Trust Nexus Tax Case on SC Docket Could Have Wide Ranging Implications

By Wiss, Posted in Tax

By Arfa Scott Following its June 2018 decision in Wayfair, the U.S. Supreme Court continues to focus on cases that deal with how much taxation states can impose and in what circumstances.  In January 2019, the nation’s highest court agreed to look at under what circumstances a state can impose its income tax on a trust by granting certiorari in the case of North Carolina Dept. of Revenue v. Kaestner Family Trust.   The Kaestner Trust case involves a New York trust whose only contact w... read more.

HR ALERT: NJ Paid Family Leave

By Wiss, Posted in Human Resources

Governor Murphy has yet again signed a bill into law providing New Jersey employees with greater benefits. This new law expands the already existing paid family leave program in New Jersey, which has been in place since 2009.   The existing program has provided paid leave to workers for up to six weeks, at a benefit equal to two-thirds of their pay, with a maximum benefit of $650 per week.  Under this new law, which takes effect July 1, 2020, employees will be able to take 12 weeks of paid... read more.

Inventory Management Systems

By Wiss, Posted in Advisory Services

By David Singletary  Are you still using Excel spreadsheets to keep track of your company’s inventory? You’ll know it’s time to upgrade when your business grows to the point where you or your people are spending way too much time inputting static data.   A good inventory management system should do the heavy lifting. Here are a few features and capabilities a good solution should offer.  Multiple costing method options -- You shouldn’t be limited to just one me... read more.

HR ALERT: NJ Minimum Wage Increase

By Wiss, Posted in Human Resources

Updated February 4, 2019 Governor Murphy has now signed the bill raising the minimum wage in New Jersey, something we have started to see in other states.  The state’s legislature had only passed the bill last week, but Governor Murphy quickly signed it, having been a strong advocate for this change.  The new law will raise the minimum wage in increments.  The first increase is set for July 1, 2019 when it rises to $10 an hour for most workers, with future increases each year in Janua... read more.

The Critical Importance of Effective Cybersecurity in Your Business

By Wiss, Posted in Advisory Services

Cybersecurity does not offer a return on investment -- unless you count stable client relations, peace of mind, insurance against the financial, and public relations disaster that can result from digital criminal activity. In other words, cybersecurity is something that your business will hardly notice if it’s functioning well, and deeply regret if it goes wrong. The Real Costs of Intrusion Data breach can be a crisis for your business in a number of ways. Here are some of the leading financial and... read more.

Retirement Savings and Tax Deduction Strategies for 2018 Filers

By Wiss, Posted in Tax

Whether you’re self-employed or working for someone else, tax filing season is a great excuse to start thinking about strategies to lower your taxable income and maximize your retirement savings.  You still have time. You have until April 15 to make contributions to your retirement accounts and have it apply to the 2018 tax year. If you file for an extension, your deadline for doing this in 2019 is October 15. The following information will be especially useful if you discover or suspect you&rs... read more.

Why Your Business Should Embrace Digital Transformation

By Wiss, Posted in Advisory Services

The term “digital transformation” probably sounds a bit intimidating. Like something beyond your capabilities and a drag on your business in trying to undertake it. So let’s start with a basic definition that’s not quite so off-putting. Digital transformation is simply your efforts to integrate digital technology into all areas of your business. The right mix of digital technology solutions will make your company run smoother and more productively internally, and yield bottom-line,... read more.

12 Days of Self-Care - Day 12: Paul Lembo

By Wiss, Posted in Wiss Gets Personal

When you hear about self-care, the first things that usually come to mind are exercising, spending time with family and friends and other types of activities that make you feel at peace. Don’t get me wrong, I love hanging out with my daughter just as much as the next dad, maybe more. I also try very hard to be in the gym 4-5 days a week. However, there is one hobby that I participate in which most people probably don’t think of when they talking about self-care. In fact, I am willing to be that... read more.

12 Days of Self-Care - Day 11: Laura Grigoriew

By Wiss, Posted in Wiss Gets Personal

In this fast paced world that we live in it is far too easy to forget about self-care. As the holiday season and year end approaches, the to-do lists are only getting longer which is why I love working for a company who cares about prioritizing self-care on that list! When I think of self-care, I think of the pre-flight safety cards that stress the importance of putting your own oxygen mask on first. My favorite form of self-care is backcountry camping. Day hikes are great for a short escape, but backpacki... read more.

Denial of Expense Deductions for Marijuana Businesses Is Reinforced

By Wiss, Posted in Food & Beverage

In the most recent in a now developing line of Tax Court cases involving the application of Section 280E of the Internal Revenue Code, a hard blow struck the ever-expanding cannabis industry.  In Patients Mutual Assistance Collective Corp. (dba Harborside Health Center) (“Harborside”), v. Commissioner, 151 T.C. No. 11 (November 29, 2018), the Tax Court rejected a variety of arguments in support of ordinary and necessary business deductions and costs of goods sold taken by a taxpayer running... read more.