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You Mean I Have to Take the Money?
5 Things You Need to Know About Required Minimum Distributions

By Gary Sigman, CPA, M Tax, PFS
Senior Tax Manager

Another year older. And, if you are one of the millions of folks who not only turned 70, but reached the age of 70 1/2 in 2016 (this is where the half year matters), you will need to start taking Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from your retirement plans.

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4 Sanity-Saving Tax Tips for Small Business Owners

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Tax Senior

If you’re a small business owner, time is running out to take advantage of some income tax reduction strategies before the end of the year.  As the end of the year approaches, it is a good time to think of planning moves that will help lower your tax bill for this year.  Factors that compound the planning challenge this year include overall economic uncertainty and Congress's customary failure to act on important tax breaks that will expire at the end of 2016. 

3 Changes in the Tax Return Due Dates That May Affect You

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Senior Tax Manager

There are changes in due dates coming for many different business tax returns beginning in 2017, and many business owners are unaware of these changes.  What’s changing and how is it changing? 

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Dec. 9 Presentation

Partner Howard Kass will serve as a presenter for the National Business Institute during their December 9th day-long conference “Use of LLCs in Asset Protection and Estate Planning.”

Kass will present “Structuring the LLC with Future Generations in Mind,” a topic beneficial to attorneys, paralegals, estate and financial planners, trust officers, and investment advisors who serve owners of closely held businesses.

The seminar, approved for CEUs for various professions, will be held at the Holiday Inn Independence and features several breakout sessions. The event is open to the public. To register, contact the NBI at 216-524-8050.

Partner Gabe Adler
Selected as Panelist and Presenter at Commercial Real Estate Development Seminar

Partner Gabe Adler recently presented How the New FASB Accounting Standard Will Affect Commercial Real Estate Leases at the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP) October meeting. The event, which included a panel discussion in which Adler also participated, addressed the hottest legal and accounting issues happening today that could affect commercial real estate.  Learn more: download Adler’s FREE Ebook The New Lease Accounting Standards here.

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Partner Sue Krantz and Marketing Director Susan Licate recently attended the 33rd Annual National Philanthropy Day AFP Greater Cleveland, along with hundreds of other not-for-profit professionals and their affiliates. The event celebrated the outstanding work our area organizations provide and recognized and awarded several folks for their tireless humanitarian efforts.

A Toast to Prosperity!

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Zinner & Co. continued their longtime support and sponsorship for The Epilepsy Association’s 25th Anniversary Gala held November 4, 2016. Partners Gabe Adler, with his wife Nicki, and Sue Krantz who also serves as an Epilepsy Association Board Member, along with her husband Jonathan, shared the night with Zinner staff accountant Jonathan Elliott and his wife, Genesis, and Marketing Director Susan Licate and her daughter Vanessa Dunne. The evening of festivities included dinner, dancing, and a silent and live auction which raised close to $50,000. We're proud of the diligent work the Association does to provide those folks in our community who are affected by seizures and to their families to provide resources, programming, and education.

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Zinner & Co. is proud to support our community as a 2016 Gift of Lights sponsor to benefit Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. The family-friendly event, held at Victory Park, Ohio, opened November 18 and runs through January 1, 2017. The event includes a 1.2 mile lighting display and various activities throughout the season. Learn more at  or

 Mazel Tov to the Honorees!
The firm was well-represented at the 2016 Cleveland Jewish News Difference Makers recognition and award ceremony held November 20

“We’re thrilled to attend and support the Cleveland Jewish News Difference Makers’ event. It is inspiring to read the stories of the 18 Difference Makers honorees. They are remarkable individuals, especially when you consider the magnitude of their impact on our community, and the lives they touch as a result of their giving spirt and humble generosity; they truly are Difference Makers,” said Sue Krantz, CPA, firm partner and a member of the Board of Directors for the Cleveland Jewish News. In addition to the 18 honorees, the highlight of the evening was businessman and philanthropist Sam Miller, who received the Lifetime Achievement award. Read more about the 18 Difference Makers here.

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READ: Cash Flow and Contractors – Tips on avoiding one of the construction industry’s most common pitfalls 

Tax Senior Mike Hermes, CPA, Properties Magazine, November, 2016


Download: 2016 Year End Planning Guide

With the 2016 tax year coming to a close, many individuals and business owners are asking what they can do to reduce their tax obligation, discover tax credit opportunities, or set themselves in a more favorable tax position.

From accelerating mortgage payments to charitable contributions, to deferments and deductions, this Year End Planning Ebook will provide you with options, suggestions and solutions you can begin to implement right now.

And, if you have any questions, our CPAs and management advisors will meet with you for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to ensure you step in to 2017 with strong financial footing.