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Marks Paneth & Shron Discusses Principles-Based Accounting Demands of IFRS

Feb 15, 2009

In a Financier Worldwide article that discusses the U.S. adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and its movement to replace U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Steven L. Henning,  talks about the principles-based concept of IFRS and how this concept differs from the approach...

The Future of Accounting Principles

February 10, 2009

The events of the last few months have shed light on accounting principles and the role they might have played in prolonging the current market turmoil. Fair value accounting, in particular, has been accused, by some professionals and officials, of being at least partly responsible for the current financial troubles.

Sharon Sabba Fierstein Endorses New York CPA Legislation

Feb 9, 2009

Sharon Sabba Fierstein, President of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), endorses recently-enacted New York legislation that will allow the state to regulate a larger scope of services provided by CPAs including management advisory, financial advisory and tax preparation services. Ms....

Marks Paneth & Shron Profiled in Private Asset Management Magazine

Feb 9, 2009

Michael Bekas, author of the white paper "Charitable Remainder Unitrusts: A Must-Consider Wealth Maximization Vehicle for Owners of Hard Assets," was profiled in the February 9, 2009 issue of Private Asset Management magazine discussing how charitable remainder unitrusts can house proceeds from sales of valuables...

Michael Bekas Discusses Strategies to Reduce Estate Tax Bills

Feb 3, 2009

In the February 3, 2009 issue of Long Island Business News, Michael Bekas discusses how historic low real estate values are helping to maximize gift tax reductions in estate planning.

Daily Tax Report Profiles Sharon Sabba Fierstein on Accounting Reform

Feb 2, 2009

In the February 2, 2009 issue of the Daily Tax Report, Sharon Sabba Fierstein, President of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), explains how Governor David Paterson's signature of the bill to overhaul New York's regulation of the accounting profession positions...

Real Estate Advisor, February 2009

February 1, 2009

In this issue, some topics discussed include the advantages of infrastructure investments, the functional and financial benefits of "green" roofs and how real estate professionals can leverage social networking media to help grow business.

Nonprofit Agendas, February 2009

February 1, 2009

In this issue, some topics discussed include the fundamental differences between fiscal agents and fiscal sponsors and the pros and cons of working with both; understanding how new accounting standards will affect your nonprofit organization and your role in preparing the New Form 990.

Michael Bekas Explores Advantages of Transferring Assets in a Down Economy

Feb 1, 2009

In the February 2009 issue of Investment Advisor magazine, Michael Bekas discusses succession planning strategies and how taking advantage of the current low rate environment can yield incredible discounts from fair market value for transfer tax purposes.

Marks Paneth & Shron Pens Q&A Money Column for NY Daily News

Jan 19, 2009

Erica Rubin, senior tax manager, responds to a reader's query on the zero percent capital gains tax rate in the "Question and Answer" money column of the January 19, 2009 issue of the Daily News. In her response, Ms. Rubin explains how one can qualify...

Marks Paneth Nonprofit Group Serves as an Industry Leader

Jan 1, 2009

A prominent industry thought-leader, Michael McNee, Partner-in-Charge of the Nonprofit and Government Services Group, has written articles for a number of publications, including the CPA Journal, the Foundation for Accounting Education, and the Association Executive and has served as a past Editor of the NYSSCPA's...

Marks Paneth Authors Annual Publication on Non-for-Profit Reporting

Jan 1, 2009

Howard Becker is a co-author of Not-for-Profit Reporting: GAAP Plus Tax, Financial, and Regulatory Requirements. This reference book provides expert analysis and explanations of not-for-profit accounting, external financial reporting and regulatory reporting in easy-to-understand terminology.

Marks Paneth Nonprofit Group - Leader In Industry Training and Academia

Jan 1, 2009

Robert Lyons, Director in the Nonprofit and Government Services Group, has led numerous training seminars for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and served as an adjunct professor in the Kogod School of Business Graduate Department at American University in Washington, DC.

Marks Paneth & Shron LLP Nonprofit Group Authors Alert on Alternative Investment

By Michael McNee |  Robert Lyons  |  December 16, 2008

The most recent Marks Paneth Nonprofit and Government Group Alert discusses the tax implications that apply to common alternative investments made by exempt organizations, as well as the reporting requirements and questions organizations should consider before making investment decisions.

Nonprofit Agendas, December 2008

December 1, 2008

In this issue, some topics discussed include when it is and is not appropriate to accept gift donations, understanding the tax consequences of alternative investments and the importance of directors and officers (D&O) liability insurance.

Real Estate Advisor, December 2008

December 1, 2008

In this issue, some topics discussed include calculating property tax assessments, new incentives aimed at commercial building owners for installing solar power sources and when to apply the rules of reverse exchange in swapping one real estate investment for another.

Nonprofit Agendas, August/September 2008

November 18, 2008

In this issue, some topics discussed include the U.S. donor intent lawsuit of Robertson v. Princeton and how the trial's outcome could set the stage for future charitable giving, how to transition leadership during a merger or acquisition, and valuing and reporting gifts in kind and donated services.

Nonprofit Agendas, April/May 2008

November 18, 2008

In this issue, some topics discussed include the mission of nonprofit watchdog agencies, procedural standards for setting "reasonable compensation" among nonprofit employees, and the real difference between internal and year-end financial statements.

Tax Alert: Year-End Tax Planning, December 2010

November 18, 2008

Companies and individuals alike seek to minimize their tax liability while still complying with applicable tax laws and regulations. Year-end tax planning can help achieve these goals and facilitate the filing of next year's tax returns. This year — with the legislative uncertainty about 2011 tax rates as well as the availability of many tax breaks for 2010 and 2011 — tax planning is made even more challenging.

Nonprofit Alert: United States Investors in Offshore Hedge Funds Should Consider Filing the Report o

By Robert Lyons  |  October 30, 2008

TD F 90-22.1 is required to be filed for all accounts where a U.S. person or entity has a financial interest or signature authority in foreign financial accounts if the aggregate value of these accounts exceeds $10,000 at any time during the calendar year. These relationships are reported on the calendar year by filing Form TD F 90-22.1 with the Department of the Treasury on or before June 30, of the succeeding year.

On June 12, three IRS personnel participated in a teleconference with a law firm that was designed to address open questions regarding the TDF 90-22.1 filing for calendar year 2008 that must be filed by June 30. It was their position (not official IRS position at this point) that an offshore hedge fund is a "foreign financial account" for this purposes and that, therefore, every U.S. investor in an offshore hedge fund should file a TDF 90-22.1 Form, whether or not the fund has any offshore bank or securities accounts. While the IRS's position on hedge funds is not official, it does carry substantial weight and should be considered.

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