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Latest Articles

  • The “Last Call” for Medicaid Homecare Without a Look-Back Period for Transfers has Perhaps Arrived!

    By:
    Anthony J. Enea, Esq.
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    Jan 1, 2022
    For more than a decade, New Yorkers had been able to receive Medicaid home care services without worrying about the five-year look back period for non-exempt asset transfers (gifts), which is imposed for Medicaid nursing home eligibility. One could transfer all of their savings and home without incurring any period of ineligibility for Medicaid Home Care Services. Unfortunately, this advantage came to an end in 2020.
  • Go With the Flow: Cash Flow Planning for Every Life Stage

    By:
    Jill A. Harris, CPA, MBA
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    Jan 1, 2022
    Cash flows are among the most basic components of personal financial planning. They are a great way to jump-start discussions with your clients about other financial planning issues. If you prepare individual income tax returns for your clients, you already have a good start on their cash flows.
  • Understanding Your Tax-Exempt Investors

    By:
    Ofer Lion and Dustin W. Lauermann
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    Dec 1, 2021
    It is a common misconception that “nonprofit” means “no profit.” However, not only is it acceptable for a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization to profit from their key activities (think: hospitals bills and university tuition), many have significant investment portfolios. In addition to traditional holdings of bonds and publicly traded stock, tax-exempt organizations increasingly seek and participate in private equity investments, opportunity funds, special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), partnerships and joint venture deals.
  • Tax Credits and Incentives to Benefit Growing Businesses Part 1

    By:
    Barry Halpern, CPA, and Mark Leaheey, CPA, CGMA, MSA
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    Dec 1, 2021

    Credits and Incentives can be very beneficial to companies in all industries, yet credits continue to go unclaimed. Companies without the capacity to perform the necessary compliance and diligence to obtain the incentives explain part of this, but the more prevalent reason is probably sheer ignorance. Companies are unaware of the potential benefits available to them.

  • Modern Asset Protection – An Introduction

    By:
    Gary Forster
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    Dec 1, 2021

    Asset protection is a body of law that has developed as an amalgamation of business structures, trusts, titling and creditor exemptions. Asset protection planning insulates assets otherwise exposed to future unknown creditors. Prudent structuring uses widely accepted legal strategies to make clients unattractive to claimants.

  • Pass-Through Entity Taxes: What to know

    By:
    Arvinder Kaur, CPA
    |
    Dec 1, 2021

    In 2018, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was enacted. As part of the revised provisions, the IRS limited the deductibility of state and local tax (SALT) payments as an itemized deduction for federal income tax purposes to $10,000 in a calendar year. This limitation has generally increased taxes due to the federal government for many individuals.

  • New Jersey Teleworking Tax Implications: During and After COVID-19

    By:
    Open Weaver Banks and Emma M. Savino
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    Nov 1, 2021
    As of October 1, 2021, the New Jersey Division of Taxation ended its taxpayer-friendly policies for businesses impacted by employees working remotely as a result of COVID-19.  In this article, we discuss both the regular and temporary rules in New Jersey for the three areas of taxation impacted by the Division’s COVID teleworking policy: (1) Corporation Business Tax (“CBT”); (2) sales and use tax; and (3) employer withholding.
  • FLPs with Estate Plans

    By:
    Phyllis C. Taite, JD, LLM
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    Nov 1, 2021
    A family limited partnership (FLP), when constructed properly, is an excellent tool to protect and consolidate assets for management through one instrument. For asset protection, assets held by a FLP are not subject to an individual’s creditors; instead, a charging order is usually required to attach a limited partnership interest.
  • What I Learned from IRS Audits and Tax Court Testimony

    By:
    Bruce A. Johnson, ASA
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    Nov 1, 2021
    I can remember worrying about getting audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on the first gift tax appraisal I conducted 27 years ago when I first started as a full-time business appraiser. Over the next several years, I learned that if an appraiser followed the best practices in business valuation, complied with IRS regulations and documented all inputs and assumptions, there was no real need to be concerned about an appraisal being challenged.
  • Retirement Plan Basics

    By:
    Lisa L. Jones
    |
    Nov 1, 2021
    This article will provide an overview of qualified retirement plan options, their differences, contribution and deduction limits, the factors that influence the choice of the right plan or plans, and an overview of the discrimination testing/compliance issues that a qualified Plan must satisfy.
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