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  • U.S. Real Estate Beckons to Foreign Investors in Wake of FIRPTA Revisions

    By:
    Alicea Castellanos, CPA, TEP, NP and Jack R. Brister, TEP
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    Jul 1, 2016

    Changes to U.S. tax rules that were signed into law in December have important implications for foreign entities seeking to invest in the U.S. real estate market. This includes both additional disclosure requirements and provisions that may increase the tax efficiency of certain assets.

  • A Few Words About Estate Planning and Trustee Engagements

    By:
    Ron Klein, JD, CFE
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    Jul 1, 2016

    Thirty years of protecting CPAs from malpractice risks has shown that every CPA is safer if they understand the risks they are facing. In no type of engagement is this truer than in estate planning and trustee engagements. And the reason for this is clear: hindsight!


  • Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction

    By:
    Daniel Lahage, CPA
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    Jun 1, 2016
    During every election cycle, a set of tax proposals set forth by candidates become topics for debate. Whether or not each candidate will actually be able to implement that tax policy is another question. 
  • Tax Haven, USA

    By:
    Erica Rubin, CPA, CGMA
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    Jun 1, 2016

    International tax structuring and cross border planning has always been a complex and evolving process. The massive leak at Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian law firm responsible for setting up countless offshore companies, along with the U.S. Treasury Department’s challenge to the corporate inversion “loophole” have brought forth issues that will again challenge the status of tax havens in the global marketplace.

  • Coming to America – Love, Marriage and Immigration

    By:
    Carole M. Bass and Rebecca A. Provder
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    Jun 1, 2016

    In the 1988 hit comedy, Coming to America, Prince Akeem, heir to the throne of Zamunda, flees his home country to escape an arranged marriage. He comes to the United States to find his queen, a woman who will love him in spite of his vast wealth and title. Sure enough, he finds Lisa McDowell, heir to the McDowell’s Restaurant fortune.

  • Foreign Trust Reporting: Substance Over Forms? I Think Not

    By:
    Alicea Castellanos, CPA, TEP, NP and Jack R. Brister, TEP
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    Jun 1, 2016
    In a world dominated by data, the IRS’s role in data collection continues to expand. No longer is the agency’s sole focus domestic income tax reporting, collection, and enforcement; rather, today’s IRS is responsible for activity that occurs beyond U.S. borders and disseminating an array of information. 
     
  • Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Changes Partnership Audit Rules

    By:
    Ellen S. Brody, JD, CPA, and Vivek Chandrasekhar, JD
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    May 1, 2016
    On Nov. 2, 2015, Congress enacted the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 ("BBA"), repealing the previous audit regime in effect for partnerships that had been around since the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Tax Act of 1982 ("TEFRA"). 
  • Cause Marketing: Plan Carefully to Avoid Legal and Tax Pitfalls

    By:
    Luana K. Lewis
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    May 1, 2016
    In recent years, cause marketing efforts have grown more popular with charities and their commercial marketing partners. Customer perceptions and behaviors are expected to drive the cause marketing trend even further in the future. 
  • The Panama Papers: A Reminder to Taxpayers That It’s Not Too Late to Clean Up Unreported Offshore Assets

    By:
    Bryan Skarlatos, Esq., and Michael Sardar, Esq.
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    May 1, 2016
    So far, the “Panama Papers” - as they have come to be called - have disclosed that several high-profile individuals around the world were holding foreign bank accounts and other assets through Panamanian offshore entities.
  • IRS Proposed Regulations Concerning Basis Consistency and Reporting for Property Acquired from a Decedent

    By:
    Kevin Matz, CPA, Esq., LLM
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    May 1, 2016
    On July 31, 2015, President Obama signed the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 (the “Highway Act”) into law. The Highway Act, among other things, added new provisions to IRC sections 1014(f) and 6035 concerning basis consistency and reporting for property acquired from a decedent. 
Tax Quote

A ton of economists, both liberal and conservative, have argued for a flat tax, but nobody’s ever had the nerve to do it. . . . It would simplify things, but simplification doesn’t seem to be in the human psyche. 
— Clint Eastwood

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