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  • Charitable Lead Annuity Trust/Grantor Trust

    By:
    G. Dean Goodwin, CLU, AEP
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    May 1, 2015

    A CLAT / Grantor Trust provides the best of both worlds; an immediately income tax deductible charitable donation and tax-free income for children and a legacy for grandchildren.

  • Choices for Taxpayers with Unreported Foreign Assets: Voluntary Disclosure, Streamlined Submission, or Run Away and Hide?

    By:
    Bryan C. Skarlatos, Esq.
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    Apr 1, 2015

    Recently, many tax return preparers have learned that a number of their clients failed to report their interest in a foreign bank account, corporation or trust to the IRS.  Because the Foreign Asset Tax Compliance Act requires foreign financial institutions to report their U.S. depositors to the IRS, the IRS is more likely to discover non-reporting taxpayers.  Furthermore, in light of more stringent reporting requirements, recent publicity and IRS enforcement action focused on non-reporters of foreign assets, all tax preparers should ask their clients whether they have failed to report foreign assets to the IRS.  When a practitioner learns of a client’s unreported foreign assets, what should he or she do?  

  • Common Traps To Avoid When Making Section 754 Elections

    By:
    Randy Schwartzman, CPA, MST; Jeffrey Bilsky, CPA; Patricia Brandstetter, JD, LL.M.
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    Apr 1, 2015

    Generally, a partnership seeking to adjust the basis of partnership property upon the transfer of an interest under Section 743(b), or following a distribution under Section 734(b), must have a valid Section 754 election in place. Although a seemingly simple election, it is not uncommon that a partnership intending to make a valid Section 754 election inadvertently fails to satisfy all of the regulatory requirements. Under those circumstances, however, there may be limited recourse available to the partnership to pursue corrective action.

  • Household Employment Issues: How to Keep Your Clients Compliant

    By:
    Guy Maddalone
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    Apr 1, 2015

    As it relates to household employment, state, local and federal tax laws as well as relevant state and local labor laws are often overlooked or misunderstood. To avoid making a costly error, it is important to understand current tax and labor law and to follow it appropriately. 

  • Estate Tax Planning After ATRA: What’s Left?

    By:
    Joseph Septimus and Tara Thompson Popernik
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    Apr 1, 2015

    For the overwhelming majority of US taxpayers, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 ("ATRA") eliminated the need for federal estate tax planning. It did so by making the $5 million applicable exemption amount (indexed for inflation) permanent. Additionally, in April 2014, the New York State estate tax exemption increased, so fewer New York taxpayers would need state estate tax planning. 

  • Capitalizing on the Repair Regulations

    By:
    STEWART BERGER, CPA
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    Mar 1, 2015
    After several years of study, the IRS has finalized regulations known as the Tangible Property Regulations or the Repair Regulations.
  • Obama’s Budget Proposal to Tax Unrepatriated Foreign Earnings

    By:
    LISA S. GOLDMAN, CPA, AND THOMAS V. RUTA, CPA
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    Mar 1, 2015
    President Obama’s 2016 Budget contains a proposal to end "deferral” of tax on income earned in Controlled Foreign Corporations (CFC).
  • New York Residency Audits: Defending Foreign Domicile Changes

    By:
    JACK TRACHTENBERG, JD, ESQ. and JENNIFER S. GOLDSTEIN, JD, ESQ.
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    Mar 1, 2015
    Generally, to establish a change of domicile, a taxpayer must demonstrate a change of lifestyle such that the taxpayer’s subjective intent to make a new location his or her permanent home is substantiated by objective evidence.
  • Virtual Currency Exchange Accounts, Hosted Wallet Services, and Vault Services Located Abroad May Trigger FBAR Filing Requirements

    By:
    Keith Miller, Richard Peterson and Joseph Cutler
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    Feb 1, 2015
    As the title suggests, there remains an open question as to whether virtual currency accounts, hosted wallet services and vault services located abroad may trigger FBAR filing requirements. Based on case law and the probability of FinCEN deciding to treat virtual currency the same as money, it appears likely that the FBAR filing requirements applicable to monetary accounts will also be applied to accounts funded with virtual currency.
  • Increased Enforcement of State Abandoned Property Laws

    By:
    Joseph Endres
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    Feb 1, 2015
    All 50 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces have abandoned property laws on their books. These laws are intended to safeguard the abandoned property of the jurisdiction’s citizens, who, for some reason, have failed to claim the property from the businesses holding it.

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