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Is Your Form 990 At Risk for an Exam?
Posted by Lisa Burke on Fri, May 11, 2018 @ 10:27 AM

The IRS may be faced with a declining workforce and budget, but it’s still active in monitoring compliance for not-for-profit organizations. In its 2018 work plan, the IRS stressed its data-driven approach to selecting Form 990s to examine. Each filed return is scanned and analyzed on 200 data points. Those meeting certain criteria are flagged for potential exam. Some of those data points include:

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Topics: tax-exempt, not-for-profit, IRS, Form 990, Form 990-EZ, NFP, tax effect, Lisa Burke

Make Your Form 990 A Roadmap for Donors, Board Members, the IRS and the Public
Posted by Lisa Burke on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 @ 02:22 PM

With the May 15th due date for calendar year not-for-profits just around the corner and provisions inthe Tax Cuts and Jobs Act increasing scrutiny on not-for-profits’ executive compensation, employee benefits, and unrelated business income, it’s a good time to take a look at the message your organization’s tax return is sending. In years past, the IRS Form 990 was no more than a compliance task; an annual filing requirement to keep the IRS at bay. After all, there is no tax due, so what’s the big deal?

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Topics: tax-exempt, not-for-profit, IRS, Form 990, Form 990-EZ, NFP, Charity Navigator, GuideStar, tax effect, Amazon Web Services, Lisa Burke

Managing Your Public Facing Data
Posted by Joe Giso on Tue, Dec 20, 2016 @ 10:45 AM

We live in the information age, and for not-for-profit organizations, that can mean broader exposure for your mission, activities and your ultimate asset—goodwill.

Considerable information about not-for-profit organizations is available online, from digitized IRS Form 990 information to mission statements. Exposure to a broader audience comes with its upsides, but it also means that not-for-profit organizations have more information to manage than in years past. Reviewing the types of information available helps ensure what the public can see online reflects your organization’s objectives.

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Topics: goodwill, not-for-profit, Form 990, Joe Giso, NFP, nonprofit, copyright, trademarks, Charity Navigator, information age, public facing data, GuideStar

IRS Plans to Release Digitally Readable Form 990s in 2016
Posted by Betty Isler on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 @ 09:15 AM
The IRS is developing a technology solution that would streamline its ability to release digital copies of the Form 990 tax information filings. An announcement about the option comes on the heels of a U.S. district court ruling that ordered the IRS to produce digitally readable Forms 990 of nine organizations. Currently, the IRS releases digital copies of Forms 990 as image files. The new software would produce versions of the Forms 990 in the Metadata Exchange Format, also known as a machine-readable format and remove any personally identifiable information from the Form 990. It is slated for release in early 2016.
 
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Topics: Form 990, Betty Isler

Advisory Committee Recommends Changes to the Form 990
Posted by Brenda Booth on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 @ 02:01 PM
The IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Governmental Agencies (ACT) recently made recommendations for how the IRS can modify the Form 990 to improve its utility. In its 2015 Report of Recommendations to the IRS, the ACT asked for mandatory electronic filing of the Form 990 series and that the IRS collect additional information from entities filing the Form 990-N, among other updates to the annual informational filing series for not-for-profit organizations.
 
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Topics: Brenda Booth, Form 990

2014 Schedule A Expands Reporting Requirements for Supporting Organizations
Posted by Betty Isler on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Tax filing may be a longer process for supporting organizations this year. The recently released 2014 Form 990, Schedule A, Public Charity and Public Support indicates 509(a)(3)s will face additional reporting requirements. Organizations that are not functionally integrated with the public charities they support will face the brunt of the additional requirements, which come as part of the changes required by the Pension Protection Act of 2006.

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Topics: Form 990, Betty Isler, Schedule A

IRS Releases Changes to 2013 Form 990 and 990-EZ
Posted by Amy O’Loughlin on Fri, Feb 7, 2014 @ 12:40 PM

The IRS recently released the final 2013 Forms 990, 990-EZ and instructions. Although titled “Significant Changes,” it is a misnomer as the changes are not major. There were no changes to the form itself, though the IRS did make a number of revisions and clarifications to the instructions. We have entered the period of “IRS Fine Tuning.”

Since the major redesign to Form 990 in 2008, the IRS has made revisions to the Form each year to address changes made in the laws affecting tax-exempt organizations. While there were a number of changes to this year’s filing instructions, most involve fine-tuning and clarifying existing requirements rather than any large-scale changes or additions to the types of information required of 990 filers.

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Topics: IRS, IRS Updates, Form 990, Form 990-EZ, Amy O’Loughlin

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