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Latest Articles

  • The SECURE Act: Increased Income Taxes on Inherited Retirement Accounts

    By:
    Nicholas S. Proukou, Esq.
    |
    Feb 1, 2021
    The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act accelerated income taxation on inherited retirement accounts dramatically. This was huge news for the estate and financial planning worlds in early 2020—until it wasn't. This past year was full of strange and dramatic turns, many of which have overshadowed this seismic shift in retirement account taxation under the SECURE Act.
  • America, Love It or Leave It!: Tax Consequences of Citizenship Renunciation

    By:
    Alicea Castellanos, CPA
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    Feb 1, 2021
    During the tumultuous protests against the Vietnam War in the late ’60 s and ’70s, many pro-war activists decried the slogan “America, love it or leave It!” The meaning behind the slogan is that there is no middle road when proclaiming allegiance and loyalty to the United States—that is, you are either supportive of your country and the decisions made by its government, or if not, you have the choice to live elsewhere. It is a highly emotional proclamation reminiscent of a time in this country when people were deeply divided on life-and-death issues. 
  • SALT Business: A Glimpse in the Eye of the Pandemic

    By:
    Timothy P. Noonan, JD and Doran J. Gittelman
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    Jan 1, 2021
    There has been no shortage of excitement in the State and Local Tax (SALT) world this year. Between state-issued COVID-19 guidance, federal stimulus efforts, and the ever-changing landscape of income sourcing and nexus rules, individuals and multistate businesses are struggling to remain tax compliant. In this article, we will focus on some of the hot topics in state and local tax this year, and touch upon some of the big shifts occurring during the pandemic. 
  • PPP Loan Forgiveness Update

    By:
    Stewart Berger, CPA
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    Jan 1, 2021
    In response to COVID-19, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted whereby Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) e-loans made from February 15, 2020 to August 8, 2020 may be forgiven. The cancelled debt will be excluded from income under Reg. 1.265.1. Taxpayers cannot deduct expenses that are allocable to income, whether they are excluded from income or exempt from taxes. The IRS has previously determined that businesses whose PPP loans are forgiven cannot deduct business expenses paid for by the loan.
  • New York Issues Guidance on How to Report the Decoupling from the CARES Act on the Personal Income on Tax Forms IT-201, IT-203, IT-204 and IT-205

    By:
    Mark H. Levin, CPA, MS (taxation)
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    Jan 1, 2021

    Ever since New York decoupled from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in the 2020/21 Budget Act, tax practitioners have been asking how one reports a taxpayer’s income as required under the decoupling. This confusion arose because when the decoupling was enacted, no new Tax Law §§ 612(b) additions & 612(c) subtractions were enacted. However on Forms IT-201, IT-203, IT-204 and IT-205, taxpayers are still required to list the taxable items that comprise their taxable Federal adjusted gross income (AGI). Due to the decoupling from the CARES Act, these items may not be the same for New York.

  • Cannabis Tax Update

    By:
    John V. Pellitteri, CPA
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    Jan 1, 2021

    There are many factors that set the cannabis industry apart from other business sectors–chief among them, the unique tax treatment that puts cannabis business owners at a distinct financial disadvantage to their counterparts in other industries.

  • Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation as an Employee Retention Tool

    By:
    Joshua P. Friedlander, Matthew E. Rappaport, JD, Esq., LL.M., and Daniel P. Knudsen, Esq., LL.M.
    |
    Dec 1, 2020
    Even in a labor market and greater economy ravaged by coronavirus disease (COVID-19), good help is still hard to find.  Business owners might be focusing on how to navigate the pandemic and keep the company alive, but the threat of a competitor poaching an enterprise’s best people looms in the background.  Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to losing their best people because a larger competitor could offer a lucrative package to entice even the most loyal employee to jump ship.
  • A Tale of Two Citizenships: Taxation of American Citizens with Dual Citizenship Living Abroad

    By:
    Alicea Castellanos, CPA
    |
    Dec 1, 2020
    According to a recent New York Times article, the current pandemic in the United States has created an uptick in the number of citizens applying for dual citizenship in other areas of the world. With a focus on Europe, the author of the article notes that the laws for obtaining citizenship in European countries are favorable to those descended even several generations from their original ancestor immigrants.

  • Common Cryptocurrency Frauds

    By:
    Katerina L. Gaebel, CPA, CFE
    |
    Dec 1, 2020

    Bitcoin was first introduced to the world in 2009 after the global economic crisis. Bitcoin developers wanted to empower individuals to initiate online transactions that are anonymous, fast, irreversible, secure, and without the involvement of a third party. Although Bitcoin was not created to condone malicious conduct, fraudsters often use cryptocurrency because of its semi-anonymous nature.

  • Stuck in the Middle with You: The Rise of the Independent Sponsor in the Middle and Lower Middle Market

    By:
    Paul Marino, JD
    |
    Dec 1, 2020
    The independent sponsor (formerly known as “fundless sponsors”) is an equity sponsor that seeks to purchase (generally) privately held business with the backing of investors.  However, as opposed to private equity funds, independent sponsors do not have access to pooled cash reserves and therefore must seek investors on a deal-by-deal basis.
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