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8 Ways to Help Prevent a Retirement Plan Lawsuit
Posted by Brad Sieniawski on Mon, Apr 23, 2018 @ 03:43 PM

If you are the sponsor of a 403(b) retirement plan, you may be asking if it is possible for your organization to be sued over your retirement plan fees. Historically, lawsuits have primarily been filed against for-profit companies sponsoring 401(k) plans. But litigation from 2016 suggests not-for-profit organizations are being scrutinized for their retirement plan fees as well. The law firm Schlichter, Bogard, & Denton targeted numerous high-profile universities, including Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on behalf of retirement plan participants who alleged their recordkeeping and investment costs were too high. Plaintiffs also alleged that there were too many investment options offered in the 403(b) plans, which created confusion, with many underperforming peer benchmarks.

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Topics: retirement plans, Non-profits, NFP, Retirement Plan Fees, Retirement Plan Lawsuit, 403(b) programs

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

Regulation Round-Up for Not-For-Profits: New Requirements to Monitor
Posted by Brenda Booth on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 @ 07:50 AM

Over the past several months, regulators have released new guidance that will affect not-for-profit accounting and taxes. The following highlights some of the major developments from the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018.

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Topics: Brenda Booth, not-for-profit, NFP, Mark Winiarski, Form 1023-EZ, Excise Taxes, DAF, tax effect, Donor-Advised Funds

The Time Has Come to Evaluate Your  Not-For-Profit's Executive Compensation
Posted by Hal Wallach on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 @ 02:55 PM

Executive compensation can be a consistent point of contention for many not-for-profit organizations. Many find themselves trying hard to strike a balance between:

  • Paying compensation that can attract and retain the level of talent needed to help the organization fulfill its mission and purpose, and
  • Complying with IRS rules related to paying compensation that is “reasonable”
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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, executive compensation, retain talent, recruitment, Hal Wallach, not-for-profit salaries

CBIZ & MHM to Present at Upcoming 2018 AICUM Spring Symposium
Posted by Chrissy Hammond on Thu, Feb 1, 2018 @ 01:06 PM

Craig Klein, Tax Managing Director in the Not-For-Profit & Education practice, will lead a breakout session entitled, "Tax Reform and its Impact on not-for-profit Higher Education" at the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM) 2018 Spring Symposium. The symposium will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Bentley University.

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Topics: AICPA, NFP, NFP Conference

Cybersecurity Risks in the Season of Giving
Posted by Ray Gandy on Wed, Dec 20, 2017 @ 01:53 PM

December is a giving time of year, and not-for-profit organizations may be on the receiving end of some financial gifts. Individuals and businesses have strong tax incentives to make charitable contributions before the calendar year wraps up, and as a result, donations may be flooding in. 

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, cyber attacks, Ray Gandy, cyber security, Holiday cyber risks

7 Lessons Not-For-Profits Learned From Early Adopting the New Financial Statement Standard
Posted by Michelle Spriggs on Tue, Dec 19, 2017 @ 04:57 PM

Not-for-profit organizations have a year to work on their new financial statement presentation requirements. Changes released in August 2016 affect the financial statement presentation of net asset classification, governing board designation, investment return, underwater endowment funds, capital gifts, expenses, liquidity and operating cash flows. Organizations will need to have the changes ready to go for their 2018 calendar year-end filings (Dec. 31, 2018 or 2019 fiscal year end filings, e.g. June 30, 2019).

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Topics: not-for-profit, Michelle Spriggs, NFP, nonprofit, Not-for-profit financial statement, financial statement reporting, financial statement presentation requirements, Financial Statement Standard

6 Tips for Retaining a Not-For-Profit CFO
Posted by Jay Meschke on Mon, Dec 18, 2017 @ 04:58 PM

Not-for-profit chief financial officers (CFOs) fill many roles, and may be involved in decisions ranging from accounting to real estate and administration. The smaller the organization, the more likely it is that your CFO covers a wide range of responsibilities. He or she could be providing oversight over finance teams while also creating a high level strategy for financial and investment decisions.

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Topics: CFO, not-for-profit, NFP, nonprofit, not-for-profit talent, retention, Jay Meschke

Data Analytics Drive Compliance Efforts in the 2018 IRS Work Plan for Not-For-Profits
Posted by Betty Isler on Tue, Oct 31, 2017 @ 01:50 PM

Data-driven analytics are here to stay when it comes to compliance enforcement for not-for-profit organizations. The IRS Tax Exempt and Government Entities FY2018 Work Plan outlines strategies and approaches that the IRS will use to monitor tax compliance for tax-exempt organizations.

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Topics: not-for-profit, IRS, Non-profits, NFP, tax compliance, Betty Isler, tax exempt bonds, NFP Compliance, 2018 IRS Work Plan, tax-exempt organizations, IRS Work Plan

How to Navigate a Merger or Acquisition in the Not-For-Profit Sector
Posted by Brent Wilson on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 @ 07:38 PM

Mergers and acquisitions aren’t part of a typical not-for-profit organization’s growth strategy, but they may be a resource worth considering. As with the for-profit sector, a strategic merger or acquisition can enhance service offerings and strengthen marketplace position. It may also extend the reach of an organization’s mission and enable the organization to serve a broader audience.

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Topics: Brent Wilson, Not-for-Profits, NFP, m&a, not-for-profit acquisition, mergers and acquisition, nonprofit merger

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