The IRS has issued final regulations that protect gifts made under the TCJA's increased estate tax exemption from being “clawed back” into a taxpayer’s estate after the provision expires.
Principal Shashi Singal outlines the unique advantages, strategies and risks that a family office should keep in mind when considering an investment in a Qualified Opportunity Fund.
The M&E expense deduction changed dramatically with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Here's what you need to know about what meals and entertainment are still deductible and how your expenses can qualify.
Construction Accounting and Taxation magazine pointed to Grassi's 2019 construction industry survey findings to give readers a clear picture of the direction in which the industry is going and how leaders are feeling about these emerging trends.
Construction Partners Steven Goldstein and David Warshauer outline a recent case study that demonstrates the benefits, strategies and risks that companies should understand when considering an Employee Stock Option Plan.
Victoria Pellegrino and Roger Lorence of Grassi's Financial Services were published in HFMWeek for their insights into the new hurdles regulators are introducing for the management of cryptocurrency.
Panel: Lack of Guidance Means Cannabis Industry Tax Planning Often Depends on Clients' Risk Tolerance
John Pellitteri, Cannabis Practice Leader, was featured in The Trusted Professional for his contributions to the Foundation for Accounting Education's 2019 Cannabis Conference panel.
Crain's New York Business asks Carl Oliveri, Grassi's NYC market leader, about the cybersecurity challenges and opportunities that exist for NYC businesses looking to protect their sensitive data against the latest digital threats.
As the current labor shortage continues, it is time for construction executives to think outside the box and consider new ways to attract and retain key people. One of those vehicles is the concept of phantom stock, a unique method to engage key personnel and to vest them in the long-term profitability and health of the construction company.
Grassi was named one of the 30 largest accounting firms in the New York City Area by Crain's New York Business.
Carl Oliveri, Construction Practice Leader, was published in Construction Executive magazine for his insights into the trends revealed by Grassi’s 2019 Construction Industry Survey.
Robert Grote, Partner and Manufacturing & Distribution Practice Leader, was featured in NJBIZ for his contributions to the publication’s manufacturing panel discussion on September 24, 2019.
Crain's New York Business has named Elizabeth Gousse Ballotte and Sareena Malik Sawhney to its 2019 Notable Women in Accounting and Consulting list.
If you are a specialty contractor responsible for functions such as plumbing, HVAC, electric or sheet metal work, or if you are a contractor that performs value engineering, you may be able to take advantage of some often-overlooked tax incentives.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released a final rule which should make it easier for smaller businesses to provide retirement plans to their employees. According to the DOL, the rule will enable more small and midsize unrelated businesses to join forces in multiple employer plans (MEPs) that provide their employees a defined contribution plan such as a 401(k) plan or a SIMPLE IRA plan. Certain self-employed individuals also can participate in MEPs.
You could be (up to) 33% worse off than compared with investing in U.S. stocks because of taxes! Learn the rules on minimizing the additional taxes before you invest.
In a ruling by the Department of Revenue Services for the State of Connecticut, new tax legislation was recently passed concerning nonresidents owning real estate in Connecticut.
This past tax season was an especially demanding one as it was the first one under the new sweeping tax legislation, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017,” which passed 12/22/2017—professional athletes and coaches felt its impact deeply.
On July 15, 2019, the IRS issued final regulations to remove existing regulations regarding advance payments for goods and long-term contracts. These final regulations apply for taxable years ending on or after July 15, 2019 and affect accrual method taxpayers who receive advance payments for goods, including those that may be inventoried.
On June 16, Governor Cuomo reauthorized the Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) program, due to expire at the end of 2019, for five more years. The reauthorization of the law includes enhancements that will enable even more MWBEs to participate in and benefit from the program.
Great news for Trusts and Trustees! The Supreme Court in North Carolina ruled today that the state violated the due process clause by taxing an out-of-state trust whose beneficiary was a NC resident— making that the only connection between the state and the trust.
The IRS has updated the inflation-adjusted “luxury automobile” limits on certain deductions taxpayers can take for passenger automobiles — including light trucks and vans — used in their businesses. Revenue Procedure 2019-26 includes different limits for purchased automobiles that are and aren’t eligible for bonus first-year depreciation, as well as for leased automobiles.
The IRS recently announced the inflation-adjusted maximum value of an employer-provided vehicle under the vehicle cents-per-mile rule and the fleet-average value rule.
One of the positives that came out of The Tax Cuts and Job Act is the change in the small contractor’s exemption of Average Annual Gross Receipts (AAGR) test from $10,000,000 to $25,000,000.
It is standard practice for counsel drafting offering documents for investment funds, whether registered with the SEC or not, to describe the fund’s investment strategy. Failure to describe the strategy would make the fund a type of “dark pool” (investing in a fund vehicle about which the investors are told nothing about what they are investing in).
While your inclination is to provide your best, there are certain types of customers who can literally drain your bottom line without you, or them, even realizing it.
The second round of proposed regulations issued on April 17, 2019 provide additional guidance on some of the questions and issues that remained unclear after the initial round of proposed regulations that were issued in October 2018.
On Friday April 12, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York Fiscal Year 2020 Budget. This budget bill includes changes to the NYS Estate Tax Provisions.
Talk of labor shortages in the construction and A&E industries has been public over the last few years. Some say it is likely to continue in 2019 as companies continue to earn higher and higher revenues and maintain healthy and growing backlogs.
The Division of Investment Management (the “Division”) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has stringent requirements for companies that are registered investment advisers (or should be so registered) with respect to client assets. These rules of long-standing are known as the “Custody Rule,” which provides that it is wrongful conduct for an adviser having custody of client assets to fail to follow the Custody Rule.
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If the Carolina Panthers move their business operations and practice facilities to South Carolina, Charlotte might lose a little of the luster of being home to an NFL team’s headquarters. You might not spot Cam Newton on South Tryon scootering to practice anymore, either.
While you offer your employees defined contribution, defined benefit, health and welfare, or profit sharing plans, it is important to know that offering these plans also comes with responsibilities and risks for the sponsoring company and the trustees of the plans.
Auditors of public companies are required to follow standards set by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (the “PCAOB”), created in the wake of the Financial Crisis to improve reporting standards for public companies.
With information gathered from assets in the underground (involved with the dark web) and conversations with federal authorities, investigations disclosed that, while there is no specific group actively targeting the cannabis industry, there are hackers focusing on three areas within the Seed to Sale lifecycle: research and extraction; growing; and consumption and retail operations.
On January 18, 2019, Technical Advice Memorandum (TAM) 201903017 was released concluding that an employer cannot treat free employee meals as excludable under Code Section 119 “convenience of the employer” test.
Tax legislation enacted in 2015 changed the rules for how partnerships (including limited liability companies and any other entity classified as partnerships) respond to audits by the Internal Revenue Service.
The end of January marks the beginning of the push for some known scam techniques, but there are also some new ones on the scene. Scammers are targeting organizations large and small, as well as individuals, attempting to steal money and/or information. Below are some of the more common scams that are being reported around the world.
Choosing the right Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is one of the many challenges construction companies face. Choosing the wrong ERP system can potentially hold a company back, however, the right system can substantially propel a company forward—especially in the areas of cash flow and profitability.
The IRS has some good news for certain taxpayers — it’s waiving underpayment penalties for those whose 2018 federal income tax withholding and estimated tax payments came in under their actual tax liabilities for the year.
The Tax Cut & Jobs Act of 2017 provided a new Section 199A deduction on qualified business income for certain pass through entities (sole proprietorships, partnerships & S corps). This deduction, which is generally 20% of QBI with certain limitations, is temporary and expires at the end of tax year 2025.
One issue plaguing the construction industry revolves around a labor shortage. This has been a hot topic the last few years and is likely to continue in 2019 as companies continue to earn higher and higher revenues and maintain healthy and growing backlogs.
The New Jersey construction community received a New Year’s gift at the end of December: an announcement from the Murphy administration adding over $400 million in new projects currently under design, as well as accelerating its first quarter 2019 construction program, giving much promise to 2019!
New York State has decided to decouple from the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) certain personal income tax changes for tax years 2018 and after.
New Policy updates for Not-For-Profits—What does this mean for you?
The impact of 2017’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “New Law”) on funds, their managers and investors is hard to understate. In this executive summary of year-end tax issues to consider, we highlight issues for your consideration.