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NYC Retail Marketing Woes: Sign of the Times or Catalyst for Growth?


By William H. Jennings  |  July 27, 2018

In the not-too-distant past, most people shopped in their local stores in New York City – dealing with weather, limited choices, out-of-stock items and sometimes rude salespeople. 

2018 Technical Corrections to the New Partnerships Audit Rules


By Alan M. Blecher  |  July 27, 2018

In late March, the President signed legislation that includes technical corrections to the new partnership audit rules that were introduced in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. 

Real Estate Perspectives, Spring 2018


July 27, 2018

In this issue of Real Estate Perspectives, featured articles include new partnership audit rules, qualified opportunity fund program, retail sector challenges and more.

Marks Paneth Sponsors Philadelphia’s Top Lawyers Awards Program


July 16, 2018

Marks Paneth is proud to celebrate the Philadelphia-area legal community through its renewed Presenting Sponsorship of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s annual Best of the Bar: Philadelphia’s Top Lawyers awards program. 

Wayfair Ruling: Will Foreign Corporations be Required to Collect Sales Tax?


By Solomon Packer  |  July 13, 2018

Will the Wayfair case, which holds that U.S. corporations can be required to collect sales tax from out-of-state customers, also have application to international commerce?

SALT Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Physical Presence Rule for Out-of-State Sellers


By Steven P. Bryde |  James (Jay) M. Brower, Jr  |  June 27, 2018

On June 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a longstanding court precedent that applied to the collection of sales tax from online and other remote retailers. In South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. et al, the Court replaced the “physical presence” rule with a new standard for determining when states can impose a sales tax collection responsibility on out-of-state sellers of taxable goods and services.

SALT Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Physical Presence Rule for Out-of-State Sellers


By Steven P. Bryde |  James (Jay) M. Brower, Jr  |  June 27, 2018

On June 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a longstanding court precedent that applied to the collection of sales tax from online and other remote retailers. In South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. et al, the Court replaced the “physical presence” rule with a new standard for determining when states can impose a sales tax collection responsibility on out-of-state sellers of taxable goods and services.

Eric Kreuter Featured in Insurance Business America


Jun 22, 2018

Eric Kreuter, Partner with our Advisory Services Group, was featured in Insurance Business America with his article titled, "How to assess intentionality in an insurance claim."  Read more: Insurance Business America

Nonprofit Alert: Improved Guidance on Grant and Contribution Accounting


By Sibi B. Thomas  |  June 22, 2018

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a new Accounting Standards Update (ASU) number 2018-08 on June 21, 2018 that clarifies the current accounting guidance on contributions made and received by nonprofit organizations and businesses.

Nonprofit Budgeting: Key Board Roles and Responsibilities and Questions to Ask Prior to Approval


By Hope Goldstein  |  May 29, 2018

The roles different people play in the budgeting process generally depend on the nonprofit’s size, structure, revenue sources and expenditure expectations.

Understanding the Updated Lease Accounting Rules


By Alan Becker  |  May 29, 2018

Updated lease accounting rules have been the subject of numerous exposure drafts, comment periods and rounds of debate by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the accounting industry over the past decade.

Using Effective Ratio Analysis at Nonprofits


By Sibi B. Thomas  |  May 29, 2018

Analyzing key ratios in your nonprofit’s financial statements can be a very useful tool for gaining deeper insight into the organization’s financial condition and evaluating its overall performance, even at the programmatic level. Effective ratio analysis can be used to analyze trends over a period of time, plan for future strategies and measure current financial health.

Compensation Considerations for Attracting and Retaining Not-for-Profit Executives


By Frances McKenna  |  May 29, 2018

Recruitment efforts in the not-for-profit sector can be especially challenging in today’s near record-low unemployment economy, where professional opportunities abound for competent business executives and limited not-for-profit budgets can make it difficult to compete with the for-profit world.

Introduction to GASB 87 Leases


By Warren Ruppel  |  May 29, 2018

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) is not the only standard-setting body to address updates to lease accounting procedures. State and local governments and governmental entities need to be aware of a similar standard that was issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). Similar in concept to the FASB standard (discussed on page 4), GASB 87 Leases contains some significant differences.

GASB’s Guidance for Irrevocable Split-Interest Agreements is Now in Effect


By John D'Amico  |  May 29, 2018

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) Statement No. 81 Irrevocable Split-Interest Agreements is now in effect for financial statement periods beginning after December 15, 2016 (December 31, 2017 year-ends and thereafter) and should be applied retroactively.

NONPROFIT & GOVERNMENT TIMES, Q2 2018


May 25, 2018

In the latest issue of the Nonprofit & Government Times newsletter, our industry experts provide guidance on the budget process, compensation considerations, FASB and GASB updates and more.

Nonprofit Employers Subject to New Tax Requirements for Transportation Benefits


By Robert Lyons |  Frances McKenna  |  May 25, 2018

As nonprofit employers await final guidance from the IRS on the new 21% UBIT on transportation fringe benefits, the best preventative measure to take is in the form of quarterly estimated tax payments, starting on June 15, 2018. Our nonprofit tax directors provide guidance for organizations that are currently subject, or anticipate being subject, to the corporate level tax on transportation benefits.

Nonprofit Employers Subject to New Tax Requirements for Transportation Benefits


By Robert Lyons |  Frances McKenna  |  May 25, 2018

As nonprofit employers await final guidance from the IRS on the new 21% UBIT on transportation fringe benefits, the best preventative measure to take is in the form of quarterly estimated tax payments, starting on June 15, 2018. Our nonprofit tax directors provide guidance for organizations that are currently subject, or anticipate being subject, to the corporate level tax on transportation benefits.

Nonprofit Alert: IRS Guidance on New Rules for UBIT


By Robert Lyons |  Frances McKenna  |  May 21, 2018

Our nonprofit tax professionals have been monitoring comments coming out of the IRS on the new Unrelated Business Income Tax rules created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Read more on what not-for-profits can expect in the forthcoming guidance.

Nonprofit Alert: IRS Guidance on New Rules for UBIT


By Robert Lyons |  Frances McKenna  |  May 21, 2018

Our nonprofit tax professionals have been monitoring comments coming out of the IRS on the new Unrelated Business Income Tax rules created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Read more on what not-for-profits can expect in the forthcoming guidance.

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