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October 15, 2014

Social Media Success: Ways to Measure Your Impact

Social Media tools to help streamline a not-for-profit organization's social media efforts and measure effectiveness. How to get started with Google Analytics for website and social media metrics. A look at Hootsuite and TweetDeck simplifying social media posting. More

September 22, 2014

New Jersey Division of Taxation Offers New Amnesty Initiative

New Jersey offers taxpayers opportunity to resolve outstanding tax liabilities for the tax periods 2005 - 2013. In exchange for resolving outstanding liabilities, New Jersey will waive most tax penalties and all collection costs and recovery fees for participating taxpayers. More

September 18, 2014

Dealer Insights - September October 2014 - Growing Sales in Small and Declining Markets

Auto dealer newsletter discussing how to grow sales in a declining market. Creative diversification ideas for your auto dealership. Diversifying into other complimentary businesses might boost your dealership’s revenue. Ideas for growing your market share and more. More

September 18, 2014

Dealer Insights - September October 2014 - It’s a Family Affair - How to Dodge the Pitfalls of Family-owned Dealerships

How to dodge the pitfalls of family-owned dealerships. Family-owned businesses have always been an integral part of the American dream. Successful dealer-owners use the pluses of a family-owned business to their advantage while overcoming the hurdles that come with running one. More

September 18, 2014

Dealer Insights - September October 2014 - What’s the Future of 'Green' Vehicles in the U.S.?

It's been almost two decades since the first vehicle powered by a hybrid gas-electric engine, the Toyota Prius, was introduced. The other major car manufacturers followed with their own hybrids and alternative fuel vehicles but sales of green vehicles have yet to take off in the US. More

September 18, 2014

Dealer Insights - September October 2014 - Dealer Digest

Year end tax planning strategies including examining accounting methods to see if there is a benefit from the flexibility in the final repair and maintenance regulations issued by the IRS. A look at the LIFO method of inventory accounting and tax planning strategies for your dealership. More

September 09, 2014

Department of Labor Revises Guidance on Missing Plan Participants

DOL updated its guidance concerning plan sponsors’ and fiduciaries’ responsibilities in locating missing defined contribution retirement plan participants when the plan has been terminated and plan assets must be distributed. Important info for plan sponsors and fiduciaries. More

September 05, 2014

Constant Vigilance Is Key In The New Cyber World

Elements of an effective cybersecurity system and how companies can cultivate a culture of risk awareness. Mandatory cyber- risk education for key employees, remedial measures that should be taken once a cyber breach occurs and periodic risk assessments. More

August 29, 2014

Six Things You Need to Know Before You Go Through a Valuation Analysis

What you need to know before a business valuation. There are many business valuation methods and the most accurate appraisals typically employ more than one method. Valuation reports should be written to well-recognized business valuation standards such as USPAP and SSVS. More

August 12, 2014

IRS Ruling Clarifies Fund Managers’ Ability to Use Certain Tax-Deferred Stock Rights

IRS ruling clarifies fund managers’ ability to use certain tax-deferred stock rights. Background on IRC section 457A and Revenue Ruling 2014-18. The Ruling may finally offer a solution for hedge fund managers that have been searching for ways to defer off-shore compensation. More

August 11, 2014

Pension Funding Relief Under MAP-21 to be Extended Until 2017

MAP-21 allowed sponsors of defined benefit plans to smooth out the minimum funding requirements of their plans. Will plan sponsors pay the price of higher contributions in the future when the MAP-21 extension of the funding stabilization corridor expires? More

August 06, 2014

Unclaimed Property Alert for NJ Car Dealers

New Jersey's Self Audit and Compliance is an opportunity for auto dealerships to be in compliance with their unclaimed property reporting obligations. Failure to participate in New Jersey's Self Audit and Compliance carries significant risk. Learn more about benefits and penalties. More

August 05, 2014

Financial Services Insights – August 2014 – Five Issues for Hedge Fund Managers to Follow

Financial Services Insights – Five Issues for Hedge Fund Managers to Follow. Key topics and trends that should be top-of- mind for hedge fund operators. Trends in capital flows, alternative mutual funds / liquid alternatives, impending regulatory changes on bank leverage and more. More

August 05, 2014

Financial Services Insights – August 2014 – The Benefits of an Independent Board

The corporate governance of hedge funds is more closely evaluated today. Regulators are demanding more from investment advisors who manage hedge funds from a risk management and regulatory prospective. Factors to consider when selecting an independent board of directors. More

August 05, 2014

Financial Services Insights – August 2014 – A Changing Legal Landscape for Cayman

Cayman Islands legislative changes such as The Exempted Limited Partnership Law, The Contracts Law and The Directors Registration and Licensing Law. The Cayman Islands has signed key agreements which facilitate the FATCA registration and reporting process. More

August 05, 2014

Financial Services Insights – August 2014 – Impact of the Camp Tax Proposal (Tax Reform Act of 2014) on the Asset Management Industry

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) releases plan to overhaul the tax code. Proposals of interest to the asset management community. Clarification of the Self Employed Contributions Act tax and Application of unincorporated business tax to state pension plans and more. More

July 28, 2014

Split on Important ACA Provision

Does the Affordable Care Act permit the IRS to provide tax credits for health insurance purchased through the health insurance marketplace? Two federal appellate courts ruled on the same health care reform issue and reached a differing conclusion. More

July 24, 2014

Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09 Revenue from Contracts with Customers (“Topic 606”): What Investment Managers Need to Know

Accounting Standards Update Revenue from Contracts with Customers. What investment managers and and investment fund general partners need to know. Information on the new five-step revenue recognition process and examples of revenue excluded from the scope of Topic 606. More

July 21, 2014

When Do You Need a Valuation?

Business owners need business valuation support for transactions, litigation, IRS compliance, financial reporting and more. What to consider for business valuations involving litigation and financial reporting. Considerations for business valuations to meet IRS guidelines. More

July 17, 2014

Fifth Annual Board of Directors Survey 2014 - Concerns About Risks Confronting Boards

Reputational risk is the leading concern and cybersecurity IT risk is a growing threat according to our annual board of directors survey. Organizations found an internal audit as beneficial for identifying risk. The majority do not have a comprehensive ERM program. More

July 15, 2014

What Do You Mean, I’m a Fiduciary?

I’m a Fiduciary? The entire employee benefit plan industry is under greater scrutiny than ever before. Therefore, it is imperative that a plan fiduciary understands the obligation and immense accountability that they have to plan participants and beneficiaries. More

July 14, 2014

World Cup: From Matches to Taxes

FIFA pays no tax in Switzerland on World Cup revenues and according to Forbes, the FIFA 2014 World Cup will have generated 66% more in revenue than the 2010 World Cup. A look at U.S. tax requirements related to the World Cup with specific examples. More

July 09, 2014

Important Changes to Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program

Information on compliance with U.S. tax filings. Important changes Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program and expansion of offshore-related Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures. Taxpayers whose actions were not willful have greater flexibility in avoiding penalties. More

July 09, 2014

Several Key Changes to Existing New Jersey Tax Provisions

Key New Jersey tax changes that take effect for tax years ending on or after July 1, 2014. More non-resident partners of New Jersey partnerships are required to file New Jersey tax returns. Click-through nexus for sales and use tax purposes and more. More

July 01, 2014

Who Gets What? Just because your marriage is going bust doesn’t mean your net worth has to go bust, too. Here’s advice on asset valuation for equitable distribution during a divorce.

Advice on asset valuation for equitable distribution during a divorce. A closely held business is one of the major assets of the marital estate. A business valuation expert can determine the value of the business for equitable distribution. Learn more about valuations in divorce settlements. More

July 01, 2014

Business Owner’s Guide: The Cycle from Start-up to Exit - Video Series

Business owner's guide video series - the cycle from start-up to exit. Choosing a business entity that's right for your growing business. A look at tax implications, succession planning and exit strategy from EisnerAmper's Private Business Accounting and Advisory group. More

July 01, 2014

Dealer Insights - July August 2014 - Adapting to Today’s Internet-savvy Car Buyers

The challenge of internet savvy car buyers. Most buyers do their auto research online and visit less dealerships before making a purchase. Buyers will know the dealer’s cost on a vehicle and what other nearby dealers are charging. Strategies for maintaining dealership profit levels. More

July 01, 2014

Dealer Insights - July August 2014 - Internal controls: How can you Deter Fraud Effectively?

Deter fraud with strong internal controls. Learn the elements of a strong internal control system and get real- world examples with ways that operational controls might have reduced losses or prevented them from spiraling. External audits can also help. More

July 01, 2014

Dealer Insights - July August 2014 - 7 Ways to Boost Service Area Profits and Efficiency

Auto dealerships can boost service department efficiency and profits with these seven steps. Benchmarking against other dealership service departments will help you see how you stack up. Accounting firms that specialize in dealership operations may be able to provide guidance. More

July 01, 2014

Dealer Insights - July August 2014 - Dealer Digest: GAAP Alternative Now Available

GAAP alternative now available for auto dealerships. The FASB issued new guidance that allows private dealerships following GAAP to elect not to consolidate the financial reporting from variable interest entities that lease property to them. More

July 01, 2014

Business Owner’s Guide: Tax: How it Can Affect New, Growing and Exiting Businesses - Video Series

Business owner's guide video series - tax implications for start-up, growing and exiting businesses. Selecting a method of accounting that best fits your business. Choosing a retirement plan with tax strategy in mind. Tax considerations when exiting your business. More

July 01, 2014

Business Owner’s Guide: Show Me the Money: Finding Financing for Your Business - Video Series

Finding financing for your business business owner guide videos. Forms of financing that an entrepreneur can consider. Speak with an advisor who can assist in providing introductions to the right investors. Includes information on where to get financing and how to find investors. More

July 01, 2014

Business Owner’s Guide: Transition and Exiting Your Business - Video Series

Business owner's guide video series - transition and exiting your business. Business valuations and negotiating the sale of a business. Business exit strategies including transitioning to family members or the sale of a company. More

June 30, 2014

Impact on the Life Sciences and Technology Industries of the New Revenue Guidance

All companies must follow the New Revenue Recognition Standard - Revenue from Contracts with Customers. Contracts in the life sciences and technology industries have characteristics that have the potential to be significantly affected by the new Revenue Recognition Standard. More

June 30, 2014

Hedge Fund Managers and Investors May Wish to Re-Evaluate Manager Compensation Approaches After New IRS Ruling

 A just-released IRS-published ruling may influence how compensation is paid in the future to hedge fund managers and employees of hedge fund managers with respect to offshore funds and exempt investors.

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June 23, 2014

Delaware Joins Challenge Against Gift Card Entities

Unclaimed property compliance is commonly overlooked by companies and their executives, even though it is an important statutory requirement. Information on gift certificates and gift cards and Delaware Unclaimed Property Compliance. More

June 19, 2014

FASB Revenue Recognition Exposure Draft Becomes ASC 2014-09

Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Update 2014-09 'Revenue from Contracts with Customers'. The Accounting Standards Update establishes a single, comprehensive revenue recognition model applicable to almost all industries. More

June 18, 2014

Trends & Developments - June 2014 - How Does FATCA Impact You?

FATCA legislation encompasses all U.S. businesses that make payments to non-U.S. entities or individuals. As part of an overall effort by the U.S. Department of Justice, FATCA addresses potential tax evasion through offshore accounts and investments. Details on Form W-8BEN-E. More

June 18, 2014

Trends & Developments - June 2014 - The Value of a Mock SEC Inspection

A mock SEC inspection can assist advisers in fulfilling the requirements under the SEC compliance program rules to annually evaluate their compliance programs. It involves examining the financial services firm's operations by looking at the internal controls. More

June 18, 2014

Trends & Developments - June 2014 - Three Common Considerations of Employee Benefit Plan Sponsors in 2014

Employee benefit plan sponsors common considerations. Sponsors of qualified retirement benefit plans looking at employer matching contributions made to defined contribution plans. Awareness of rollovers out of a plan and obtaining relief from defined benefit plan obligations. More

June 18, 2014

Trends & Developments - June 2014 - From Our Blogs

Our Technology blog discusses the Apple stock split and whether it indicates another tech bubble. The Compensation and Employee Benefits blog explores plan sponsor and tax exempt status. Our Health Care Services blog looks at implementing operational efficiencies during ICD-10 delay. More

June 16, 2014

IRS Initiates Audits Under Section 409A: Now Is a Good Time for Closely Held Businesses to Review Potential Issues

2014-06-16 By Peter Alwardt, CPA   IRS Initiates Audits Under Section 409A: Now Is a Good Time for Closely Held Businesses to Review Potential Issues   By Peter Alwardt, CPA   The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that it will be conducting a focused audit init

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June 11, 2014

Update 2014-Impact of Fraud in a Down Economy

2014-06-11 Hubert Klein According to the most recently released survey by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, organizations worldwide lose an estimated 5% or a staggering $3.7 trillion dollars of their annual revenues to fraud.  The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) published the

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June 11, 2014

Financial Services Insights: A Sea Change in Revenue Recognition

Revenue recognition changes and impact to investment advisors and the investment companies they manage. Revenue recognition changes may require increased investment in reporting systems and/or alter cost structures associated with financial reporting. Implementation, assistance and next steps. More

June 05, 2014

Regulation Nations – Doing Business In A Global Economy

Countries are focused on enforcing anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws. Doing business in a global economy increases business risk via exposure to new laws and regulations. How to assess compliance risk exposure on a continual basis if you operate or do business globally. More

June 04, 2014

The New York State Budget and What it Means for Financial Institutions

New York tax law changes and new tax credits. This article summarizes the major corporate tax reform changes. Many of these tax law changes impact financial institutions. New York tax law changes will render obsolete many previous tax planning techniques. More

June 04, 2014

The New York State Budget and What it Means

New York Tax Law raises concerns for New York corporations. The reduction in the corporate rate will be offset by the increase in the MTA surcharge. The New York tax law changes will also render many previous tax planning techniques obsolete. More

June 02, 2014

New York State Budget Reform 2014 - 2015

New York State's 2014 budget includes significant changes impacting corporate and individual tax laws. This article covers changes to corporate and personal income tax as well as tax credits and offsets, exemptions, procedure changes and estate tax information. More

May 27, 2014

Healthcare Practice Strategies - Spring 2014 - Intro

In this Healthcare Practice Strategies issue, actionable steps for easing the transition to a new EHR system. Pros and cons of being an employed physician with a hospital or health system. The potential value of the new ICD-10 code set to physicians. More

May 27, 2014

Healthcare Practice Strategies - Spring 2014 - Extricating Yourself From a Bad EHR Contract

Healthcare Practice Strategies EHR system news, changing your electronic health record vendor. Finding the EHR system that meets your healthcare practice needs. Survey respondents admitted that they had not adequately assessed their needs before making their EHR purchase. More

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