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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 three-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 eligible plan participants should […]

Important Considerations for Adapting to Evolving Market Demands and Changing Business Models by Hector E. Aguililla, CPA

The pandemic and subsequent years of economic uncertainty have proven that change is the one constant business leaders must accept and continually prepare for, not only to survive, but also to thrive over the long term. While changes may involve modifications to specific segments of a business, such as narrowing or expanding geographic distribution, products […]

Is it Time for your Business to Purchase Lease Accounting Software? by Whitney K. Schiffer, CPA

Time is up for private companies to comply with the new lease accounting standards (ASC 842), which require businesses to begin recording the assets and liabilities of all leases, including operating leases, on their balance sheets. For calendar-year companies, the new lease accounting standard is effective on January 1, 2022. Private companies that have already […]

Tax Reform Spurs Immediate Need for Business Valuations by Daniel S. Hughes, CPA/CFF, CGMA, CVA

Business owners already struggling with the continued uncertainty surrounding the pandemic are also facing the prospect of higher taxes and a resulting negative impact on company cash flow, profitability and valuations. For some, this environment will accelerate business sales or mergers and require significant alterations to existing estate plans – all of which will require […]

Your Businesses May Be Missing Out on R&D Tax Credits by Karen A. Lake, CPA

The federal research and development (R&D) tax credit is one of the most valuable tax incentives while also being one of the most misunderstood. Contrary to popular belief, eligibility is not limited to businesses that employ scientists, develop cutting-edge products or make groundbreaking discoveries. Rather, it may apply to businesses, large and small, in a […]

Cannabis Businesses, Investors Can Reap Tax Savings When They Plan Well by Joshua P. Heberling, CPA

Even as New York prepares to join a growing number of U.S. states to legalize the sales of marijuana for recreational purposes, cannabis continues to be treated on the federal level as an illegal Schedule I substance. As a result, taxpayers involved in the cannabis industry, either as investors or business operators, face a landmine of […]

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 […]

IRS Finalizes Additional Regulations for 100 Percent Bonus Depreciation by Angie Adames, CPA

On Sept. 21, 2020, the IRS released the last set of final regulations regarding the 100 percent first-year bonus-depreciation deduction on qualifying business assets, which Congress introduced at the end of 2017 as a part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The final regulations clarify and amend previous guidance relating to the definition […]

Is Your Business Protected Against Coronavirus-Related Losses? by Daniel S. Hughes, CPA/CFF/CGMA, CVA

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a profound impact on lives, businesses and commerce across the globe. As the disease continues to spread, countries have closed their borders, financial markets have fallen, supply chains have become disrupted and businesses are facing the potential of mounting losses that may continue for some time. The longer it […]

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 […]

Is it Time for your Business to Purchase Lease Accounting Software? by Whitney Schiffer, CPA

Private companies and nonprofit organization struggling to adopt the new lease accounting standard (ASC 842) are getting a reprieve from the Financial Accounting Standards Board, which voted to delay the effective date of compliance by one year to Jan. 1, 2021. Affected entities should use the additional time to consider how they can more effectively […]

Washington Outlines Its Vision of Tax Reform by Edward N. Cooper, CPA

On September 27, 2017, President Trump and top Republican leaders unveiled the latest round of updates to what they see as the future of the Tax Code. While it remains to be seen whether the tax reform package in its current state will become the law, it is important for taxpayers to understand what the […]

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 […]

Best Practices for Businesses after a Disaster By Daniel Hughes, CPA/CFF/CGMA

As we deal with peak hurricane season, we are reminded once again of the importance of preparing for and responding to natural disasters in order to minimize losses and ensure long-term viability.  The actions a business takes during the first few days following a loss can often determine the success of its recovery and settlement […]

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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 Adds Five Associate Directors

Miami, February 2022– Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors + CPAs today announced the addition of five new associate directors to the firm. The new associate directors are Oleg Beloglazov, ASA, CFA, ACCA; Gary L. Curtis, CPA; Liz McGrath, Laura Schulte, JD; and Jason Soman, CPA/ABV, CFE,ASA, CDFA®. Chief Executive Officer Joseph L. Saka commented, “The addition […]

Berkowitz Pollack Brant Promotes Three to Director

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Berkowitz Pollack Brant Announces Promotions

MIAMI, FL, August 10, 2017 – Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants has promoted three firm members to the associate director level. Guillermo Campos, CPA, associate director of International Tax Services, focuses on matters involving foreign earned income exclusion, U.S. inbound and outbound investments, pre-immigration planning, and foreign and domestic trusts. Campos is a graduate […]

Berkowitz Pollack Brant Promotes Two to Director

MIAMI, FL, July 15, 2017 – Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants has promoted two firm members to director. Hector Aguililla, CPA, is a director in the Audit and Attest practice and Anthony Gutierrez, CPA, is a director in the Tax Services practice. Berkowitz Pollack Brant CEO Joseph L. Saka commented, “We are proud to […]

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 […]

Richard A. Berkowitz, JD, CPA, Joins Board of The Miami Foundation

MIAMI – March 1, 2016 – Four new members, ranging in industry specialization from financial services to business incubation and the nonprofit sector, have been appointed to The Miami Foundation’s Board of Trustees: Richard A. Berkowitz, J.D., CPA, CEO of Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants and chairman of Provenance Wealth Advisors; Annette Franqui, co-founding […]

Berkowitz Pollack Brant Promotes Cherry Laufenberg, CPA, to Associate Director

MIAMI, FL, Nov. 6, 2015 – Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants has promoted Cherry Laufenberg, CPA, to associate director in the Tax Services practice. Laufenberg has nearly 15 years of experience providing tax and consulting services to corporations, trusts and foreign entities. With diversified skills and a focus on helping her clients operate more […]

Berkowitz Pollack Brant Promotes David Kolan

MIAMI, FL, July 15, 2015 – Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants CEO Richard Berkowitz today announced that David E Kolan, CPA, has been promoted to director-in-charge of the firm’s Audit and Attest Services practice. Kolan has more than 30 years of experience in audit and attest services and firm leadership. He focuses his practice […]

Robert C Aldir CPA Promoted to Associate Director

MIAMI, FL, Aug. 15, 2014 – Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants has promoted Robert C. Aldir, CPA, to associate director in the Audit and Attest Services practice. Aldir has more than 10 years of public accounting experience in the financial services, retail, casinos and gaming, manufacturing and construction industries. A Certified Public Accountant in […]

Robert Aldir Joins Berkowitz Pollack Brant

MIAMI, FL, Nov. 19, 2012 – Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants has hired Robert Aldir CPA as a senior manager in its Audit and Attest practice. Aldir most recently served as a senior manager in the Audit and Enterprise Risk Services group of the Miami office of Deloitte. He brings more than 10 years […]

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Jeff Stamm, CPA

Jeff Stamm leads the firm’s Transaction Advisory Services group and handles a wide range of buy-side and sell-side transaction activities for clients in a diverse array of industries. Stamm has over a decade of M&A experience and has successfully completed more than 100 transactions with a cumulative transaction value in excess of $16 billion. His […]

Gary L. Curtis, CPA

Gary L. Curtis has more than 30 years of experience providing tax compliance and consulting services to corporations, S-corporations and partnerships, including multi-state income tax returns and planning. Curtis specializes in assisting companies with mergers and acquisitions, due diligence and divestiture structuring. In addition, he helps clients in the manufacturing, real estate, retail and technology […]

Savannah Snow, CPA

Savannah Snow provides federal, state and international tax consulting and compliance services to entrepreneurial business owners, corporations and their subsidiaries, and high-net-worth families in the U.S. and around the world. Snow focuses on tax strategies for closely held businesses and families as they grow within the U.S. and abroad.

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 […]

Michael Vegueria, CPA

Michael Vegueria has nearly 10 years of experience providing auditing, accounting and business consulting services to closely-held businesses in the private sector. Vegueria serves clients in the manufacturing and distribution, real estate, construction, media and entertainment and hospitality sectors.

Mikel Gastaminsa, CPA

Mikel Gastaminsa has nearly ten years of experience providing auditing, accounting and business consulting services to private company and public company clients in a wide range of industries. In addition, he has served clients through reporting to foreign-based parent companies and converting US GAAP statements to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

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.

Ina Mitskevich, CPA

Ina Mitskevich provides accounting, auditing and consulting services to privately held businesses. With nearly 10 years of experience in the audit and accounting field, she serves a diverse client base in a variety of industries including real estate development and management, distribution and retail. Mitskevich has worked with companies in the private and public sectors. […]

Joshua Hallett

For nearly 10 years Joshua Hallett has provided audit and consulting services to private and publicly traded companies in a wide range of industries. Hallett has worked as an internal and external auditor for public companies and has experience with the new leasing accounting standards and revenue recognition standards. Throughout his career he has helped […]

Brent Leslie, CPA

For more than 15 years Brent Leslie has worked with domestic and international clients in a wide range of industries. His audit experience, coupled with transaction advisory, budgeting and accounting skill, makes him a valued advisor for clients at all stages of their lifecycles. Leslie has experience working with private and publicly owned companies and […]

Richard Cabrera, JD, LL.M, CPA

Richard Cabrera provides tax and consulting services to high-net worth families and companies. He helps corporations with mergers and acquisitions including restructuring, inversions, and tax planning disputes. Individual clients frequently call him to handle state and local tax matters, credits and incentives, nexus studies and civil tax issues.

Angie Adames, CPA

For nearly 20 years Angie Adames has provided tax and consulting services to real estate companies, manufacturing, high net worth individuals and closely owned businesses. She specializes in pass-through entities and real estate transactions. She was a member of the National Tax Office Pass-Through Technical Community and Tangible Property Task Force for several years at […]

Rachel Gram, CPA

Rachel Gram focuses her practice on audit work in the distribution and employee benefit plan industries. With nearly 10 years of experience in the audit and accounting fields, she serves a diverse client base in a variety of industries including retail, manufacturing and entertainment. Throughout her career Gram has worked with companies in the private […]

David E. Kolan, CPA

David Kolan has more than 30 years of experience providing audit, attest and business consulting services to domestic and international companies, partnerships and entrepreneurs.  During his career he has assisted hundreds of companies in the development of strategic plans, corporate reorganizations, debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence and succession planning. As a […]

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IC-DISC Studies

Since 1971, Congress has encouraged U.S. companies to export and take advantage of export tax incentives through the use of an IC-DISC. Congress revised these rules in 1984 to be World Trade Organization (WTO) compliant. Despite the repeal of other export tax incentives such as the Extra-territorial Income Exclusion (ETI), the IC-DISC will survive as […]

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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.