Tax Warrior Chronicles

Understanding REITs and Their Place in Your Portfolio

Posted on Fri, Mar 06, 2020

By: Stuart Shikiar, Albert Sipzener, Lockwood Sloan and Sam Shikiar


Real estate has been a time-tested addition to investor portfolios. Real Estate Investment Trusts, or REITs, provide an opportunity for tax-advantaged income investing. Today’s post features a discussion by the team at Shikiar Asset Management, a New York-based registered investment advisor and long-time friend of Drucker & Scaccetti.  Here is what they have to say about REITs…

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Tax Rates and Brackets at Your Fingertips!

Posted on Mon, Feb 04, 2019

Memorizing the different tax brackets, rates, standard deduction amounts, etc., is near impossible for most. Unless you are an accountant, these numbers don’t come naturally. Truth be told, even we need to look up something every now and then. As a handout at our presentations, we’ve prepared a two-page 2017-2019 comparative federal tax sheet. It is extremely helpful to have at your fingertips to quickly find brackets, limits, rates, and exclusions of more common areas of the code. Keep it handy for when you or your client may need it.

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Section 199A Aggregation Rules

Posted on Wed, Jan 30, 2019

By: Lana Goldina, CPA, and Dan Marques, CPA, MT


The infamous Section 199A, also known as “20% pass-through deduction,” is considered one of the most complex areas of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. On Friday, January 18, the IRS issued final regulations on parts of the law. Among the many issues and questions needing clarification under Section 199A is how you can elect to aggregate your trades or businesses to potentially maximize the qualified business income (“QBI”) deduction.

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