Meet the newest member of the RotenbergMeril family


Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the RotenbergMeril family

Thomas Butler, JD, CPA, joined RotenbergMeril as a Tax Director in the New York City office, on Monday, September 19th. Tom has over 30 years of tax experience gained with public accounting firms and in the private industry sector. He has provided tax expertise related to various industries such as manufacturing and distribution, technology, financial services and real estate, among others. His work encompassed consolidations, mergers and acquisitions, pass-thru entities, transactional tax planning and review of and calculation of corporate tax provisions. Previously, Tom served as the lead Tax Partner in various regional and international accounting firms.
Tom is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Accounting and Taxation at Frank G. Zarb Graduate School of Business at Hofstra University.
In addition to being a licensed New York CPA, Tom is a licensed New York attorney. Tom received his Accounting degree from New York University, Stern Graduate School of Business. He obtained his JD from Albany Law School of Union University. Tom resides in Garden City, New York.

Ask the Experts


Les Solomon, CPA/ABV/CFF, ASA to speak at the New Jersey Society of CPAs (NJCPA) Business Valuation & Litigation Services Conference.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Pines Manor, Edison NJ

RotenbergMerill Partner, Les Solmon will be speaking as part of the “Ask The Experts” Discussion Panel. This is an interactive session that will touch on issues facing CPAs working in New Jersey today.

Experts in the fields of valuation, litigation support, providing expert witness testimony, and family law matters, will present issues from multiple perspectives. Attendees can submit their own questions for discussion.

For more information and to register for the conference, go to:

4th Quarter Tax Tip: It’s Time To Get Organized

4thRound up all receipts and canceled checks, such as those from charities; check your latest brokerage statements for year-to-date gains or losses; make a checklist of accounts to keep track of the 1099s, if any, when they arrive in a few months; and get medical receipts and insurance reimbursement forms in order. If you start organizing your files now, it will be easier to be prepared for tax season. It is much easier to have the originals or to request replacements when you have time.


The Gap Test: How to Determine If You Should Simplify Your Business

simplifyGo for the gap — and do the opposite from the market leader before anyone else does.

Business strategy — especially when it involves case studies from business schools — is always written with the benefit of hindsight and often with a very broad brush. It’s like the plot of an old-fashioned thriller in which the good guys and the bad guys are sharply defined: the good guys always get stuck in terrible fixes, but they know what they’re doing and somehow emerge victorious as the story races to its climax.


Defined benefit plan participants can receive lump sum and annuity under new rules.

benefit plan image 2Defined benefit plan participants will have greater flexibility in choosing how to receive their pension benefits under final regulations issued by the IRS (T.D. 9783). The regulations finalized proposed rules issued in 2012 that permit participants to elect to receive split benefits of monthly annuity payments together with a lump-sum payout without disqualifying the plan. The IRS believes plan participants are better served against the possibility that they will outlive their retirement benefits when they can choose to bifurcate their benefits between the two options.