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  • 04/17/2018
    A Look at GDPR Through a Legal Lens

    CyZen's Managing Director, Jake Lehmann, sat down with Co-Founder and Managing Partner of XPAN Law Group, Jordan Fischer, to dive into the details of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Read on to ensure your company stays complaint with the big changes being made. Click here to learn more....

  • 04/05/2018
    Lock It Up:

    Tips to Safeguard Your Private Information on Facebook

  • 03/30/2018
    By William Mendez, CISSP, Director | Friedman CyZen LLC

    Building automation systems ("BAS") ease property managers’ daily operations — from reducing energy consumption to cutting maintenance costs — but the very aspects that make BAS attractive can be a gateway to cyber attacks. Understanding BAS cybersecurity can help you protect your facility and your inhabitants’ wellbeing. Click here to learn...

  • 03/30/2018
    Must-know Trends in Real Estate Tech and the Investors Moving the Industry Forward
    By Michael Stoler

    Recently, technology has transformed industries by streamlining processes, increasing accessibility and in many instances propelling civilization forward. Therefore, it stands to reason why real estate technology has become a burgeoning space that is metamorphosing the way we live. New enterprises surface around the world daily—especially within the continental United States....

  • 03/30/2018
    Leaseholds and the Applicability of New York State Real Estate Transfer Taxes
    By Alan Goldenberg, JD, MBA, LL.M

    New York’s transfer taxes contain many nuances that impact their applicability, tax base and computations. Here, we examine how the imposition of New York State Real Estate Transfer Tax (RETT) and New York City Real Property Transfer Tax (RPTT) can be substantially lower when it comes to leaseholds. Read on to learn...

  • 03/28/2018
    Tax Tips

    These brief tips explain the pros and cons of using a calendar tax year vs. a fiscal tax year, how a donor-advised fund operates, and the tax advantages of using solar power. Calendar tax year or fiscal tax year? Many businesses use the calendar year for tax-filing purposes, but in some cases...

  • 03/28/2018
    Breathe New Life Into a Trust By “Decanting” It

    The term “decanting” typically is associated with wine. But, in regard to an irrevocable trust, decanting allows a trustee to use his or her distribution powers to “pour” funds from one trust into another with different terms. Doing so provides the trustee with additional flexibility in light of changing tax...

  • 03/28/2018
    Seven Ways to Move Your Tax Planning Forward
    By Michael J. Greenwald, MPPM, CPA, Partner

    There is still considerable uncertainty as to how to interpret many aspects of the new tax law, which results from outright drafting errors and the delegation to the IRS of significant latitude to issue regulations clarifying the law. While our tax advisors remain cautious about suggesting any major tax moves...

  • 03/28/2018
    Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
    By Tom Corrie, JD, LLM, Principal

    Connecticut’s Governor Aims to Ease Burden with Proposed Pass-Through Entity Tax

  • 03/21/2018
    Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: What Your Nonprofit’s Donors Need to Know
    By Sarah Avery, CPA, Director

    Donors want to know how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will impact their taxes and affect their donations to nonprofit organizations. The best way to secure your donor base is to inform them about the changes that matter most to them. Read on for key information that will promote...

  • 03/21/2018
    K-12 Cybersecurity: Helping Schools Pass the Test
    By Sean Johnstone and William Mendez | Friedman CyZen LLC

    Since January 2016, cyber security incidents in Kindergarten through 12th grade public schools across the United States are up 223% year-over-year. In this time, 300 reported incidents resulted in leaked faculty, students’ and parents’ personal information, lost taxpayer dollars and wasted class time due to systems and networks shutdowns. Read...

  • 03/01/2018
    Must-Know Social Media Tips to Safeguard your Nonprofit’s Reputation
    By Amish Mehta, CPA, Partner and Not-for-Profit Practice Leader                       Editor: Gabrielle Too-A-Foo, Marketing Writer/Communications Specialist

    Living in the peak of digital existence makes Warren Buffet’s timeless quote more appropriate than ever, "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” Social media is an incredible tool to raise brand awareness about your nonprofit’s mission, fundraise and generate leads; however, it...

  • 01/26/2018
    Unpacking the Pros and Cons of Fulfillment by Amazon
    By By Michael Sacco, CPA, Partner

    For your apparel or consumer product company to grow and succeed in a competitive global marketplace, a strong Amazon presence and a clear understanding of key services — especially Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA)— could be vital. This Fashion Sense issue unpacks the pros and cons of the FBA program to determine if...

  • 01/24/2018
    How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will Impact your Tax-Exempt Organizations and Charitable Giving Strategy
    By Ralph Citino, CPA, Director & Yana Fishman, CPA, Manager 

    The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” signed by President Trump on December 22, 2017 includes three sweeping tax law changes that will directly impact the nonprofit sector. This Nonprofit Advisor identifies important changes to reporting rules, unrelated business income tax and excise tax that will greatly affect your tax-exempt organization...

  • 01/19/2018
    Phishing for Your W-2: Key Cyber Security Tips to Avoid Being Caught During Tax Season
    By Sean Johnstone and Jake Lehmann, Friedman CyZen LLC

    In 2016, the IRS saw a 400% surge in phishing and malware incidents during the tax season, which cost American taxpayers $21 billion. This exclusive article from CyZen's cybersecurity advisors covers what phishing is, who is targeted by tax-related phishing campaigns and how to protect yourself and your business during...

  • 01/19/2018
    GILTI Tax Casts Broad Fishing Net
    By Erasmo Bruno, LL.M., JD, CPA, Principal

    The New International Tax Law created a new type of tax on global intangible low-taxed income (“GILTI”) that has a dual identity. On the one hand, the tax on GILTI is intended to impose a preferential tax rate of 10.5% on foreign intangible income so that the United States can...

  • 01/19/2018
    Are bad business debts deductible?

    If a business owner holds a business-related debt that’s become worthless or uncollectible, a “bad debt” deduction may allow him or her to cut their losses. But don’t assume a debt is deductible just because the odds of collecting are slim. This article explains the differences between a business and...

  • 01/15/2018
    Michael Greenwald, MPPM, CPA Partner: Special Guest on “The Stoler Report.”

    Friedman LLP's Michael Greenwald discusses critical insights on the Tax Reform Act’s impact on small business and real estate. Watch his exclusive segment feature here.   ...

  • 01/11/2018
    “Spectre” and “Meltdown:” Tips to Minimize Risk from the Latest Widespread Cyber Security Threat
    By By William Mendez, CISSP, Director | Friedman CyZen LLC (“CyZen”)

    Security researchers recently discovered a hardware information flaw in computer processors across millions of devices, allowing access to your machines’ deepest inner workings and compromising your privileged information. Initial reports alluded to a single vulnerability, a flaw in Intel chips, but there are two: “Spectre” and “Meltdown.” This exclusive CyZen...

  • 01/08/2018
    Friedman LLP’s Robert Charron Featured Guest on the Stoler Report
    By Michael, Stoler

    Friedman LLP’s Robert Charron was a featured guest on the newest Stoler Report, “The Tax Reform Act & Its Effect on the Individual.” With the vast uncertainty surrounding the new tax law, it’s clear that corporations will benefit greatly, but will others feel these advantages as well? Charron states that...

  • 12/18/2017
    Spend or Save your Nonprofit’s Endowment?
    By Amish Mehta, CPA, Partner

    Donors and policymakers have become increasingly systemic in their consideration of nonprofit endowment management. Whereas the more traditional approach...

  • 12/12/2017
    2017 Tax Reform: How the House or Senate Approach Could Reshape Real Estate
    By Michael Greenwald

    At present, it’s impossible to know what version of Tax Reform will become law in 2017—the House version, the Senate or a hybrid compromise position. We’ve kept you informed of the possible cross-industry impact of the President’s “September Tax Reform Framework” and potential problems with the House Tax Reform Bill on...

  • 12/11/2017
    Selling a Personal Residence: What Costs Qualify as Home Improvements?
    By Karl Neulinger

    During tax season, we are frequently asked, “What home improvements are tax deductible?” Selling a personal residence can be complex in itself. Factor in the tax implications and things become even more complicated. This Property Matters article will explain which improvement costs qualify and in addition offer tips for safeguarding...

  • 12/06/2017
    Building Today for the Future: How Healthcare is Spiking Construction in the Tristate Area
    By Michael Stoler, The Stoler Report

    Fueled by the need for modern, state-of-the-art healthcare facilities, billions of dollars are being allocated at record proportions toward the development of healthcare projects throughout New York City and the larger metropolitan region. Construction Forecast through 2020 According to a forecast construction spending report on healthcare real estate trends released by the...

  • 11/15/2017
    Maximize Year-end Charitable Contributions: Navigating Tax Reform for Nonprofit Leaders
    By Ralph Citino, CPA, Director & Brooke Karafin, Tax Manager

    Knowing the best steps to take in order to secure your nonprofit’s longevity can be daunting in an ever-changing tax reform landscape. Many nonprofit organizations fear that they will lose donors in the long run if the federal tax incentive for their charitable giving is reduced or nullified for taxpayers....

  • 11/07/2017
    Tax Guide 2017-2018

    To help steer your tax planning strategies under the current Trump Administration, this online guide provides an overview of key tax provisions you need to be aware of amidst the possibility of dramatic changes in tax law. For example, you could see changes to your tax rates and breaks and...

  • 11/06/2017
    Download Tax Reform White Paper Now!

    As Washington takes up the mantle of tax reform, Friedman LLP proudly releases a timely study featuring insights gleaned from a broad-based web survey of more than 480 business leaders on their reactions to proposed tax changes.  This exclusive report, developed by Friedman, breaks down the survey results into 6 key...

  • 11/01/2017
    How to Claim Research Payroll Tax Credits

    If a business dedicates resources to creating or improving products, processes or software, it may be eligible for substantial federal tax credits for “increasing research activities.” There’s just one catch: To enjoy the benefits, the company must have sufficient federal tax liability against which to offset the credit. Historically, that...

  • 11/01/2017
    Tax Tip

    Mutual Funds, Deductions, and Capital Gains

  • 11/01/2017
    Unclaimed Property Tips to Protect your Business in the Present
    By Tom Corrie, JD, LLM, Principal

    Nearly twenty years ago, while consulting with several clients about state and local tax issues, I discovered a problematic theme—noncompliance in the unclaimed property (UP) area. Oftentimes, when I mentioned unclaimed property, client responses fell into two categories: the client denying that they had unclaimed property or the client admitting...

  • 11/01/2017
    Philadelphia’s Onerous Business Tax Regime

    Must-knows on the BIRT and NPT

  • 10/31/2017
    5 Must-Knows Before You Hire a Nonprofit Fundraising Consultant

    Hiring a nonprofit consultant to execute and amplify your organization’s philanthropic initiatives may seem like a no-brainer. However, subpar fundraising campaigns can often result when organizations do not perform due diligence, which include, scaling the benefit of a fundraising consultant, selecting the right person for the job and knowing how...

  • 09/29/2017
    Emerging Trends in Residential Rental Apartments: The Advent of the Lifestyle Building
    By Michael Stoler, The Stoler Report

    An influx of new co-living and residential shared housing rental apartments throughout the metropolitan area are transforming the marketplace. This influx is in response to a desire among city dwellers to cultivate an all-inclusive in-house experience that champions community building and optimizes efficiency in tight living quarters. This issue of...

  • 09/29/2017
    New Jersey Bulk Sales Rules: For the Protection of Buyers and the State
    By Alan Goldenberg, JD, MBA, LL.M

    States are often concerned that sellers of assets, particularly those from out-of-state, will disappear with the sales proceeds without satisfying their state tax obligations. To prevent this, many states require the filing of a bulk sales notice with the taxing authority notifying it of the pending sale. This allows the...

  • 09/29/2017
    Reverse 1031 Exchanges: Stay Within the Safe Harbor or Be Prepared for Uncharted Waters
    By Andrew Cohen, JD, LL.M

    Key Takeaways from the Bartell Case

  • 09/06/2017
    Protect Your Company Against High Credit Risk Customers:

    5 Must-Know Tips for C-Suite Personnel and Shareholders

  • 08/29/2017
    The Future of Charitable Giving, Part II
    By Sarah Avery, CPA, Director

    Incorporating donor-advised funds and other giving vehicles in your fundraising toolkit

  • 08/23/2017
    Tax Tips: Home Sale Exclusion and Tax-Free IRA for Kids

    These brief tips discuss how the IRS now views the unexpected birth of a child an "unforeseen circumstance" when it applies to the home sale exclusion and also explains how children can take advantage of a tax-free Roth IRA. Home sale exclusion: Unexpected birth is “unforeseen circumstance” The unexpected birth of a...

  • 08/23/2017
    Cash vs. Accrual: Are You Using the Right Accounting Method?

    Which accounting method should your business be using for tax purposes? Many business owners are surprised to learn that they have a choice. True, certain businesses are required to use the accrual method, but you’d be surprised how many businesses are eligible for the cash method. If you have the...

  • 08/23/2017
    What’s New in Tax Reform?
    By Michael J. Greenwald, MPPM, CPA, Partner

    With the last major tax overhaul taking place more than thirty years ago, it’s time to modernize the tax code so it works for businesses and individuals in the 21st Century. However, the tax code is complex and reform is a tricky subject for Congress — the slightest change is...

  • 08/23/2017
    For Surviving Spouses: It’s Not Too Late to Elect Portability
    By Scott Testa CPA, JD, Partner 

    If you missed the filing deadline to elect portability and increase your federal gift and estate tax exclusion, there's still time. A recent Internal Revenue Services (“IRS”) Revenue Procedure, Rev. Proc. 2017-34, provides a simplified, less expensive way to get an extension, make the election and reap substantial tax savings. This...

  • 08/07/2017
    The Future of Charitable Giving:
    By Audrey Sherrick, CPA, Partner

    A Pulse Check on Tax Reform Proposals

  • 08/01/2017
    What You Need to Know - ASU 2017-11
    By Christopher Smith, CPA, Partner

    The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) recently announced an important Accounting Standards Update that affects all entities that issue equity-linked financial instruments with “down round” features. The Update simplifies the accounting for financial instruments with these features. What is a Down Round? A “down round” is a financing in which a company...

  • 06/28/2017
    10 Key Considerations in Selecting the Right Third Party Logistics Supplier

    In today’s retail environment, speed to market is critical. Fashion products have short lifecycles, as the consumer demand of millennial shoppers is rapidly changing. Companies must focus on methods for keeping up with customer service, yet still control costs. Outsourcing the supply chain management to a third party logistics supplier...

  • 06/27/2017
    Capacity Building: Is Your Organization Ready?
    By Sylvia Mazur, Audit Manager

    “Capacity building” is a broad term which is in vogue among non-profit organizations. In a nutshell, capacity building refers to any effort to improve an organization by implementing internal strategies that will enhance the organization’s effectiveness and take it to the next level. These strategies encompass development of leadership/staff, strategic...

  • 06/26/2017
    Tax Tips

    These brief tips explain why it’s important to obtain a contemporaneous written acknowledgment when substantiating a charitable deduction; detail a court case involving the mortgage interest deduction; and cover why a cash balance plan may be the answer for business owners who have fallen behind on retirement plan contributions. Charitable deductions:...

  • 06/26/2017
    You can’t take it with you

    Making the most of tax carryovers

  • 06/26/2017
    What Is This Thing Called “Use Tax”?
    By Tom Corrie, JD, LLM, Principal

    Perhaps one of the most misunderstood areas in the state and local tax field is that of “use tax.” Most people comprehend the concept of sales tax— that when taxable property or a taxable service is purchased, forty-five of the fifty states impose a tax upon the retail sale of...

  • 06/26/2017
    Business Traveling Tax Wisely
    By Liz McGrath, International Tax Director 

    Did you know that employers can deduct employees’ travel expenses, including amounts for meals and lodging, if both the employer and the employee carefully follow the tax rules? Conversely, if the rules are not followed, the expenses will be taxable to the employee and fully subject to FICA and payroll...