NONPROFIT PULSE:  A LEADERSHIP SURVEY FROM MARKS PANETH

The Nonprofit Pulse: A Leadership Study from Marks Paneth represents the findings of a survey of nonprofit leaders in the United States. The 103 professionals participating in the research include Board Chairs, Presidents, Executive Directors, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Treasurers, Chief Operating Officers, Development Directors, Vice Presidents and Board members and are with organizations with annual budgets between $10 million and $100 million. The research employed self-administered questionnaires completed online by respondents. The national list of professionals surveyed was compiled by Marks Paneth LLP, the research sponsor, and by Michaels Opinion Research. Interviews were completed during the period of November 12 to December 31, 2014.

The full Nonprofit Pulse survey report is available here

 
 

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 International (MI), 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 MI 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:

 
 

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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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Tax Alert: Deadline Reminder for IRS Penalty Relief Program, Eliach, Steven, 05/12/2015

June 2 deadline looming on IRS penalty relief program for late retirement plan returns



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Real Estate Advisor, May 2015, Jennings, William H., 05/11/2015

Marks Paneth has published the latest issue of Real Estate Advisor



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Spring 2015 Gotham Commercial Real Estate Survey Results, Jennings, William H., 04/29/2015

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. The 107 professionals participating in the research include owners and managers of commercial property, commercial real estate brokers and agents, and attorneys, accountants and other professionals specializing in the sector. The research employed self-administered questionnaires completed online and on paper by respondents. The list of professionals surveyed was compiled by Marks Paneth LLP, the research sponsor, and by Michaels Opinion Research. Interviews were completed during the period of February 25 to March 31, 2015.



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To Operate or Not to Operate Your Hotel Restaurant Yourself…That is the Question, Cohen, Lawrence, 04/29/2015

Upscaling your hotel restaurant can do wonders for your brand.  For hotel owners who are ready to renovate their property as a result of a healthy economy and are looking to upgrade services, the restaurant is often a prime target for renovation.  For a well-run full-service hotel, quality food service is paramount.  But a top-flight hotel restaurant can be a draw in its own right, attracting customers who might not otherwise visit the hotel, and adding energy and an air of prestige to help build the hotel’s brand.  Leasing the operation to a third party may be the obvious answer – and it can be profitable to boot.  But there are traps for the unwary.  And the result – rather than a smooth-running business – can become a nightmare of obligations that don’t fit well with the restaurateur’s talent and business and can result in ongoing contract disputes.  And if you, the hotelier, decide to run the restaurant yourself, you’ll find that unless you know the business well, the execution may be much different than your original plan.



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Nonprofit Agendas, April 2015, McNee, Michael, 04/21/2015

Marks Paneth has published the latest issue of Nonprofit Agendas



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Doing Business Guide - Pakistan, 04/07/2015

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 Pakistan.



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Executive Summary: Exploring the Financial and Governance Ingredients for Nonprofit Stability, McNee, Michael, 04/02/2015

Executives from the nonprofit world convened at Marks Paneth recently for a seminar co-sponsored by Charity Navigator, a nonprofit charity watchdog group. Using the financial collapse of the Federation Employment and Guidance Services (FEGS), as a backdrop, the seminar explored issues related to fraud, governance, reporting transparency and operational sustainability – and underscored practices and safeguards that can protect nonprofits.



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Nonprofit Pulse: A Leadership Survey from Marks Paneth, McNee, Michael, 03/30/2015

The Nonprofit Pulse: A Leadership Study from Marks Paneth represents the findings of a survey of nonprofit leaders in the United States. The 103 professionals participating in the research include Board Chairs, Presidents, Executive Directors, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Treasurers, Chief Operating Officers, Development Directors, Vice Presidents and Board members and are with organizations with annual budgets between $10 million and $100 million. The research employed self-administered questionnaires completed online by respondents. The national list of professionals surveyed was compiled by Marks Paneth LLP, the research sponsor, and by Michaels Opinion Research. Interviews were completed during the period of November 12 to December 31, 2014.



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The Definitive Guide to Income Tax Planning for Same-Sex Couples, Lyons, Robert, 03/26/2015

The Supreme Court’s decision in Windsor expanded the range of tax-planning considerations same-sex couples must navigate as they transition  from a tax system that disregarded their relationship to one that treats and taxes their relationship as a single economic unit.  As a result, the federal income tax ramifications of marriage may surprise some same-sex couples, particularly those who have been in relationships long before marriage was even possible.

Providing insightful guidance, The Definitive Guide to Income Tax Planning for Same-Sex Couples published in the March, 2015 issue of the Journal of Taxation  comprehensively explores these issues and opportunities The article was authored by Robert R. Lyons, tax director in the Nonprofit and Government Group at Marks Paneth LLP, Sean R. Weissbart, a trusts, estates and tax attorney with Morris & McVeigh LLP and Michael T. Meltzer, a portfolio manager at Tocqueville Asset Management LP.

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Lost Profits, Business Cycles, and the Reasonable Certainty Standard, Josefina V. Tranfa-Abboud, 03/18/2015

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 responsibility of 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, published by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts and the Consultants’ Training Institute.



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Doing Business Guide - Denmark, Morison International, 03/16/2015

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 Denmark.



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Tax Alert: New IRS Guidance on the Work Opportunity Tax Credit and Tangible Property Regulations, John Evans , 03/11/2015


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Real Estate Advisor, March 2015, Jennings, William H., 03/11/2015

Marks Paneth has published the latest issue of Real Estate Advisor. Click below for the March issue.



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A Call for Guidance: Tip Credit Uncertainty Burdens Vital NYC Restaurant Industry, Kiess, Kurt S., 03/11/2015

Restaurant owners in New York City are left in the difficult position of interpreting the rules on the federal tip credit.  The New York City Department of Finance has not issued clear and definitive guidelines on how to treat the federal tip credit as it relates to New York City taxable income.  As a result, New York City restaurant owners may be paying tax on phantom income – not real income but rather paper income for which there is no cash to offset the tax burden.  The lack of clarity has created inconsistent reporting throughout the city, placing a burden on the New York City restaurant industry – an industry that is vital to the city’s economy.

This article, “A Call for Guidance:  Tip credit uncertainty burdens vital NYC restaurant industry”, was originally published in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, April 2015.



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Doing Business Guide - Cyprus, Morison International, 02/19/2015

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 Cyprus.



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Marks Paneth Nonprofit Agendas, February 2015, McNee, Michael, 02/13/2015


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Nonprofit Revitalization: Checklist for Compliance, McNee, Michael L., 02/05/2015

New York State has a new law pertaining to nonprofits called the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013. It was signed by Governor Cuomo on December 18, 2013 and most provisions of the law will be effective on July 1, 2014. Accordingly, now is the time for you to perform a self-inspection to determine compliance. Marks Paneth has developed a checklist to help with the process of verifying compliance. 



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Doing Business Guide – Philippines, 02/04/2015

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 Philippines. 



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Doing Business Guide – Switzerland, Morison International, 01/27/2015

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 Switzerland.



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Health Care Fraud: Are You Prepared to Absorb the Costs?, Sawhney, Sareena M., 01/23/2015

Health care fraud is a national problem affecting everyone in the US, either directly or indirectly.  It is also a growing criminal enterprise.  In Fiscal Year 2012 alone, various government teams involved in the Health Care Fraud and Abuse (“HCFAC”) Program recovered $4.2 billion from individuals and companies who attempted to defraud federal health programs.

This article outlines the schemes carried out by many segments of the health care system, including hospitals, physician practices and individuals, and discusses the various forensic accounting techniques used to identify fraudulent activity or the heightened risk of fraud. 

Originally published in HealthCare Business NewsJanuary 2015 issue.



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Committing to a Hotel Conversion? Look Before You Leap, Cohen, Lawrence, 01/07/2015

Conversions are a hot topic in the hospitality industry – understandably, because the hotel market itself is hot, and converting a property is a quick way to establish or expand your footprint. In many cases, it’s far easier and much less expensive to convert an existing building than it is to build from scratch. Why wouldn’t you want to get a fast start on an opportunity – and possibly a jump on the competition – by committing to a conversion? For all players in hotel property – real estate investors looking to move into hospitality, business owners who want to claim a share of hospitality industry revenues and established hotel owners in need of an expansion path – conversion looks like the smart way to go. Is it? Not always.



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The Challenge and Responsibility of Protecting Client Data, Henning, Steven L., 01/01/2015

According to an October 2014 Gallup Poll, 69 percent of Americans frequently or occasionally worry about theft of their credit card information.  Other than having a computer or smartphone hacked, the majority of Americans worry about this crime more than any other crime they were asked about.  These worries are driven by the growing wave of hackers that hit major retailers throughout 2014, including Neiman Marcus, Sony, Morgan Stanley, eBay, AOL and others.  As businesses collect more and more information about their customers, and in spite of the concern over theft of this data, few Americans are taking actions to protect themselves.  And businesses, which seem to have ample incentives to protect themselves and have repeatedly been warned about data breaches, routinely ignore such threats for a variety of reasons.

This article, “The Challenge and Responsibility of Protecting Client Data”, was originally published in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, January 2015.



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