Samuel Handwerger

Sam Handwerger, CPA, is a full-time Lecturer in the department, and is a University of Maryland undergraduate accounting alumnus. He also holds a Master of Science in Taxation degree from the University of Baltimore. Handwerger was a Senior Tax Researcher with EY in New York City and later led the Tax Planning and Preparation Departments of the CPA firm Handwerger, Cardegna, Funkhouser & Lurman. In 1996, he was awarded the Governor's Volunteer of the year award in the State of Maryland for financial and management advisement to non-profit organizations. Before joining the Smith School on a full-time basis, Handwerger held adjunct positions at the Johns Hopkins University School of Business and the University of Baltimore Law School.

A Controversy in 77 Words

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – The recent Congressional committee passage of the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act to decriminalize marijuana may have been influenced by more than just the revenue the proposed excise tax will generate, says Maryland Smith's Samuel Handwerger, pointing to a recent tax court case that highlighted the need for Congressional action regarding Section 280E of the federal tax code. 

Two Things You Should Do This Year To Save Money on Taxes

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – It’s probably never too soon to start thinking about tax season. Particularly this year, says Maryland Smith’s Samuel Handwerger.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which passed last year, made a lot of changes to the individual returns and the subsequent tax computation. It’s worth thinking about how those changes will affect your returns, before the year is over, Handwerger says.

Capital Gains Tax: Are We Doing It Wrong?

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – A dollar doesn’t go quite as far as it used to, right? So shouldn’t that fundamentally alter the way the IRS calculates capital gains? That’s a question being bandied about lately.

Critics of the tax have suggested that the calculation factor in inflation, adjusting the gain by indexing the original cost basis. The Smith School’s Samuel Handwerger has been watching the debate closely.

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