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What keeps architecture and engineering (A&E) business owners up at night? Whether it’s succession planning and developing the next generation of leaders or retaining key employees, talent is the key to all A&E firms. Anchin works with clients to develop the right plan for today and for the future. As the industry expands, opportunities for mergers or acquisitions continue to arise and business owners need proper guidance. We work closely with our clients to analyze and evaluate the business, tax and financial impact, helping them through the due diligence process, and assist them in making the right decision for them and their business.

Our tax experts help to uncover substantial tax savings for clients. Opportunities such as Research and Development (R&D) tax credits, IC-DISC, Section 179D, and others provide added value to our A&E clients. These tax savings positively impact our clients’ cash flow.

Anchin's knowledge of how a company's financial information is evaluated enables us to help clients present their statements in the most meaningful and effective manner. Anchin also works with clients to stay compliant with FAR rules and regulations which is important for companies doing public work.

Furthermore, our specialized expertise in the industry enables us to provide clients with a unique perspective on their business. Whether consulting on a merger or acquisition, reviewing internal controls and operational efficiency, developing tax strategies, or designing a succession plan, Anchin has decades of experience with deep ties to the industry.

Services include:

  • Financial reporting
  • Tax planning
  • Operational review
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Compensation and retirement plan alternatives
  • Estate planning
  • Tax credits and incentives
    • Research and Development tax credits
    • New York and New Jersey state credits
    • Section 179D energy tax credits
    • IC-DISC
  • Sales and use taxation
  • State and local taxation
  • International taxation
  • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) audits
  • CostMarc

“Making the change to Anchin was one of the best decisions we’ve made in recent years. The Firm’s advice on accounting, tax, and general business matters has been extremely valuable to us. Anchin has been particularly helpful in identifying and realizing significant additional tax credits and deductions over the years. We consider Anchin a trusted advisor, and look forward to working together for years to come.”

-David Gockel, President & CEO, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc.

The 2017 Anchin Construction & Development Forum

Research and Development (R&D) tax credits are a powerful though underutilized tool that can make a big difference for small to mid size architecture and engineering companies. Many recent industry innovations including BIM (Building Information Management) modeling and GPS laser plotting along with a push for more energy efficient, “greener” designs have transformed development projects within the industry. Due to the increasingly technical nature of system and structure design, many activities performed by companies in the architecture and engineering industry may qualify for R&D tax credits.

Anchin’s professionals understand the important issues that arise when examining potentially qualifying architecture and engineering industry projects and related expenses. Our industry in accurate, highly defendable tax credit calculations. Our dedicated architecture and engineering team includes audit, tax and advisory professionals with years of experience identifying issues and solving problems for every type of business within the architecture and engineering industry subsectors, including the following types of services:

  • Acoustics, noise and vibration
  • Air quality testing and evaluation
  • Building envelope design
  • Civil/site engineering
  • Demolition
  • Electrical engineering
  • Environmental assessments
  • Geotechnical and seismic evaluations
  • Hazardous materials, site assessment and remediation
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Traffic and transportation

Anchin’s architecture and engineering industry R&D team is particularly skilled and experienced at identifying qualifying projects and initiatives in each area of your business and we are experts at examining and capturing all allowable expenses towards your company’s research credit. We work with clients interested in claiming the R&D tax credit for the first time and those who have difficulty meeting the contemporaneous documentation requirements needed to support their R&D claim. We also assist clients who have had a significant portion of their R&D claim disallowed and those who need to reassess their R&D tax credit calculation because the nature of their business has changed.

To learn more about Federal and State Research and Development tax credits.

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  • Anchin Announces Winners of 2017 New York Construction AwardsJune 22, 2017

    Anchin Block & Anchin LLP, host of the annual New York Construction Awards, awarded innovators, leaders and rising stars in the construction, architecture and engineering industries on June 14, 2017. This year’s winners were announced at an elegant ceremony at Bloomberg L.P. in New York City.

  • Anchin Announces Winners of 2017 New York Construction AwardsMay 24, 2017

    Anchin Block & Anchin LLP, host of the annual New York Construction Awards, has announced this year's winners.

  • Call for EntryMarch 1, 2017

    Nominations are open for the annual New York Construction Awards, presented by Anchin in cooperation with the New York Building Congress (NYBC) and industry partners, the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC-NY) and the General Contractors Association of New York (GCA).

  • Five Technology Innovations SharedFebruary 9, 2017

    At the 2017 Anchin Construction & Development Forum, Mark Boekenheide of Hudson Yards, Jonathan Drescher of The Durst Organization, James Hannah of Bright Power, AJ Pires of Alloy, Peter Rosenthal of Savanna and Mitchel Simpler of Jaros, Baum & Bolles discussed the exciting and often risky topic of innovation as it relates to construction, design and development in and around NYC.

  • Anchin Construction & Development ForumFebruary 9, 2017

    The third annual Anchin Construction & Development Forum was held on February 9, 2017 at the TKP New York Conference Center. Hundreds of incredible, high-level professionals whose work greatly impacts the real estate, construction, architecture and engineering landscapes of the greater New York City area, came together to discuss trends, forecasts, ideas, innovations and other relevant topics.

  • Anchin announces MTA New York City Transit President, Carmen Bianco, as Keynote Speaker for the New York Construction Awards on June 11, 2015May 11, 2015

    Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP host of the annual New York Construction Awards, is proud to announce Carmen Bianco, President of Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York City Transit, as keynote speaker for the event. The New York Construction Awards will take place on June 11, 2015 at Club 101 in New York City.

  • Anchin announces Paul Williams of the Dormitory Authority State of New York as Keynote Speaker for the New York Construction Awards on June 19, 2014May 7, 2015

    The annual New York Construction Awards, presented in cooperation with the New York Building Congress (NYBC) and industry partners, American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC-NY) and the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIA-NY), and hosted by Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP, will take place on June 19, 2014 at Bloomberg Headquarters in New York City.

  • Court Case Impacts Eligibility of Capped Contracts for R&D Tax CreditsFebruary 16, 2015

    On January 29, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a federal district court’s decision in Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. v. United States, No. 14-11107, disallowing the R&D tax credit for research expenditures linked to capped contracts.

  • Does Your Firm Have A Self-Insured Health Plan?November 25, 2014

    To our Clients and Friends,

    Like most companies, Architecture and Engineering (A&E) firms need a full understanding of how the Affordable Care Act will impact their business so they can accurately budget and plan.

  • Trends and Forecasts for New York’s Construction Industry Discussed at Anchin’s Ninth Annual State of the Construction Industry EventOctober 1, 2014

    Anchin’s ninth annual State of the Construction Industry event was held in New York City on September 18, 2014. Presented in cooperation with the New York Building Congress (NYBC), the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC NY), and the American Institute of Architects – New York Chapter (AIA-NY), the event is much anticipated by industry leaders as an indication of what they can expect in the coming year.

  • Speakers Announced for Anchin’s Annual Construction Industry EventAugust 7, 2014

    The partners of Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP are proud to announce the outstanding panel of industry executives for the State of the Construction Industry event, which will take place at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at Club 101, 101 Park Avenue. This high-level industry event will provide an outlook of the Construction industry for 2014 and beyond.

  • Tax Incentives for U.S. Work on Foreign ProjectsJuly 28, 2014

    Many Architecture and Engineering firms are expanding their scope of work into international projects. These companies may be able to reduce overall taxes and increase cash flow with the proper tax planning and structure.

  • The New York Construction Awards Honors Construction, Architecture & Engineering Industry Innovators, Leaders & Rising StarsJune 30, 2014

    The New York Construction Awards, hosted by leading accounting and consulting firm Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP and presented by The New York Building Congress (NYBC), The American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC NY), and The American Institute of Architects – New York Chapter (AIA-NY) honored industry innovators, leaders and rising stars at Bloomberg Headquarters in New York City on June 19th.

  • Senate Considering Proposal to Eliminate the Cash Basis of Accounting for Many Professional Service FirmsJanuary 27, 2014

    The United States Senate is considering a proposal to eliminate the cash basis of accounting rules that currently exist for many professional service firms, potentially requiring these firms to change their tax method to the accrual basis. This change would greatly impact cash flow, and potentially hinder growth potential in professional service firms.

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  • Industry Impact Award - Deborah Bradley ConstructionJune 14, 2017

    Congratulations to Deborah Bradley and Deborah Bradley Construction on being awarded an Industry Impact Award at the 2017 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!

  • Industry Impact Award - SHoP ArchitectsJune 14, 2017

    Congratulations to Coren Sharples and SHoP Architects on being awarded an Industry Impact Award at the 2017 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!

  • Legacy Award - PosillicoJune 14, 2017

    Congratulations to Joseph Posillico and Posillico on being awarded a Legacy Award at the 2017 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!

  • Legacy Award - Thornton TomasettiJune 14, 2017

    Congratulations to Gary Mancini and Thornton Tomasetti on being awarded a Legacy Award at the 2017 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!

  • Rising Star Award - Adler WindowsJune 14, 2017

    Congratulations to Ross Adler and Adler Windows on being awarded a Rising Star Award at the 2017 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!

  • Rising Star Award - Triumph ConstructionJune 14, 2017

    Congratulations to Dominick Cuzzi and Triumph Construction on being awarded a Rising Star Award at the 2017 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!

  • Solving Human Capital Issues In The Construction IndustryJune 6, 2017

    Anchin Associate Managing Partner Marc Newman discusses human capital issues and the importance of retaining key talent in the architecture, engineering and construction industries, offering steps that companies can take to incentivize talent to remain with the firm.

  • Succession Planning for Architecture and Engineering FirmsJune 3, 2017

    Anchin Partner Phillip Ross, Architecture and Engineering Group Practice Leader, discusses considerations that A&E firms should focus on when planning for the succession or transition of the business.

  • Key Employee Retention Strategies For The Construction IndustryMay 17, 2017

    Anchin Associate Managing Partner Marc Newman discusses strategies for key employee retention in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries.

  • Industry Impact Award - LanganJune 14, 2016

    Congratulations to Bill Kraekel and Langan on being awarded an Industry Impact Award at the 2016 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!…

  • Legacy Award - Allstate SprinklerJune 14, 2016

    Congratulations to Adam Goodrich and Allstate Sprinkler on being awarded a Legacy Award at the 2016 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!…

  • Industry Impact Award - FXFOWLEJune 14, 2016

    Congratulations to Guy Geier and FXFOWLE on being awarded an Industry Impact Award at the 2016 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!…

  • Legacy Award - The DeMatteis OrganizationsJune 14, 2016

    Congratulations to Scott DeMatteis and The DeMatteis Organizations on being awarded a Legacy Award at the 2016 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!…

  • Welcome and KeynoteJune 14, 2016

    At the 2016 New York Construction Awards, Phillip Ross, Partner at Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP, welcomed attendees and Richard T. Anderson, President of the…

  • Industry Impact Award - AKRFJune 14, 2016

    Congratulations to Andrew Malek and AKRF on being awarded an Industry Impact Award at the 2016 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!…

  • Rising Star Award - ICRAVE June 14, 2016

    Congratulations to Lionel Ohayon and ICRAVE on being awarded a Rising Star Award at the 2016 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!…

  • Rising Star Award - International Asbestos RemovalJune 14, 2016

    Congratulations to Chris Grando and International Asbestos Removal on being awarded a Rising Star Award at the 2016 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!…

  • Architects & Engineers February 7, 2016

    Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP Partner Phil Ross talks about Architects & Engineers.…

  • Outstanding MWBE Award - Melcon General Contractors July 7, 2015

    Congratulations to Eric Mendoza and Melcon General Contractors on being awarded an Outstanding MWBE Award at the 2015 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!…

  • Industry Impact Award - Dattner ArchitectsJuly 7, 2015

    Congratulations to Jeffrey Dugan and Dattner Architects on being awarded an Industry Impact Award at the 2015 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!…

  • Industry Impact Award - Perkins Eastman July 7, 2015

    Congratulations to Mary-Jean Eastman and Brad Perkins of Perkins Eastman on being awarded an Industry Impact Award at the 2015 New York Construction Awards hosted…

  • Legacy Award - John Gallin & SonJuly 7, 2015

    Congratulations to Michael Gallin and John Gallin & Son on being awarded a Legacy Award at the 2015 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!…

  • Legacy Award - Jaros, Baum & BollesJuly 7, 2015

    Congratulations to Mitch Simpler and Jaros, Baum & Bolles on being awarded a Legacy Award at the 2015 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!…

  • Industry Impact Award - Syska HennesseyJuly 7, 2015

    Congratulations to Mark Yakren and Syska Hennessey on being awarded an Industry Impact Award at the 2015 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!…

  • Legacy Award - Henegan Construction July 7, 2015

    Congratulations to Maureen Henegan and Henegan Construction on being awarded a Legacy Award at the 2015 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!…

  • Rising Star Award - Dixon AdvisoryJuly 7, 2015

    Congratulations to Rebecca Symes and Dixon Advisory on being awarded a Rising Star Award at the 2015 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!…

  • Outstanding Public Service Award - Turner ConstructionJuly 7, 2015

    Congratulations to Stephanie Burns and Turner Construction on being awarded an Outstanding Public Service Award at the 2015 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!…

  • Outstanding Public Service Award - FXFOWLE July 7, 2015

    Congratulations to Guy Geier and FXFOWLE on being awarded an Outstanding Public Service Award at the 2015 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!…

  • Outstanding Public Service Award - BWAF July 7, 2015

    Congratulations to Beverly Willis and the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation on being awarded an Outstanding Public Service Award at the 2015 New York Construction Awards…

  • Rising Star Award - ODA July 7, 2015

    Congratulations to Eran Chen and ODA on being awarded a Rising Star Award at the 2015 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!…

  • Outstanding Public Service Award - Gilsanz Murray Steficek June 25, 2014

    Congratulations to Jessica Mandrick and Gilsanz Murray Steficek for being awarded an Outstanding Public Service Award at the 2014 New York Construction Awards hosted by…

  • Outstanding Public Service Award - Jaros Baum & Bolles June 25, 2014

    Congratulations to Mitch Simpler and Jaros Baum & Bolles for being awarded an Outstanding Public Service Award at the 2014 New York Construction Awards hosted…

  • Rising Star Award - HAKS June 25, 2014

    Congratulations to Lee Sander and HAKS on being awarded a Rising Stars Award at the 2014 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!…

  • Legacy Award - Hardesty & HanoverJune 25, 2014

    Congratulations to Charles Gozdziewski and Hardesty & Hanover for being awarded a Legacy Award at the 2014 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!…

  • Legacy Award - Wank Adams Slavin Associates LLPJune 25, 2014

    Congratulations to Harry Spring and WASA/Studio A (Wank Adams Slavin Associates LLP) for being awarded a Legacy Award at the 2014 New York Construction Awards…

  • Outstanding MWBE Award - AFG GroupJune 25, 2014

    Congratulations to Cheryl O'Connor and AFG Group for being awarded an Outstanding MWBE Award at the 2014 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!…

  • Industry Impact Award - Robert A. M. Stern ArchitectsJune 25, 2014

    Congratulations to Paul Whalen and Robert A. M. Stern Architects for being awarded an Industry Impact Award for Design at the 2014 New York Construction…

  • Industry Impact - Thornton Tomasetti June 25, 2014

    Congratulations to Robert Descenza, PE and Thornton Tomasetti for being awarded an Industry Impact Award for Design at the 2014 New York Construction Awards hosted…

  • Industry Impact Award - SL Green Realty Corp June 24, 2014

    Congratulations to Ed Piccinich and SL Green Realty Corp for being awarded an Industry Impact Award for Development at the 2014 New York Construction Awards…

  • Industry Impact Award - Turner Construction June 24, 2014

    Congratulations to Charlie Murphy and Turner Construction for being awarded an Industry Impact Award at the 2014 New York Construction Awards hosted by Anchin!…

  • Legacy Award - Wank Adams Slavin Associates LLPJune 24, 2014

    Congratulations to Jack Esterson and WASA/Studio A (Wank Adams Slavin Associates LLP) for being awarded a Legacy Award at the 2014 New York Construction Awards…

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