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  • 12/15/2016
    Friedman Completes Its Transition Plan

    Friedman LLP is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2017, its Co-Managing Partners Fred Berk and Harriet Greenberg will run the day-to-day operations of the firm. After 35 years as Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Madnick will become Chief Executive Officer Emeritus. He will continue to be...

  • 12/14/2016
    How new CPAs can build a book of business

    Building strong, genuine relationships is one of the best ways to drive business.

  • 12/13/2016
    Ask the CPA
    By Kimberly Iaconelli, CPA, MT, Senior Tax Manager

    Q: Tax professionals are often asked by their clients, "What is a Crummey letter and how does it work?"

  • 12/13/2016
    Financial Quarterback 11/26/2016

    With the end of the year approaching, there are still many last minute tax moves that can be done in preparation for tax season. Partner and Tax Practice Leader Bob Charron, was featured in a segment of the Financial Quarterback on WOR discussing tax tips and planning for the 2017...

  • 12/12/2016
    The Top Tax Cases Of 2016: Year In Review
    By Vidya Kauri, Law360

    As Seen in Law360

  • 12/08/2016
    What to Know Before Giving and Accepting Money From Relatives

    Before gifting or receiving money from loved ones, consider these questions.

  • 12/08/2016
    Many Happier Returns?
    By Claude Solnik

    Excerpt from LIBN Featuring Michael Greenwald, MPPM, CPA Benjamin Franklin is revered for his sayings including in “this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Although no-one is sure exactly what Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and a Republican-controlled Congress will do, most expect dramatic change to...

  • 12/08/2016
    Friedman LLP the Highest Ranked Accounting Firm in Crain’s Best Places to Work in New York City

    Friedman LLP is proud to be the Highest Ranked Accounting Firm in Crain’s Best Places to Work in New York City. The survey and recognition program identifies and recognizes New York City’s best employers throughout a wide array of industries. To see the full list, click here....

  • 12/02/2016
    The Last Word: 'Know your clients' concerns before they do'

    “Every day I do work that I truly enjoy. I am the luckiest person in the world!” Harriet Greenberg, Co-Managing Partner and leader of the Fashion, Diamond and Jewelry practices, was featured in the Journal of Accountancy sharing insights with the young generation of CPAs on how to grow their...

  • 12/02/2016
    Tax Smart Strategies for Investors as 2016 Nears its End

    With the stock market surging to new highs, many investors will end the year with capital gains, which means a heftier tax bill come April. For tax smart investors, though, higher payments don’t have to be a foregone conclusion if they engage in strategies before Dec. 31. Senior tax manager...

  • 12/02/2016
    How Trump Could Shake Up Real Estate Finance

    With many of president-elect Donald Trump’s proposed economic policies, many changes are underway. His plans could especially transform real estate finance. Partner and Corporate and Business Tax Practice Leader, Michael Greenwald was quoted in the Real Deal discussing how Trump’s tax proposals could impact the real estate industry. To read...

  • 11/28/2016
    Thomas Miranda Chosen as one of LIBN’s 40 Under 40 Honorees

    Congratulations to Senior Audit Manager Thomas Miranda for being honored in Long Island Business News’ 19th Annual 40 Under 40 Awards Program. This award program recognizes outstanding members of the business community on Long Island who are 40 or under and have already begun to distinguish themselves in business, government,...

  • 11/23/2016
    Navigating the risks of individual accountability for corporate wrongdoing

    As Seen in Compliance Week Individuals who serve on the boards of directors and officers of corporations and non-profit institutions face a new and frightening reality: They may no longer be insulated by the corporate structure against personal liability for an organization’s wrongdoing. This new reality dawned just over a year ago,...

  • 11/21/2016
    Ask the CPA
    By Brian Duffy, CPA, CFF

    Q: What is a “forensic accountant” and when might one be needed?

  • 11/17/2016
    Partnership Audit Pushout May Be ‘All or Nothing’ Affair
    By Laura Davison

    As Seen in Bloomberg BNA All the investors may need to be on board if a partnership wants to “push out” to its partners the responsibility to pay tax after an audit, an Internal Revenue Service official said. Within the agency “there are some who think it is all or nothing,” Drita Tonuzi,...

  • 11/17/2016
    How to Preserve Family-Run Real Estate Companies

    These third- and fourth-generation-led real estate companies shared the challenges and benefits of working with family members to run successful businesses.

  • 11/16/2016
    Ways for Real Estate Investors to Reduce Taxes

    There are numerous ways for property investors to shrink their tax bill. In an article published by The Real Deal, co-managing partner Fred Berk commented on complex way that developers may use to turn income into capital gains, while partner Kim Dula discussed using valuation discounts as an estate planning...

  • 11/16/2016
    People on the Move

    Philadelphia Principal, Marie DeCicco was featured in the Philadelphia Enquirer’s People on the Move section on her recent promotion. To read, click here....

  • 11/15/2016
    Friedman Ranked 3rd Among Large Firms in Accounting Today’s Best Firms to Work For

    Friedman LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has been ranked 3rd in large firms in Accounting Today’s Best Firms to Work For. The annual survey and awards program, which is conducted in partnership with Best Companies Group, is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in...

  • 11/15/2016
    Susanne Spinell-Shuster Awarded as Centers of Influence Honoree

    Susanne Spinell-Shuster was honored as one of Philadelphia's top advisors at SmartCEO's 2016 Centers of Influence Awards, which took place on Oct. 27, 2016 at Union Trust. The Centers of Influence Awards program honors the leadership, innovation, impact and success of the Philadelphia region’s most enterprising accountants, attorneys, bankers and...

  • 11/15/2016
    Controlled Foreign Corp. Rules Could Deter Joint Ventures

    As Seen in Law360 New Treasury regulations aimed at curbing the use of certain partnership transactions with respect to U.S. property held by controlled foreign corporations are not crystal clear on when the transactions will be deemed as possible tax avoidance measures and could discourage joint ventures between large multinational groups,...

  • 11/15/2016
    For Real Estate and Construction Owners, It Is Time to Start Thinking About the Future

    With the end of the year around the corner and tax season ahead, we recommend that those who have founded or built a successful real estate or construction business create (or review) their estate and succession planning. In particular, there are three major issues to consider: Planning for now, for...

  • 11/15/2016
    Chuck Shechtman Named SmartCEO 2016 Circle of Excellence Award Winner

    Philadelphia Managing Partner Chuck Shechtman was honored to win the SmartCEO 2016 Circle of Excellence Award in the Professional Services—Medium/Large Category. The event celebrated Philadelphia’s most accomplished business leaders for their industry impact and market leadership. A celebration was held on November 9, 2016 at Vie to honor the 2016...

  • 11/07/2016
    Ask the CPA
    By Russell Gordon, CPA, CVA, Partner

    Q: What is your business worth?

  • 11/07/2016
    Who's Who in Accounting

    As seen in Long Island Business News John Bono, CPA is a partner at Friedman LLP in Uniondale. Bono has more than 20 years of experience in public and private accounting and performs a variety of tax services for a range of clients in various industries including commercial and residential real estate, engineering,...

  • 11/02/2016
    5 Concerns Philly Business Leaders Have About the 2016 Election

    A week out, local business leaders weigh in on possible changes to the tax code.

  • 11/01/2016
    New York Times Analysis of Trump’s Tax Position

    Mike Greenwald gave his take to Forbes on the complexity of evaluating Trump’s tax history based on information provided in the New York Times’ October analysis. Read the full article here....

  • 10/24/2016
    If I Knew Then…

    “In developing the internal structure in terms of managing our accounting practice, one of the things that myself and the other people who had started the office realized was that suddenly we needed to worry more than just about being good accountants. We also needed to be really good at...

  • 10/24/2016
    Friedman Named Among the Best Places to Work Across Regions in 2016

    Friedman is pleased to announce that the firm has been named among the best places to work across regions where we operate as well as across the accounting industry. These awards include: Crain’s Best Places to Work in New York City Accounting Today Best Accounting Firms to Work For NJBIZ Best Places to...

  • 10/11/2016
    SmartCEO’s Centers of Influence Awards Honoring A CEO’s Top Advisors

    Susanne Spinell-Shuster was featured in the Philadelphia Smart CEO magazine on her recent award for SmartCEO’s Centers of Influence. Susanne discusses assisting her clients in building profitability and continuity and acting as a relationship “connector” for her clients and her firm. To read the full feature. click here. ...

  • 10/11/2016
    What Every Creditor Should Know About Preference Actions in Bankruptcy

    The Bankruptcy Code permits a trustee (or a debtor in possession) to demand that a creditor return to a debtor certain payments made before the debtor filed for bankruptcy. Friedman director Karl Knechtel's article on defense strategies for creditors receiving preference claims was published in the Sourcing Journal. To read...

  • 10/10/2016
    Professional Profiles: David McKelvey

    As seen in New York Real Estate Journal Name: David McKelvey Title: Tax Partner- Long Island Tax Group Leader Company: Friedman LLP Location: 50 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Suite 510, Uniondale, NY 11553 Birthplace: Keene, NH Education: Western Connecticut State University First Job Outside of Real Estate: Always in public accounting servicing real estate companies First Job in...

  • 10/10/2016
    IRS Rules Largely End Use of Leverage in Partnership Deals

    As seen in Bloomberg BNA The Internal Revenue Service released three pieces of guidance for partnerships, addressing disguised sales and allocation of liabilities that ease off some previously proposed provisions and introduce new restrictions on leveraged partnership transactions. The new rules take a multi-faceted approach, with final regulations addressing some of the accepted provisions and withdrawing and reproposing...

  • 10/10/2016
    Ask the CPA
    By Mark A. Nicastro, CPA, MST, Partner

    Q: Is there any way to exclude minimum distributions (RMD) income?

  • 10/07/2016
    The 2016 Election Looms Near

    How local business leaders are reacting to proposed tax changes

  • 10/07/2016
    John J. O’Donnell Joins Friedman as Partner

    John J. O’Donnell recently joined Friedman as a partner in the Forensic Accounting, Litigation Support & Valuation Services (FLVS) group. He was featured in Accounting Today, Inside Public Accounting and Philly Biz on joining the firm....

  • 09/30/2016
    Friedman LLP Named One of Crain’s Best Places to Work in New York City

    Friedman LLP is proud to be named one of Crain’s Best Places to Work in New York City. The survey and recognition program identifies and recognizes New York City’s best employers throughout a wide array of industries. For more information on this award, click here....

  • 09/27/2016
    Friedman LLP Ranked Top 20 Largest Accounting Firms in New York by Crain’s

    Friedman LLP is proud to have ranked among the top 20 accounting firms in the New York area by Crain’s for the 16th consecutive year. Crain’s New York ranks the 30 largest accounting firms in the New York City area by the number of professionals in practice areas including audit...

  • 09/27/2016
    Cash Flows to Accountants
    By Gerald Schifman 

    Excerpt from Crain's New York Business- September 26, 2016 Crain's top 20 accounting firms enjoyed substantial growth last year. The firms collectively topped $31 billion in revenue--2.9% greater than in 2014--and their total professional employment rose by 17.7% to nearly 45,000 positions.  Real estate has been a catalyst... New York deals are always notable for...

  • 09/20/2016
    5 Tax Code Changes That Multinational Businesses Want
    By Vidya Kauri

    As Seen in Law 360 U.S. politicians have talked about corporate tax reform for years, and experts say they may finally be spurred to take action following high-profile European investigations that have left companies such as Apple and Starbucks on the hook for billions of dollars collectively in back taxes. Within weeks of the European...

  • 09/16/2016
    Commerce Magazine Best Practices Awards 2016
    By Bruce A. Madnick, CPA, Chief Executive Officer

    As Seen in Commerce Magazine Teamwork and collaboration are essential values to our firm's culture.We operate with an understanding that when we are all working as a team and collaborating for the benefit of the firm, we all have the ability to prosper. Our success is achieved by reaching out to...

  • 09/15/2016
    Friedman LLP has been selected as a 2016 Best Places to Work by the Philadelphia Business Journal

    Friedman LLP is honored to have been selected as one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s Best Places to Work for 2016. Each year, the Business Journal teams with Quantum Workplace to find the very best workplaces in the region. To learn more, click here....

  • 09/15/2016
    Time Savers
    By Bernadette Starzee

    As Seen in Long Island Business News On Dec. 1, about 4.2 million workers who weren’t previously eligible will become entitled to overtime pay. The new rules will primarily affect white-collar workers with modest salaries and the companies that employ them. Affected employers have three months to figure out what strategy they will...

  • 09/15/2016
    Triple Play: What Businesses Must Know About Taxes Before the Election

    With the 2016 election approaching, local businesses should be aware of certain key points when it comes to taxes. Partner and Corporate and Business Tax Practice Leader, Michael Greenwald contributed an article to NJBIZ discussing the three key points he believes businesses should know about in advance of the election....

  • 09/14/2016
    2016 Best of Biz in Actuarial Services

    Friedman LLP is honored to have been selected as South Jersey Biz Best of Biz in Actuarial Services for 2016. South Jersey Biz Best of Biz is comprised of both readers’ and editors’ selections. For more information on this award, click here. ...

  • 09/12/2016
    Financial Quarterback 9-3-16

    Tax planning is vital especially as we approach the end of the year and various deadlines. Partner and tax practice leader Bob Charron was featured in a segment of The Financial Quarterback on WOR 710 AM Radio, discussing tax planning and estate taxes. To listen to the full segment, click...

  • 09/08/2016
    Welcome to Tax Haven, U.S.A.: Apple, Ireland and the American Corporate Tax Giveaway

    Apple’s deal with Ireland to avoid paying the country more than $14 billion includes an offer to provide jobs and the European Union is cracking down on multinational companies to close these tax loopholes. Ryan Dudley was quoted in Salon discussing how the case may lead other multinationals to reevaluate...

  • 09/06/2016
    United Way Event Helps Prepare Children In Need For School Year

    Students in the Philadelphia area are gearing up for back to school but many don’t have the necessary tools to succeed. Marketing manager, Hannah Leese was featured in a news segment on ABC 6 while volunteering for United Way’s Cradles to Crayon’s 10th Annual Ready for School Backpack-a-Thon. The Cradles...

  • 08/30/2016
    Gain A Competitive Edge By Closing The Professional Workforce Gender Gap

    The public accounting industry has historically been male dominated. There has been a shift in the industry with a larger female presence. Lindsay Gaal, Director of Human Resources was featured in CBS Philly discussing recruiting and retaining female talent and the firm’s efforts in developing women within the Friedman network....