Latest Articles

  • Transfer of a Primary Residence: The Tax and Long-Term Care Consequences

    By:
    Anthony J. Enea, Esq.
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    Aug 1, 2017
    A senior citizen’s decision to transfer a primary residence raises a number of important issues for both the attorney and client—for example, gift taxes, potential capital gains tax consequences, and of course the transfer’s impact on the Medicaid eligibility of the senior. 
  • Is New York Overreaching on Audit and Litigation of Federal Issues?

    By:
    Joseph Lipari, JD, and Ellen S. Brody, JD, CPA
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    Aug 1, 2017
    Under New York law, an individual’s personal income tax is calculated by making certain adjustments to the taxpayer's federal adjusted gross income. In this, New York is similar to many other states. 
  • Strategies to Maintain the Individually Owned or Trust-Owned Life Insurance Policy

    By:
    Henry Montag, CFP
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    Aug 1, 2017
    Over the years, many have called attention to the problem of prematurely expiring life insurance and what CPAs and attorneys need to know in order to advise and assist their clients’ trustees (usually an eldest son or daughter) regarding the performance and monitoring of the life insurance policy for which they are responsible. 
  • Asset Protection Planning: An Accountant’s Guide to Domestic and Foreign Asset Protection Trusts

    By:
    K. Eli Akhavan, Esq.
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    Jul 1, 2017
    Accountants should have more than a passing familiarity with asset protection. There are three reasons: first, an accountant occupies a unique position in an individual’s personal and business life—he or she has unfettered access to the data comprising a client’s financial existence and operations.
  • 'Placed in Service' Does Not Mean 'Open for Business'

    By:
    Dennis Zinkevich, CPA
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    Jul 1, 2017
    On Apr. 13, 2017, the IRS issued an official Action on Decision (“AoD”) regarding its defeat in Stine, LLC v. United States. Stine addressed whether a building can be considered to be “placed in service”—meaning it is substantially complete and in a state of readiness and availability to carry out its specified function—before it is “open for business” for purposes of depreciation and the special Gulf Opportunity Zone (“Go Zone”) bonus depreciation. 
  • The Federal Education Deduction and Credits

    By:
    Carnet A. Brown, CPA
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    Jul 1, 2017
    When it comes to credits and deductions, the primary concern of most taxpayers is the effect on their tax refunds or tax liabilities. How much will their tax refunds increase, and how much will their tax liabilities be reduced? 
  • Tax Court Rules the Extension of Variable Prepaid Forward Contracts Is Not a Taxable Event

    By:
    LD Sergi and Matthew Kaufman
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    Jul 1, 2017
    On Apr. 19, 2017, the United States Tax Court in Estate of Andrew J. McKelvey v. Commissioner held that the extension of certain variable prepaid forward contracts (“VPFC”) did not result in a sale or exchange of property under IRC section 1001 and that the open transaction treatment provided to VPFCs in Revenue Ruling 2003-7 continues until the transactions are closed through the future delivery of the stock underlying the VPFC, or the cash equivalent. 

  • Protecting Your Assets From a Future Former Spouse

    By:
    Daniel S. Rubin, JD, LLM
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    Jun 1, 2017
    No one weds with the intention of later divorcing, but most people recognize at least a possibility that the person standing next to them at the altar might actually be their "future former spouse."
  • The Appropriate Approach to Misappropriation: Responding to Fraud in Non-Profit Organizations

    By:
    Israel Tannenbaum, CPA
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    Jun 1, 2017
    Fraud can be one of the most devastating discoveries within an organization—and reports about defrauded organizations suffering significant losses due to employee corruption are rising. 
  • Issues in Sun Capital Continue to be Top of Mind for Investment Funds

    By:
    LD Sergi
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    Jun 1, 2017

    In March 2016, the federal district court in Massachusetts (the “District Court”), issued a decision in Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 15190 (1st Cir. 2013) (“Sun Capital”), holding that, for purposes of pension withdrawal liability under Title IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), as amended by the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendment Act of 1980 (MPPAA), two private equity funds were engaged in a trade or business and that they were under “common control” with the portfolio company such that they were jointly and severally liable for its pension withdrawal liability. 

Tax Quote
 

The below quote is from The Golden Girls as Blanche is being audited.

 


Blanche Devereaux: A person cannot open a letter anymore without being accosted by some vile disgusting thing. I thought it was against the law to send filth like this in the mail.


Dorothy Zbornak: Blanche, what is it?


Blanche Devereaux: A letter from the IRS. I am being audited!

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