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SALT Alert: Amazon Puts FBA Sellers on Notice of Possible Sales Tax Nexus

By Steven P. Bryde  |  December 11, 2018

In October 2018, Amazon advised its Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) sellers that it intended to provide the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (the Department) with the FBA sellers’ contact information (name, address, and email) and U.S. Taxpayer identification numbers, by November 6, 2018.

Taxation of Cryptocurrency: Virtual Transactions Bring Real-life Tax Implications

By Mordecai Lerer  |  Dec 11, 2018

Cryptocurrency is digital currency using encryption techniques, rather than a central bank, to generate, exchange and transfer units of currency. Unlike cash transactions, no bank or government authority verifies the transfer of funds.

What You Need to Know About FIRPTA

By Paul Bercovici  |  Dec 10, 2018

The Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (“FIRPTA”) was enacted to combat perceived abuses whereby foreign investors were able to avoid, with relative ease, otherwise applicable US taxes on the disposition of interests in US real property. FIRPTA imposes a tax on gains derived by foreign persons from the disposition of US real property interests.

Marks Paneth Professionals Featured in NYSSCPA - Nassau Newsletter

Featured: Mark Cuccia  |  Dec 6, 2018

Three professionals from Marks Paneth’s Long Island office were highlighted in the December issue of the NYSSCPA - Nassau Chapter newsletter.

Marks Paneth's 2018-2019 Tax Planning Guide

December 4, 2018

To provide you with convenient access to current tax laws and regulations and prepare you for the 2019 tax season, Marks Paneth has launched its 2018-2019 Tax Planning Guide.

2018 Year-End Tax Planning: A Whole New World

By Abe Schlisselfeld  |  November 16, 2018

With the passing of the TCJA almost a year ago, changes like the new 20 percent deduction and qualified opportunity zones make year-end tax planning seem like a whole new world for the real estate industry. 

Real Estate Tax Certiorari: Challenging the Assessments

By Darya Shneyder  |  November 16, 2018

The New York City Department of Finance determines the property value assessment for all New York City properties. The notice of property value is provided to the real estate owners in the middle of January every year. 

Landlord Considerations: Creative Workspace Designs

By Michael Siino  |  November 16, 2018

As competition to attract and retain high-quality commercial tenants has intensified, and with a generation of millennials graduating into roles as decision makers in today’s business world, it has and will continue to become more important for landlords to adapt and enhance their office and common spaces to suit the desire of employees to work in environments that are collaborative and stimulating. 

Preparing for the Year-End Audit: Don’t Overlook These Key Planning Areas

November 16, 2018

As companies gear up for their year-end audits, many of them focus on locking in their auditor’s fieldwork start date, performing account reconciliation and discussing deliverables. However, there are some frequently overlooked areas that have a direct impact on the overall audit, financial statement presentation and disclosures.

Disputes in Real Estate Partnerships: How to Excavate Adequate Business Records

By Eric A. Kreuter  |  November 16, 2018

Consider this scenario: A partner in a real estate deal determines that there may have been wrongdoing with respect to the operations of a real estate partnership. Monies are missing, and expenses appear to be excessive and unsupported. He further suspects that the alleged miscreant has been “cooking the books” for years. 

Real Estate Perspectives, Fall 2018

November 16, 2018

As we approach year-end, members of our Real Estate Group provide updates on tax planning, property assessments, audit preparation and more.

Tips for NFP internal reports

By Sibi B. Thomas  |  November 14, 2018

A not-for-profit should consider the following best practices to ensure that internal financial reports prepared for its board of directors and other governance committees are accurate, timely, and decision-useful.

Edwin Morris Featured in The Trusted Professional

Featured: Edwin B. Morris  |  Nov 9, 2018

Edwin B. Morris shares his outlook on the latest IRS proposed guidance related to the 20% pass-through deduction.

US Federal Income Taxation of Non-US Citizens

By Paul Bercovici  |  Nov 7, 2018

As a general rule, “resident aliens” are subject to US federal income tax on their worldwide income. In contrast, “nonresident aliens” are generally subject to US federal income tax only on their US source “passive” income and on income effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business in the US.

Marks Paneth's New Brand Campaign Featured in Accounting Today

Nov 7, 2018

Marks Paneth’s new brand campaign, Success is Personal, was featured in Accounting Today, highlighting the firm’s unique approach to client service, firm culture and community involvement.

NY and NJ Lawyers Recognize Marks Paneth as Top Service Provider

Nov 5, 2018

Members of the New York and New Jersey legal communities have recognized Marks Paneth LLP as a top service provider of forensic accounting and valuation services.  These accolades, which follow the firm’s recent recognition in the Philadelphia market, include: New York Law Journal’s “Best of”...

Tax Alert: IRS Releases Proposed Regulations on Qualified Opportunity Funds

By Alan M. Blecher  |  October 23, 2018

The IRS has issued proposed regulations relating to the deferral of gain under Code Section 1400Z-2, for investments in qualified opportunity funds (QOFs). Enacted late last year, the QOF provisions, while enticing, left many questions unanswered.

Marks Paneth Ranked 14th Largest Accounting Firm in the New York Area by Crain's New York Business

Oct 10, 2018

Marks Paneth LLP has once more been ranked among the top 30 largest accounting firms in the New York area, according to Crain’s New York Business.

Changes to Governmental Fund Accounting are on the Horizon

By Warren Ruppel  |  October 2, 2018

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) is considering some important changes to the overall financial reporting model originally introduced for use by governments in GASB Statement 34. This is not a complete rewrite of the current financial reporting model, but rather a focus on several areas where the GASB believes potential changes should be considered. 

The Care Coordination Model: A Path to Managed Care

By Joseph J. Kanjamala  |  October 2, 2018

Managed care is a healthcare delivery system that coordinates the provision, quality and cost of care for its enrolled members. Medicaid managed care provides for the delivery of Medicaid health benefits and related services through contracts between a state and managed care organizations (MCOs).

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