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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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Winning a Gold Medal Can Be Taxing

By Nicole DeRosa, CPA, MAcc, Senior Tax Manager The price tag on victory is not cheap, at least for some.  When an athlete wins a medal at the Olympics, that medal comes with significant prize money in addition to the value of the medal itself.  Prize money awarded varies by medal type: $37,500 for a gold medal, $22,500 for a silver medal, and $15,000 for a bronze medal.  Medals and prize money won by a team are split evenly amongst the team members. The term “gross income”...

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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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Got Unemployment Compensation? Don’t Rush to File or Amend Just Yet!

By Nicole DeRosa, CPA, MAcc, Senior Tax Manager Last week, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 signed into law by President Biden included a very welcome retroactive tax provision for unemployed workers.  The bill provides that up to the first $10,200 of unemployment compensation benefits, paid to you in 2020, can now be excluded from taxable income, provided household income is under $150,000.  Although a very welcomed provision for the unemployed, there...

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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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