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March 21, 2020

The Empire State Development Corporation (the "ESDC") issued further guidance to inform businesses in New York State whether they are an “essential business” or if they are subject to the current workforce reduction mandate issued by Governor Cuomo.

By the ‘New York State on PAUSE’ Executive Order, Governor Cuomo directed that by Sunday, March 22, 2020, at 8:00 p.m., all businesses and not-for-profit entities in New York State shall reduce their in-person workforce at each individual business/work location within the state by 100%.  For the purpose of this Executive Order, the ESDC provided the following additional guidance on what "Essential Business" means:

January 24, 2020

Here are some of the most common questions we receive at initial consultation.

By Kevin Mahoney on January 9, 2020

As reported in several media outlets, in addition to bail reform there is also a new discovery process in the Criminal Procedure law as of January 1, 2020 which includes some “automatic” discovery provisions which basically means the prosecutor needs to hand over certain materials to the defense within a relatively short period of time.  Many of the items needing to be provided previously had to be “demanded” by the defense and as a result there were longer time periods involved.   The changes are more related to timing and method than content especially regarding witness information and related criminal history background information although there are some provisions that expand the scope of what may need to be provided. 

By Rebecca Gioia on December 2, 2019

On June 14, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Housing Stability and Protection Act of 2019 effectively codifying a new era in the State’s landlord-tenant regime. As the name suggests, the law puts into effect widespread regulation aimed at protecting and promoting tenants’ rights.   If you are a landlord, this Act may have you wondering how these changes may affect your business dealings going forward. In short, many aspects of prior leases may need to be revisited, revised or scrapped altogether to ensure full compliance with the new regulatory landscape.

By Sarah DesJardins, CPA on November 21, 2019

An introduction to the world of taxes in the year of death

By Sarah DesJardins, CPA on November 14, 2019

An introduction to the world of taxes in the year of death.

By Sarah DesJardins, CPA on November 8, 2019

An introduction to the world of taxes in the year of death.

By Pia Perfetto on September 16, 2019

The United States’ policies on gun ownership have been called into question in the wake of several mass shootings occurring across the country. The calls for action to stop gun violence have been varied, spanning from efforts to ban all weapons and firearm confiscation to mental health background checks on gun purchasers. Approximately eighteen (18) states in the U.S. have implemented red flag legislation which allows law enforcement or family members to seek a court order to, for the short term, take away firearms if they feel a gun owner is at high risk of harming themselves and others.

By Dzifa Gan on July 9, 2019

Summer is finally here which means the housing market is really heating up.  For those of you selling your residential property without the assistance of a real estate agent, there are a few things to keep in mind.  One of the most important documents that you will prepare is the For Sale By Owner (FSBO) contract, which you will enter with your buyer.  The contract sets out the terms of the agreement such as your purchase price and the obligations imposed on each party. 

By Pia Perfetto on May 6, 2019

529 Plans Explained

A 529 is a tax-advantaged investment account which encourages individuals to save for future higher educational expenses. Named for Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, the investment account offers tax-free withdrawals and earnings growth when the funds are used to pay for qualified education costs. You are not limited to investing in the state where you reside—Any U.S. state’s 529 plan can be used to pay for future college expenses at any qualified college in the United States. According to the Wall Street Journal’s The 6 Biggest Questions About ‘529’ Plans, American families have invested approximately $329 billion in 529 plans, with about $24,153 existing in each account.

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