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  • PFICs: Current State of Affairs

    By:
    Paul H. Dailey, CPA, MBA
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    Apr 1, 2018
    Passive Foreign Investment Companies (PFICs) are still alive and kicking! The new law made only one structural change to the PFIC regime: limiting the PFIC insurance exception. 
  • Self-Employment Tax for Partnerships, LLC and LLP Members

    By:
    Dean L. Surkin, JD, LLM
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    Apr 1, 2018
    The advent of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 has started to affect the entity structures that taxpayers choose for their businesses. Some practitioners are recommending an expanded use of C corporations while others are recommending maximum utilization of the qualified business income (QBI) deduction. 
  • New York’s Corporate Nexus & Apportionment Rules: Overview & Update

    By:
    Mark S. Klein and Daniel P. Kelly
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    Mar 1, 2018
    New York’s corporate franchise tax reform, which passed in 2014 and became effective Jan. 1, 2015, was groundbreaking in numerous ways. (The Administrative Code of New York City was subsequently amended to adopt many, but not all, of the same revisions for city corporate tax purposes.) 

  • Relationship Capital: How to Evaluate Personal Goodwill Prior to Selling a Closely-Held Business

    By:
    Ladidas Lumpkins, CPA, JD, LLM (Taxation) and Roman Katz, JD
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    Mar 1, 2018
    How do you evaluate the financial power of relationships? An iconic scene from the movie The Devil Wears Prada offers great insight, particularly when powerful fashion editor Miranda Priestly recounts how she persuaded the magazine’s publisher to pass over a younger challenger for the job.
  • Understanding Unrelated Business Income Tax

    By:
    Israel Tannenbaum
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    Mar 1, 2018

    Facing increased competition for donor dollars and a growing charitable base, many tax-exempt organizations have set their sights on income diversification. As part of this quest for alternative revenue streams, non-profits are expanding into businesses traditionally dominated by taxable entities.  While this can be a boon to an organization’s resources, it can potentially subject tax-exempt entities to reporting and paying taxes, the most common of which is the tax on unrelated business income. 

  • Cybersecurity for Accountants

    By:
    Patrick Buono
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    Mar 1, 2018
    According to Forbes magazine, the global cost of cybercrime will reach $2 trillion by 2019. Warren Buffett considers cyber attacks “a bigger threat to humanity than nuclear weapons,” and Ginni Rometty, IBM President & CEO, describes cybercrime as “the greatest threat to every profession, every industry, every company in the world.” 
  • The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Traps for the Unwary Accountant

    By:
    Ellen Seiler Brody, JD, CPA, Esq. and Vivek A. Chandrasekhar, JD, Esq.
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    Feb 1, 2018
    On Dec. 22, 2017, President Trump enacted into law Public Law 115-97, which is colloquially, although not technically, called the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (the "Act").  The Act enacts wide-ranging changes to the IRC, such as lowering the individual and corporate rates, creating a brand new deduction for certain non-corporate business, and increasing expensing for certain capital expenditures.
  • How the 2017 Tax Reform Act Affects Estate Planning for High-Net Worth Individuals

    By:
    Kevin Matz, Esq., CPA, LLM (Taxation)
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    Feb 1, 2018
    On Dec. 20, 2017, Congress passed far-reaching changes to the IRC that were signed into law by the president on Dec. 22, 2017 as Public Law 115-97 (the “2017 Tax Reform Act,” also informally known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”).  

  • The Effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 on Expatriation

    By:
    Shannon P. McNulty, Esq., LLM (Taxation), CFP
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    Feb 1, 2018

    Affluent U.S. citizens and long-term legal permanent residents (i.e., green card holders) looking to expatriate from the United States can face a daunting financial obstacle in the form of the exit tax regime imposed by IRC section 877A. While the recently enacted tax law leaves IRC section 877A unchanged, it effects other changes to the IRC that can make it easier for those seeking to expatriate to get out from under IRC section 877A penalties.

  • Comparing the New York City Unincorporated Business Tax and General Corporation Tax

    By:
    Robert Thee, CPA, PC
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    Feb 1, 2018
    Most businesses operating in New York City in the form of pass-through entities for federal tax purposes—such as partnerships, limited liability companies, S corporations, and sole proprietorships—will be subject to an entity-level tax: either the Unincorporated Business Tax (UBT) or the General Corporation Tax (GCT). 
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“The problem is not that the people are taxed too little. The problem is that government spends too much.” 

– Ronald Reagan

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