How Did We Get Here?

On September 9, 1776, Congress officially adopted “United States” of America as the name of our then-newly-born nation. The former British colonies had previously referred to themselves as the “United Colonies.” In March of 1781, the Articles of Confederation went into effect, after having been ratified by all thirteen States.

The State of NY Tax

Last week, New York’s Governor Cuomo released his proposed budget for the State’s 2021 fiscal year. After criticizing the Federal limitation on itemized deductions for state and local taxes,[i] the Governor commented on the “out-migration” from the State of many high-earning New Yorkers, thus implying a causal connection between

As we approach the end of 2019, I am reminded that this was supposed to have been the year in which New York’s estate tax exclusion amount was to have become the same as the federal estate tax exclusion amount.[i] As things turned out, it didn’t come close, but that wasn’t Albany’s fault, not

“Charitable Behavior”

Our society is fortunate that so many business owners are charitably inclined.

In many cases, their charitable activities are motivated purely by a desire to help others, whether the object of their assistance is a favorite social welfare agency, museum, school or university, religious institution, hospital, scientific research organization, or you name it.

“Charitable Behavior”

Our society is fortunate that so many business owners are charitably inclined.

In many cases, their charitable activities are motivated purely by a desire to help others, whether the object of their assistance is a favorite social welfare agency, museum, school or university, religious institution, hospital, scientific research organization, or you name it.

If I Had a Dollar . . .

How many times have you sat with a client who wants to leave N.Y. for a jurisdiction with a more pleasant “tax climate?” A place where the combined state and local personal income tax rate does not approach 12.87-percent,[i] where the sales tax is well below