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  • “Quarantining" in the States: Tax Residence Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    By:
    Scott S. Ahroni, JD, LLM (taxation)
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    Sep 1, 2020

    The global outbreak of COVID-19 has significantly impacted individuals and their ability to travel. Many are under state quarantine orders, “sheltering in place,” or simply afraid or uncomfortable to leave their home. Other individuals have left their home in one state for the prospect of a safer, more socially distant location in another state or country. 

  • Restructuring and Repurchasing Distressed Debt: Risks and Opportunities for Borrowers

    By:
    Todd Hatcher, Esq.
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    Sep 1, 2020
    Amid an almost unprecedented (in the modern era) pandemic, debt restructuring and workout transactions are accelerating. Similarly, dislocations in the debt markets have presented and continue to present opportunities for relatively well-situated borrowers or their affiliates to capitalize on substantial discounts.
  • Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor…and Your Tax Planners? Pre-Immigration Tax Planning for the Hong Kong Emigrant

    By:
    Alicea Castellanos, CPA
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    Sep 1, 2020

    At the foot of the Statue of Liberty is an inscribed plaque with a poem about America being the land that welcomes the refugee. Film footage from the turn of the 20th century depicts ships overloaded with immigrants passing the statue and dreaming of a better tomorrow in the United States.

  • Examining Emerging Technologies After COVID-19: Tax, Accounting, and Artificial Intelligence

    By:
    Adrien Luther
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    Sep 1, 2020

    As we continue to adjust to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and rethink how business gets done, it’s important to realize how far we’ve come in this short amount time. Managing through this pandemic has allowed us to adapt and stretch our creativity to safeguard business continuity and exhibit resiliency. For many of us, technology was at the forefront of our ability to continue moving forward—or, at the very least, not move backward.

  • Important FAQs: Cancellation of Debt

    By:
    Robert M. Finkel
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    Aug 1, 2020
    In the current economic climate, many of our clients have or will reach agreements with creditors to reduce agreed debt. The reduction of certain types of debt can give rise to taxable income to the debtor, so-called cancellation of debt (COD) income under IRC section 61(a)(12).
  • IRS Notice 2020-39: Additional Opportunity Zone Relief Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    By:
    Kevin Matz, Esq., CPA, LLM
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    Aug 1, 2020

    In an effort to extend additional relief to opportunity zones in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS issued Notice 2020-39 on Jun. 4, 2020. It provides very significant relief for qualified opportunity funds (QOF) and their investors.

  • Asset Protection Planning for Vulnerable Professionals

    By:
    Matthew E. Rappaport, JD, Esq., LLM
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    Aug 1, 2020

    America is the most litigious society in the world, and few thoughts strike more fear into the hearts of ordinary people than a protracted lawsuit and—even worse—enforcement of a monetary judgment. Outside of the nation’s capital, New York is home to the most lawyers per capita, so the dangers of litigation loom larger in that state than almost anywhere else.

  • How Joseph Wilson Escaped the Clutches of the IRS and Its Form 3520 Penalties

    By:
    Alicea Castellanos, CPA
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    Aug 1, 2020

    Even if you’re not a classic film buff, you may know of the “damsel in distress” film genre from the era of silent movies: A villain decked out in a curlicue mustache kidnaps a pretty woman—the significant other of his archenemy—and ties her to the railroad tracks. As the train comes clickety-clacking down the track, the hero, a handsome man on a white horse, rescues the damsel in the nick of time. He also captures the villain and saves the day.

  • Tax Reform, the CARES Act, and Beyond: Hedge Fund Schedule K-1 for Individuals

    By:
    Suzy Lee, CPA, MST, and Stacy L. Palmer, CPA, MBA, MST
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    Jul 1, 2020
    In 2016, the authors’ article, “Deconstructing Hedge Fund Schedule K-1s for Individuals,” was published in the TaxStringer. It discussed hedge fund schedules K-1—but much has changed since then. This discussion will review how such changes have affected the presentation of hedge fund K-1s. 
  • A Simple Fix to the “Retail Glitch”

    By:
    Luke Richardson, CPA, MAcc, and John McKinley, CPA, CGMA, JD, LLM
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    Jul 1, 2020

    With the recent passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Congress enacted many tax provisions intended to lessen the economic harm caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Among those changes was a fix for an issue known as the “retail glitch,” which arose from the last major piece of tax legislation, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).

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"Congress can raise taxes because it can persuade a sizable fraction of the populace that somebody else will pay."

 – Milton Friedman

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