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Tax Alert: Current Estate Tax Law Uncertainty Should Alter Your Planning Strategies in 2012


By Steven Eliach  |  April 9, 2012

Without congressional action before year end, on Jan. 1, 2013, gift and estate tax exemptions will drop and rates will increase. But Congress may address the expiring estate tax law provisions. Such uncertainty can play havoc with estate planning. This article explains how making lifetime gifts can take advantage of the currently high exemption amount and low tax rate and details ways to add flexibility to an estate plan to prepare for potentially lower exemptions and higher rates in 2013.

Steven Eliach quoted in "Cost-basis Reporting Requirement Delays 1099 Filings"


Apr 6, 2012

Steven Eliach quoted in "Cost-basis reporting requirement delays 1099 filings" in Long Island Business News, April 6, 2012. Just as electronic filing of income tax returns promises to speed the filing process, new reporting regulations are slowing the flow of information, putting the screws on...

James Robbins quoted in "Foreign Holdings Tax Law Adds Complexity"


Apr 2, 2012

James Robbins quoted in "Foreign Holdings Tax Law Adds Complexity", an article on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) in Private Wealth, April 2, 2012. Click here to see the article.

Ira Kevelson quoted in "Is the Tax Break on Your Prius More Trouble Than It's Worth"


Apr 2, 2012

Ira Kevelson quoted in "Is the Tax Break on Your Prius More Trouble Than It's Worth", in The New York Times Magazine, April 2, 2012. Click here to read the article.

Owner-Manager Fraud: Getting Worse...How to Detect It


April 2, 2012

Statistics show that private businesses -- often owner-managed -- typically lack internal controls mandated by federal laws and the human and managerial resources to focus on possible employee crimes such as embezzlement, corruption and trade secret theft. But there's a bigger problem at privately-held companies: Owners themselves committing fraud.

Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner © White-Collar Crime Fighter, April 2012.

Property Owners Need to Seize Tax Opportunities Before Provisions Expire


By Abe Schlisselfeld  |  April 1, 2012

New York City commercial real estate is enjoying a significant comeback. Commercial properties were less affected by the economic downturn than residential property or business ventures. Now, as the economy improves and as interest rates remain dramatically low, lenders have regained confidence in the sector. All of that moves commercial real estate farther along the road to recovery.

See Abe's article originally published in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel April 2012.

Exchanges Need to Take Initiative to End New Scam: Fraudulent Listings of Chinese Companies on U.S.


April 1, 2012

The problem with reverse mergers is that they have long been a favorite technique of financial fraudsters - and they are now giving many Chinese companies easy entry to US markets. Some of those Chinese companies, however, do not actually exist and those that do often publish false, misleading or incomplete financials.

Reprinted from the April 2012 issue of the Financial Fraud Law Report.

A Surprise In The Search For Financial Fraud: Owner-Manager Fraud


Mar 29, 2012

A Surprise In The Search For Financial Fraud: Owner-Manager FraudSUBMITTED BY STEVEN MEYEROWITZ ON THU, 03/29/2012 Auditors and attorneys are diligent about ferreting out financial fraud but often miss a surprising kind: fraud committed by owner-managers against their own businesses. "It seems unthinkable that an...

Harry Moehringer interviewed for an article on 1031 tax exchanges and their implications for the rea


Mar 29, 2012

In the early part of the 2000s, as the real estate bubble continued to inflate, the use of the 1031 Tax Exchanges as a shelter was as Harry Moehringer of Marks Paneth pointed out, probably one of the hottest accounting strategies on the American scene....

Compensatory Damages in Lost Wages Claims: The Relevance of Unemployment Trends Adjustments


March 27, 2012

When claims of lost compensation arise, the role of the economic expert is to provide a reasonable estimate of the potential damages. The economic damages model designed should be tailored to the claim and its jurisdiction, but should also incorporate the effect of the economic environment and the effect of potential unemployment on the estimation of expected compensation. A simplified hypothetical example highlights the impact of the probability of unemployment on the lost compensation estimate.

See Josefina's article originally published in Employee Relations Law Journal, March 2012.

Arthur Bloom quoted in "Annual Daily News Tax Hotline kicks off on a high note"


Mar 22, 2012

Arthur quoted in the article "Annual Daily News Tax Hotline kicks off on a high note" in the New York Daily News, March 22, 2012. Click here to see the article.

State and Local Tax Advisor, March 2012


By Steven P. Bryde  |  March 19, 2012

Marks Paneth has published the latest issue of State and Local Tax Advisor. Click below for the March issue.

Bad Benchmarking in Damages Determinations: Consulting Experts Can Help


March 6, 2012

In the complex world of commercial litigation and damages calculation, even experts can make critical mistakes that put litigation at risk. In particular, experts sometimes use the wrong benchmarks to calculate damages, making assumptions that don't stand up under legal scrutiny and causing their testimony to be excluded on Daubert challenge.

This article was originally published in Bullseye: A Legal Blog on Expert Topics, March 6, 2012.

Law Firm Solutions, March 2012


March 5, 2012

Marks Paneth has published the latest issue of Law Firm Solutions. Click below for the March issue.

Real Estate Advisor, March 2012


By William H. Jennings  |  March 5, 2012

Marks Paneth has published the latest issue of Real Estate Advisor. Click below for the March issue.

Steven Eliach quoted in "A Tough Season: More forms, delays and new regs shape tax filing in 2012"


Mar 1, 2012

Steven Eliach quoted in "A Tough Season: More forms, delays and new regs shape tax filing in 2012" in Accounting Today, March 2012. Click here to see the article.

James Robbins quoted in "FBAR, FATCA put pracs on alert"


Mar 1, 2012

James Robbins quoted in the article "FBAR, FACTA put pracs on alert" in Accounting Today, March 2012. Click here to see the article.

Robert Dyson warns that issues facing public companies affect private companies, too


Feb 28, 2012

It's no surprise to CPAs in private industry that pronouncements governing public companies can often impact private companies, too. But sometimes those impacts happen in unexpected ways, warned J. Roger Donohue, chair of the Financial Accounting Standards Committee and a speaker at FAE's Professional Issues...

Marks Paneth Picks William H. Jennings to Head Real Estate Practice


Feb 23, 2012

William H. Jennings has been named Partner-in-Charge of Marks Paneth's real estate group. Mr. Jennings replaced Harry Moehringer, who was recently named co-managing partner of the firm. Based in New York City, Marks Paneth has a Long Island office in Woodbury. Click here to see...

2012 Westchester Real Estate Market: Expect a Slight Improvement in the Year Ahead


February 20, 2012

The rollercoaster conditions of the Westchester real estate market will continue in 2012, and barring any significant negative developments such as a repeat of European debt crises, in general, we at Marks Paneth expect a slight improvement in the year ahead.

This article was originally published in New York Real Estate Journal February 14, 2012.

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