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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.

Are You Ready for Your Upcoming Single Audit? The OMB Compliance Supplement Can Help

By John D'Amico  |  July 1, 2019

If your organization is subject to a Single Audit under Uniform Guidance, the OMB Compliance Supplement can be a useful resource.

What Does the Landmark Wayfair Ruling Mean to Nonprofits?

By Magdalena M. Czerniawski  |  July 1, 2019

In the wake of the Wayfair ruling, even exempt organizations should be mindful of their sales activities in various states and should aim to know and monitor state sales tax thresholds in order to stay in compliance.

NYC Introduces Higher Indirect Cost Reimbursement for City Contracts

By Joseph J. Kanjamala  |  July 1, 2019

The City of New York Health and Human Services Cost Policies and Procedures Manual is a bold step towards ensuring a reasonable indirect cost rate for New York's provider community.

The Benefits of Storytelling as a Fundraising Tool

July 1, 2019

A great story motivates donors to act on their emotions and inspire generosity. Incorporating storytelling can be an effective fundraising tactic to both raise funds and further an organization’s mission.

Commercial Observer Asks Abe Schlisselfeld for Insights into the NYC Real Estate Market

Featured: Abe Schlisselfeld  |  Jun 28, 2019

In a recent conversation with Commercial Observer, Co-Partner-in-Charge of Real Estate Abe Schlisselfeld contributed his insights on a number of issues affecting New York City’s commercial real estate market.

It’s Not Too Late To “Come Clean”— Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Is Still Available

By Paul Bercovici  |  Jun 28, 2019

Despite the September 2018 elimination of the 2014 OVDP, US individual taxpayers who have failed to report the existence of offshore assets and/ or to report income derived from such assets continue to have access to options to become compliant regarding such past failures.

Nonprofit & Government Times, Q2 2019

June 28, 2019

Read the latest issue of our Nonprofit & Government Times newsletter for practical advice on OMB Uniform Guidance for Single Audits, the impact of the Wayfair sales tax decision, an update on indirect cost rates in New York State and more.

Vivian Martinez Featured in Real Estate Weekly’s “Leading Ladies”

Featured: Vivian Martinez  |  Jun 14, 2019

Vivian Martinez, Partner in the Real Estate Group at Marks Paneth, was named to Real Estate Weekly’s 2019 list of “Leading Ladies,” which celebrates female leaders in the real estate industry.

US International Inbound Tax Issues: A Tax Advisor’s Musings

By Julio M. Jimenez  |  June 13, 2019

Principal and international tax services specialist Julio M. Jimenez shares his insights on the US international inbound landscape and what items must be on your radar.

Nominations for Best of the Bar Now Open

Jun 12, 2019

Marks Paneth is proud to renew its presenting sponsorship of the Best of the Bar program, honoring the top lawyers in Philadelphia.

Avery Neumark Featured in The Trusted Professional

Featured: Avery E. Neumark  |  Jun 10, 2019

The Trusted Professional featured insights from Tax Partner Avery Neumark and his recent session "Form 5500 for Auditors" at the NYSSCPA's Employee Benefits Conference.

Julio Jimenez Featured in Tax Notes

Featured: Julio M. Jimenez  |  Jun 7, 2019

Tax Principal Julio Jimenez was featured in Tax Notes for his recent speaking engagement at the International Tax Withholding and Information Reporting Conference, where he and fellow panelists remarked upon issues pertaining to section 871(m) regulations and section 1446(f) challenges.

Tax Reform’s Impact on Family Office Trusts & Estate Planning Strategies

Featured: Laura E. LaForgia  |  Jun 6, 2019

Laura LaForgia, Partner in the Private Client Services Group at Marks Paneth, discusses the impact of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act on family office trusts and estates planning strategies in the Family Office Special Report issue of Bloomberg Markets.

Valuation Discounts Applicable to Real Estate Holding Companies

By Angela Sadang  |  May 29, 2019

Principal and valuation specialist Angela Sadang discusses real estate holding companies and the use of minority discounts (also known as the discount for lack of control, or DLOC) in the valuation of partial, non-controlling interests in entities holding real estate as their primary and most valuable asset. 

The Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Trusts and Estates

By Laura E. LaForgia  |  May 29, 2019

Among the many provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) were some significant changes to the taxation of trusts and estates. Tax Partner Laura LaForgia helps high-net-worth individuals and their advisors understand the temporary and permanent effects on their trust and estate tax planning strategies.

IRS Issues New Proposed Regulations On Qualified Opportunity Funds

By Alan M. Blecher |  Abe Schlisselfeld |  Michael W. Hurwitz  |  May 29, 2019

On April 17, 2019, the IRS released a second round of proposed regulations regarding investments in Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOFs). While the Qualified Opportunity Zones provision has garnered the attention of the real estate industry (as well as outside investors and fund managers) since its introduction in 2017, the lack of available guidance had many waiting to act on this potentially groundbreaking tax incentive program.

Reflections on the first TCJA Tax Season

By Alan M. Blecher  |  May 29, 2019

April 15, 2019 marked the ostensible end to the first “tax season” implementing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA). Alan Blecher, tax principal in our Real Estate Group, reflects on the challenges, misconceptions and unanswered questions that complicated the tax compliance process this year. 


By Darya Shneyder  |  May 28, 2019

While creating an electronic environment is costly, the benefits of readily accessible information in a real estate transaction are limitless. The more information that is available to real estate investors, the more educated decisions can be made and the more quickly deals can be completed. Partner Darya Shneyder discusses one of the ways technology has accomplished this goal – blockchain technology.

Real Estate Perspectives, Spring 2019

May 24, 2019

Read the latest issue of our Real Estate Perspectives newsletter for a look at what we've learned this tax season and other exciting developments unfolding in the real estate industry. 

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