Marks Paneth LLP understands that successful client service is rooted in strong industry knowledge. At Marks Paneth, people of all levels are engaged in understanding the trends, laws and regulations that impact the services we offer. Our breadth and depth of expertise is demonstrated through our speaking and writing engagements. In this section, you will read recently published Marks Paneth articles and client alerts, as well as presentations that we've delivered.



 
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Nonprofit Agendas - May, 2016, McNee, Michael , 05/04/2016

Marks Paneth has published the latest issue of Nonprofit Agendas.

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FASB Project on Not-for-Profit Financial Reporting, D'Amico, John , 04/21/2016

New Accounting and Auditing Matters on the Horizon -- The FASB is moving forward with the proposed ASU Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-For-Profit Entities. The proposed changes are considered to be the most sweeping changes since 1993.  After receiving 264 comment letters and holding three public roundtables, which representatives of Marks Paneth LLP participated in, the FASB Board decided to separate the project into two phases. This summary provides useful information on the changes which lie ahead.

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Real Estate Advisor - April, 2016, Jennings, William, 04/11/2016

Marks Paneth has published the latest issue of Real Estate Advisor

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Tax Alert: IRS offers guidance to employers who plan to claim the WOTC, Baran, Mark, 04/08/2016

The IRS has recently granted “transitional relief” to eligible employers who are planning to claim the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). The relief outlined in IRS Notice 2016-22 comes in the form of an extended deadline — until June 29, 2016 — to file a form necessary to claim the credit for certain eligible workers. This article explains the WOTC and describes this recent transitional guidance.  

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Use Caution: Foreign Agents Ahead, Sawhney, Sareena M., 04/01/2016

In a recent case, four multinational corporations and a Japanese trading company paid a combined $1.7 billion in civil and criminal sanctions on their joint bribery scheme to win natural gas construction projects in Nigeria.  Too many companies are unaware that hiring local individuals or entities in a foreign country to help them conduct business may expose them to criminal or civil liability under FCPA.

Sareena Sawhney, Director with the firm's Financial Advisory Services group, examines how third-party compliance with anti-bribery provisions is under scrutiny in a recent article with Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.

This article, “Use Caution: Foreign Agents Ahead”, was originally published in the April 2016 issue of Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.

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Ways to avoid identity theft, Eliach, Steve, 03/30/2016

Identity theft presents a challenge to businesses, organizations and governments, including the Internal Revenue Service. Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses a stolen Social Security number (SSN) to file a tax return to claim a fraudulent refund. Although identity theft affects a small percentage of tax returns, it can delay a taxpayer’s refund and have a major impact on the victim’s peace of mind.    

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Valuation and Litigation Briefing, March 2016, Barr, Eric J., 03/23/2016

Marks Paneth has published the latest issue of Valuation and Litigation Briefing.

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2016 Tax Calendar, Baran, Mark, 03/07/2016

This summary is a friendly reminder of various tax due dates for both individual and business taxpayers. 

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Nonprofit Agendas - March, 2016, McNee, Michael, 03/02/2016

Marks Paneth has published the latest issue of Nonprofit Agendas.

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Location, Location and Tax Implications, Wang, Alexander, 03/01/2016

With the global economy still struggling to shed its post-recession pessimism, it’s no wonder that many foreign investors still regard the US real estate market as a better investment than most. However, foreign investors should tread carefully when approaching the US market and its wide range of tax legislation – mostly notably, the 1980 Foreign Investment in Real Property Act (FIRPTA).

In a recent article, Alexander Wang, Partner, and Kenneth Siu, Manager with the firm’s Tax Group, discuss FIRPTA and its implications, as well as best practices for foreign investors to accomplish their business goals while successfully navigating the US tax system.

This article, “Location, Location and Tax Implications”, was originally published in the March 2016 issue of Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.

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Nonprofit Revitalization: Checklist for Compliance, McNee, Michael L., 02/24/2016

New York State has a law pertaining to nonprofits called the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013. It was signed by Governor Cuomo on December 18, 2013 and most provisions were effective on July 1, 2014. Marks Paneth has developed a self-administered checklist you can use to help with the process of verifying compliance for your organization.

 

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Tax Alert: IRS issues deadline extensions for ACA information reporting, Baran, Mark , 02/17/2016

In an effort to help employers who are subject to the Affordable Care Act's (ACA’s) information reporting requirements meet those obligations, the IRS has extended two important deadlines. Employers now have an additional two months to provide employees the necessary forms and three months to report the information to the IRS. This article explains the ACA’s information reporting requirements and details the penalties for noncompliance.

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Real Estate Advisor - February, 2016, Jennings, William, 02/09/2016

Marks Paneth has published the latest issue of Real Estate Advisor

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Doing Business Guide - France, Morison International, 02/05/2016

Doing business around the world presents a variety of challenges. Morison International (MI), the association of independent accounting and consulting firms to which Marks Paneth belongs, publishes a series of guides designed to provide an introduction to foreign investors on the various aspects of doing business. The guides are written by the MI member firm in the country that is being profiled. Please click below to access the guide for France.

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Tax Alert: Budget act eliminates strategies for maximizing Social Security payout, Baran, Mark, 02/03/2016

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 contains provisions that may significantly affect retirement planning for many Americans. It eliminates two strategies that many married couples have used to maximize Social Security retirement benefits. This article explains how the two strategies worked under previous law and describes how the budget act has changed them.

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Form 1099 Information Returns, Baran, Mark, 02/02/2016

Business tax returns and accompanying schedules specifically ask whether you made payments in 2015 that would require you to file Forms 1099, and if you already filed or will file required Forms 1099. In general, any payment made “in the course of business” for services, rent, interest and non-employee compensation may be subject to 1099 reporting. This article addresses the latest IRS requirements and provides guidance on Form 1099 compliance.

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What’s Next? Implications of Proposed IRS Regulations on Family-Owned Entities, Sadang, Angela, 02/01/2016

At the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation meeting in May 2015, Cathy Hughes, Estate and Gift Tax Attorney Advisor with the US Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy, indicated that proposed regulations under IRC Section 2704(b)(4) (§2704) concerning restrictions on valuation discounts pertaining to the transfer of family-owned entity interests could be issued by mid-September 2015. As of this writing, no such regulations have been issued, though further informal communication on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) suggests that new regulations are forthcoming. Meanwhile, questions and speculations abound. In a recent article, Angela Sadang discusses the implications of these proposed regulations on family-owned entities.

This article, “What's Next? Implications of Proposed IRS Regulations on Family-Owned Entities”, was originally published in the February 2016 issue of Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.

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The Dangers of Letting Bribery Go Undetected, Sawhney, Sareena M., 01/26/2016

The US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) includes both anti-bribery and accounting provisions. As detailed in A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, from the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Enforcement Division of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the FCPA makes it a crime for American corporations or their subsidiaries to bribe foreign officials to obtain or retain business. 

In this article, Sareena M. Sawhney, director in the Financial Advisory Services group at Marks Paneth, details the ways to avoid an FCPA disaster and the serious consequences that may result if companies do not take necessary precautions. 

“The Dangers of Letting Bribery Go Undetected” was originally published in the January-February, 2016 issue of White-Collar Crime Fighter.

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Gotham Commercial Real Estate Monitor, Jennings, William, 01/26/2016

The Gotham Commercial Real Estate Monitor from Marks Paneth represents the findings of a survey of commercial real estate professionals in the New York City market. Overall, 201 individuals responded to the survey — 64 online following a series of email invitations and 135 in person at a convention of New York City real estate professionals. Marks Paneth staff supervised the convention site intercept interviews and email deployments for online data collection.  Michaels Opinion Research, Inc. hosted the online data collection site and tabulated all questionnaires. Interviews were completed during the period of November 11 - Decemeber 23, 2015.

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Tax Alert: Partnership audit rules revised under 2015 budget act, Baran, Mark, 01/25/2016

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, signed into law on November 2, 2015, raises the federal debt ceiling and lifts mandatory spending caps on defense and domestic programs. The law also makes sweeping changes to the rules for auditing partnerships. The end result of the revised rules is that audits of master limited partnerships, investment funds and other business entities organized as partnerships are likely to increase. More importantly, given the significant operational impact of the new audit rules, many partnership agreements will need to be reviewed and amended. The new rules are generally effective for partnership tax years beginning after December 31, 2017 but partnerships may elect to be governed by the new audit rules for any tax year on or after November 2, 2015. 

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Valuation and Litigation Briefing, January 2016, Barr, Eric J., 01/18/2016

Marks Paneth has published its latest issue of Valuation and Litigation Briefing.

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“Irrational Exuberance” or Golden Age: Is This The Best of Times for New York City Hotels?, Cohen, Lawrence, 01/11/2016

What’s changed in the NYC hospitality sector over the past two years? Nothing, but everything…

Partner and Hospitality Group Leader Lawrence Cohen has refreshed his 2014 article, “’Irrational Exuberance’ or Golden Age: Is this the Best of Times for New York City Hotels?” and discusses the impact that the last two years have had on the market.

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Tax Alert: 2016 cost-of-living adjustments: Minimal changes from 2015, Eliach, Steve, 01/11/2016

The IRS has issued its cost-of-living adjustments (“COLAs”) for 2016. Since inflation remains low, many COLA amounts remain the same as last year or were increased modestly. This article provides an overview of 2016 amounts related to individual income taxes, the alternative minimum tax, education- and child-related tax breaks, retirement plans, and gift and estate taxes.

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Monitoring your organization’s fiscal health to avoid financial failure, Thomas, Sibi, 01/08/2016

When considering the myriad of challenges the nonprofit sector faces today, it is important that nonprofit leaders take a holistic approach to understanding the factors affecting their organizations' financial viability. There are several tools and specific approaches to nonprofit governance that can greatly facilitate this undertaking. 

In this article, Partner Sibi Thomas discusses give factors that nonprofit leaders should consider to better secure their organizations against financial mismanagement and organizational risk.

This article was originally published in New York Nonprofit Media in January 2016.

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CREATING A LEGACY: HOW MUCH WEALTH IS ENOUGH TO LEAVE CHILDREN, Kuchner, Robert G., 01/07/2016
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CREATING A LEGACY: WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES TO A LUMP-SUM TRANSFER AND BASICS OF CHARITABLE PLANNING, Kuchner, Robert G., 01/04/2016
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What’s the current status of commercial property values in New York City?

43% of the city’s real estate executives say that commercial property values will continue to rise, while 31% say they have peaked and will hold; 17% agree they’ve peaked but they will decline. 

Read the full report from our latest Gotham Commercial Real Estate Monitor, our periodic survey of New York’s commercial real estate industry professionals. 

 
 

Health Care Fraud: Are You Prepared to Absorb the Costs?

Health care fraud is a national problem affecting everyone in the US, either directly or indirectly, and carried out by many segments of the health care system  using various methods. It is also a growing criminal enterprise. Sareena M. Sawhney, Director, Litigation and Corporate Financial Advisory Services Group, discusses some of the more prevalent fraudulent schemes and examples of forensic accounting techniques to detect them in her article in HealthCare Business News.

 
 

Lost Profits, Business Cycles, and the Reasonable Certainty Standard

  Courts standards require that
  damages analysis results be within
  “reasonable certainty”, and objective
  rather than speculative, terms more
  of art than of science.  Given these
  standards, it is of vital importance to  analyze all relevant factors to the  extent permitted by the best data  available. And it is the responsibilityof the damages expert to present an analysis that is both reasonably certain and objective by making every effort to request and/or research the best data available. The expert who is unable to isolate the wrongdoing from exogenous factors may be challenged on the basis that analysis is speculative.

This article, “Lost Profits, Business Cycles, and the Reasonable Certainty Standard”, appeared in the March 18, 2015 issue of QuickRead.

 
 

Doing Business Guides

Doing business around the world presents a variety of challenges. Morison KSi Ltd. (Morison KSi), the association of independent accounting and consulting firms of which we are a member, has begun publishing a series of Doing Business Guides. The guides are written by the Morison KSi member firm in the country that is being profiled and provide an introduction to foreign investors on the various aspects of doing business. Please click below for the corresponding country: