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  • 01/20/2021
    Friedman Adds Financial Institutions Consulting and Structured Finance Litigation Practices

    In response to the rapidly evolving needs of the financial services industry, Friedman LLP is excited to formalize the expansion of two practice areas: Financial Institutions Consulting (“FiCon”) and Structured Finance Litigation. Fred Berk, Co-Managing Partner of Friedman LLP, recently stated: “In early 2020, we felt it would be pertinent to...

  • 01/19/2021
    Christi Gallagher Covers Incentive Stock Options With Financial Advisor

    Christi Gallagher, partner at Friedman LLP, shares her insights with Financial Advisor on ways that you can maximize the after-tax value of incentive stock options (ISOs). For the best tax benefit, the employee must sell their position at least one year after exercising the stock and two years after the grant. This is...

  • 01/14/2021
    Journal of Accountancy Interviews Kevin Hyams on Fraud-Mitigation Plans

    Kevin Hyams, partner in charge of Friedman LLP’s Governance, Risk and Compliance Service practice, was recently featured in an exclusive interview with Journal of Accountancy on how to create an effective fraud-mitigation plan. An effective fraud mitigation plan will include a requirement to separate duties between multiple parties. "The segregation of incompatible...

  • 01/13/2021
    Jo Anna Fellon Shares How Wealthy Clients Can Turn 2021 Into A Friendly Tax Year

    Jo Anna Fellon, lead partner of private client services at Friedman LLP, was recently quoted in Financial Advisor on the tax modification timeline for 2021. High-net-worth taxpayers and wealthy families who are stewarding generational family wealth must be prepared to quickly make decisions as early as the first quarter of 2021 and...

  • 01/08/2021
    Steven Bokiess Quoted in S and P Global Market Intelligence

    Friedman’s Steven Bokiess was featured in an exclusive interview regarding the potential changes to Qualified Opportunity Zones under the Biden administration. Bokiess states that the Biden administration likely will implement more program oversight, and it may create tax incentives for investors to work with local nonprofits and other community organizations to ensure funds...

  • 01/08/2021
    Bloomberg Publication Features Michael Greenwald’s Tax Highlights for 2021

    Michael Greenwald, tax leader at Friedman LLP, was recently quoted in a recent Bloomberg publication on deduction issues related to businesses receiving PPP forgiveness. The delay in resolving the deductibility issue has created some problems for small businesses, said Michael Greenwald. Other tax breaks -- such as the 20% pass-through deduction, the R...

  • 01/05/2021
    Friedman LLP 2020 Year In Review

    Friedman’s first-ever Year In Review stands in solidarity with those impacted by the challenging events of 2020. In these pages, you will see for yourself how we, like many, rallied together to support each other, our clients and our communities. ...

  • 01/04/2021
    Crain's Coolest Offices in New York 2020

    We are pleased to announce that Friedman was featured among Crain’s list of the “Coolest Offices in New York.” To be eligible, offices needed to have been opened, renovated or modified between January 1, 2019, and March 31, 2020. Judging was done by Crain’s editorial staff based on surveys, descriptions and...

  • 01/04/2021
    Friedman's January 2021 Promotions

    Please join us in congratulating eight new Friedman partners! Effective January 1, 2021, the following Friedman professionals were promoted to partner: Tom Cantwell – Audit, East Hanover Scott Croff – Tax, Philidelphia Chad Keeports – FLVS, Marlton Scott Musmeci – Audit, Long Island Shahla Sedgh – Tax, New York Ryan Spencer – Tax, East Hanover Shirllen Tong – China Consulting, New York Huina Zheng – Audit,...

  • 12/23/2020
    Friedman LLP Named One of "America's Best Tax and Accounting Firms" by Forbes

    Friedman LLP is proud to be named among Forbes' "America's Best Tax and Accounting Firms" for 2021. Forbes created its list of America's top firms in partnership with Statista, a market research company, based on client and employee surveys. The list features 250 firms recommended for tax work, 200 for their accounting...

  • 12/21/2020
    SALT Co-lead Quoted on California's Tech Titans Leaving Home for Texas-sized Tax Savings

    Christian Burgos, co-leader of the State and Local Tax practice at Friedman LLP, was recently quoted in TechRepublic on rising taxes in California motivating executives to consider relocating to Texas. "Technology professionals deciding to leave California is not surprising and is not a new phenomenon. Personal income taxes have been steadily increasing...

  • 12/18/2020
    Amish Mehta on Nonprofits and the New Year

    Amish Mehta, partner and nonprofit practice leader at Friedman LLP, was recently quoted in an LIBN article on nonprofits switching gears and looking toward the new year. With the world in flux and a new administration beginning in January, Mehta said this is the perfect time for nonprofits to look at...

  • 12/16/2020
    Friedman’s New Partners for 2021

    Friedman is thrilled to announce the promotion of eight partners, effective January 1, 2021. Our new partners are all internal promotions.  Tom Cantwell – Audit, East Hanover Scott Croff – Tax, Philadelphia Chad Keeports – FLVS, Marlton Scott Musmeci – Audit, Long Island Shahla Sedgh – Tax, New York Ryan Spencer – Tax, East Hannover Shirllen Tong – China Consulting, New York Huina Zheng – Audit,...

  • 12/15/2020
    CyZen Client Success Spotlight: Arizona Beverages

    Hear from Michael Mendelsohn, CISO of the widely recognized brand Arizona Beverages, on his experience working with CyZen and the value of their services. To learn more about CyZen’s array of services and ways they can be of assistance to your clients/contacts, reach out to Will Mendez. ...

  • 12/10/2020
    Friedman LLP’s Digital Currency Practice Joins Chamber of Digital Commerce

    Friedman LLP has been at the forefront of the digital currency industry for more than five years, helping an array of clients navigate innovation in the area of accounting. Our Digital Currency and Blockchain Technology Practice offer a full suite of audit, accounting, tax, cybersecurity and consulting services to the...

  • 12/09/2020
    Neil Levine Named to Friedman LLP Management Committee

    Friedman LLP, a top-40 accounting and advisory firm, has added Neil Levine, partner and co-leader of the Public Company Services practice, to its Management Committee. Neil brings more than 30 years of experience as an audit professional to the firm’s Management Committee. In this role, Neil will employ many of the leadership...

  • 12/08/2020
    How Donating Crypto Saves You Money On Taxes
    By Special guest writer, co-founder of the Giving BlockAlex Wilson 

    There’s a reason high net worth individuals donate highly appreciate assets like crypto and stocks About 6 months ago, Twitter and Square CEO, Jack Dorsey, donated $1 billion dollars worth of Square stock. Jack didn’t donate in the form of stock for the sake of convenience. He and many others are smart...

  • 12/07/2020
    Susanne Spinell Shuster Elected Treasurer of Center City Proprietors Association

    We are excited to announce that Susanne Spinell Shuster has been elected Treasurer of Center City Proprietors Association in addition to sitting on the Executive Committee. Susanne has been on the Board of Directors of CCPA for 5 years and involved with the organization for about 10 years. It is a great,...

  • 12/07/2020
    Tom Corrie on the Deutsche Bank Study

    Tom Corrie, Principal and Co-Leader of the State and Local Tax Practice at Friedman LLP, recently shared his views with NextAdvisor on the Deutsche Bank study and working from home. Tom Corrie, says the study has flaws, in particular when it assumes that people who work from home enjoy more job security. “When...

  • 12/04/2020
    Friedman Names Neil Levine and Lee Sheilds as Co-Managing Partners of South Jersey Offices

    Audit partner and co-head of Friedman’s SEC practice Neil Levine and accounting and tax partner Lee Sheilds to succeed current managing partner Carl Bagell, who will remain as partner and assist the duo in their transition Marlton, New Jersey, December 4, 2020 – Friedman LLP, a leading accounting, tax, audit and...

  • 12/04/2020
    Fred Berk Joins DFK/USA Executive Committee

    We are proud to announce that Co-Managing Partner, Fred Berk, has joined the DFK/USA Executive Committee as the Vice President of Practice Management. “The advice to surround yourself with smart people holds true—especially when I think about my involvement with DFK/USA and DFK/International. I’m honored to have met so many talented...

  • 12/03/2020
    LIBN Names Friedman LLP a 2020 “Best Place to Work”

    We're thrilled to announce that for the fourth consecutive year, Friedman was named among Long Island Business News's, "Best Places to Work" in 2020. This award recognizes Long Island's top employers, including large and small companies. Honorees are chosen based on a questionnaire of benefits offered, including average salary, health care,...

  • 12/01/2020
    Transferring Wealth With This Trust Can Yield Big Tax Advantages

    Brandon Baker, Friedman’s Trust, Estate and Gift Tax Practice Leader, recently shared his insights with Financial Advisor on grantor-retained annuity trusts, "GRAT”s. The grantor is responsible for tax on the income generated by the assets in the GRAT, said Brandon Baker. “Many of our clients are in a rolling GRAT [where] the grantor...

  • 11/30/2020
    People and Firms on the Move: Carol Messman

    Accounting Today recently shared the exciting news that Carol Messman has joined Friedman as a Tax Partner. To see the full list, head here....

  • 11/23/2020
    Friedman Welcomes Carol S. Messman

    We are thrilled to announce that Carol S. Messman, CPA has joined Friedman as a Tax Partner. Carol brings more than 30 years of experience meeting the integrated tax and accounting needs of clients in real estate, hospitality and private equity. She has concentrated her efforts primarily in taxation of...

  • 11/19/2020
    Friedman Participates in Walk to End Alzheimer's Disease

    Despite the distance between us, Friedman employees still joined forces to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer's.  This annual event is held in more than 600 communities nationwide. This walk is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  To learn how you can...

  • 11/17/2020
    Blockchain Technology Firms’ Transfer-Pricing Issues

    Friedman's Farnaz Amini, Ph.D., and Adnan Islam, Esq., CPA, LL.M. were featured in a comprehensive article covering blockchain and transfer pricing. This piece walks you through the basics of block chain, common technology used and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on business dealings in this space.  Read the full coverage, here. ...

  • 11/17/2020
    Tax Audits Enforcement and the COVID-19 Pandemic

    David Shuster was featured in an exclusive interview with Accounting Today, covering how the pandemic will affect tax revenues.  “Given the magnitude of projected state budget shortfalls, the expectation is that states will have to legislate tax increases and make budget cuts rather than rely on increased audits and enforcement to cover...

  • 11/09/2020
    How Friedman LLP is Meeting the Challenges of a Newly Remote Workforce Head-on

    A top-40 accounting firm Friedman LLP is finding innovative ways to keep employees connected, engaged and cyber-secure while joining the U.S., and world, in navigating an unprecedented digital work force. Frequently ranked as a “Best Place to Work” by regional and national publications, investing in their employees’ personal and professional well-being...

  • 11/09/2020
    Friedman’s Unique Approach to Keeping Employees Supported and Connected

    In response to the unique emotional challenges our employees may be facing due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Friedman is pleased to share several new offerings—all geared toward helping our employees feel supported and connected. Mental Health and Wellness According to a study conducted in late June by the Center...

  • 11/06/2020
    Blank-Check IPO Mania May Have Hit Its Peak

    Michael Cohen, Partner and member of Friedman’s Public Company Accounting Services Group, recently shared his insights with Law360 on the blank-check initial offerings easing. Michael Cohen said that while the market remains strong, at some point there is a ceiling in terms of how many blank-check companies can go public and...

  • 11/04/2020
    Michael Greenwald in LIBN on the Expiring Energy-Savings Incentive

    Michael Greenwald, Tax Leader at Friedman, shared his insights with LIBN on the 179D tax incentive and the upcoming December 31, 2020 expiration. Michael Greenwald said, “for a country that’s filled with government buildings, improving a property to be more energy efficient is beneficial to everyone in the end. It’s an incentive...

  • 11/04/2020
    Congratulations to Ledger Vault

    Ledger Vault recently obtained their SOC2 Type 1 Attestation. To learn more, head here:  https://vault-ledger.medium.com/ledger-completes-soc-2-type-1-attestation-d38f81e23997...

  • 11/02/2020
    Friedman Announces Strategic Alliance with Friedman Accounting Services:

    Expanding Outsourced Accounting Capabilities

  • 11/02/2020
    Christian Burgos Joins Friedman as Co-Leader of SALT, Furthering the Practice's Expansion

    Friedman is proud to announce that state and local tax specialist Christian Burgos, Esq. joined the firm as Managing Principal and co-leader of the State and Local Tax practice (“SALT”). Christian brings his individual and business clients invaluable experience managing the full spectrum of compliance issues relating to multi-state tax...

  • 10/27/2020
    WDN Proudly Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October is a crucial month in spreading important information regarding breast cancer facts and risk factors, and Friedman’s Women’s Development Network (WDN) is proud to help spread awareness amongst our Friedman family and friends. Facts: Each year in the United States, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and more...

  • 10/13/2020
    Facing the Tech Problems of Working From Home

    Kim Dula, Managing Partner of Friedman’s Philadelphia office, shares her insights with Accounting Today on how the firm adjusted to working remotely. “Before going remote, our IT group tested the bandwidth of our systems to make sure that we could sustain nearly all of our employees working outside the office,” said Kimberly...

  • 10/13/2020
    Regulators Are Keeping A Close Eye On SPAC Disclosures

    Michael Cohen, Partner and member of Friedman’s Public Company Accounting Services Group, shared his insights with Law360 on SPAC Disclosures and the recent SEC guidance. “The SEC guidance was interesting in that the regulator has leaned toward easing access to capital in recent years. The guidance otherwise made sense, said Michael.” “It does...

  • 10/08/2020
    Matthew Lombardo in LIBN Interview on Navigating the New Normal

    Matthew Lombardo, CPA, Senior Manager at Friedman, shares his insights with Long Island Business News on how he and the firm are helping clients through these unprecedented times. Friedman quickly came up with a plan to help and advise their clients with its COVID-19 Resource Center online. “The CARES Act had many changes...

  • 10/06/2020
    Over-extended: Tax Pros Look to October 15

    David Shuster, Principal and Director of Tax Controversy services at Friedman, shares his insights with Accounting Today on the extension season and how recent developments made September interesting for partnerships. “For example, putting BBA partnership returns on extension as a matter of practice … has become advisable, because that allows such...

  • 10/05/2020
    Friedman Named One of Crain's 2020 "Best Places to Work in New York City"

    Friedman is proud to be named among Crain’s list of esteemed “Best Places to Work” in New York City. The past few months have required organizations across the world to create a strong remote work environment that not only promotes productivity but personal well-being too. We take great pride in fostering a...

  • 10/05/2020
    Businesses Get Tax Break On Depreciated Assets

    Michael Greenwald, Business Tax Leader at Friedman LLP, recently shared his insights with Financial Advisor on depreciable business assets and the tax breaks you may or may not receive. “For our clients, the withdrawal of the pass-through, look-through rule is particularly welcome,” said Michael Greenwald. “On the other hand…, qualified improvement property (QIP)...

  • 10/02/2020
    Friedman LLP Launches Additional Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

    New York, NY 10/2/2020 - Friedman LLP, a top-40 accounting and advisory firm, today announced several new programs as part of its ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion (DI), both within the firm and in the communities in which it works. Friedman’s DI initiatives rest on the following six pillars: Learning and...

  • 09/30/2020
    Friedman LLP Adds Verady’s Ledgible for Digital Asset Confirmations

    Verady, the leading cryptocurrency tax and accounting software company, announced today to PR Newswire, that Friedman is using Ledgible as one of several tools to audit clients' digital currency accounts. To see the full press release, head here....

  • 09/28/2020
    Harriet Greenberg and Grace Mak Recognized in Crain’s New York Business’s Notable Women in Accounting and Consulting

    On September 28th, Crain’s New York Business published its “2020 Notable Women in Accounting and Consulting,” featuring Friedman’s Co-Managing Partner, Harriet Greenberg and Partner, Grace Mak among its honorees. This year’s list spotlights the accomplished New York metropolitan area professionals and problem-solvers who keep businesses churning. To see the full list of honorees,...

  • 09/22/2020
    Michael Greenwald on Limited Liability Partnerships in Exclusive U.S. News Feature

    Michael Greenwald, Friedman’s Business Entity Tax Practice Leader, recently shared his insights with U.S. News and World Report on what a Limited Liability Partnership is exactly and the varying protections of LLPs by state. “An LLP is an entity created by state law, usually used for professional practices, such as legal, accounting...

  • 09/21/2020
    Friedman Ranked in NJBIZ's 2020 "Best Places to Work in New Jersey"

    Friedman is honored to be recognized by NJBIZ in their Best Places to Work in New Jersey for yet another year! We are proud to be distinguished among other esteemed NJ businesses. The winners are decided based upon employee participation with the “Best Places to Work” survey, which confidentially collects data...

  • 09/17/2020
    Jill Jacobs Appointed Co-Chair of the DFK/USA Marketing Committee

    Jill Jacobs, Chief Marketing Officer at Friedman, has been appointed as one of the newest co-chairs of the DFK/USA Marketing Committee. The DFK/USA committees’ primary objective is to concentrate on marketing strategies to grow the firm. They meet bimonthly in person to share successful marketing investments and learn from various guest...

  • 09/16/2020
    Friedman Honored in Arena’s Digital Accountancy Awards 2020

    We are proud to announce that Friedman was recognized as a finalist in the category of "Thought Leadership Initiative of the Year" in Arena’s Digital Accountancy Awards 2020. The winner will be announced in their upcoming September event.  Arena recognizes the successes and innovations from the leading players in the industry. Their...

  • 09/15/2020
    How to Qualify for Home Office Deductions During the Pandemic

    John Bono, a CPA and Partner at Friedman, shares his insights with Newsday on how you may or may not qualify for a home office deduction. Working on your couch won't help on your taxes, "but if you have a separate office where you meet clients you may be able to claim...