Knowledge and Insights

Offering resources and insights that help clients and communities

One of the ways Mercadien accelerates client and community success is by continually enhancing and sharing knowledge.  By offering our expertise and thought leadership on key business and industry trends and issues, we’re a better resource to you. It benefits everyone to keep minds sharp and fingers on the pulse of what’s critical in today’s dynamic environment.

We’re pleased to provide articles, news, and information to help you stay up-to-date on topics affecting your organization; learn about best practices and processes in relevant fields; and simplify the business and financial complexities you may face.


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This Thursday: Ask Your Coronavirus Questions Live on NJ 101.5

March 10, 2020On Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m., New Jersey 101.5 is presenting a live broadcast confronting the worldwide novel coronavirus crisis, and how it affects New Jersey residents. New Jersey 101.5 Special Projects Director and Morning News Anchor Eric Scott leads the news and digital departments in bringing listeners vital information about New Jersey’s preparedness…Read More

Nonprofits, Tax Changes & The SECURE Act

February 24, 2020 | By: Sherise D. RitterOn December 20, 2019, Congress passed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, the broadest piece of retirement legislation passed in 13 years. It went into effect on January 1, 2020. The President also signed into law several other Acts on the same day, which have become part of the Further Consolidated Appropriations…Read More

Nonprofit Grants & Contracts – It’s Time to Implement FASB ASU 2018-08

February 24, 2020 | By: Lovepreet ButtarIn June 2018, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) released Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2018-08, Clarifying the Scope of the Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made. The update aims to minimize diversity in the classification of grants and contracts that exists under current guidance. Following are key considerations, as well as a flowchart…Read More

3 Ways to Position Yourself & Your Family for Future Success

February 17, 2020 | By: Lee D. BossMany business owners support their families through their businesses. If something were to happen to you, such as a sudden death or permanent incapacitation, it may affect both your business and the lifestyles of the people who rely on you. Here are three things you should consider when planning for the future success of your…Read More

Tax Watch: How the IRS W-4 Changes Will Affect Employees & Employers

February 17, 2020 | By: Jane SyseskeyThe IRS has completely changed income tax withholding with the release of a new W-4 form for 2020.  There are differing opinions on whether this is a good thing or not.  If filled out correctly, the form should approximate the correct withholding for a person.  The form is very different from prior year W-4s, however,…Read More

Cryptocurrency or Cryptonite?

February 6, 2020 | By: Victoria CardisIn 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued limited guidance on cryptocurrency, which led to more questions than answers. As the use of digital currency has become more widespread in the last several years, the IRS has focused recent enforcement efforts on educating taxpayers, to help ensure they are compliant in reporting and disclosing their…Read More


February 6, 2020 | By: Caitlin KolczynskiOn December 20, 2019, Congress passed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, which went into effect on January 1, 2020.  This is the broadest piece of retirement legislation passed in 13 years.  The changes affect many Americans and could make saving for retirement easier and more accessible for many individuals.  Below…Read More

The Emergence of 5G Wireless Communications: Why You Should Be Concerned

January 21, 2020 | By: Chris Mangano & Frank PinaThis article was featured in The Legal Intelligencer and on Devices and Data in Leaps and Bounds The 1980s witnessed the world’s entry into data movement, as defined by generational wireless infrastructure. This first generation, or 1G, was the backbone that powered the brick-sized, hand-held, mobile devices with extending antennas, bag phones and the…Read More

Protecting Loans and Collateral: A Forensic Refresher

January 9, 2020 | By: Frank PinaLenders, usually through their legal counsel and/or compliance and risk departments, retain forensic accountants to uncover hidden assets when faced with a borrower’s default and failure to comply with stipulated loan obligations.  Such loans are generally collateralized through the borrower’s pledge of real estate, accounts receivable, inventory and other business or personal assets. Attempts to…Read More

Mercadien’s Holiday Community Service Events Again Focus on Local Nonprofits & Children

December 20, 2019For Mercadien’s annual holiday community service event on December 13, 2019, more than 100 associates gathered to assemble tricycles purchased by the firm for donation to two local nonprofit organizations, the Millhill Child & Family Development Center in Trenton, NJ, and Homefront’s Family Preservation Center in Ewing, NJ. The trikes are for use by younger…Read More