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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009


By Steven Eliach  |  April 10, 2009

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 totals $787 billion. Nearly $300 billion of the bill includes tax relief for individuals and businesses which is outlined in the Marks Paneth alert.

Marks Paneth Assembles Team to Assist US Taxpayers Disclose Foreign Accounts


Apr 1, 2009

More than 50,000 US taxpayers may have held accounts at UBS AG that were not disclosed to the IRS. Marks Paneth has assembled a team that stands ready to help these taxpayers and their attorneys take the right steps now toward voluntary disclosure of foreign...

Harlem YMCA Honors Clarence B. Jones with Black Achievers in Industry Award


Mar 19, 2009

On March 19, 2009, Clarence B. Jones was honored by the Harlem YMCA of Greater New York at the organization's 39th annual National Salute to Black Achievers in Industry Awards. ABC broadcast journalist Barbara Walters served as a presenter at the event. The Black Achievers...

Nonprofit Agendas, March 2009


March 1, 2009

Marks Paneth has published the latest issue of Nonprofit Agendas. Click below for the March issue.

Real Estate Advisor, March 2009


March 1, 2009

Some topics discussed in this issue include how use of leverage can help increase cash flow, magnify the effects of property appreciation and enhance the tax advantages of owning real estate; strategies to consider when selling investment property to offspring and the tax effect of leases with options to buy.

Steven Eliach Offers Tax Planning Considerations for Real Estate Owners in a Depreciated Market


Feb 18, 2009

In a February 18, 2009 Long Island Business News article, Steven Eliach discusses how debt cancellation of real estate businesses could pose significant tax consequences and the planning options property owners should consider when working with banks to structure deals.

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.

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