New York Chapter


Chapter President

Nick Kounios, EA
Pinnacle Taxx Advisors
359 E. Main Street, Suite 1D
Mount Kisco, NY 10549-3035
Phone: 914.244.8930



Chapter Announcements

Special Announcement - National Conference Meet and Greet


The NY Chapter Fall Series starts October 19th!Yes9/21/2015 8:40 AM
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  • Kathryn M Keane, EA
010/7/2015 2:40 PM

The NY Chapter's Annual Meeting will be October 23rd, 2015 at the Binghamton Doubletree Hotel on Water Street!

The Annual Meeting will be held at Lunch during the Binghamton Essential Class with Keynote Speaker NYS DTF Commissioner Jerry Boone!

If you would like to attend the Annual Meeting, but not the Essential Seminar, the fee is $30.

Reserve your spot today! Early Bird Pricing for the Binghamton Essential Class ends 10/9/15!

See below to get your registration form!…/Docume…/2015ny-fallseries-flyer.pdf

10/7/2015 2:40 PMNo
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  • Kathryn M Keane, EA
09/23/2015 2:49 PM

​Information about our upcoming Fall Series can be found on the Chapter's Education page along with the registration form.


Also keep an eye out for our John Hnat Scholarship! We are offering a scholarship for our 2016 Essential and Comprehensive 201 classes!

9/23/2015 2:49 PMNo
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  • Donald E Raymond, EA
07/30/2015 2:58 PM

​Resident taxpayer is moving to PA and does 1031 exchange of NY farm property with PA farm property.  Will the gain on the sale of the NY property be taxable in NY or will it be deferred because of the 1031 exchange?

7/30/2015 2:58 PMNo
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  • Anna Kubenik, CPA
12/5/2015 2:40 PM

​I have a taxayer and spouse who are both resident of NY state. She works for NYC and lives in NYC. He works and lives outside the city. They file a joint federal return. How do I file the NYS return and the NYC return? Do they file a joint NYS return and she files separately for NYC? If the later is the way to file, what form do I use? And will they lose the education credit for NY if the file separate returns for NY.  

Edward L Arcara, CPA7/16/2015 1:05 PMNo
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  • Kathryn M Keane, EA
07/13/2015 12:22 PM

​If you are going to conference, don't forget to stop by the Spirits Lounge at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside on Monday July 20th (immediately following the Charity Auction) for the NY Chapter Meet & Greet! You will get a chance to meet other Chapter Members, talk with colleagues, learn more about our upcoming education programs and get to meet members of your NY Chapter Board! So stop by Monday night and let us buy you a drink!

7/13/2015 12:22 PMNo
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  • Kathryn M Keane, EA
06/15/2015 7:46 AM

​The NY  Chapter will host a member gathering on Monday evening after the Auction.  Watch the Announcement Board near the Registration Area at Conference site.  Info will be posted by 6 PM Sunday evening.


6/15/2015 7:46 AMNo
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  • Robert E Kaczmarek
312/31/2014 12:57 PM

Due to having open heart surgery and an additional surgery on my groin, I was not physically able to attend your WNY Tax review session.  I was wondering why you only schedule one session in Buffalo (Amherst, NY) this year. I know that you will say that there was a session in Rochester, NY. However circumstances prevent members from attending distance sessions. Therefore, how can I get CPE credits for NYS Tax Changes?​

Kathryn M Keane, EA6/10/2015 10:14 AMNo
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  • James M Kronenberg, CPA EA
02/11/2015 2:05 AM

​Wondering if NYS resident with IRC Sec 1231 gain (sale of residential real estate with IRC Sec 1250 nonrecapture portion as well) must follow  NYS/NYC IT-215 Line 2 instructions (see below) so that EIC for NYS/NYC is disallowed when including 1231 gain as "Investment Income" for IT-215 purposes (strict use of IRS 1040 line 13 amount) but it is excluded per Fed EIC worksheet so Fed EIC is generated ?

"Line 2 – You cannot claim the New York State and New York City earned income credits if your investment income is more than $3,350. For most people, investment income is the total amount of: – taxable interest (from line 8a of federal Form 1040 or 1040A); – tax-exempt interest (from line 8b of federal Form 1040 or 1040A); – ordinary dividends income (from line 9a of federal Form 1040 or 1040A); and – capital gain net income from line 10 of Form 1040A or line 13 of Form 1040 (if more than zero). For additional information on what qualifies as investment income, see federal Publication 596, Earned Income Credit."

​Thanks for your feedback !  Appreciate any insights or tax software treatment experiences involving this.

2/11/2015 2:05 AMNo
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  • Megan Sonicksen
19/30/2013 8:31 AM

​Please use this discussion board for discussions specifically relating to the Chapter, state or local tax discussions.

For general discussion items relating to business management, federal tax or education, please use the discussion board located under Member Center>Community.

Anna Kubenik, CPA2/5/2015 2:34 PMNo
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  • Jeffrey Almanzar, AFSP
12/2/2015 4:46 PM


I just joined NATP, I was wondering if there is a NYC chapter?

if so how can i get involved?

Jeffrey Almanzar

Steve Schultz2/5/2015 7:19 AMNo
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  • Amy Dunham
39/24/2014 7:25 PM

​ok a little frustrated that I have just heard about the $350 tax credit that will be mailed in a few weeks based on 2012 tax filings.  Anyone else just learning about this?  Any other details out there?

Kathryn M Keane, EA1/2/2015 12:14 PMNo
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  • Cindy R Kawecki, CPA
112/8/2014 9:54 PM
Kathryn M Keane, EA1/2/2015 12:06 PMNo
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  • W Ralph Sommers, EA
011/13/2014 1:36 PM

​After reviewing the 4 hour course topics I wonder how "they" are going to do all of those topics in 4 hours..I would expect each to be a full day course. On the 16 hr course where is the "preparation" instruction?..look like they just want efile specialists and they will just correct them all....

11/13/2014 1:36 PMNo
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  • Kathryn M Keane, EA
010/8/2014 2:32 PM

NYS just released its list of education to meet their requirement of four credits.  These are NOT offered by the Chapter.  Sadly, if you hold a NYTRIN, you are required to take these classes.  Check out ​

10/8/2014 2:32 PMNo
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  • Robert Schnitzer, CPA
54/23/2014 7:53 AM
Can someone tell me, in a concise format, the NEW New York State requirements for tax preparers?  (e.g.: Continuing education, test taking, etc.).   Also, when is it effective.  Thank you very much.

Kathryn M Keane, EA10/1/2014 12:57 PMNo
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  • Mary Sue Hertzler, EA
57/15/2014 4:53 PM

​does anyone know the date for the nys essential update to be held in hauppauge ny?



mary sue hertzler

Kathryn M Keane, EA9/25/2014 6:06 PMNo
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  • Richard Paul Gardner
09/4/2014 12:34 PM

​I have been made aware of New York Taxation enforcing a law that prohibits tax preparers from chargeing a fee to offer bank products.  You should contact your bank and software provider for further guidance on the future of these products.  Dont wait untill January, there are options avalable.

9/4/2014 12:34 PMNo
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  • Kenneth Portera, ATP EA
24/6/2014 10:48 AM

​I"m a NJ NATP member but have a question on about getting an energy credit for a non - resident with NY sourced income. 

Does the taxpayer's residence need to be in NY State to get the credit or does the state allow energy credits for non residents

​ Thanks

Robert Schnitzer, CPA7/31/2014 1:32 PMNo
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  • Richard Paul Gardner
27/1/2014 12:00 PM

​Please take a look on the NATP website for information that is sure to make the preparers who passed the RTRP very happy.  The IRS is now having the voluntary testing of non enrolled preparers.  IRS has listed RTRP as exempt from testing.  They have now aknowledged the RTRP status.  Please post your questions or comments here.

Richard Paul Gardner7/17/2014 11:27 AMNo
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  • Kathryn M Keane, EA
17/2/2014 12:05 PM

Check out the Education page to see our Brochure for our Summer Series.


Thanks so much for the discussions here!

Kathryn  Keane, EA

Chapter Education Committee Chair​

Alan Brachfeld, EA7/16/2014 3:50 PMNo
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