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Latest Articles

  • No Romance Without Finance

    By:
    Jacalyn F. Barnett, Esq.
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    Aug 1, 2023

    Although horrifying tales of on-line romance scam artists swindling the life savings of the lonely are being highlighted on the airwaves, seeing how the love life of a client or his or her children can devastate well-established family businesses is more terrifying—and pervasive.

  • Why U.S. Crypto-Millionaires Should Undertake their Estate Planning and Create Irrevocable Trusts During this Crypto Market Downturn

    By:
    Mikhail E. Lezhnev, Esq., CPA, MBA, LLM (Tax Law)
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    Jun 1, 2023
    Cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH), and non-fungible tokens (collectively “Crypto”), in 2022 were down over 70% from their all-time high in 2021. Although this decline is significant, Crypto investors (holders especially) will be quick to point out such declines have happened several times before.
  • U.S. Charitable Organizations: Considerations for International Activities and Operations

    By:
    Lori A. McLaughlin, CPA, PFS, and Toby R. Kerslake, CPA
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    Jun 1, 2023
    With expanded exposure to international issues and needs, U.S. charitable organizations continue to look for ways to expand their reach and increase their impact beyond U.S. borders. Whether considering international activities for the first time, or looking to expand activities in multiple foreign jurisdictions, U.S. charitable organizations should consider opportunities to do good in light of significant challenges that can be present when working outside the United States.
  • The Inheritance Tax under IRC §2801

    By:
    Gary A. Forster, JD, LLM
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    Jun 1, 2023

    The Heart Act added a new federal  Inheritance Tax on certain lifetime and testamentary dispositions to U.S. recipients, made by a “covered expatriate.” This is the second article in our two-part series on the expatriation tax. (To view the first article, please click here.)

  • 990-PF: Part VI-A Statements Regarding Activities and Part VI-B Statements Regarding Activities for Which Form 4720 May Be Required

    By:
    Jeffry Haber, PhD, CPA
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    Jun 1, 2023
    The 990-PF (PF) is an old document that has not had a recent overhaul. A minor change was made to the form to acknowledge that there is now a flat, 1.39% tax on net excise income in place of the former 1%/2% tax. But other than that, the form is still clumsy and poorly arranged. 
  • Code Section 754: Allocating Gain Where it Belongs

    By:
    Dean L. Surkin, JD, LLM
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    May 1, 2023
    The genesis of Code Section 754 stretches back to the first third of the 20th century, as the IRS tried to combat tax avoidance through income shifting from higher-bracket taxpayers to lower-bracket taxpayers.
  • Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself: Planning in the Current Environment

    By:
    Carl Fiore, JD, LLM
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    May 1, 2023
    As the calendar turns to 2023, taxpayers and their advisors face an uncertain future. Given a divided government for at least the next two years, it is not the usual suspect of potential legislation and sweeping tax changes that fuels this uncertainty. Instead, a declining market, the potential for recession looming, and increasing interest rates has left many taxpayers in a general malaise heading into the new year.
  • Final Subpart F Regulations and Domestic Partnership Tax Reporting

    By:
    Sean Dokko, JD, LLM (taxation) and Suzy Lee, CPA 1
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    May 1, 2023
    On January 25, 2022, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (collectively, “the Treasury”) published in the Federal Register final regulations (T.D. 9960) which generally treat a domestic partnership2 as an aggregate of its partners for purposes of determining whether, and to what extent, its partners have Subpart F inclusions (the final Subpart F Regulations).3 Application of the final Subpart F Regulations can affect a domestic partnership’s Schedules K-1, K-2 and K-3 reporting.
  • A Year in Review and an Outlook on the Horizon for Tax-Exempt Entities

    By:
    Magdalena M. Czerniawski, CPA
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    May 1, 2023
    The new year brings numerous changes in tax and financial reporting for tax-exempt entities, as well as looming deadlines to recoup payroll taxes paid during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following is a roundup of the more significant changes discussed recently at the New York State Exempt Organizations Conference
  • Let’s Talk Look-Back

    By:
    Courtney Vitale, CPA
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    Apr 1, 2023
    What is look-back? Look-back is essentially a re-visit under the premise of: If I would have known then what I know now, how would the Gross Profit on the job be different? You are looking back to see. It is a hypothetical calculation, and that is because you are not amending returns; it is just a hypothetical calculation of tax with interest resulting thereof. 
Tax Jokes
  

When you spell out "THE IRS," it looks a lot like "THEIRS.

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