• France: Changes to the Tax Collection System and Other Current Tax Developments

    By:
    Michael Jaffe, Christophe Flaicher, and Bertrand Hermant
    |
    May 1, 2017
    A long-awaited change to the French tax system is scheduled to go into effect throughout the next two years: the implementation of a current year “pay-as-you-earn” (PAYE) system. France has aspired to change the system since World War II, and it would be the last member of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to implement the change. 
  • Asset Management Companies May Have Unknown State Tax Liabilities

    By:
    Brian Rebhun
    |
    May 1, 2017

    States continue to embrace economic nexus standards and impose various sales factor market sourcing methods. Asset management companies should reexamine their income streams to confirm they are properly filing state income and gross receipts-based tax returns and remitting associated state taxes.  

  • Qualified Retirement Plan Design for Closely Held Businesses

    By:
    Andrew E. Roth, Esq., JD, LLM
    |
    May 1, 2017

    The primary goal of most employers in establishing any type of retirement savings program is to provide retirement income in a tax-efficient manner. The best way to achieve this is through a qualified retirement plan.

  • Meeting a Nonprofit’s Fiduciary Obligation in Today’s Challenging Environment

    By:
    Anne Bucciarelli, CFA
    |
    May 1, 2017
    The environment today is challenging for nonprofits. Many organizations are feeling the twin pressures of ensuring consistent distributions while simultaneously maintaining and growing their endowment, often through fund-raising. 
  • New Jersey Inheritance Tax: Planning Considerations in Light of Repeal and Possible Federal Changes

    By:
    Martin M. Shenkman, Esq., Glenn A. Henkel, Esq., Richard Greenberg, Esq., Alan A. Davidson, Esq. and Andrew Wolfe, Esq.
    |
    Apr 1, 2017
    Only about 18 states have an estate tax. New Jersey recently repealed its estate tax effective Jan. 1, 2018, but it remains one of a handful of states that will still have an inheritance tax: a tax on beneficiaries receiving a bequest. 
  • Statutory Residency in New York: What Qualifies as a Permanent Place of Abode?

    By:
    Jennifer S. White, Esq., and Jason Feingertz, Esq., CPA
    |
    Apr 1, 2017
    It is no surprise that many individuals choose to have a second home in a state as wonderful as New York. While having access to a New York dwelling certainly has its perks, it might also come with the pitfall of subjecting an individual to New York State personal income tax (“Tax”) on worldwide income.
  • Medicaid’s Five-Year Look-Back and the Importance of Advanced Planning

    By:
    Ronald Fatoullah, Esq., Elizabeth Forspan, Esq., Eva Schwechter, JD
    |
    Apr 1, 2017
    Recent studies show that health care costs for the aging population are increasing at staggering rates. According to New York State’s Office of Health Insurance Program, one year in a nursing home can cost an individual upwards of $145,000. 
  • Partnership Examinations After the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

    By:
    Dean L. Surkin, JD, LLM
    |
    Mar 1, 2017

    The playing field for partnership examinations changes next year, along with how the IRS collects tax on adjustments to partnership income. The partnership—rather than the partners—will pay the tax in the first instance. 

  • Major New Reporting Requirements for Foreign-Owned Single-Member LLCs

    By:
    Lisa S. Goldman, CPA
    |
    Mar 1, 2017
    The Treasury Department has clamped down on a key reporting exemption that foreign-owned, single-member limited liability companies (LLCs) previously enjoyed, significantly impacting any foreign person or entity with holdings in U.S. single-member LLCs that are disregarded for federal income tax purposes. 
  • U.S. Tax Implications of Working Overseas – What You Need to Know

    By:
    Linda M. Bruckner, CPA
    |
    Mar 1, 2017
    Clients are often surprised when we inform them that although they will be living and working abroad, they must continue to file U.S. income tax returns and report their worldwide income as American citizens. 
  • Energy Incentive Programs: Good for the Earth and the Bottom Line

    By:
    Bruce A. Johnson, MBA, CEM
    |
    Mar 1, 2017
    These days, people talk a lot about “going green.” Companies promote environmentally conscious programs and policies to win new customers, improve public image, and reduce costs. Indeed, energy incentive programs may confer tremendous tax savings. 
  • A Comparison of State Residency Rules

    By:
    Brian Gordon, CPA
    |
    Feb 1, 2017
    All states agree that you are taxed as a resident in the state where you are domiciled, although some exemptions apply for extended absences. They also agree on the definition of “domicile”—which, in simple terms, is your primary residence. States don’t, however, uniformly agree on the factors that determine your domicile. 
  • Doing Business on the Web: State Tax Traps for the Unwary

    By:
    Elizabeth Pascal, JD, Mark Klein, and Joe Endres, JD
    |
    Feb 1, 2017
    It isn’t easy being an online retailer or service provider these days. Businesses have increasing opportunities and economic pressures to expand their market beyond a single state or region—in fact, other than “mom and pop” stores serving a single local community, it’s rare to find any business that isn’t seeking to expand its geographic market. 
  • Planning for the Stars: Estate and Insurance Planning for Entertainers and Professional Athletes

    By:
    K. Eli Akhavan, Esq., and Jonathan I. Shenkman
    |
    Feb 1, 2017

    This article is the second in a two-part series about some of the types of planning for entertainers and professional athletes. To read the first part published in the January 2017 TaxStringer, “Planning for the Stars: Financial & Investment Planning for Entertainers and Professional Athletes,” please click here.

  • Rev. Proc. 2016-49: QTIP Elections Designed to Take Advantage of Portability of the Deceased Spousal Unused Exclusion Amount Will Not Be Disregarded

    By:
    Kevin Matz, Esq., CPA, LLM (Taxation)
    |
    Feb 1, 2017

    Revenue Procedure 2016-49 answers in the affirmative the question of whether the IRS will respect a qualified terminable interest property (“QTIP”) election where the executor has elected portability of the deceased spousal unused exclusion (“DSUE”) amount under IRC section 2010(c)(5)(A).  

  • Tax Implications of Purchasing Real Estate from a Foreign Person—What You Need to Know

    By:
    Linda M. Bruckner, CPA
    |
    Feb 1, 2017

    Many tax clients think that the tax withholding rules apply only to those in business. They are familiar with withholding on employee wages and may have even needed to withhold tax on income allocated or paid to a foreign investor in their company; however, most clients do not expect a federal tax withholding requirement when making payments for personal purposes—which is why the rules surrounding the purchase of a home may come as a surprise.

  • Pre- and Post-Mortem Planning

    By:
    Elana S. Bronson, Esq.
    |
    Jan 1, 2017
    When a client is nearing the end of his or her life, advisors should be aware of both pre- and post-mortem planning opportunities. While the majority of this article will focus on tax planning techniques, there are also practical considerations. This article is not exhaustive, but is intended to serve as a helpful guide for practitioners.  
  • Federal Tax Planning Strategies for Individuals and Small Businesses

    By:
    Warren M. Bergstein, CPA, AEP
    |
    Jan 1, 2017
    Every year, to minimize their overall liability, taxpayers should start giving consideration to moves that may either lower their current year tax bill or equalize their tax liability over a two-year period. 
  • Planning for the Stars: Financial & Investment Planning for Entertainers and Professional Athletes

    By:
    K. Eli Akhavan, Esq., and Jonathan I. Shenkman
    |
    Jan 1, 2017

    Financial and legal advisors representing entertainers and professional athletes—“celebrities”—confront unique circumstances not usually present when working with more traditional clients. These challenges include the “sudden wealth” effect, short earnings horizon, inconsistent cash flow, unrestrained spending habits, limited financial literacy, and incompetent advising.

  • The Life Insurance Policy Lapse and Litigation Crisis: What CPAs Need to Know in Order to Avoid a Client Crisis and Create a Glide Path to Safety

    By:
    E. Randolph Whitelaw, AEP Distinguished, and Henry Montag, CFP, CLTC
    |
    Jan 1, 2017

    After more than 35 years of “buyer beware” warnings, why do consumers continue to purchase flexible premium non-guaranteed death benefit life insurance products for a 10 to 50 year planning duration period, assume policy performance risk without knowing the risks to be managed, and forego annual policy performance monitoring—all while knowing there is a high probability that the policy will lapse without value during their lifetimes? 

 
Views expressed in articles published in Tax Stringer are the authors' only and are not to be attributed to the publication, its editors, the NYSSCPA or FAE, or their directors, officers, or employees, unless expressly so stated. Articles contain information believed by the authors to be accurate, but the publisher, editors and authors are not engaged in redering legal, accounting or other professional services. If specific professional advice or assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.