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Heads Up, Restaurants: Federal Relief Could Trigger a Single Audit

By Arnold Macalintal, Partner Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the restaurant industry has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic’s impacts, leading to spikes in business closures, continued capacity limitations, and unprecedented loss in both jobs and sales. However, many establishments were able to keep their doors open and continue to serve customers throughout the course of the pandemic with the help of federal aid issued through the CARES Act programs, Restaurant...

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How Proposed Tax Law Changes Will Disrupt the Real Estate Industry

By Alexander J. Narcise, Partner-in-Charge, Real Estate & Construction Services The American Families Plan, which the White House describes as “once‐in‐a‐generation” legislation, is designed to help families cover basic expenses such as health care, education, and childcare. The plan, announced in March, includes about $1 trillion in investments and $800 billion in tax cuts over ten years, paid for in part by higher taxes on those making $400,000 or more per year. The...

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More NIL, More Taxes

By Nicole DeRosa, CPA, MAcc, Senior Tax Manager Up until recently, you probably thought of “little” or (literally) “zero” when the word nil was used in a sentence.  Over the past couple of months, however, the definition of this word has evolved into something much more meaningful.  The term “NIL” is an acronym that stands for “name, image, and likeness” and is now the center of attention for college sports. So why all the hype? On July 1st, various state laws coupled with...

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Exempt Organizations and Sales Tax

By Eitan Balloul, CPA, Tax Manager – Exempt Organizations & Fred Komarow, Tax Manager- SALT Many Tax-Exempt organizations are required to pay or to collect sales tax on certain transactions. Sales tax is governed and applied at the state and local level, which means that each state has its own rules and compliance requirements that will apply to an organization operating within a particular jurisdiction. Collecting and reporting sales tax is a requirement when selling tangible...

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New Reporting Requirements for NY Tax-Exempt Organizations

By Eitan Balloul, Tax Manager, Not-for-Profit Effective January 1, 2021, many Exempt organizations that file Form NY CHAR500 with the Attorney General must file the same information with the New York Department of State (“DOS”).  There are 3 different potential reports for filing with the Department of State:  1. Annual Financial Disclosure Reports – Under Executive Law Section 172-b (1), (2) & (9)  Charitable organizations that receive more than $250,000 in gross...

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The Pass through Entity Tax (PTET) Now Applies to New York State – Here’s What You Need to Know.

Featuring Phil London, Partner Emeritus Legislative changes in the New York State budget have created the highest combined local tax rate in the country for some New York City residents. At the same time, a Pass Through Entity Tax (PTET) was enacted in New York State. Below, Philip London, member of the New York State Society of CPAs, and the New York, Multistate and Local Taxation committee, provides insight on the new law. Tell us about your involvement in the passing...

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The IRS Does it Again – Another Retroactive 2020 Tax Change

By Nicole DeRosa, CPA, MAcc, Senior Tax Manager First the unemployment compensation exclusion…now this. With less than a week until the original tax filing deadline, the IRS announced the suspension of the requirement to repay excess advance payments of the 2020 Premium Tax Credit (“PTC”) which was a provision rolled out with the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”).  Unfortunately, being that the unemployment compensation exclusion was at the forefront of the ARPA,...

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$1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan Released – Perhaps the 3rd Time is a Charm!

By Nicole DeRosa, CPA, MAcc, Senior Tax Manager  The much anticipated $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan was released by lawmakers last week and passed by House by a near party-line vote of 219-212 early Saturday morning.  The third stimulus package is now on its way to the Senate, which is expected to pass in hopes to meet a mid-March deadline, albeit with some potential changes.  Once signed into law by President Biden, this 592-page stimulus package will offer a wide range of...

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PPP Processing Delays – More Communication Required from SBA

By Travis Miskowitz, Manager CFO Advisory When the Small Business Administration rolled out the Paycheck Protection Program in 2020, there was an immediate need to stem the losses and financial difficulties that small business owners were facing due to the pandemic and government-mandated shutdown orders. The early days of PPP were fraught with processing issues, incomplete or inconsistent guidance, and a lack of reliable resources for small business owners to reference when applying...

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The Business Interest Expense Limitation under IRC Section 163(j): What You Need to Know for the 2020 Tax Year

By Jennifer Beceiro, Tax Manager & Eliezer Gross, Real Estate Tax Director The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) amended IRC Section 163(j) that limited the deductibility of business interest expense for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017. Business interest expense is limited to the sum of the Taxpayer’s business interest income, floor plan financing interest, and 30% of Adjusted Taxable Income (ATI). There are two situations that Taxpayers may not be subject to the 163(j)...

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