himself at the hearing. This is a residency case involving the issue of domicile for the year 2009.  

  • A Roller Coaster That Requires Your Immediate Attention: New York Does Decouple from Certain Federal Income Tax Changes for Trusts and Estates

    By:
    Sharon L. Klein
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    May 1, 2019

    On December 28, 2018, the Department of Taxation and Finance (the Department) issued Technical Memorandum TSB-M-18(6)I – New York State Decouples from Certain Personal Income Tax Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Changes for 2018 and after.

  • Opportunity Zone Investments—Practical Issues and Concerns

    By:
    Robert N. Gordon
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    Apr 1, 2019
    Ever since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 created “Opportunity Zones,” there has been a lot of excitement about this new incentive to invest in distressed areas. Actual investment in qualified opportunity funds (QOFs) had slowed while tax professionals awaited regulations spelling out the details.

 
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