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Unique Revenue Recognition Challenges for Hospitals, Healthcare Providers Under New Standard by Melissa Fleitas, CPA

The past two years have marked significant changes in the way in which businesses and non-profit entities, including hospitals, report their financial performance. Under accounting standards codification 606 (ASC 606), these entities must adopt new methods for recognizing the timing, amount and uncertainty of revenue from and expenses related to contracts with customers. While healthcare […]

Are Health Savings Accounts the Future of Healthcare? UPDATED for Tax Reform by Adam Cohen, CPA

While the current administration failed in its attempts to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), it did secure under a package of tax reform the elimination of the health care law’s individual mandate beginning in 2019. Regardless of how all of this will play out, one consistent trend that continues to […]

Year-End Tax Planning Amid Economic Uncertainty by Tony Gutierrez, CPA

Once again, year-end tax planning is complicated by an uncertain economic landscape. Despite a year of strong job growth and consumer spending, persistent inflation, rising interest rates and market volatility have stoked fears of an impending recession. On the political front, the November mid-term elections have left the country with a divided Congress that will […]

401(k) Plan Sponsors Get More Time to Adopt Amendments by Melissa Fleitas, CPA

Under recent guidance issued by the IRS, retirement plans, including 401(k)s, certain 403(b) plans and individual retirement accounts (IRAs), have additional time to adopt required amendments incorporating new legislation introduced in 2019 and 2020. The new deadline for non-governmental calendar-year plans to adopt these amendments has been postponed from December 31, 2022, to December 31, […]

UPDATED – What Does the Inflation Reduction Act Mean to Taxpayers? by Richard Cabrera, JD, LLM, CPA

The Inflation Reduction Act signed into law on Aug. 16, 2022, represents an investment of more than $430 billion in new federal spending to combat climate change, reduce consumers’ healthcare costs and lower the deficit. To help raise the revenue required to accomplish these goals, the bill includes a package of tax reforms impacting consumers […]

Employer Benefit Plan Sponsors Face New Audit Requirements by Melissa Fleitas, CPA

The July 31 deadline for businesses to file annual employee benefit plan returns (or request a two and a half month filing extension) is right around the corner. While all employers offering defined contribution plans will find a few changes to the information reporting requirements found on IRS Form 5500, those with 100 or more […]

5 Financial Lessons to Know After Landing Your First Job by Joanie B. Stein, CPA

Congratulations! You graduated college, secured a job and are entering the real world of financial independence. Before forging ahead and spending your first paycheck, take a moment to understand some basic lessons in financial responsibilities that you probably did not learn in school. Lesson 1: You Owe the Government Money Under U.S. law, all money […]

UPDATED – Did COVID-19 Layoffs Trigger a Partial 401(k) Plan Termination? by Melissa Fleitas, CPA

The Consolidations Appropriations Act of 2021, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020, provides 401(k) sponsors with welcome relief from partial plan terminations that may have otherwise occurred in the wake of COVID-19-related workforce reductions. Background  Under longstanding IRS rules, businesses that lay off 20 percent or more of employees covered by a defined-contribution plan in a […]

It’s Time for Business to Begin Tax Reporting for 2020 by Lewis Taub, CPA

In the rush to put 2020 in the rearview mirror and welcome in the promises of a New Year, employers should remember that there are some critical tax-reporting deadlines they must prepare to meet in the next few weeks. For example, businesses have until Feb. 1, 2021, to file Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statements, and […]

IRS Brings Back Old Form for Businesses to Report Non-Employee Compensation by Cherry Laufenberg, CPA

Businesses that usually file IRS Form 1099-MISC to report payments they make to independent contractors, gig-economy workers and outside consultants should prepare for change in the coming year. Effective for tax years beginning in 2020, the IRS requires businesses to report nonemployee compensation totaling $600 or more on Form 1099-NEC rather than including it on […]

IRS Allows Employees to Make Mid-Year Adjustments to FSAs as Part of CARES Act by Adam Cohen, CPA

One of the unanticipated consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a change to the actual healthcare expenses employees estimated when they made irrevocable salary-reduction elections to employer-sponsored cafeteria plans. In response, the IRS has issued a series of guidance offering taxpayers more time and flexibility to make mid-year changes to flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) […]

President Signs Second COVID-19 Emergency-Aid Package, Extends Paid Leave to More Employees and Provides Employers With Tax Credits by Andreea Cioara, CPA

On March 18, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), offering much needed relief to many American families and businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the provisions included in this second package of aid are the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“The Paid Sick Leave”) and the Emergency […]

Protect Elderly Family Members from Financial Crimes by Jack Winter. CPA

Financial crimes against the elderly more than quadrupled between 2013 and 2017, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). While anyone can fall prey to these scams, the elderly are typically more at risk. They may be challenged with the Internet of things and using new technology safely, or they may be unfamiliar with […]

You Cannot Deduct Lobbying Expenses Beginning in 2018 by Adam Cohen, CPA

The new tax law in effect on Jan. 1, 2018, repeals the business deduction for lobbying local governments and their officials, including the Indian Tribal Governments. While businesses are prohibited from deducting lobbying expenses on the federal and state levels, they previously could qualify to deduct the “ordinary and necessary” expenses they incurred to promote […]

The Border Adjustment Tax is Dead…or is It?? by James W. Spencer CPA

As Congress shifts its attention from healthcare to tax reform, key Republicans and the White House on July 27, 2017, issued a joint statement agreeing to “set aside” a proposed and much-hyped border adjustment tax (BAT) on imported goods. Business groups that feared a destination-based tax would drive up costs cheered this news. However, it […]


Brandon Bowers

For more than 20 years Brandon Bowers has served as an outsourced information technology resource to companies, growing firms and family offices. He and his team provide full-service help desk and technology consulting as well as cybersecurity and related IT support services to clients in the accounting, financial, government, healthcare and legal sectors.  Bowers has […]

Michelle Dominguez, CPA

Michelle Dominguez provides accounting and auditing services, litigation support and business consulting to a wide range of companies. With nearly ten years of experience in the accounting industry, Dominguez has worked with broker-dealers and public companies in a variety of consulting roles, including financial reporting and Sarbanes-Oxley preparation and reporting.

Anthony (Tony) Huber, JD, CPA

Tony Huber has more than 20 years of experience as a CPA and tax attorney. His work includes mergers, acquisitions, debt and equity issuances, liquidations, reorganizations, dispositions and distressed/ restructuring matters, as well as ongoing strategic tax planning. Huber’s client base includes sophisticated entrepreneurs, closely held companies, publicly traded corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies. […]

James “Tony” Salazar, CPA

Tony Salazar has more than 25 years of experience providing tax and consulting services to closely held businesses and high-net worth family groups in a diverse range of industries. Salazar helps individuals, corporations and partnerships with federal and state income tax planning and compliance, buy/sell transactions and structuring, and representation before the IRS and state […]

Kirk Jennings, CPA

Kirk Jennings is a skilled tax professional with long-standing experience with accounting for income taxes (ASC-740), corporate tax compliance, LLCs and pass-through entities. He also focuses on tax SEC reporting for public companies, as well as tax internal controls review and development and implementation for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. For more than 10 years, Jennings has provided […]

Joseph C. Leuchter, CPA

Joseph Leuchter works closely with individuals and businesses on their accounting, compliance and planning. The tax compliance component of his practice is primarily real estate focused and includes complex partnership structures and all aspects of federal and state taxes. In addition, he has a specialized focus on obtaining research and development tax credits.

Nicholas Angarano, CPA

Nicholas Angarano has provided business and tax consulting services for nearly 10 years. He has experience in helping real estate, hospitality and healthcare companies with federal tax compliance, tax planning, cost-segregation implementation and business consulting.

Sasha Massagardi, CPA

Sasha Massagardi has more than 10 years of experience auditing financial statements, reviewing internal controls and providing advisory services to businesses in a wide range of industries. Her expertise helps clients assess their financial and operational positions and make decisions to improve future performance and enhance third-party confidence in their financial statements.

Shanna Shim, CPA

Shanna Shim provides accounting, advisory, assurance and consulting services to a wide range of construction, distribution, healthcare and real estate development companies. She has experience managing accounting records and producing financial reports, including monthly closing, reconciliations and review and preparation of financial statements; as well as coordinating and overseeing the implementation of software systems and […]

Chet Cotter

Cotter has deep experience leveraging technology, business practices and operational leadership to help Fortune 50 companies, mid-market and entrepreneurial companies reach their goals. He has held leadership and consulting roles in a wide range of industries. Cotter’s multi-functional expertise includes strategy, management consulting, technology, process improvement, operations and accounting.

Debra Sears, CPA

Debra Sears has provided accounting services for more than 20 years. She specializes in privately held business as well as not for profit organizations and brings a wealth of knowledge to business owners, entrepreneurs and executives. Sears has developed a focus on cloud accounting systems and process improvement to help clients automate procedures to generate […]

Melissa Fleitas, CPA

Melissa Fleitas provides accounting, auditing and consulting services to a wide range of companies in the healthcare, manufacturing and distribution sectors.  She also has specialized experience in providing audits of 401(k) and other employee benefit plans. Fleitas has nearly 20 years of experience providing accounting and consulting services for the healthcare industry. She has developed […]

Adam Cohen, CPA

Adam Cohen’s practice focuses on tax planning and compliance for closely held companies in a wide range of industries.

Shea Smith, CPA

Shea A. Smith provides consulting, accounting and attest services for privately held businesses. With nearly 20 years of experience working with a variety of companies and industries, he brings a wealth of knowledge to business owners and entrepreneurs. Smith focuses his practice on entrepreneurial clients in many industries and helps them scale for growth and […]

Whitney K. Schiffer, CPA

Whitney Schiffer has provided auditing, accounting, business consulting and litigation support to clients in a variety of industries for more than 25 years. Leader of the firm’s healthcare group, Schiffer’s experience includes the annual audits of hospitals, medical centers, HMOs and third-party administrators. In addition, she conducts forensic investigations, internal audits, corporate retirement plan audits, […]

Press Releases

Richard Berkowitz Named to Miami Cancer Institute’s Board of Directors

July 18, 2022 – Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors + CPAs today announced its founding executive chairman, Richard A. Berkowitz, JD, CPA, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Miami Cancer Institute, a leading cancer research and treatment center affiliated with Baptist Health South Florida. Berkowitz’s deep commitment to the South Florida community is […]

Berkowitz Pollack Brant Welcomes New Director of Transaction Advisory Services

BOCA RATON, FL – May 15, 2022 – Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors + CPAs today announced that Jeff Stamm, CPA, has joined the firm as director of the Transaction Advisory Services practice. Stamm is joined by a team that will assist business owners, entrepreneurs and private equity firms with mergers and acquisitions. They primarily focus […]

Berkowitz Pollack Brant Announces New Director

MIAMI, October 1, 2020 – Chet Cotter has joined Berkowitz Pollack Brant as a director and leader of its Managed Solutions and Technology practice. The Managed Solutions and Technology team provides enterprise application recommendations and integration, full-service outsourced accounting solutions and systems management, and data analytics and e-discovery. Berkowitz Pollack Brant CEO Joseph L. Saka […]

Berkowitz Pollack Brant Ranked on Inside Public Accounting’s Top 100 List

MIAMI, August 29, 2016 – Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants, one of the largest firms in South Florida, was again included on Inside Public Accounting’s annual ranking of the top 100 largest firms in the US.   “Our growth and position in the top 100 is a testament to the culture we nurture every […]

Berkowitz Pollack Brant Announces Promotions to Associate Director

MIAMI, FL, August 24, 2016 – Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants has promoted six firm members to associate director level. Angie Adames, associate director of Tax Services, provides tax and consulting services to high-net-worth individuals, pass-through entities and businesses in the real estate and manufacturing industries. Laurence Bernstein, associate director of Tax Services, spearheads […]

Whitney Schiffer CPA Promoted to Director of Audit and Attest Services

MIAMI, Nov. 15, 2013 – Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants announced the promotion of Whitney Schiffer to the role of director in the Audit and Attest Services practice. An experienced auditor with more than 20 years of experience, Schiffer serves clients in the hospital, healthcare, non-profit and governmental sectors. “We are thrilled to promote […]


Firm Overview

Established in 1980, Berkowitz Pollack Brant (BPB) is a certified public accounting firm with offices in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton, Florida.
With more than 170 accountants, tax specialists and consultants, we are one of the largest accounting firms in South Florida and one of the top 100 firms in the United States.