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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. 

Nonprofit Alert: Change to Nondiscrimination Reporting Policy for Schools

By Magdalena M. Czerniawski |  Robert Lyons  |  May 23, 2019

After forty-four years, one of the Internal Revenue Service’s oldest requirements has passed into history, in favor of an update that recognizes how much more efficiently today’s technology allows us to communicate.

John Evans Featured in NJBIZ

Featured: John N. Evans  |  May 6, 2019

John Evans, Partner-in-Charge of Marks Paneth’s New Jersey office, spoke with NJBIZ about this year’s tax filings in the wake of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and how businesses and individuals can start to prepare for next year.

Darya Shneyder Named “Rising Star” in Real Estate Weekly

Featured: Darya Shneyder  |  Apr 26, 2019

Darya Shneyder, Partner in the Real Estate Group at Marks Paneth, was named to Real Estate Weekly’s 2019 list of “Rising Stars.”

Tax Alert: IRS Issues New Proposed Regulations on Qualified Opportunity Funds

By Alan M. Blecher |  Abe Schlisselfeld |  Michael W. Hurwitz  |  April 18, 2019

The IRS has released a second round of proposed regulations regarding investments in Qualified Opportunity Funds, addressing a number of the critical issues and providing long-awaited clarity for investors seeking to take advantage of the opportunity zone tax benefits.

Erin Kiernan Featured in New York Real Estate Journal

Apr 18, 2019

Erin Kiernan, Senior Manager in our Real Estate Group, was featured in New York Real Estate Journal’s “Ones to Watch” spotlight.

Ask the CPA – Is My Company Affected by the Wayfair Ruling?

Featured: James (Jay) M. Brower, Jr  |  Apr 9, 2019

State and local tax partner Jay Brower answers common Wayfair questions for the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Relocating to the US? Don't Forget About Social Security Taxes

By Paul Bercovici  |  Apr 3, 2019

While it is common for Canadians who relocate to the US to focus on income tax issues, social security tax issues are often overlooked. It is important that the social security tax issues associated with such moves be considered, especially in light of the fact that social security taxes in both countries often account for a significant portion of the overall tax burden imposed on individual taxpayers.

Ask the CPA – How Does the New Interest Expense Limitation Affect My Business?

Featured: Anthony Delfiner  |  Apr 2, 2019

Tax partner Anthony Delfiner advises on the effect of the new interest expense limitation under IRC Section 163(j).

Nonprofit Tax Update: What We’ve Learned About the TCJA Provisions Affecting Exempt Organizations

By Magdalena M. Czerniawski  |  April 2, 2019

Since the enactment of the TCJA, the IRS has issued interim guidance on each of the four provisions directly affecting exempt organizations, providing clarity on the treatment of these provisions and what organizations can expect moving forward.

The Benefits of Obtaining a Federally Approved Indirect Cost Rate

By Raymond M. Blake  |  April 1, 2019

While many social service type nonprofits receive some government funding to operate programs that fulfill their mission, it is often derived from a local government. Nonprofits can also get federal government funding and establish an Indirect Cost Rate through negotiations with their cognizant federal agency.

Nonprofit & Government Times, Q1 2019

March 29, 2019

Read the latest issue of our Nonprofit & Government Times newsletter for insights into increasing operational efficiency, adapting to new accounting standards and complying with changes to tax law.

Responding to Regulatory and Organic Changes in the Middle-Market Landscape

Featured: Ryszard Jania  |  Mar 19, 2019

As part of a Crain's New York Business roundtable discussion, Partner Ryszard Jania examined the challenges and opportunities facing middle-market firms in New York City.

General Managers as Partnership Representatives: Key Considerations Before Taking on the Role

By Christopher A. Cacace  |  March 4, 2019

A new Centralized Partnership Audit Regime (“CPAR”) was introduced in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. Marks Paneth issued a full analysis of the audit rules last month, which included information on the new required Partnership Representative (“PR”).

FAQ: Wayfair’s Impact on Businesses that Sell Taxable Goods and Services

By James (Jay) M. Brower, Jr  |  March 4, 2019

Last year’s Wayfair ruling overturned a longstanding court precedent that applied to the collection of sales tax from out-of-state sellers. As states begin to enforce the new “economic nexus” threshold, it is clear that the impact of this decision reaches much farther than online and remote retailers.

New Financial Reporting Standards for Nonprofits: ASU 2016-14

By John D'Amico  |  Mar 1, 2019

It has now been twenty-five years since the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 117, Financial Statements for Not-for-Profit Organizations.

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