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PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP, the nation’s 29th largest accounting and advisory firm, announced today it has hired Cheri R. Mazza. Mazza will serve as a business valuation and financial forensics partner specializing in forensics, valuation and litigation support.

An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) can provide significant benefits to shareholders, management and employees of a privately-owned business.

Are you ready to catch up on some of the recently issued guidance and other information provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL) and Social Security Administration (SSA) regarding employee benefit plan matters? The government regulators have been busy and we have been as well.

Although cyber criminality continues, it is clear that it is being monitored actively, forces are being marshaled against it, and — for the most part — computer users are not lulled into a false sense of security. That is why we prepare our Cyber Roundup each month – to ensure that our readers stay aware of the breadth and depth of cyber crime.

When it comes to pre-audit planning meetings, going through the motions won’t cut it. In order for annual audits to be accurate, productive – and meet compliance standards – committee members must be engaged from the get-go. Pre-audit planning meetings set the tone for the entire audit process and can be the difference between doing things right or putting your nonprofit organization at risk.

Aside from paying excise tax on net investment income, another important distinction between a private foundation and a public charity is that a private foundation is required to spend money. In this bulletin, we will walk you through the rule and calculations attributable to non-operating private foundations.

With the implementation of Statement No. 87 of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB 87) — Leases — on the horizon, many state colleges and universities are assessing its impact and looking to implement procedures to identify all leases and contracts to which the new lease Statement will apply. Although the new standard is not effective until reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2019, many institutions are taking a campus-wide inventory of all contracts and leases in order to evaluate whether they meet the criteria of a lease as defined in the Statement.

New York, NY (August 28, 2018) – PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP, the nation’s 29th largest accounting and advisory firm, announced today it has promoted Ronald F. DeSoiza to the role of Chief Business Development Officer. In this position, DeSoiza will be instrumental in executing the Firm’s strategic growth initiatives through new business development.

On August 23, 2018, the IRS issued proposed regulations, effective after August 27, 2018, to block attempts by New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to allow taxpayers to try to circumvent the new $10,000 federal income tax cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions.  
In this newsletter, we will summarize the position of various states with respect to the SALT deductions and the responding IRS proposed regulations.