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Latest Articles

  • IRS Update – Practice, Procedures and Enforcement in the COVID Environment

    By:
    Michael J. Tedesco, Esq., JD
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    Mar 1, 2022
    The IRS is asked to do more with less as each year passes. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the strain on the IRS has been more severe than ever. Many service centers were shut down or operating at significantly diminished capacity for lengthy periods during the early days of the pandemic. These shutdowns put an already strained IRS several months further behind. Often, letters dated in March 2020 were not mailed until May or June 2020.
  • The IRS Updated Automatic Accounting Method Change Procedures

    By:
    Mathieu Aimlon, CPA
    |
    Mar 1, 2022
    Taxable income must be computed under the method of accounting regularly used by the taxpayer in keeping its books. An accounting method is a set of rules used to determine when and how income and expenses are taken into account for federal income tax purposes. A taxpayer filing its first return may adopt any permissible method of accounting. This method is binding typically after a year; but the taxpayer may elect to change to another permissible method. However, it must secure the consent of the Commissioner before changing [IRC section 446(e) and Treas. Reg. 1.446-1(e)].
  • The Non-Citizen and the U.S. Estate and Gift Tax – An Introduction

    By:
    Gary Forster
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    Mar 1, 2022
    Since 1916, the United States has imposed an “estate tax” on the U.S. assets of foreign decedents and on all assets of U.S. citizens and resident non-citizens.  The estate tax covers transfers of wealth at death.  The United States also imposes a “gift tax” on gratuitous lifetime transfers. The gift tax covers the value of gifts made during life. Non-resident non-citizens are taxed only on gifts of U.S. based assets. 
  • Preparing for a Successful New York State Audit Defense

    By:
    Karen J. Tenenbaum, Esq., LLM (Taxation)
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    Mar 1, 2022

    A client walks into your office with an audit notice from New York State. If you are not familiar with state audits, you may be wondering how similar they are to an IRS audit. Although the strategies are alike in many ways, there are also significant differences, particularly with residency and sales tax audits. At the 2021 NYSSCPA, New York and Tri-State Taxation Conference in December, our panel discussion on New York State Audit Defense and Alternative Strategies outlined the essential steps tax professionals should take to prepare for and resolve state tax audits as effectively as possible.

  • PPP Loan Forgiveness: Preparing for and Responding to SBA Reviews, Appeals of Forgiveness Denials, and Other Governmental Scrutiny

    By:
    Reetuparna Dutta and Jason E. Markel
    |
    Feb 1, 2022
    Nearly two years ago, on March 27, 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was created with the enactment of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act.1 The CARES Act substantially expanded eligibility for small business loans administered by the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) under its existing Section 7(a) loan program.
  • Navigating the New Schedule K-2 and K-3 for Asset Management Clients

    By:
    Joe Zhou, CPA, Natallia Shapel, CPA, MST, MBA, and Stephen Arber, CPA, JD, LLM
    |
    Feb 1, 2022

    On June 3-4, 2021, the IRS released final versions of Schedules K-2 and K-3 for tax year 2021 (2022 tax filing season). Final instructions were released in early September of 2021, and additional changes and clarifications were released on January 18, 2022.

  • Sec 461(l) Excess Business Loss Limitation is Back

    By:
    Shashi Singal, CPA, MSA, CA
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    Feb 1, 2022

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) added the excess business loss (EBL) limitation under sec 461(l) applicable to noncorporate taxpayers,  in addition to the already existing limitations of basis, at-risk and passive activity loss rules,  effective for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017 and before January 1, 2026.

  • CPA Evolution and the Masters in Taxation: What's Next?

    By:
    Nina Terranova-Dorata, PhD, CPA
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    Feb 1, 2022

    The word is out that the CPA Evolution exam takes effect January 2024. According to the AICPA, the Evolution CPA exam will provide for a strong core in accounting, auditing, tax, and technology and a deeper knowledge in one of three disciplines: Business Analysis and Reporting (BAR), Information Systems and Controls (ISC), and Tax Compliance and Planning (TCP). Audrey Katcher, CPA/CITP, CGMA, AICPA Board of Examiners indicates that the overall purpose is “…to embrace what’s changing in the profession and the business environment and the skills a newly licensed CPA will need to possess for licensure.” Evolution expects to reflect the reality of practice and for TCP, that is knowing tax law and tax planning strategies.

  • World Leaders Agree on a New Global Corporation Tax System to Adjust to the Digitalization of the Economy

    By:
    Mathieu Aimlon, CPA
    |
    Jan 1, 2022
    Tax systems are designed to raise the revenue that is needed to absorb the cost of government operations including the country’s infrastructure and military. On the other side, in most countries and jurisdictions, compliance to the tax system is generally voluntary and taxpayers are allowed to structure their business to minimize their tax bill. Some taxpayers have the opportunity to plan their tax internationally.
  • Strategy Under the SECURE Act

    By:
    Steven B. Gorin, CPA, Esq., CGMA
    |
    Jan 1, 2022
    The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act changed I.R.C. Code § 401(a)(9) so that, in most cases, a beneficiary who is not a surviving spouse must take distributions from IRAs and other retirement plans over a period not exceeding 10 years, rather than using his/her life expectancy.
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