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.

Episodes are released every other Tuesday.

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IssuesWatch Podcast


  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    What You Need to Know About the New Pass-Through Business Alternative Income Tax Act

    January 13, 2020
    On Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law the Pass-Through Business Alternative Income Tax Act. This new law allows flow-through businesses in New Jersey to elect to pay income taxes at the entity level instead of at the personal income tax level. Since there is no limit on deductions on the federal level for state and local taxes paid by businesses, this new law stands to save New Jersey business owners an estimated $400 million annually. Learn more about how this idea became law and what CPAs and business owners need to know to take advantage of it
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    An Advocate for New Jersey Businesses

    January 7, 2020
    Would you believe there’s a New Jersey government agency that will advocate for your business when you have to deal with other government agencies? In this episode, we explore a little-known gem called the New Jersey Business Action Center. The center helps new businesses get started and existing businesses grow by answering questions and solving problems they have with New Jersey laws and regulations, permitting, exporting and more. And best of all, there is no cost to use the center’s services.
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    All About Impeachment

    December 10, 2019
    Allegations of bribery! International intrigue! Dramatic revelations! We’re not talking about the latest blockbuster movie – we’re talking about the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. Washington lobbyist Robert Zucker talks to us about how the impeachment process works, what’s happened so far and what might happen next.
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    Should New Jersey Create a Public Bank?

    November 26, 2019
    In this episode, we talk with NJ Spotlight reporter John Reitmeyer about the controversial issue of creating a state-owned bank in New Jersey. Governor Murphy recently issued an executive order establishing a State Bank Implementation Board tasked with creating an outline of what types of loans such a bank would issue and how it would operate. Listen to learn more about the details as well as what those who support the idea and those who oppose it are saying.
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    New Jersey's Economy: Good or Not So Good?

    November 12, 2019
    In this episode we talk with Michael Lahr, director of the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service, about New Jersey’s economy: where it stands now and where it may be headed. In particular, we look at the state’s fiscal and tax environments in comparison with our neighboring states.
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    The Rules Have Changed for New Jersey CPAs

    October 29, 2019
    The rules and regulations that govern CPAs in New Jersey — the Accountancy Act and the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy regulations — have recently gone through long-awaited updates. If you’re a New Jersey CPA, or aspiring to become one, listen in as NJCPA Chief Learning Officer Jim Hardenberg, CPA, and State Board member Jack Dailey, CPA, highlight the most significant changes. Additional resources: • 6 Things to Know About the State Board's New Regulations • 6 Things to Know About Changes to the Accountancy Act • Accountancy Act statutes • New Jersey State Board of Accountancy regulations • AICPA/NASBA standards • Search NJCPA CPE events • Track your CPE with the NJCPA CPE Tracker • Questions? Contact us at or 973-226-4494
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    Break Out the Champagne!

    October 15, 2019
    It’s the one-year anniversary of the IssuesWatch Podcast! Here we give you a look behind the curtain at how the podcast has evolved, what host Jeff Kaszerman likes the most — and least — about it, and what you can look forward to in future episodes.
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    Addressing the Student Loan Debt Crisis

    October 1, 2019
    Americans owe a staggering $1.6 trillion in student loans – more than both credit cards and auto loans. So it’s no wonder that NJCPA members and others are calling this a crisis. Hear about how we got here and what the NJCPA is trying to do about it.
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    All About Health Care

    September 17, 2019
    Anyone who has ever had to deal with providing health insurance for their employees is aware of the enormous impact health care issues have on the bottom line. Chrissy Buteas, chief government affairs office at the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), talks with us about health care legislative and policy issues on both the state and federal levels that are impacting New Jersey businesses.
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    Washington Issues Impacting New Jersey

    September 3, 2019
    Is Congress dysfunctional? Are tariffs hurting the country? Will the SALT deduction cap ever go away? Find out the answers to these questions and more during our discussion with Rob Zucker, a partner at Winning Strategies Washington with 25 years of political and public policy experience.