After a recent meeting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) voted to draft the final accounting standard related to the first part of its not-for-profit financial statement presentation project. Among the changes are provisions that will make a not-for-profit’s liquidity more transparent.Read More
The New England Not-For-Profit Accounting Advisor
Elections have a tendency to permeate everything, from television coverage to social media and even conversations in the workplace. For not-for-profits, keeping politics out of the work environment is essential.
501(c)(3) organizations are, by the definition of their tax-exemption, absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. As such, they should be carefully monitoring their activities and those of their employees for anything that could be deemed politicking. If organizations cross the line with engaging in politics, there could be serious penalties or loss of tax-exempt status.
CBIZ Tofias and Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. are pleased to sponsor the 2016 American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) National Not-for-Profit Conference being held on June 27-29, 2016, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD.
Considered the premier annual conference for this sector, it brings together the industry's top experts and thought leaders to offer their perspectives on the most crucial issues facing not-for-profit organizations and the practitioners who serve them.Read More
The ability to accept and protect credit cards is essential for all entities, including not-for-profit organizations. From ticket sales to donations, book and gift stores, dining halls, food sales and the bursar’s office, there is no escape from the use of payment cards.
Stakeholders had a lot to tell the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) about its exposure draft of not-for-profit financial statement presentation changes in 2015. In the fall, the FASB announced it would be segmenting its proposed changes to financial statements into two phases to make the changes more manageable.Read More
The healthcare and educational sectors brought renewed scrutiny to nonprofits’ unrelated business income activity in recent years. High rates of noncompliance in the IRS College and University Compliance Project Final Report and renewed focus on spending in the healthcare sector have regulators taking an especially close look at the issue of unrelated business income tax (UBIT).
By guest contributor: Greg Matusky, President and Founder, Gregory FCA
When information emerged about how much the Wounded Warriors Project spent on fundraising, a ripple effect occurred with nonprofits with similar names. Organizations that also provide support to veterans faced questions about whether they, too, spent that kind of money on fundraising.
Compliance with retirement plan requirements is a moving target. As changes in the law occur, retirement plans are required to comply in operation with the new provisions as of the effective date of the law. Along with these changes, the IRS announces periods during which the plan must adopt interim amendments so that the plan’s language conforms to the plan operation. Retirement plan documents must then be restated in their entirety at set intervals (every five to six years), incorporating the required interim amendments.
A recent study published by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) indicated that participating institutions saw their endowment returns decrease by 13 percent for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015, compared to the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014. Considering the market performances from July 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016, the fiscal year that will end June 30, 2016, is shaping up to be a disappointment for endowment portfolios everywhere. As the market declines continue, the issue of underwater endowments will again become center stage in the not-for-profit sector.Read More
A recent report from the Taxpayer Advocate Service asks the IRS to devote more of its resources to catching 501(c)(3) compliance concerns early rather than trying to correct potential issues on the back end. If your organization recently applied for public charity status, the chances of receiving additional IRS scrutiny have increased significantly. The IRS may be looking at its applications for tax exemption. The report indicates that more oversight for the Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and the Form 1023-EZ, Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code may be needed.