Tuesday, November 10, 2020 – Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 8:00am – 4:30pm

Real Estate Virtual Conference

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the MSCPA has made the difficult decision to make all of our programs virtual-only events for the remainder of the year. We are ironing out the details for this event and will email you when the registration page is live. Please check back soon!




8:10 – 8:15 a.m. 

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Amy Pitter, MA Society of CPAs


8:15 – 9:15 a.m.

Tax Legislative and Policy Outlook

Ryan McCormick, The Real Estate Roundtable


9:20 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Cash Retention Strategies for Real Estate Investors

 Dave Fabian, MS Consultants

Jeff Hiatt, MS Consultants

The CARES Act and other recent tax legislation have created many opportunities for real estate owners, including the Qualified Improvement Property (QIP) technical correction many were waiting for.  We will discuss strategies and opportunities as provided by the reintroduction of NOL carrybacks, as well as the temporary elimination of the 80% NOL carryforward, favorable adjustments to Section 163(j), new abilities to amend tax returns, and of course QIP.  We will also discuss the post CARES Act Rev. Procs. and other updates, explaining ways to maximize the tax tools available for real estate owners.


10:20 – 10:30 a.m. 



10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  

Opportunity Zones

Forrest Milder, Nixon Peabody LLP


11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 

Lunch Break


12:20 – 1:20 p.m.

The Impact and Importance of Blockchain

Ron Quaranta, Wall Street Blockchain Alliance

Blockchain technology and cryptoassets continue their evolution in global markets, with many industries beginning to realize the benefits derived from these innovations. However, other industry participants, as well as legislators and regulators around the world, continue to struggle to understand their impact and importance. From banking to accounting, real estate, supply chain and more, these innovative technologies and products are reinventing a multitude of industries and professions. In this session, we’ll discuss the basics of blockchain technology and cryptoassets and address the opportunities as well as misconceptions and challenges of these new innovations. We’ll focus on the evolution of the accounting and audit professions in the wake of these emerging technologies and dive into changes and possibilities for the multi-trillion dollar global real estate market.


1:25 – 2:25 p.m. 

Accounting and Auditing Update

Al Erdmann, CPA, CGMA, Withum

In this session, we’ll cover various topics affecting the real estate industry, including the latest on ASC 842, accounting for rent concessions and auditing in a remote environment.

2:25 – 2:35 p.m. 



2:35 – 3:35 p.m.

Boston Planning Update

Jonathan Greeley, Boston Planning & Development Agency


3:40 – 4:40 p.m. 

Return of the Economist: COVID-19 Economic Update

Anirban Basu, Sage Policy Group, Inc.

COVID-19 has rocked what had appeared to be a nearly invincible economy; one associated with substantial job growth, multi-decade lows in unemployment, sturdy compensation increases, robust retail sales, low inflation and strong financial market performance. Underneath that strong performance, however, was a set of fragilities that have been exposed by the pandemic. In this session, we’ll discuss current economic circumstances, changes in the foreseeable future and how the economy can bounce back.


Alfred Erdmann

Alfred Erdmann

Al Erdmann, CPA, CGMA is partner in WithumSmith+Brown, PC’s New York office and has more than 25 years of accounting experience. Specializing in accounting and auditing services for individuals and privately-held entities, he has specific expertise in the real estate and professional service industries. In addition, Erdmann is the audit services practice leader in the firm’s Real Estate Services Group. He is also dedicated to educating businesses and individuals on the ever-evolving landscape within the accounting industry.

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Conference Credits

This course is 8.00 credits

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