Moving Forward… With Your Commercial Lease

Commercial landlords and tenants find themselves in a dynamic and ever-changing landscape as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent protective measures being taken.  Entire industries have been shuttered pursuant to emergency orders.  The current situation continues to impact both landlords and tenants under commercial leases and both must be proactive in assessing […]

Moving Forward… FFCRA Poster is Now Available

The required poster for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act is now available on the Department of Labor’s website. Every covered employer must post a notice of the FFCRA’s requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises. Additionally, employers may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing this notice to employees, or posting this notice […]

Moving Forward… A Q&A regarding the FFCRA

The Department of Labor just posted a helpful Q&A regarding the recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  Both employers and employees should find the Q&A helpful in answering some common questions regarding the application and execution of the FFCRA. This client alert is intended to summarize significant employment and tax aspects of this […]

Moving Forward… What Does the Ohio Department of Health Director’s Stay at Home Order Mean for Your Business?

On Sunday, March 22, 2020, to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor DeWine announced that Dr. Amy Acton, the Director of the Ohio Department of Health (the “Director”), exercised her authority under Ohio Revised Code Section 3701.13 to issue a quarantine and isolation order, titled “Director’s Stay at Home Order” (the “Order”). WHEN […]

Moving Forward . . . What Employers Need to Know About the FFCRA

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act.”  The new law was intended to provide temporary relief to employees and employers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and includes, among other provisions, the following significant employment and tax provisions: 1.      The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, which […]

Ronald J. Teplitzky Named President of Singerman, Mills, Desberg & Kauntz Co., L.P.A.

Ron Teplitzky has been named President of Singerman, Mills, Desberg & Kauntz Co., L.P.A. (SMDK) to succeed Paul Singerman, who helped found the Firm in 2001 and served as President since then. Mr. Singerman will now become Chairman. Ron Teplitzky, who has been practicing law for more than 30 years, has been with SMDK since […]

Changes to Retirement Account Planning Under the SECURE Act

By Abbie R. Pappas, Esq. and Edmund G. Kauntz, Esq. On December 20, 2019, the President signed into law the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (“SECURE”) Act. The SECURE Act includes several significant changes to the laws governing qualified retirement accounts (such as IRA and 401k accounts), including the following: Changes to Distribution […]

Ohio Opportunity Zone Tax Credit

By Edmund G. Kauntz, Esq. The just-passed Ohio Budget Bill for the two years beginning July 1, 2019 includes a very favorable provision for Ohio investors – an Ohio opportunity zone tax credit.  This new tax credit has the following features: It applies to federally-designated opportunity zones located in Ohio. It allows any investor in a qualified […]

Samuel S. Pearlman Tribute

 It is with great sadness that we remember our colleague, Samuel S. Pearlman, who passed away on February 6, 2018.  Sam attended the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude, was a member of the Order of the Coif, and was an Editor of the University […]

New Ohio Tax Amnesty Program

By Edmund G. Kauntz, Esq. In last year’s budget bill, the Ohio legislature created an amnesty program for most Ohio taxes which were unreported/underreported and unpaid as of May 1, 2017.  The program runs only from January 1 through February 15, 2018.  If your application for amnesty is approved, you will avoid 100% of any applicable […]