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Accounting for Nonaccountants
Posted by: Christin Biermeier 1 month ago
Are you passionate about a cause and thinking about starting a non-profit? Or even wondering the difference between a 501c3 and a 501c6 or even where to begin? Watch this vlog for 7 tips to start your own non-profit organization! https://youtu.be/DeSITbvFkyo Subscribe to our YouTube channel to view new Accounting for Non-Accountants videos as they are published! ...
Posted by: Kyle Ager 5 months ago
In December 2018, the IRS released Notice 2018-99 to clarify the taxation of parking expenses Under § 274(a)(4) and § 512(a)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code. The notice reaffirmed that the amounts paid to a 3rd party for employee parking spots by a taxpayer or exempt organization are subject to tax. The majority of the notice focused on how taxpayers or exempt organizations should handle owned and lease...
Posted by: Erin Ezdon 5 months ago
Happy New Year!  I’m sure most of you are in full swing with closing your books and getting all your ducks in a row.  Here at the office, we’re in full prep mode for “opportunity season” aka “busy season”.  There’s a few things you should know about as you close out your books and begin prepping for your audit this year.  I’d like to think of this as the cliff note version of our roundta...
990 financial statements don't match
Posted by: Kristen Williams 6 months ago
Have you ever compared your financial statements to your IRS Form 990 and thought to yourself, "Why don't these two match?" This is a question we receive from a number of clients and we have some answers! Here are some of the most common differences between a nonprofit's financial statements and IRS Form 990 Unless specified, most nonprofit financial statements are prepared in accordance with Generally Ac...
Posted by: Drew Barman 8 months ago
Are you tired or spending hour after hour gathering donor name and address information to submit with your organization’s 990 each year? If so, we may have great news for you. The IRS has announced that they will exercise their authority to grant relief to certain nonprofit organizations regarding donor information reporting requirements in their annual tax filings. This relief, however, is not applicable...
Audit Report
Posted by: Adam Kuczynski 9 months ago
One of the decisions an organization faces during its annual budget process is whether or not to engage an external CPA firm to conduct an audit of its financial statements.  Some organizations are required to have an audit due to external regulations (compliance with a grant agreement and/or state regulatory authority) while others decide to have an audit conducted for overall “good practice.” ...
Posted by: Dana Outhouse 10 months ago
What is ASU 2018-08 and will it Impact Me? On June 21, 2018, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standard Update (ASU) 2018-08:  Clarifying the Scope and the Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made.  This ASU will impact all organizations that receive or make contributions of cash or other assets.  The only transactions excluded from this ASU a...
Posted by: Derek Hilst 12 months ago
All recipients of federal awards should familiarize themselves with the changes in the Uniform Guidance.  Even if your federal awards are passed through the state or another organization, Uniform Guidance applies to goods and services charged directly to federal awards.  It does not apply to goods and services charged to indirect costs. General procurement standards Every non-federal entity receiving fe...
Using storytelling to avoid restricted donations
Posted by: Melodi Bunting 1 year ago
Everyone loves a good story.  Storytelling has a long tradition in our culture.  Research has shown our brains are wired for the structure and engagement of a story.  A story has the potential to instruct, influence, and inspire. Many nonprofits have found this to be true.  Donors are drawn into the mission and needs of the nonprofit through stories of how they are serving their clients.  Imagine he...
city bus
Posted by: Kyle Ager 1 year ago
Due to the changes in the Federal Tax Law, nonprofit employers will have to pay a 21% Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) on transportation benefits including parking and transit passes provided to employees starting January 1, 2018. Employers are NOT prohibited from providing these benefits, but the effect the tax could have on your nonprofit’s finances should be considered. Some employers will continue...