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Nonprofit Agendas, September 2008

September 1, 2008

In this issue, some topics discussed include how federal and state bodies shape nonprofit policies, upcoming compliance dates for 403(b) retirement plans, limits placed on lobbying activities according to the IRS, and recent IRS changes to the application process for exempt status.

Marks Paneth & Shron LLP Nonprofit Group Authors Alert on Campaign Intervention

By Michael McNee |  Robert Lyons  |  September 1, 2008

During election years, the Internal Revenue Service takes a keen interest in whether charitable (501(c)(3)) organizations are intervening in political activities. This is particularly relevant in Presidential campaign years. One common characteristic to most charitable organizations is a passion about their respective causes. Since candidates for office are generally "issues" oriented, it is understandable that organizations, particularly those involved in advocacy for a cause, want to support the candidate that supports their position.

Marks Paneth & Shron to Speak at Inaugural Ascend National Convention

Aug 17, 2008

On August 17, 2008 Sharon Sabba Fierstein, Partner in the Litigation and Corporate Financial Advisory Services Group, will participate, along with the Executive Director of the NYSSCPA, in a mentoring session entitled View from the Top. This session will commence the inaugural Ascend National Convention...

Marks Paneth Featured In 2008 AICPA Video Course

Aug 11, 2008

Marks Paneth Tax Partner, Alan Dlugash, serves as an instructor in the 2008 American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Individual Tax Return Video Course, an update on developments affecting 1040 preparation. The Q&A-style course advises program participants on new developments, planning ideas and tax-saving...

Marks Paneth & Shron to Speak at FAE Conference on High-Net-Worth Planning

Jul 24, 2008

On July 24, 2008, William Henry Jones and Alan J. Dlugash of the firm's Tax Group will chair and present a session, respectively, at the Foundation for Accounting Education (FAE) conference on Strategic Planning for High Net Worth Clients. The event will discuss the impact...

Marks Paneth to Moderate Lorman Seminar on Accounting for Estates and Trusts

Jul 23, 2008

On July 23, 2008, Anthony F. Rappa of the Tax Group, will moderate and present at a Lorman Education Services seminar on Accounting for Estates and Trusts in New York. The seminar will inform the financial, accounting, legal and insurance industries on strategy and recent...

Marks Paneth to Present at PLI Conference

Jul 21, 2008

On July 21, 2008, Joseph B. Nelson will speak at a Practising Law Institute conference on Accounting for Lawyers in New York. Mr. Nelson's presentation will discuss Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS), as well as provide an overview of the...

William H. Jennings Elected to JHI Executive Committee

Jun 26, 2008

William H. Jennings, Real Estate Partner and member of the Marks Paneth Executive Committee, has been elected Director at Large of the Executive Committee for JHI Region of the Americas. Mr. Jennings' election follows his extensive work in launching JHI University – a continuing education...

Marks Paneth & Shron to Co-Chair FAE Conference

Jun 25, 2008

On June 25, 2008, Sara Rabi of the Tax Group will co-chair a Foundation for Accounting Education (FAE) event in New York. The event will give accounting practitioners an opportunity to provide the IRS with feedback on how the industry perceives IRS messages, and will...

Marks Paneth & Shron LLP Nonprofit Alert, June 2008

By Michael McNee |  Robert Lyons  |  June 1, 2008

On May 5, 2004 IRS issued Letter Ruling 200435020 in response to a charitable organization’s treatment of certain real estate transactions, credit cards, meals, gasoline, miscellaneous charges and cell phones.

Property and Casualty Insurance Solutions for Entity Owners, June 2008

June 1, 2008

An increasing number of Americans are transferring personal ownership of residential property to trusts, limited liability corporations (LLC), limited liability partnerships (LLP), and other entities designed to protect assets or take advantage of favorable tax treatment.

Real Estate Advisor, May/June 2008

May 31, 2008

In this issue, some topics discussed include how to increase likelihood of securing a loan, trends in time-share ownership within the resort industry, how the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 benefits investors and developers, and ways to achieve personal and business financial success by shifting income and deductions.

NYSSCPA to Install Sharon Sabba Fierstein as President

May 15, 2008

On May 15, 2008, Sharon Sabba Fierstein of the Litigation and Corporate Financial Advisory Services Group will be installed as the next President of the NY State Society of Certified Public Accountants. She will lead the nearly 30,000 member organization in its educational, advocacy, and...

Top 50 IRS Representation Practitioners

Apr 30, 2008

CPA Magazine has named Marks Paneth Tax partner Alan Dlugash one of the nation's "Top 50 IRS Representation Practitioners" for 2008. "Top 50" practitioners are selected by the magazine for outstanding contributions in tax and audit work across the United States.

Is the Tax Code Unfair to Hedge Fund Investors?

Apr 13, 2008

Much of the election-year criticism of hedge funds misses the point when it focuses on the claim that hedge fund operators get unfair tax breaks, experts say.

An Opportunity for Learning Outside The Classroom

Apr 1, 2008

It started in 1993 as an idea to expose teenage girls to the workplace, observe career options and build self confidence. From that year until 2002, 71 million American adults participated in the Ms. Foundation for Women's Take Our Daughters To Work Day. In 2003,...

Real Estate Advisor, March/April, 2008

March 31, 2008

In this issue, some topics discussed include how developers are tapping into the wants and needs of baby boomers with resort-like senior housing facilities, how online services are revolutionizing the art of commercial real estate deals and the factors that are driving real estate investors to pursue overseas deals.

World Kidney Day

Mar 12, 2008

March 12, 2008, New York City - Michael Bekas, Tax Partner, Marks Paneth LLP and Vice Chairman of the National Kidney Foundation Serving Greater New York (NKF) Board of Directors, along with Chief Executive Officer, John Davis and employees of NKF, rings the Opening Bell...

Nonprofit Investment Committees: Buyer Beware

By Michael McNee  |  March 5, 2008

Increasingly, nonprofits are moving into alternative investments: private investment funds, hedge funds, real estate funds, venture capital funds, oil, and gas funds. The goal is generally higher returns and diversification.

Practioner's View on Recruiting New Professionals

Mar 1, 2008

Over the past few years, the NYSSCPA's Quality Enhancement Policy Committee (QEPC) has been looking at peer review,ethics, and now education. We're studying education-related issues in two pieces: 1) pre-service education, meaning the preparation students need to become CPAs; and 2) post-service education,the continuing education...

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