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It’s Tax Time Again for the Millions Who Got an Extension

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Back in April, many Americans (about one in 10 filers), asked for and received a six month extension to file their 2018 federal income tax returns. The new deadline is today, October 15th. The New York Times caught up with MWE partner Lance Christensen to learn more information about the new deadline and what…

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Sec. 6166: Estate tax relief for family businesses

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Fewer people currently are subject to transfer taxes than ever before. But gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer (GST) taxes continue to place a burden on families with significant amounts of wealth tied up in illiquid closely held businesses. Fortunately, Internal Revenue Code Section 6166 provides some relief, allowing the estates of family business owners to…

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Webinar: Fall 2019 State and Local Tax Update

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Be better prepared for the upcoming state and local trick or treat season by joining MWE’s director of SALT, Joseph Pizzimenti, Esq., on Wednesday, 10/30 for a complimentary webinar. Joe will be giving updates on the Wayfair decision, what’s hot in SALT, and what to expect next. Attendees will earn one and a half…

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Tax Considerations for Cannabis Business and Investment

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The growing cannabis industry has piqued the interest of many business owners and investors who predict it could become a multi-billion dollar industry. Legal developments bolster this enthusiasm, as more than 30 states and the District of Columbia have thus far legalized marijuana for medical and/or recreational purposes. Varying state laws, however, are slowing overall…

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MWE Advisor September Highlights

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September highlights from The MWE Advisor: Tax implications of refinancing your home; Reviewing bonus depreciation options for your business.

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Posted in The Bottom Line, Featured Post, State & Local Strategies, Featured Content, In The News

New York, high-tax states dealt SALT cap blow in court, but fight likely not over

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Yesterday, a Manhattan judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by four states including New York and New Jersey, saying that they failed to demonstrate that Congress exceeded its taxing authority when implementing the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions. After the news broke, Fox Business sat down with MWE SALT director Joseph Pizzimenti,…

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Green energy & tax breaks

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Infographic: How to get (tax) credit for your home’s green energy upgrades.

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House Seeks To Help “Blue” Taxpayers with SALT issues in Blue States

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According to a recent Bloomberg article, HILL TAX BRIEFING: House Tax Writers Consider SALT Change Today, several members of the House Ways and Means committee will be meeting soon to discuss the $10,000 limit on the State and Local Tax itemized deduction that was adopted as part of the Tax Cuts…

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Lawyers Can Foster Compliance With Audit-Proof Expensing

Michael Barg

by: Michael Barg, Tax Supervisor as published in Law360 Lawyers across firms and organizations play a critical role in fostering a culture of compliance. Business meal and entertainment costs are one area where developing a strong compliance culture can help minimize the risk of an audit, assessment…

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New York Taxpayer Post Labor Day Weekend Blues– New Announcements Could Necessitate Amending Previously Filed 2018 Returns

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On September 3, 2019, the New York Department of Taxation and Finance issued three TSB-M announcements that summarize tax law changes adopted as the result of the State’s 2019-2020 Budget {“Budget”} that may affect New York taxpayers’ 2018 returns: TSB- M-19(3)C, Summary of Corporation Tax Budget Legislation Enacted in 2019 Read More

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The next estimated tax deadline is September 16: Do you have to make a payment?

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If you’re self-employed and don’t have withholding from paychecks, you probably have to make estimated tax payments. These payments must be sent to the IRS on a quarterly basis. The third 2019 estimated tax payment deadline for individuals is Monday, September 16. Even if you do have some withholding from paychecks or payments you receive,…

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Expenses that teachers can and can’t deduct on their tax returns

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As teachers head back for a new school year, they often pay for various expenses for which they don’t receive reimbursement. Fortunately, they may be able to deduct them on their tax returns. However, there are limits on this special deduction, and some expenses can’t be written off.

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Investing in Queens’ Future: Financing, Acquisitions & Market Expectations for the Coming Year

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  Listen to real estate professionals as they discuss investing, financing and acquisition activity in Queens as well as market expectations for the coming year at Bisnow’s Long Island City & Queens Annual Conference. MWE partner John Schmuck will be moderating this lively conversation on September 26, 2019, at One Court Square…

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Reporting discontinued operations

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Financial reporting generally focuses on the results of continuing operations. But sometimes businesses sell (or retire) a product line, asset group or another component. In certain situations, such a disposal should be reported as a discontinued operation under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Starting in 2015, the rules changed, limiting the scope of transactions…

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Avoid common slip-ups when selling your business

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Infographic: Read this before you try to sell your business.

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Attention: Accounting rule delays in the works

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On July 17, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) voted to issue a proposal that would delay several landmark accounting rules for certain companies. If finalized, the deferral would apply to new guidance for reporting leases, hedging transactions, credit losses and long-term insurance contracts. Summary of the changes The following table summarizes key implementation date…

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The “kiddie tax” hurts families more than ever

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Years ago, Congress enacted the “kiddie tax” rules to prevent parents and grandparents in high tax brackets from shifting income (especially from investments) to children in lower tax brackets. And while the tax caused some families pain in the past, it has gotten worse today. That’s because the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) made…

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Let’s find a better way to manage your receivables

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Failure to collect accounts receivable (AR) in a timely manner can lead to a myriad of financial problems for your company, including poor cash flow and the inability to pay bills. Here are five effective ideas to facilitate more timely collections:

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You build it up – We break it down

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Infographic: How cost segregation studies help companies reduce taxes.

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Tariff Uncertainty can be Weathered with the Right Cost-Cutting Strategies

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Many middle-market companies are feeling the squeeze this year. Even as sales remain steady, their gross margins have shrunk dramatically. In many cases, closer review of the financials reveals the cause to be an increase in material costs, spurred by the ongoing trade wars. In March 2018, the Trump administration imposed hefty tariffs on most…

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Recording: 2019 State & Local Tax Mid-Year Update Webinar

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Listen in as MWE SALT Director Joseph Pizzimenti, Esq., offers updates on what’s hot in State and Local Taxes, Wayfair, and what to expect next.

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Webinar: Lease accounting: Grappling with a major change

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The new lease accounting rules represent one of the biggest changes in standards in a while – and management, statement users, accountants and auditors are working to understand and comply with them. Join MWE partner Paul Becht, CPA, and other accounting experts for this complimentary webinar as they discuss key conceptual differences from…

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Business Partnerships with e-Commerce Giants Pose Tax Risk

Michael Barg

by: Michael Barg, Tax Supervisor E-commerce sites hold tremendous growth potential for small and mid-size businesses. Partnering with online marketplaces and facilitators can expand customer reach in ways traditional sales channels often can’t match. These new opportunities come with new challenges. In practical terms, an established New York-based business may sell products regionally and have nexus…

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Employers: Be aware (or beware) of a harsh payroll tax penalty

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If federal income tax and employment taxes (including Social Security) are withheld from employees’ paychecks and not handed over to the IRS, a harsh penalty can be imposed. To make matters worse, the penalty can be assessed personally against a “responsible individual.” If a business makes payroll tax payments late, there are escalating penalties. And…

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New York, New Jersey could lose residents to this lower-tax neighbor

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According to experts, when Americans in high-tax states saw the impact of the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions on their returns this filing season, more and more began exploring the idea of moving to lower-tax states. Fox Business sat down with MWE SALT Director Joseph Pizzimenti, Esq., to talk about the…

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How to handle an inheritance

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Infographic: Read this before making plans for an inherited windfall.

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Fiduciary Income Tax Traps to Avoid

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as published in Trust and estate issues are always complex. While fiduciary and individual income tax matters in the past have generally been dissimilar, the new tax law compounds the differences. In contrast to individuals, trusts and estates can still claim certain deductions between now and 2025 that will save…

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It’s a good time to check your withholding and make changes, if necessary

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Due to the massive changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the 2019 filing season resulted in surprises. Some filers who have gotten a refund in past years wound up owing money. The IRS reports that the number of refunds paid this year is down from last year — and the average refund…

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Tax Cuts lead to Unusual Results for New York Real Estate Owners and Developers

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as published in When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was enacted in 2017, it was largely heralded as a good move for real estate owners and developers across New York state (NYS). However, two new provisions within the law have created unusual dynamics for this group – with one change that may not be…

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