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  • Planning for the Stars: Financial & Investment Planning for Entertainers and Professional Athletes

    By:
    K. Eli Akhavan, Esq., and Jonathan I. Shenkman
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    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
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    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? 

  • Taxpayer Advocate Service: A Resource for Tax Professionals

    By:
    Kim E. Randle, Acting Local Taxpayer Advocate (LTA)
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    Jan 1, 2017

    The IRS's Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) can help you help your clients. If your client is having a tax problem that you haven’t been able to resolve on your own, our advocates may be able to help. Your client may be eligible for our help if his or her IRS problem is causing financial difficulty, or if you believe an IRS procedure just isn't working as it should.

  • Deconstructing Hedge Fund Schedule K-1s for Individuals

    By:
    Suzy Lee, CPA, MST and Stacy L. Palmer, CPA, MBA, MST
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    Dec 1, 2016

    Hedge fund K-1s can be voluminous and difficult when determining how to handle the tax treatment of the income and deductions at the individual level. This article will help you navigate K-1s to understand how certain items would impact the tax treatment at the individual level. The first step in determining the proper treatment of income and expense items is to identify whether the partnership is a trader fund, investor fund, or fund of funds.

  • Straddle Identifications: Making the Best out of a Bad Situation

    By:
    Mark Fichtenbaum CPA, JD, LLM
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    Dec 1, 2016

    Straddles are defined in IRC section 1092(c) as two or more offsetting positions in personal property. A taxpayer holds offsetting positions with respect to personal property if the taxpayer’s risk of loss from holding any position is substantially reduced by reason of their holding one or more other positions with respect to personal property—whether or not of the same kind. 

  • State Residency for Professional Athletes: Overview and Traps for the Unwary

    By:
    Corey L. Rosenthal, JD
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    Dec 1, 2016

    Fall is an amazing time of the year for sports fans. The NFL season is in full swing, the NBA and NHL seasons are beginning, and—of course—baseball’s World Series is played. As both sports enthusiasts and state and local tax professionals, we also focus on how professional athletes must report their taxes to various states.  

  • Federal Investigators Increase Scrutiny of Offshore Bank Accounts

    By:
    Alicea Castellanos, CPA, TEP, N.P., and Jack Brister, TEP
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    Dec 1, 2016

    Federal watchdogs are demonstrating their renewed focus on the illegal use of offshore bank accounts, as the Department of Justice (DOJ) says it is zeroing in on potential tax evaders. 

  • What if Your Spouse Doesn't Want to Study? Visa Requirements for U.S. Tax Practitioners

    By:
    Luciana Zamith Fischer
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    Nov 1, 2016
    In a globalized world, where investment and trade continues to flow across borders, investors and companies find it difficult to understand the complexities imposed by countries based on notions of sovereignty and national security. 
  • Form 8865: Return of U.S. Persons with Respect to Certain Foreign Partnerships

    By:
    Mitchell Sorkin, CPA, MBA, PFS, CEA
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    Nov 1, 2016

    The purpose of Form 8865 is to report the information required under IRC section 6038 (reporting with respect to controlled foreign partnerships). This form also reports transfers to foreign partnerships and acquisitions, depositions, and changes in interest in foreign partnerships.

  • To Have and to Hold But to Not Be Held Accountable

    By:
    Jacalyn F. Barnett, Esq.
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    Nov 1, 2016
    New Year’s Eve is not just a time for fireworks and celebrations—it is also the moment when the IRS determines whether or not you are married. If you are married at the stroke of midnight, the IRS considers you to have been married for the whole year. 
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“The problem is not that the people are taxed too little. The problem is that government spends too much.” 

– Ronald Reagan

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