EKS&H headlines CREJ tax reform conference

CREJ will host a half-day tax reform conference on Oct. 17. Many of the presenters will be from the EKS&H accounting firm.

Executives from accounting firm EKS&H will dominate the upcoming tax reform conference sponsored by the Colorado Real Estate Journal.

Denver-based EKS&H is a nationally recognized professional services firm providing audit, tax, technology, wealth advisory and business consulting services to public and private clients locally, nationally and internationally.

EKS&H is the nation’s 11th largest accounting, tax, consulting and wealth management firm, following a recent merger with Plante Moran, based in Southfield, Michigan.

The firm  has a deep bench regarding audit, tax and consulting services to the commercial real estate industry.

Its real estate clients include public and private companies. Commercial real estate clients of EKS&H include investment companies, property managers, and brokerage, title insurance and escrow companies.


RJ McArthur

It also represents a number of real estate investment trusts with portfolios ranging in size from $100 million to more than $1 billion.

Seven of the 10 officials scheduled to present at the conference titled 2018 Tax Reform: What Developers Contractors Need to Know, are from EKS&H.

The conference and expo will be held from 12:30 to 4:45 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Hyatt Regency Aurora Denver Conference Center at 13200 E. 14th Place, Aurora. The conference will immediately follow a half-day conference on multifamily housing, also sponsored by CREJ.

The tax reform conference is limited to 150 people. Four hours of continuing education credits have been approved for those attending the conference.

Tax reform: “significant” impact on real estate


The tax reform conference will include an introduction and overview by RJ McArthur, a tax partner at EKS&H, of tax reform that President Trump signed into law Dec. 22.

The official name of the tax reform bill is quite a mouthful: “An Act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to Titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018.”

“As confusing as the name might be, it is quite simple compared to the actual contents of the bill. Several of the new tax law changes have a significant impact on real estate developers and operators,” McArthur wrote in a paper earlier this year.

McArthur has been involved in public accounting since 1987. That, of course, was the year that the sweeping changes made in the Tax Reform Act of 1986 went into effect. The latest tax reform act is considered by many to be the biggest overhaul of the taxes since the Tax Reform Act of 1986 was enacted in October of that year.

Topics to be addressed at the CREJ tax reform conference include:

  • Maximizing Incentives and Programs to Redevelop Commercial Property;
  • Credits and incentives in opportunity zones;
  • Implementation and a case study of aggregation rules 199A;
  • Qualified Improvement Property and Overall Depreciation;
  • Interest Expense/Bonus Depreciation/Cost Segregation Application Under New Tax Law;
  • Interest limitations; and
  • An analysis of C Corp. vs. S Corp.

Several case studies will be presented by EKS&H officials.

In addition to McArthur, other presenters at the conference will include:

  • Stuart Ogilvie – President, Ogilvie Properties, Inc.;
  • Keirstin Beck – Principal, Integro;
  • Grant Nelson – Principal, Integro;
  • Ashley Paschke – Senior Tax Manager, EKS&H;
  • Jeremy Wilson – Tax Partner, EKS&H;
  • Justin Dodge – Tax Partner, EKS&H
  • Mona Stocki – Consulting Manager, EKS&H
  • Eric Stutz – Tax Partner, EKS&H, and
  • Zach Cobb – Senior Tax Manager, EKS&H


John Rebchook has been taking the pulse of the Denver-area and Colorado commercial real estate world for almost 35 years. He joined the editorial staff of CREJ in 2011. Prior to that, he was the Real Estate Editor of the Rocky Mountain News from 1983 until it closed in 2009.