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The Taxpayer First Act of 2019: What Exempt Organizations Need to Know

By Magdalena M. Czerniawski  |  October 1, 2019

The Taxpayer First Act of 2019 (“Act”) was signed into law by President Trump on July 1, 2019. It includes several provisions that are important to exempt organizations, as they will bring about filing changes.

Form 990-T Fiscal Year Filers: Why Did I Get This Notice?

By Magdalena M. Czerniawski |  Robert Lyons  |  October 1, 2019

Many nonprofit organizations that fell under the category of 2017 fiscal year filer are receiving an unexpected balance due or refund notices. Tax Director Magdalena M. Czerniawski examines the IRS changes responsible for these notices.

Cryptocurrency: Considerations for Accepting Gifts of Virtual Currency

September 30, 2019

Bitcoin was invented in 2009 and saw limited use for the first few years of its existence, with transactions limited mostly to novelty purchases and early adopters. The past few years, however, have seen increased growth, with bitcoin transactions now in the hundreds of thousands per day and price volatility that has made national news.

Nonprofit & Government Times, Q3 2019

September 25, 2019

Read the latest issue of our Nonprofit & Government Times newsletter for timely insights into recent IRS changes, cutting-edge digital strategies, considerations for accepting virtual currency and more.

Best of the Bar Honorees Announced

Sep 25, 2019

Marks Paneth is pleased to celebrate Philadelphia’s legal community for the third consecutive year through the continued Presenting Sponsorship of Philadelphia Business Journal’s Best of the Bar: Philadelphia’s Top Lawyers awards program.

Laura LaForgia Named to Crain’s Notable Women in Accounting & Consulting List

Featured: Laura E. LaForgia  |  Sep 23, 2019

Partner Laura LaForgia has been named to the Crain’s New York Business list of Notable Women in Accounting & Consulting for a second consecutive year.

Ripple Effect of New Rent Regulations in NYC Real Estate Industry

By Abe Schlisselfeld  |  Sep 17, 2019

Co-Partner-in-Charge of Real Estate Abe Schlisselfeld examines how the new rent regulations will have far-reaching implications on the real estate industry for the Commercial Observer.

Will IRC Section 181 Come Back To Life … Again? And Why Would It Matter?

By Christopher A. Cacace  |  September 10, 2019

A renewal of Section 181 can only be looked at as a positive development for the entertainment industry because it gives production companies another alternative. As with any tax position, it’s important to have a good understanding of each available option. 

Marks Paneth Named Westchester’s Best Accounting Firm

Aug 20, 2019

Marks Paneth’s Purchase, NY office has been recognized as one of Westchester County’s favorite businesses, earning the title of “Best Accounting Firm” in 914INC. magazine’s inaugural Best of Business Awards.

Defeasance Deductibility in Commercial Real Estate

By Eduard Suleymanov  |  August 19, 2019

This article will explore the role of defeasance in commercial real estate transactions as well as the tax deductibility of a defeasance premium paid pursuant to a legal defeasance.

How the New Lease Accounting Rules Affect Landlords and Tenants

By Mark Cuccia  |  August 19, 2019

Mark Cuccia and Adeline Lee analyze how the new lease accounting standards, now deferred until January 1, 2021 for private companies, affect both lessors and lessees.

Pamela Cianciotta Featured in Long Island Business News

Featured: Pamela Cianciotta  |  Aug 19, 2019

Pamela Cianciotta, director in our Real Estate Group, was highlighted in the Long Island Business News feature “Who’s Who 2019: Women in Professional Services.”

Who are the Real Winners and Losers of the Reformed Rent Regulation Laws?

By Abe Schlisselfeld  |  August 19, 2019

Abe Schlisselfeld and Maya Khan examine the impact of The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019, a historic piece of legislation that has transformed New York's rent regulation laws.

Christopher Cacace Featured in McClatchy DC

Featured: Christopher A. Cacace  |  Aug 19, 2019

Christopher Cacace, Partner-in-Charge of the Theater, Media and Entertainment Group, was recently featured in McClatchy DC Bureau in an article titled, “Your town could be the set for Hollywood Films- if SC allows more taxable breaks.”

Valuation Discounts Applicable to Real Estate Holding Companies (PART 2)

By Angela Sadang  |  August 19, 2019

In part two of this two part series, Principal and valuation specialist Angela Sadang discusses the discount for lack of marketability, or DLOM, with regard to real estate holding companies.

Real Estate Perspectives, Summer 2019

August 16, 2019

In this issue of Real Estate Perspectives, featured articles discuss the new rent laws, the Climate Mobilization Act and more.

Angela Sadang Featured in QuickRead

Featured: Angela Sadang  |  Aug 5, 2019

Angela Sadang, Principal in our Advisory Services group, was featured in QuickRead with her article “Valuation Discounts Applicable to Real Estate Holding Companies (Part I of II).”

Harry Moehringer Named 2019 Managing Partner Elite

Featured: Harry Moehringer  |  Aug 2, 2019

Harry Moehringer, Managing Partner of Marks Paneth LLP, has been named to Accounting Today’s 2019 Managing Partner Elite.

The Stoler Report: All You Need to Know about Investing in Opportunity Zones

Featured: Abe Schlisselfeld  |  Jul 29, 2019

Abe Schlisselfeld, Co-Partner in Charge of the Real Estate Group at Marks Paneth, appeared on an episode of The Stoler Report to discuss what the additional IRS guidance regarding investing in Qualified Opportunity Funds that was issued earlier this year means to real estate investors looking to take advantage of the tax incentive program.

Governmental Accounting Standards Board, Statement 84: Fiduciary Activities

July 1, 2019

When people hear the word fiduciary, they associate several different activities with it, but mainly money or financial matters. The word, however, applies to any situation where someone places their confidence and trust in someone else.

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