Tax Reform

  • International Activities Conducted by Tax-Exempt Organizations, Center of Attention at the Internal Revenue Service

    By:
    Eva Mruk, CPA, EA, and Garrett M. Higgins, CPA
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    Sep 1, 2021

    International activities conducted by tax-exempt organizations have been a high-focus area for decades. Today, this subject continues to be a high enforcement priority for the IRS, who actively seeks to ensure that foreign assets and expenditures are used for charitable purposes. Tax laws prohibit the diversion of charitable assets to any noncharitable purpose; this includes financial support of terrorist organizations and activities. Needless to say, cooperation and partnerships with other federal agencies are crucial to combat the existing abuses in this area.

  • New York Cybersecurity Laws and Regulations

    By:
    Andrew M. Garlick
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    Jul 1, 2021

    The first computer virus appeared shortly after Apple introduced its first computer in the 1970s. In the early 1980s after the PC was introduced, viruses immediately followed. Some of the early malware did no real damage–they were created just to prove it could be done. Yet some did real damage, and the history of malware began.

  • Demystifying Tax Insurance

    By:
    Scott Brady, Mark McTigue, CPA, MBA, Antony Joyce, Alisha Soares, JD
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    Nov 1, 2020

    Tax planning can be complex. It must balance tax efficiency with all other elements of financial planning required to meet a company’s commercial objectives. Most importantly, tax planning and tax structuring strategies need to withstand the scrutiny of a taxing authority.

  • A Primer on Qualified Business Income under IRC Section 199A

    By:
    Dean L. Surkin, JD, LLM
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    Mar 1, 2020
    The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) allows owners of pass-through entities and sole proprietors to deduct a portion of their qualified business income (QBI), codified in IRC section 199A. In general, the deduction is the lesser of 20% of qualified business income or the greater of 50% of W-2 wages or the sum of 25% of W–2 wages with respect to the qualified trade or business and 2.5% of the unadjusted basis immediately after acquisition of all qualified property.
  • Automobiles under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

    By:
    Ellen S. Brody, JD, CPA, Esq., and Cory M. Paul, JD
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    Mar 1, 2020

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has dominated headlines since its passage in late 2017. More than two years later, the tax and accounting community are still trying to implement all of its changes, as final regulations are issued piecemeal for various IRC provisions modified by the TCJA. While much press coverage is given to clarifications of big-ticket items, such as qualified opportunity zones and the long-term effects of the TCJA as a whole, it is important to remain aware of the myriad smaller changes that were also enacted.

  • IRC Section 199A Considerations for Tax Year 2019

    By:
    Ben Lederman, CPA
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    Feb 1, 2020
    The qualified business income (QBI) deduction under IRC section 199A has been one of the most discussed topics in federal taxation since the passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Many articles have followed the release of the new law, proposed regulations, and final regulations to help practitioners to understand the deduction and its impact on their clients.
  • Final Regulations on Qualified Opportunity Funds: Trust and Estate Issues

    By:
    Kevin Matz, JD, Esq., CPA, LLM
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    Feb 1, 2020

    On Dec. 19, 2019, the U.S. Department of Treasury and the IRS (collectively, the Treasury Department) released long-awaited final regulations on qualified opportunity funds (QOF). The final regulations come on the heels of two tranches of proposed regulations, which generated more than 300 comment letters from organizations and other interested parties. The NYSSCPA submitted a comment letter to the Treasury Department dated Jan. 9, 2019, that addressed a wide range of issues. In addition, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) submitted two separate comment letters to the Treasury Department on trust- and estate-related issues, the second of which was dated Jun. 27, 2019.

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