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Tax Law

Our Tax Law Practice Group offers an extensive range of services for businesses and individuals, and covers virtually all aspects of the Federal, State of New Jersey and other States’ tax laws.

Many of our tax attorneys are also specialists in asset protection and preservation planning, and focus on methods to help clients protect assets from creditor claims through asset transfers and asset ownership restructurings while avoiding unexpected income, estate and gift tax liabilities.  We also provide the highest quality guidance and representation in tax controversy matters at the Federal, state and local levels.

  • Federal and state income tax planning and compliance for individuals, corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships.
  • Tax planning for foreign persons and foreign-based entities.
  • Tax optimization of business transactions, including purchases and sales of business entities and business reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity placements.
  • Sophisticated tax structuring using life insurance.
  • Tax planning for real estate transactions, including like-kind exchanges.
  • Choice of business entity planning.
  • Business formations and liquidations.
  • Formation of and advising non-profit organizations, including private foundations, in compliance with state and federal tax-exempt criteria.
  • Tax planning and compliance for not-for-profit organizations.
  • Advising tax return preparers in connection with tax return preparation.
  • Tax effective asset protection planning

  • Closely held businesses and their owners
  • High net-worth individuals
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Charitable organizations and private foundations
  • Business executives
  • Professionals

Mandelbaum Barrett PC named to 2024 Best Law Firms

November 9, 2023

Mandelbaum Barrett PC is thrilled to announce that once again we have been recognized by Best Lawyers on their “2024 Best Law Firms®” list! This recognition highlights the ongoing excellence of our dedicated team of attorneys, underscoring our unwavering commitment to providing top-notch legal services and ensuring client satisfaction. We take pride in the fact that 16 of our practice […]

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Earns Prestigious Inc. 2023 Power Partner Award for Excellence in Legal Services

November 7, 2023

We are thrilled to announce that Mandelbaum Barrett PC has been honored with the prestigious title of Inc.’s 2023 Power Partner! This recognition reflects our unwavering dedication to delivering exceptional legal services and our relentless commitment to offering comprehensive support to our valued clients. We understand that our success is intrinsically tied to yours, and we are honored to stand by your side on your journey to success.

Alex Keoskey and Jason Marx to exhibit at upcoming TriState Medical Conference

August 31, 2023

Alex J. Keoskey, Esq., Healthcare and Litigation Partner and Jason E. Marx, Esq., Tax, Trusts & Estates Partner at Mandelbaum Barrett PC will be exhibiting at the NJAOPS TriState Medical Conference on September 28th, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency in Morristown, NJ. The New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (NJAOPS) is the sixth […]

Steven A. Holt to present with Steven Nicokiris from CBIZ on the latest information available on the Employee Retention Tax Credit

June 16, 2023

Don’t miss out on our upcoming webinar on June 28th from 12-1pm, discussing the latest information available on Employee Retention Tax Credit. Employers who retained their workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic may claim cash refunds up to $26,000 per employee under the ERTC program. This lucrative opportunity is available to both commercial and not-for-profit employers, […]

New IRS Cybersecurity Requirements for CPAs and Accounting Practices

January 17, 2023

Stay ahead of the game and protect your business and clients’ information with the latest IRS cybersecurity requirements for CPAs and Accounting practices. Learn about the new Written Information Security Plan (WISP) and FTC SafeGuards Rule. Partner and Chief Cybersecurity Legal Officer Steven Teppler, and Partner in the Firm’s Trusts & Estates and Taxation practice […]

8th Tax, Trusts & Estates Forum

December 9, 2022

For the first time in two years we hosted our Tax Trusts and Estates Forum in person! We were thrilled to see so many familiar faces, and to welcome new ones. This event is focused on helping business owners and financial advisors stay on top of current changes to IRS rules, learn best practices and […]

Do I have to pay sales tax to N.J. on my boat?

May 10, 2022

Martin D. Hauptman, Esq., a Tax attorney at Mandelbaum Barrett PC recently answered that question for NJ.com. Find out what he says: https://bit.ly/3sqWWAX

“How can I get senior community to release assets to this trust?”

April 11, 2022

Steven Holt, Esq., Chair of the Tax Law and Trusts & Estates departments at Mandelbaum Barrett PC was recently interviewed by NJ.com to answer this question. “The solution here is to reach out to the community and have them explain why they are asking for this and alert them to the fact that the unit is held […]

Martin D. Hauptman, Esq. to present Estate Trust Update

March 28, 2022

Martin D. Hauptman, Esq., partner in the Tax Law and Trusts and Estates departments as Mandelbaum Barrett PC will be presenting an Estate Tax Update to the New Jersey Living Well Club on Wednesday, April 13th, 2022.

Martin Hauptman contributes to NJ.com article titled "My employer eliminated my life insurance. Can I deduct the loss?"

December 3, 2021

Martin Hauptman, a partner in the Trusts & Estates, and Taxation practice groups and chair of the ERISA and Employee Benefits practice at Mandelbaum Barrett PC has contributed to an article in the December 2nd, 2021 issue of NJ.com titled "My employer eliminated my life insurance. Can I deduct the loss?"

Martin Hauptman Answers NJ.com Readers Question on Converting An IRA To a Roth IRA

June 30, 2020

Richard Miller Answers a NJ.com Readers Question on Inheritance Tax

December 26, 2019

Richard I. Miller answered a NJ.com readers question on "Can I avoid the inheritance tax for nieces and nephews?" Read what Richard had to say here.

Join Us For Our 7th Annual Tax, Trusts & Estate Planning Forum

November 7, 2019

We will be discussing timely developments in Estate and Federal Taxation at this 1.5 CE accredited program for CPAs and CFPs. To RSVP, please contact Laure Lynch at 973.243.7951 or llynch@lawfirm.ms.

Martin Hauptman Answers NJ.com Readers Question "CPA, Enrolled Agent, Tax Attorney: Who Should I Hire?"

September 4, 2019

Martin Hauptman answered a nj.com readers question on the difference between a CPA, enrolled agent and a tax attorney, and who to hire depending on your needs. Read the full article here.

Tax Alert: 2019 Retirement Plan Limits

November 5, 2018

Martin D. Hauptman addresses the 2019 Retirement Plan Limits in our latest Tax Alert. Click here to read more.

Join us for our 6th Annual Tax, Trusts and Estates Breakfast on December 4th!

October 23, 2018

Join Mandelbaum Barrett PC on December 4th for our 6th Annual Tax, Trusts and Estate Planning Forum at Mayfair Farms in West Orange New Jersey!

6th Annual Tax, Trusts & Estate Planning Forum, December 4th

September 27, 2018

Attention CPAs and CFPs: Join us on December 4th for our 6th Annual Tax, Trusts & Estate Planning Forum at Mayfair Farms. This breakfast program is not to be missed! Earn 1.5 CE credits (CPE and CFP) and hear from our panel of experts on timely developments in Estate and Federal taxation that effect your clients. RSVP by November 23rd to llynch@lawfirm.ms or by calling 973.243.7951.

Steven Holt Publishes Article for ROI-NJ on The IRS Tax Amnesty Programs

September 20, 2018

Steven Holt, Chair of Mandelbaum Barrett PC's Tax, Trusts & Estates Practices recently authored an article for ROI-NJ on the IRS Tax Amnesty Programs for those with undisclosed holdings overseas and issues a warning that the IRS increasingly wants to know about your money overseas. Read what Holt cautions here.

Tax, Trusts & Estates Chair Steve Holt Talks About Brand Value and Business Succession Marketing

August 13, 2018

Ever wonder the value of a strong brand in Business Succession Marketing and Planning? Check out Leon Grassi's latest DSM blog featuring a Q&A with Mandelbaum Barrett PC's Tax, Trusts & Estate's Chair Steven Holt. This is a must read for business owners!

Steven Holt Featured in a Q&A for Leon Grassi's DSM Blog on The Value of a Strong Brand in Business Succession Marketing and Planning

August 10, 2018

Ever wonder the value of a strong brand in Business Succession Marketing and Planning? Check out Leon Grassi's latest DSM blog featuring a Q&A with Mandelbaum Barrett PC's Tax, Trusts & Estate's Chair Steven Holt. This is a must read for business owners!

Mandelbaum Barrett PC's Tax Law Practice Group Issued a Special Bulletin on the End of the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program

July 11, 2018

Mandelbaum Barrett PC's Tax Law Practice Group has issued a Special Bulletin on the End of the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program.

Latest Nj.com article on Things to Think About Now for 2018 Tax Returns Featuring MS Attorneys Holt, Strober and Fox

May 18, 2018

Check out the latest NJ.com article highlighting many of the changes brought on by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and what you need to start thinking about now for your 2018 return! Our own Steven Holt (Chair, Tax, Trusts & Estates), Lynne Strober (Co-Chair Family Law) and Lisa Fox (Member, Tax, Trusts & Estates) give expert analysis on these changes and tips to consider. It is important to plan throughout the year so you aren't blindsided in April when tax time rolls around again.

Casey Gocel Provides Advice for New Startups in Blerp.com

April 25, 2018

Casey Gocel provided advice for new startups in a blerrp.com blog post earlier this year. Blerrp is an online forum to help entrepreneurs and provide a platform for questions to be asked and answered. See what Casey has to say here: https://www.blerrp.com/blog/10-legal-experts-provide-their-best-advice-for-new-startups/

Steve Holt Answers NJ.Com Readers on the Taxability of 529 Accounts

December 28, 2017

Steven Holt, Chair of the Firm's Tax and Trusts and Estates Practice Group's was asked by an NJ.com reader about 529 accounts and what is taxable.

Steven Holt Answers NJ.Com Biz Brain Readers Question on Gift Taxes on a Deeded Home

December 20, 2017

Steven Holt, Chair of the Firm's Tax and Trusts & Estates Practice Groups recently answered a NJ.com BizBrain reader's question on gift taxes on a deeded home. Check out Steve's answer here.

Join Us for Our 5th Annual Tax, Trusts and Estate Planning Forum on December 5, 2017

November 3, 2017

Join Us for Our 5th Annual Tax, Trusts and Estate Planning Forum on Tuesday, December 5th from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, NJ! Earn up to 1.5 CE credits and hear from our panel of experts regarding guardianships, special needs trusts, irrevocable trusts, latest tax law changes and more! To RSVP, email llynch@lawfirm.ms or call 973.243.7951. Seating is limited so RSVP today!

Steven Holt Answers Nj.com Biz Brain Question on Property Tax and Mortgage Deductions

August 10, 2017

Steve Holt, Chair of the Firm's Tax and Trusts & Estates Practice Groups recently responded to a NJ.Com Biz Brain readers question on property tax and mortgage deductions! Read what Steve had to say.

Steven Holt Answers nj.com Biz Brain Question on How the Federal Estate Tax is Calculated

July 13, 2017

Steven Holt, Chair of Mandelbaum Barrett PC's Tax and Trusts and Estates departments, answered a nj.com readers "Biz Brain" question on how the federal estate tax is calculated.

Fall 2016 Estate Planning Update: The Repeal of the New Jersey Estate Tax

October 14, 2016

NEW JERSEY REPEALS ESTATE TAX On October 14, 2016, Governor Christie signed a new law which made sweeping changes to a variety of tax provisions, including New Jersey's estate tax. This new law (the "Tax Law"), passed as a compromise to, and in conjunction with, a

Martin D. Hauptman to Instruct at NJCPA Course

October 5, 2016

Member Martin D. Hauptman will be an instructor at the upcoming NJCPA course “ERISA, the DOL and Building a better Retirement Plan: Updates and Practices.” With the evolving rules from the DOL and new interpretations of ERISA, keep ahead of the changes. Learn how to

Member Martin D. Hauptman Speaking at Upcoming NJCPA and SFSP Events

September 19, 2016

On September 29th, Martin D. Hauptman will be a speaker at Professionals Day 2016, which is being presented by the Society of Financial Service Professionals North Jersey Chapter as a Continuing Education course. Martin will be discussing Trusts as Beneficiaries of Retirement Plans. For registration

New Jersey Offers Tax Credit for Challenging Out-of-State Tax Rules

October 23, 2023

New Jersey residents facing tax challenges from other states can now find relief. The state offers a tax credit to those who successfully challenge the ‘Convenience of the Employer’ rule imposed by other states. This credit eases the financial burden and encourages fairness for remote workers in the Garden State.

New Jersey Tax Court Retroactively Updates Royalty Addback Rule

October 23, 2023

In a significant ruling, the New Jersey Tax Court has applied a 2020 amendment retroactively to the state’s royalty addback regulation. This decision carries profound implications for businesses, altering the way they calculate taxable income when related-party royalties are involved.

The Senior Freeze Program

October 18, 2023

The New Jersey Department of Treasury has announced an important deadline for senior residents looking to apply for the Senior Freeze Reimbursement program. The deadline for filing applications is October 31, 2023, so eligible residents need to act promptly. Eligibility Requirements To qualify for this program, applicants must meet specific criteria: New Changes Notably, for […]

Navigating State Tax Rules: Understanding the ‘Convenience of the Employer’ Rule for Remote Workers in New Jersey and Connecticut

October 18, 2023

The New Jersey Division of Taxation has recently updated its guidance regarding the “convenience of the employer” rule, with specific implications for Connecticut residents. This rule has a significant impact on how income is taxed for remote workers, and the latest information sheds light on how it operates in the context of interstate work arrangements. […]

Updating Payment Codes and Handling Overpayments: New Guidelines for Former BFC-1 Filers in New Jersey

October 18, 2023

New Jersey’s tax division issues guidance for former BFC-1 filers, requiring them to update payment codes to align with CBT-100 and manage overpayments before filing

Video: Gary and Martin discuss why they became Attorneys

October 12, 2023

Martin and Gary reflect on their ‘whys’. While Marty embarked on this journey to deepen his understanding of tax complexities, Gary was driven by a steadfast belief in the rule of law. It’s more than just a profession; it’s a lifelong commitment to their respective passions and principles.

Video: The Wildenstein Case, Tax, Trusts & Estates.

October 5, 2023

Join us as we explore Silvia Wildenstein’s quest to rectify her inheritance. With insights from Chris Zona, white-collar crime and criminal defense attorney, and Shawn McClelland tax, trusts, and estates attorney. Their perspectives shine a light in this case’s financial investigations, estate planning, and the shadows of the art world.

Video: Sky High Successes

October 3, 2023

Martin Hauptman recounts some of his most successful outcomes as well as the story of how he helped Kiwi Airlines take flight.

Automatic Filing of Anchor Benefit Applications in New Jersey: A Step Towards Ease and Convenience

August 25, 2023

In an effort to streamline the process for Anchor benefits, the New Jersey Division of Taxation has introduced a new initiative to automatically file 2020 Anchor applications for qualified residents. This is a significant step for those who received a 2019 Anchor benefit earlier this year, making the process more accessible and hassle-free. Qualified residents […]

IRS Warns of ESOP Compliance Issues as Enforcement Ramps Up

August 25, 2023

The IRS has sounded the alarm bell for businesses and tax professionals over compliance issues concerning Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). As part of its commitment to ensure fair application of tax laws and that high-income filers pay the required taxes, the IRS announced a comprehensive plan to increase compliance enforcement on ESOPs (IR 2023-144, […]

Individual Home Energy Tax Credits for 2023

August 25, 2023

In an era where sustainable living and energy efficiency are at the forefront of national policy, taxpayers making home energy improvements in 2023 have something to cheer about. The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 has expanded and increased the amount of tax credits available for those investing in energy-efficient home improvements. This blog post will […]

New Jersey’s Convenience of the Employer Rule Explained

August 22, 2023

The New Jersey Division of Taxation recently expanded its interpretation of the convenience of the employer rule, providing clarity on which nonresidents will be subject to the rule (State Tax Update, 08/08/2023). This development is significant for employees who work in New Jersey but reside in states that have similar laws. Who Does the Rule […]

2023 Modifications to New Jersey’s Tax Credit Programs

August 11, 2023

Effective from 07/20/2023, New Jersey has enacted modifications to its tax credit programs, specifically targeting the New Jersey Innovation Evergreen Act and the Food Desert Relief Act (L. 2023, S3783, c. 118). Innovation Evergreen Act The provisions related to eligibility for becoming a qualified business under the Innovation Evergreen Act have been made more stringent. […]

Legal Insights on Claiming a Lottery Jackpot

August 10, 2023

Partner in the Commercial Litigation & White Collar and Criminal Defense Group, Chris Zona, and Partner in the Tax, Trusts & Estates Practice Gorup, Shawn McClelland, discuss the steps you should take if you come into a life-changing amount of money, not unlike the recent Mega Millions winner in Florida this month.

New Jersey Enacts Tax Laws Impacting Nonresident Employees and Credit Programs

August 2, 2023

Governor Murphy Reinforces the Convenience of the Employer Rule for Nonresident Employees On July 21, 2023, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a noteworthy change concerning nonresident employees working for New Jersey employers. This change is particularly significant for those who are residents of states that use a “convenience of the employer” rule […]

New Jersey Corporate Income Tax: Revised Timing for Deducting Research and Development Expenditure

July 21, 2023

In a notable move for businesses operating in New Jersey, the state’s Division of Taxation has recently introduced a new law that affects the timing of tax deductions for research and development (R&D) expenditures. The amendment, which is part of L. 2023, A5323 (c. 96), will impact tax years ending on or after January 1, […]

New Jersey’s Corporate Income Tax: A New Era for Cannabis Businesses

July 21, 2023

The New Jersey Division of Taxation has recently issued a technical bulletin discussing critical changes in the taxation of cannabis businesses, particularly how income computation and reporting are influenced by a new law. Starting from the tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2023, New Jersey has made a decisive move by decoupling itself […]

Ensuring Continuity and Proper Handling When a Tax Practitioner Becomes Incapacitated or Dies

July 12, 2023

In a recent alert dated June 27, the IRS’ Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) addressed a critical topic that all tax practitioners should be mindful of: What to Do When a Tax Practitioner Becomes Incapacitated or Dies. The OPR outlined best practices and provided invaluable guidance on implementing a comprehensive succession plan to ensure the […]

Understanding New Jersey’s Sourcing Rules for Business Taxes

July 11, 2023

On July 3, 2023, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a law that adopts certain corporation business tax (CBT) sourcing rules for gross income tax purposes. However, these sourcing rules apply only if the taxpayer cannot readily ascertain its income from New Jersey sources. (L. 2023, A5323, effective for tax years beginning on or after […]

Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

July 6, 2023

New Jersey is set to hold a sales tax holiday between August 26 and September 4, providing a temporary exemption from sales tax on certain retail purchases. Aimed at promoting affordability and stimulating the economy, this tax holiday applies to computers, school supplies, and sports or recreational equipment. Individual purchasers for non-business use can take advantage of this opportunity to save on items such as computers priced under $3,000, school art supplies, instructional materials, and sports equipment. The government’s intention is to alleviate the financial burden on individuals, particularly those preparing for the upcoming school year, by temporarily eliminating sales tax on these essential goods.

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022: What You Need to Know about Federal Funding for Electric Vehicles

March 8, 2023

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA), signed into law on August 16, 2022, directs new federal spending toward reducing carbon emissions, lowering healthcare costs, funding the Internal Revenue Service, and improving taxpayer compliance. The law renewed the Clean Vehicle Credit for new electric vehicles. Electric Vehicle Credits The law renewed the $7,500 Clean Vehicle Credit for new […]

New Jersey Taxation Updates

February 22, 2023

Filing status. The New Jersey Division of Taxation has updated its publication that discusses filing status. The publication states that a civil union couple, even if legally sanctioned in another state, must file their gross income tax return as either Married/Civil Union Filing Jointly or Married/Civil Union Filing Separately even though the Internal Revenue Service […]

New Jersey Provides Credits for Low Carbon Concrete.

February 3, 2023

L. 2023, S287 (c. 4), effective 6 months from 01/31/2023, provides corporation business tax and gross income tax credits for certain deliveries of low carbon concrete and for costs of conducting environmental product declaration analyses of low carbon concrete. Under the bill, for the delivery of low embodied carbon concrete, a taxpayer may be eligible for […]

IRS Issues Standard Mileage Rates for 2023

January 3, 2023

The IRS has issued the 2023 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. (Notice 2023-3, 2023-3 IRB; IR 2022-234 (12/29/2022)) Beginning on January 1, 2023, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

Marty D. Hauptman Comments on NJ.com’s Reader Questions

December 16, 2022

“You should be prepared for the tax consequences of a home sale before you get in too deep. You’re probably asking about the capital gains exclusion — the Section 121 exclusion — on a home sale. To qualify, you must meet both the ownership test and the use test, said Martin D. Hauptman, partner in the trust and estates […]

5 Key Tax Updates to Be Aware of in 2023

December 15, 2022

As the end of the year approaches, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest tax updates. Martin D. Hauptman, Esq., partner in the Firm’s Trusts & Estates, Tax & ERISA Practice Groups brings you 5 key tax updates to be aware of before 2023. Challenge to partner fee structure rejected. The U.S. District Court […]

New Jersey Adopts Regulations for Historic Property Reinvestment Program

November 11, 2022

Effective November 7, 2022, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority has adopted N.J.A.C. 19:31-26 et seq., to provide regulations for the historic property reinvestment program that was first enacted in 2020. The regulations deal with eligibility criteria; application submission requirements; fees; review and approval of completed applications; approval letters and rehabilitation agreements; reporting requirements and […]

IRS Eliminates Penalties for Certain 2021 and 2022 Required Minimum Distribution Failures

November 2, 2022

In Notice 2022-53 , 2022-44 IRB (Oct. 31, 2022), the IRS stated that the final regulations on required minimum distributions will not apply earlier than the 2023 distribution calendar year, and that the 50 percent excise tax under Code Sec. 4974(a) that is otherwise imposed on certain missed required minimum distributions will not be imposed for years 2021 and […]

2023 Social Security Wage Base Increases to $160,200

October 25, 2022

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced that the maximum earnings subject to Social Security tax (Social Security wage base) will increase from $147,000 to $160,200 in 2023 (an increase of $13,200). The maximum Social Security employer contribution will increase $818.40 in 2023. (SSA Press Release, 10/13/2022) For 2023, the FICA tax rate for both […]

New Jersey’s Senior Freeze Program Application Deadline Approaching

September 9, 2022

The State Treasurer is reminding residents eligible for the Senior Freeze property tax reimbursement program to apply for the benefit prior to the October 31, 2022 deadline. New Jersey’s Senior Freeze program reimburses eligible senior citizens and disabled individuals for increases in property taxes or mobile home park site fees on their principal residence. In recent […]

IRS Notice: COVID Tax Relief

August 26, 2022

The IRS has issued Notice 2022-36 providing pandemic-related tax relief. This notice provides relief for certain taxpayers from certain failure to file penalties and certain international information return (IIR) penalties with respect to tax returns for taxable years 2019 and 2020 that are filed on or before September 30, 2022. This notice also provides relief […]

IRS Update: Estate Tax Return

July 19, 2022

In Revenue Procedure 2022-32, the IRS stated that it will now permit an executor of an estate that is not otherwise required to file an estate tax return to file a late return to elect portability, up to five years after the date of the decedent’s death. Filing this return does not change the statute of limitations […]

New Jersey Middle Class Property Tax Relief Program

July 11, 2022

L. 2022, S2023 (c. 49), effective 07/01/2022, establishes a homestead tax rebate program for property tax purposes based on the 2019 tax year. The rebate for eligible homestead owners with gross income not in excess of $150,000 will be up to $1,500 of property taxes paid. The rebate for eligible homestead owners with gross income in […]

New Jersey Child Tax Credit Program

July 8, 2022

L. 2022, S2523, effective for tax years beginning on or after 01/01/2023, provides to New Jersey residents, a child tax credit for each child who has not attained six years of age as of the close of the tax year. Regardless of filing status, the amount of the credit will be: (1) $500 if New Jersey […]

New Jersey Tax Alert: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and legislative leaders have reached an agreement on a proposal for a back-to-school sales tax holiday.

June 28, 2022

The sales tax holiday would take place from August 27 to September 5, 2022. Under the sales tax holiday, tax exempt supplies and equipment include: (1) school supplies, such as pens and pencils, notebooks, and binders; (2) school art supplies, such as paints and paintbrushes, clay, and glazes; (3) school instructional materials, such as reference […]

IRS Increases Mileage Rate for the Remainder of 2022

June 24, 2022

In June 2022, the IRS announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rate for the final six months of 2022. Taxpayers may use the optional standard mileage rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and certain other purposes. These new rates become effective 7/1/2022. Mandelbaum Barrett PC Tax Law […]

IRS Update: Employer Leave Based Donation Programs to Aid Victims of the Further Russian Invasion of Ukraine

June 17, 2022

Notice 2022-28, 2022-23 IRB In the above referenced notice, the IRS said employer leave-based donation payments by an employer before January 1, 2023, to Code Sec. 170(c) organizations to aid victims of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will not be treated as gross income or wages of the employer’s employees. Under an employer leave-based donation programs, […]

Tax Alert: NJ Retirement Guide

May 6, 2022

The New Jersey Division of Taxation has prepared a tax guide for retirees in New Jersey discussing the taxability of various sources of retirement income including pensions, IRAs and annuities. Some other important topics included are the pension exclusion, life insurance policies, the tax consequences related to qualified domestic relations order saving plans and the […]

New Jersey Tax Alert: New Jersey Lists COVID-19 Policies Still in Effect

May 2, 2022

The New Jersey Division of Taxation has advised that since the State of Emergency has not been lifted, the following extensions remain in effect: (1) the law which delayed the payment of interest on refunds until six months after the State of Emergency has ended when the original interest payment period ended on or after April 14, 2020; and (2) the statute of limitations for the assessment of tax which runs until 90 days after the State of Emergency has ended if the original assessment or consent period ended after April 14, 2020. The Division also stated that digital signatures will continue to be accepted on extensions of the statute of limitations, closing agreements and the appointment of a Taxpayer Representative. The Division will work with taxpayers to complete its audits through correspondence (mail or electronic) where possible and avoid in-person meetings until further notice. Conferences with taxpayers will take place over the telephone.

Supreme Court of NJ Order: Extension Period for Conferences and Appeals Expires May 2, 2022

April 29, 2022

The New Jersey Supreme Court has determined that because the public health emergency has ended, there is no longer a need to extend certain deadlines for state tax matters. On April 14, 2022, the Court issued an order which ends the extension of time for filing an administrative protest or a Tax Court appeal. An administrative protest must be postmarked by Monday, May 2, 2022 to be considered timely. This applies to any determination or finding of the Director containing protest and appeal rights that would have expired between March 19, 2020 and May 1, 2022 (but for the original order's extension). If an administrative protest is not postmarked by May 2, 2022, the matter will be final and the Division will proceed with collection activity.

New Jersey Tax Alert: COVID-19 Test Kits

April 22, 2022

The New Jersey Division of Taxation has advised that because the presumption in New Jersey is that a lump sum charge that consists of taxable and nontaxable items is subject to tax, retail sales of COVID-19 test kits are taxable. The test kit is presumed taxable because it contains an exempt reagent and other taxable components. The purchase of a COVID-19 test kit that is reimbursed by the federal or New Jersey State government is not exempt under the Sales and Use Tax Act. Purchases of test kits directly by the federal or New Jersey State government are exempt.

New Jersey Tax Alert: Virtual Currency and Sales Tax

March 25, 2022

The New Jersey Division of Taxation has advised that the purchase of convertible virtual currency for investment purposes is treated as the purchase of intangible property and is not subject to sales tax. However, when a person uses convertible virtual currency as payment for taxable goods or services, New Jersey sales tax applies. Any seller and or retailer of taxable goods or services that accepts virtual currency as payment must determine the fair market value in U.S. dollars as of the date of payment and charge the purchaser sales tax on that transaction. Sellers that accept convertible virtual currency must record in their books and records the value of the convertible virtual currency accepted at the time of each transaction, converted to U.S. dollars and record the amount of sales tax collected at the time of each transaction, converted to U.S. dollars.

New Jersey Tax Alert: Commuter Transportation Benefits

February 18, 2022

The New Jersey Division of Taxation has announced that the adjusted limit for employer-provided commuter transportation benefits excludable by an employee for New Jersey Gross Income Tax purposes pursuant to N.J. Rev. Stat. § 54A:6-23 is $3,240 for calendar year 2021. This amount will increase to $3,360 for calendar year 2022. (N.J. Div. of Taxation, Commuter Transportation Benefit Limits, 01/25/2022.) Martin D. Hauptman, Chair of the ERISA and Employee Benefits Practice Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC is available to answer any questions you have.

Tax Alert: Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act Credit

February 11, 2022

The New Jersey Division of Taxation has updated its list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding the film and digital media tax credit. The Division states that applicants that are seeking to qualify for an additional 5% credit must keep track of all qualified expenses incurred for services performed and goods purchased through qualified New Jersey vendors. The tax credit verification report will include a breakdown of those expenses. If any of the qualified expenses were made through a vendor whose primary a place of business is in one of the counties that qualifies for the increased 5% credit, the county must be notated in the report.

Tax Alert: New Jersey's Earned Income Tax Credit (NJEITC)

February 4, 2022

The New Jersey Division of Taxation is reminding taxpayers and practitioners that for the 2021 tax filing season, the New Jersey's Earned Income Tax Credit (NJEITC) is 40% of the federal credit, following three annual increases under a 2018 law. Additionally, legislation signed as part of last year's budget lowered the minimum age eligibility for the EITC from 21 to 18 and to those 65 and older without dependents. This means that for tax year 2021, New Jersey taxpayers could receive a refundable credit of up to $2,691 with qualifying dependents or $601 without dependents. The maximum credit available for workers without dependents is nearly tripled from previous years in thanks to provisions expanding the federal EITC in the American Rescue Plan. To be eligible for the NJEITC, a taxpayer must: (1) meet all qualifications for the federal earned income tax credit, except for the minimum age requirement; (2) be a resident of New Jersey who works or earns income; (3) have a qualifying child or be at least 18 years old; (4) meet the income limits for their filing status; and (5) have a valid social security number for themselves, their spouse and any qualifying child listed on the tax return.

New Jersey Department of Taxation Announcement: New deductions for college related expenses

January 28, 2022

The New Jersey Division of Taxation has advised that there will be three new deductions available for college related expenses in the 2022 tax year for taxpayers with gross income of $200,000 or less. Taxpayers will be able to deduct up to: (1) $10,000 of contributions made during the year to a New Jersey 529 plan account; (2) $2,500 of principal and interest paid on student loans issued under New Jersey College Loans to Assist State Students; and (3) $10,000 of tuition costs if the taxpayer, his or her spouse or dependent enrolls and attends a New Jersey institution of higher education.

New Jersey Division of Taxation Announcement: Important Tax Changes That Impact 2021 Personal Income Tax Returns

January 14, 2022

The New Jersey Division of Taxation has listed the following important tax changes that impact 2021 personal income tax returns:

New Legislation Drops Notable Tax Law Changes: What You Need to Know

November 1, 2021

Earlier this week legislation was introduced in Congress that reflects President Biden's "Build Better" plan. This replaces legislation previously introduced on September 13, 2021 and there are a number of notable tax law changes that were dropped. Many of our clients have been doing significant planning and even accelerating certain actions in an attempt to avoid the harsh tax impact of the September 13th legislation, but much of that planning may no longer be necessary or at least not urgently necessary.

NJ Tax Relief for Hurricane Ida Victims

September 10, 2021

The New Jersey Division of Taxation is following the federal guidelines for tax relief as recently provided in the Internal Revenue Service announcement LA-2021-04, issued August 31, 2021, for victims of Hurricane Ida. Affected taxpayers include businesses and individuals located in the disaster areas and those whose tax records are in the disaster areas.

New Jersey Issues Notice Regarding COVID-19 Precaution Sales Tax and Surcharges

July 31, 2020

On July 24, 2020, the state of New Jersey issued the following notice, which helps businesses determine whether their COVID-19 surcharge is subject to state sales tax. Also included are practical examples that business can use to help in making their determination. Some businesses have begun to include a surcharge for COVID-19 precaution and prevention […]

Another Uncertainty Under the CARES Act Resolved

May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020 By Steven A. Holt On Thursday, April 30, the IRS published Notice 2020-32, which clarifies that no deduction will be allowed for any otherwise deductible expense where the payment of the expense results in forgiveness of a loan received pursuant to the CARES Act and where the income associated with the forgiveness […]

Required Contribution Relief

April 9, 2020

April 9, 2020 By Steven A. Holt ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code impose strict funding requirements on defined benefit pension plans. Recent IRS guidance gives sponsors of single-employer pension plans additional time to meet their 2020 funding obligations, including obligations to make quarterly plan contributions. The due date for any contributions otherwise due during […]

Relief From Failure To Make Employment Tax Deposit

April 3, 2020

April 3, 2020 By Martin D. Hauptman and Steven A. Holt The IRS provides that an employer will not be subject to a penalty under Code Sec. 6656 for failing to deposit employment taxes relating to qualified leave wages or qualified retention wages in a calendar quarter if: (1) The employer paid qualified leave wages or […]

Tax and ERISA Update

March 31, 2020

March 31, 2020 By Martin D. Hauptman and Steven A. Holt Mandelbaum Barrett PC’s Taxation and ERISA Departments will be keeping you informed as we learn more about the CARES Act and other developments affecting you as taxpayers. Here are a few updates: Coronavirus Relief Package and its Impact on Retirement Plans The recently enacted […]

Tax and Estate Planning Alert

March 24, 2020

March 24, 2020 By Martin D. Hauptman and Steven A. Holt We want all of you, our valued clients and friends, to know that the Firm is "open for business" and that we are available to handle your estate planning needs on an emergent basis, including wills and living will. Accessing Qualified Retirement Fund Balances […]

Treasury Department Announces New July 15 Filing Deadline

March 18, 2020

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced today that the filing date for individual tax returns for the 2019 tax year has been moved to July 15, 2020. “We are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15,” Mnuchin wrote on Twitter. “All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments […]

Calculating Alimony in New Jersey as a Result of the Tax Code Changes

February 24, 2020

Tax Law Alert: Four Companies Selected to Collect IRS Debts

October 30, 2018

Martin D. Hauptman, a Member in the Firm's Tax Law Practice Group, issued a recent Tax Alert on "Four Companies Selected to Collect IRS Debts." Click here to read more.

Tax Law Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Decision Increases Collection of State Tax on E-Commerce Sales

October 24, 2018

Marc J. Comer, Counsel in the Firm's Tax, Trusts & Estates Practice Groups, recently authored a Tax Law Alert on a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision which increases collection of state tax on e-commerce sales. To learn more about how this could impact your business, click here: https://conta.cc/2O3tpX1

Tax law Alert: Does Your Will Still Work? How the New Tax Law Can Impact Your Estate Plan

January 23, 2018

The Tax Law Department of Mandelbaum Barrett PC has just issued an important Tax Law Alert for clients on how the new tax law can impact their estate plans! Read more here to learn if your will still works!

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Raj Gadhok to Present for NJICLE’s “What is a Tevis Claim and What Does it Mean for My Divorce?

November 20, 2023

Navigating divorce cases in New Jersey often involves addressing domestic violence and abuse allegations. This is where the Tevis Claim often comes into play. It is essentially a personal injury claim you can bring against your spouse in the divorce complaint if instances of domestic violence have occurred. While opting for a Tevis Claim has […]

Going Green and Staying Out of Legal Trouble: The Art of Green Marketing

November 17, 2023

In today’s environmentally conscious world, green marketing has become a significant trend for businesses aiming to attract eco-minded consumers. Companies often use eco-friendly claims to promote their products and services, but they must tread carefully to avoid lawsuits and maintain their reputation. In this blog, we’ll explore green marketing and suggest some steps companies can […]

Client Alert: Corporate Transparency Act

November 16, 2023

On January 1, 2024, the Corporate Transparency Act (the “CTA”) will become law and will impose reporting obligations which will impact millions of small businesses across the United States. It is critical for business owners to understand the CTA reporting requirements as failure to comply can result in both civil and criminal penalties. If you own […]

Your Health, Your Choice: A Guide to Medicare Open Enrollment

November 7, 2023

The Medicare open enrollment period runs through December 7th, 2023.   Medicare adjusts costs, coverage, and accepted providers on an annual basis. If you have received “Evidence of Coverage,” or an “Annual Notice of Change,” from Medicare, now is the time to review your coverage, and, if necessary, make changes to your Medicare healthcare plan to better […]

Three Major Differences Between Recourse and Non-Recourse Loans

November 1, 2023

Borrower / Guarantor Liability Recourse – The borrower (or guarantor) is personally liable for the full amount of the loan, including any debt remaining after the collateral is foreclosed upon and sold. To satisfy the remaining debt, the lender can look to the individual assets of borrower (or guarantor). Non-Recourse – The borrower (or guarantor) […]

Chris Zona: Becoming a Trial Attorney

October 30, 2023

Despite the absence of legal role models, Chris Zona’s ambition as a trial attorney persisted. Immersed in civil and commercial law from an early age, Chris remained resolute. As a Senior Special Prosecutor, he broadened his horizons, delving into civil and commercial law. Join Chris in this exclusive feature, tracing his trajectory from law school to his adept handling of diverse cases, from serious felonies to complex white-collar offenses and healthcare law.

Navigating Back-to-School Safety: Preventing the Most Common Injuries

August 13, 2023

As the school season kicks into gear, safety should be at the forefront of everyone’s minds. At Mandelbaum Barrett PC, we are committed to ensuring your children have a safe and joyful academic year. While schools are expected to provide a secure learning environment, the reality is that unintentional injuries can occur on school grounds, around buses, and even in the neighborhood. It’s a collective responsibility of parents, students, school staff, and the community to take proactive measures to safeguard our children.

What Other Benefits Can I Get With SSDI?

July 19, 2023

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal benefits program. Through SSDI, the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides monthly monetary support for those who can no longer work because of long-term or permanent disabilities. Social Security Disability Benefits While SSDI can be an essential source of income for many individuals and families, it may only cover some needs. The SSA […]

Navigating the Shifting Terrain of Subchapter V: Vincent J. Roldan Sheds Light on Conflicting Court Rulings in the ABI Law Journal

June 26, 2023

Discover the latest in the still-evolving landscape of Subchapter V. This insightful article, published in the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Journal, examines the application of nondischargeability provisions to corporate debtors. Written by Vincent J. Roldan, a Partner in Mandelbaum Barrett PC’s Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights, and Banking and Financial Services groups, this piece sheds light on conflicting court […]

Insights from William Barrett: New York County Dental Society Article Explores Cybersecurity Risks in Dental Practices

June 22, 2023

Dental health professionals handle a vast amount of sensitive patient data, ranging from personal information to medical records. To protect themselves and their patients, it’s important for them to understand cybersecurity risks and take appropriate measures. Staying aware of the latest threats and trends is crucial for adequate protection. Learn about some of the ways […]

Professional Liability Insurance for Dentist Owners: Types of Coverage Recommended

March 23, 2023

As a dentist owner of a practice, your top priority is to provide quality dental care to your patients. However, despite your best efforts, malpractice lawsuits can still occur. Therefore, it is crucial to have professional liability insurance to protect yourself, your practice, and your employees from the financial burden of a lawsuit. In this […]

Filial Responsibility: Requiring Adult Children to Pay for Aging Parents’ Care

July 6, 2022

Did you know that in many states you could be responsible for your parents’ unpaid medical bills? In fact, more than half of all states currently have laws making adult children financially responsible for their parents, including their parents’ long-term care costs. However, these laws are rarely enforced. Notably, New Jersey does not have filial […]

Top 5 Tips for Commercial Real Estate Brokers for Achieving Better Exclusive Listing Agreements

July 5, 2022

Any Exclusive Listing Agreement should cover both a sale and a lease. Deals change and you want to be protected for either scenario. The Exclusive Listing Agreement must have a definitive end date and cannot contain automatic renewals. As to payment of the commission on a sale, include language that the commission will be paid […]

The Tax Consequences of Selling a House After the Death of a Spouse

July 5, 2022

If your spouse dies, you may have to decide whether or when to sell your house. There are some tax considerations that go into that decision.  The biggest concern when selling property is capital gains taxes.  A capital gain is the difference between the “basis” in property and its selling price. The basis is usually […]

WHAT IS THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF MATRIMONIAL LAWYERS AND WHY SHOULD YOU HIRE ONE OF THEIR FELLOWS?

July 5, 2022

AAML is a national organization with chapters in most states.  There are approximately 1,650 Fellows in the United States and 52 Fellows in New Jersey.  Our Family Law Co-Chair Lynne Strober is proud to be one of those Fellows. The AAML is dedicated to providing and promoting the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in […]

Spring 2022 Vet Law Newsletter

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