IssuesWatch Podcast

This bi-weekly podcast, hosted by NJCPA Vice President of Government Relations Jeff Kaszerman, covers the latest New Jersey policy and political issues, because you need to know both. The focus is on business and economic issues impacting the business community and all New Jerseyans.

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IssuesWatch Podcast


  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    Key Steps to Ensuring the Economic Health of New Jersey’s Cannabis Industry

    November 24, 2020
    New Jersey voters recently approved the legalization of adult-use cannabis – but that was the just first step in getting this promising new industry off the ground. Learn about the legislative and regulatory efforts underway, including the NJCPA’s proposal to level the playing field from a tax standpoint.
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    Analyzing the Election

    November 13, 2020
    It’s been a wild ride and one for the history books! Listen to our insightful and passionate conversation with Bill Pascrell III about the election process, the delayed results and predictions for the future. Bill shares his unique perspectives which are built on a long career as an advisor to state and federal candidates, an election law attorney and a lobbyist.
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    Insights Into the Election

    October 23, 2020
    This is an election season like no other. The differences on the issues and in the personalities of the two presidential candidates are as stark as black and white. And there are some very consequential congressional races as well. With so much at stake, we’re bringing you expert insights from Washington lobbyist Rob Zucker on everything from current polling numbers to the timing of election results to the implications of those results.
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    Tax Policies of the Presidential Candidates

    October 20, 2020
    It’s no secret that President Trump and Vice President Biden have starkly different positions on many issues. And with so many issues to talk about, taxes don’t often make the list. But the disparate tax policies of the two presidential candidates warrant attention. Listen as two tax experts from Crowe break down the candidates’ positions on individual tax, corporate tax, energy, payroll, retirement and healthcare.
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    Analyzing New Jersey’s New Budget

    October 6, 2020
    We’re not going to mince words: New Jersey’s FY21 budget is a disaster. The $37.2 billion budget covering Oct. 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, includes significant spending increases over last year, $700 million in tax hikes — including an expansion of the millionaires tax and an extension of the CBT surtax — and $4.5 billion in borrowing. Listen as Chris Emigholz, vice president of government affairs at the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, breaks it all down and clears up confusion around some of the numbers.
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    Detection, Investigation and Prosecution of Tax Crimes

    September 22, 2020
    How are tax crimes investigated and prosecuted? And what should a CPA do when he or she believes tax fraud is taking place? Find out in this episode when we talk with IRS Special Agent Robert Glantz about IRS Criminal Investigation and NJCPA member Joseph Scutellaro, CPA, about professional conduct issues for CPAs.
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    New Jersey Budget Analysis, Take Two

    September 9, 2020
    On Aug. 25, Governor Phil Murphy issued his proposed budget for New Jersey’s abbreviated 2021 fiscal year, covering Oct. 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. Among other things, the budget includes: $4 billion in borrowing; $1.25 billion in cuts and savings; and $1 billion in tax increases, including an expansion of the top individual tax rate to those earning more than $1 million and restoration of the 2.5-percent CBT surtax. Listen as Richard Keevey and Dale Florio — who helped us analyze the Governor’s original budget proposal back in March just as the pandemic was ramping up — take an in-depth look at the budget and its political prospects.
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    Public Policy in New Jersey Amid the Pandemic

    August 25, 2020
    As New Jersey continues to battle through the coronavirus pandemic, there are numerous legislative and public policy issues impacting the state’s business community. This episode provides a rundown on the following issues: allowing more businesses to reopen; liability protection for businesses; a move to use the workers’ compensation fund for coronavirus claims; a “spyware” bill that could be harmful to New Jersey businesses; and new funding for New Jersey Economic Development Authority programs. Also, hear an update on a possible CPE deadline extension for New Jersey CPAs.
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    CPA Evolution

    August 11, 2020
    The process of becoming a certified public accountant is a rigorous one – and for good reason. CPAs are trusted professionals for the businesses they work for and the clients they serve. But with rapid changes in the business world, new skills and competencies are being sought by those hiring CPAs. That’s where the CPA Evolution initiative comes in. In this episode, Colleen Conrad from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and Julia Woislaw from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) discuss the proposed CPA Evolution model, its benefits and the next steps. View the PowerPoint slides Learn more about CPA Evolution
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    COVID-19’s Impact on the Financial Markets

    August 4, 2020
    It’s no secret that the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy has been significant and largely negative. But what about the financial markets? In this episode, Jeff Hanson, CPA – a financial planner with Traphagen CPAs & Wealth Advisors – discusses the short- and long-term impact of the pandemic on the financial markets. Have the markets followed the economy? Which markets have been impacted more than others? What’s the outlook for the coming year? Tune in for answers to these questions and more.