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  • S-Banks’ Entire Income Should Qualify for Tax Reform’s 20 Percent Pass-through Deduction

    By:
    Curtis Dubay
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    Oct 1, 2018
    When the Treasury Department released proposed regulations in early August of this year for Sec. 199A, created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), some of the tax press seemed surprised that banks organized as S-corporations (S-banks) qualified for the 20 percent deduction that Sec. 199A grants certain pass-through businesses.
  • Is Leaving New York More Taxing Than It’s Worth?

    By:
    Daniel P. Kelly and Mark S. Klein
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    Oct 1, 2018
    As state and local tax attorneys, the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has mixed up our lives. The end of the year used to see a flurry of activity around taxpayers settling audits, making estimated payments, and otherwise ensuring they maximized the federal tax benefits of their obligation to pay different state and local taxes.  
  • Altera: Legislative Intent Within Administrative Bounds

    By:
    Michael I. Billet, JD, CPA
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    Oct 1, 2018

    Altera Corporation & Subsidiaries (Altera Corp.) is battling the IRS in court over the validity of a federal income tax regulation that concerns Section 482 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).  

  • How the Use of a Revocable or Irrevocable Trust Can Simplify the Conveyance of a Second Home Located in Another State Upon Death

    By:
    Anthony J. Enea, Esq.
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    Oct 1, 2018
    Everyday, according to the Pew Research Center, approximately 10,000 baby boomers reach 65 years of age. As the approximately 65 million surviving members of the baby boomer generation (those born between 1946 and 1964) retire, it is not unusual for them to own homes in multiple states.
  • New U.S. Tax Law and the IRC Section 962 Election

    By:
    Charles Ladas, CPA
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    Sep 1, 2018
    With the ratification of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), many U.S. taxpayers are reconsidering their business structures. The reason for this is that the tax provisions of the TCJA contain greater benefits for domestic corporations than other business entities and individuals. 
  • New York State Residency – Does a Permanent Place of Abode have to be Permanent?

    By:
    Brian Gordon, CPA
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    Sep 1, 2018

    In a recent case involving residency before the New York State Tax Tribunal, In the Matter of the Petition of Leslie Mays, the issue of the taxpayer’s permanent place of abode was at the center. You may be surprised that the tribunal determined that an apartment that was maintained for less than five months was  a permanent place of abode.

  • A Forensic Guide to Finding Cryptocurrency in Divorce Litigation

    By:
    Mark DiMichael, CPA, CFF, ABV, CFE and Katerina Gaebel, CPA
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    Sep 1, 2018
    In recent years, awareness and use of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency has risen dramatically. Cryptocurrency transactions are fast, global, decentralized, secure, and irreversible. Although cryptocurrency and blockchain technology have the ability to revolutionize commerce, cryptocurrency’s anonymous nature has made it a haven for illicit activity.  This is because while cryptocurrency transactions are all publicly viewable on a “blockchain,” the individual participants of each transaction cannot be easily determined. 
  • Dear Mom and Dad: Would You Mind if I Gifted You My Low-Cost Basis Assets?

    By:
    Anthony J. Enea, Esq.
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    Sep 1, 2018
    When one thinks of a gift of significant assets, it is most often one from a parent or grandparent to their children or grandchildren. This is often done to allow the older generation to reduce the size of their estate for federal or New York tax purposes or for elder law and asset protection planning purposes. 
  • When Opportunity Knocks to Defer Tax on Gains: “Qualified Opportunity Funds"

    By:
    Kevin Matz, Esq., CPA, LLM (taxation)
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    Aug 1, 2018
    The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes a new tax incentive provision that is intended to promote investment in economically distressed communities, referred to as “Opportunity Zones.
  • A Tale of Three Freezes

    By:
    N. Todd Angkatavanich, JD, LLM (taxation) and Jonathan A. Mayer, CPA
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    Aug 1, 2018
    As a general proposition, all estate freeze transactions share some common characteristics. These transactions generally involve a senior generation family member (sometimes referred to as "Senior Family Member") making some form of a transfer of an asset and receiving back some form of cash-flow interest (e.g., a promissory note, a fixed annuity interest, or a preferred payment). 
Tax Quote

The below quote is from The Golden Girls. The episode features Blanche Devereaux being audited by the IRS.
 

Dorothy Zbornak: “Uh, this money that you forgot to give to the IRS - what did you do with it?”


Blanche Devereaux: “I can't remember what I did with every penny. I know I gave some of it to charity.”


Dorothy Zbornak: “Charitable deductions! Blanche, that's great. What was it? United Fund? Greenpeace? You remember?”


Blanche Devereaux: “In 1985 I bought the We Are the World album.”

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