Monthly Archives: September 2021

The Benefits of Equity Awards With Alejandro Azuaje



Company benefits come in many shapes and sizes. 

One major way some employees are being compensated today is through equity awards. This is a benefit that is bigger than it appears and is one business owners and employees should take note of.

In this episode, Iván Watanabe welcomes Alejandro Azuaje, an investment specialist with OPUS Private Client. Alejandro dives into the world of equity awards, explaining what they are, how they work, and how you can make the most out of your equity awards.

Alejandro discusses:

  • Why do companies offer equity awards
  • How you can gain compensation from equity awards
  • The benefits of stock options over shares of stock
  • And more!

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About our Guest:

Alejandro Azuaje is an associate and investment specialist at Opus Private Client, LLC. After graduating from college, Alejandro entered the financial planning industry. He joined Opus in 2017 and is elated to be working for a team that believes in holistic planning and executes its recommendations with efficiency and ease. Alejandro’s specialties are in financial planning analysis, financial modeling, and equity investments. He is a Westchester native from Purchase, NY, and an Alumnus of New York University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.


What to Know About Moving Across State Lines With Mark Klein



Moving for work or a new venture can be exciting. 

But new taxes you may be paying less so.

In this episode, the chairman and partner of Hodgson Russ LLP, Mark Klein, joins Iván Watanabe and Russ Carpentieri to discuss the true cost of moving states. Mark explains taxes and auditors when moving, and answers frequently asked moving questions while dispelling myths on how to avoid taxation.

Mark discusses:

  • The 183 day rule
  • How auditors determine your main residence
  • How the pandemic will impact those who moved
  • Myths on how to avoid taxation
  • And more

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About our Guest:

Mark Klein is Hodgson Russ LLP’s chairman and concentrates his practice in New York State and New York City tax matters. He has more than 35 years of experience with federal, multistate, state, and local taxation — and may be best known for his public speaking on tax topics. Mark splits his time between the Firm’s New York City and Buffalo offices.