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Category: State & Local Taxes

New Jersey Revises Rules For Notary Publics

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On July 22, 2021, Governor Phil Murphy signed P.L. 2021, ch. 179, A-4250 (Downey)/S-2508(Gopal)  upgrading the laws concerning notaries and notarial acts.  What is “notarization”?  When an individual executes a legal document, a licensed notary public serves as an impartial witness to the execution of the document and to the…

New Jersey Extends Retirement Income Exclusion

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The State of New Jersey, recently reduced many retirees’ income taxes by extending a limited pension and retirement income exclusion to taxpayers with gross income exceeding $100,000 but not more than $150,000. New Jersey does not tax Social Security benefits or military pensions.  Since 2000, New Jersey has provided taxpayers…

New Jersey State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction Planning Opportunity

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In January 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation creating the Business Alternative Income Tax (BAIT). Effective for income tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, the legislation allows New Jersey pass-through entities (PTEs) to pay and deduct income tax at the entity level. The legislation provides…

New Jersey Budget Passage Includes Additional Income Taxes on Individuals with Taxable Income over $1 Million

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On September 29, 2020, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a budget for revised fiscal year 2021. The budget includes $32.7 billion in state funds and appropriation of 13.8 billion in federal funds.  The revised fiscal year begins October 1, 2020, due to the extension of fiscal year 2020 during the coronavirus…

New Jersey Supreme Court tackles issue of real estate taxation of private businesses on public properties

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Gourmet Dining, LLC, is a “for-profit” business entity that had entered into a management agreement with Kean University to operate a “high-end” restaurant called “Ursino” on Kean University property. The Gourmet Dining business is on University property and, as a state school, it is operated on property owned by the…

Governor Murphy’s Revised Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Proposal Includes Tax Increases

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On August 25, 2020, Governor Murphy released his revised budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 2021). The proposal includes tax policy changes estimated to yield just over a billion dollars for the nine-month FY 2021 period, including: Imposing the millionaire’s tax on all income above $1 million; Permanently incorporating…

New Jersey Sales Tax and Surcharges for COVID-19

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The New Jersey Division of Taxation issued a notice on the taxation of surcharges for COVID-19 precaution and prevention costs. Some sellers are imposing additional fees on customer invoices for COVID-19 related cost. These additional charges may be termed a COVID-19 Fee, Coronavirus Fee, PPE Fee, Sanitation Fee, Cleaning Fee…

Paying your Taxes in the Time of COVID

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The IRS recently issued Fact Sheet 2020-10 to remind taxpayers that they “have a variety of options to consider when paying federal taxes.” Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the filing deadline and tax payment due date was extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers filing Form 1040…

New Jersey Extends Certain Tax Filings due April 15, 2020.

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On April 14, 2019, Governor Murphy signed P.L.2020, c.___ (A3918) extending to July 15, 2020 the deadline for Gross Income Tax (GIT) and Corporation Business Tax (CBT) filings and payment ordinarily due April 15, 2020. The new law aligns New Jersey with the new federal deadline announced late last month….

Should the new “SECURE Act” changes encourage taxpayers to use a Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) as recipient of IRA benefits?

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In two recent Kulzer & DiPadova newsletters, we addressed a significant change to the law made by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (H.R. 1865, P.L. 116-94), the yearend funding measure signed by President Trump on December 20, 2019.  The first article, dated December 30, 2019, summarized the SECURE Act,…

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