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Third Time’s the Charm?

A third version of H.R. 5376 (the Build Back Better Act) was released on November 3, 2021 by the House Budget Committee. This draft increases the state and local tax deduction, brings back many of the retirement proposals from the original September 13 draft of the Build Back Better Act, and retains the surcharge on high-income individuals, estates and trusts from the October 28 version. Below is a summary of where things stand today. Income Tax  State and Local Tax Deduction  Individual...

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R&D Tax Credits for the Technology & Software Industry

Generate cash from your past and future investments to develop or improve software. If your company has paid for software to be developed or improved in the U.S., you may be eligible for federal and state R&D tax credits equaling up to 25% of qualified spending. If your company is financing such activities outside of the U.S., the incentives may be even greater. These dollar–for–dollar offsets against regular income tax liability have enabled many startup and mature businesses...

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R&D Tax Credits for the Manufacturing Industry

The manufacturing industry alone claims annual R&D tax credits in excess of $7.4 billion. Innovation is driving the manufacturing industry, and the objective of R&D tax credits is to encourage exactly the type of efforts that are at the core of Industry 4.0. You don’t have to be developing new products or engineering brand new manufacturing processes to qualify for the R&D tax credit. If your company is attempting to develop or improve manufacturing processes or products,...

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R&D Tax Credits for the Healthcare Industry

Capitalizing on evolving patient care through past, present, and future innovation. R&D is likely to be a continued priority for the healthcare industry, as organizations in the space work to address the emerging needs of the aging population, respond to trends in telehealth and value-based care and fend off competition from new entrants, like Amazon, which has signaled that healthcare is a key priority for growth. If your organization has worked to develop a new or improved...

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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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