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Not-For-Profits Wanting to Reduce Spend? Take a Look at Contracts
Posted by Mark McCarthy on Tue, Sep 24, 2019 @ 12:22 PM

Not-for-profit organizations must be vigilant and careful shepherds of their monetary resources. Sometimes sound financial management takes some outside-of-the-box thinking. Not-for-profits do not have the same avenues to offset rising operational costs that for-profits might. They cannot, for example, raise additional revenue through price increases, product or packaging enhancements, or even service line extensions.

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Topics: non-for-profit, Non-profits, nonprofit, Mark McCarthy, CCR, Construction, Construction Cost Review

Relief Coming for Parking Expenses? Not-For-Profits Hold Out Hope
Posted by Nate Smith on Fri, Sep 6, 2019 @ 05:26 PM

Not-for-profit organizations drew the short end of the stick when the new tax law commonly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) made parking expenses incurred on behalf of their employees a taxable increase to unrelated business taxable income (UBTI). Commercial enterprises were equally affected by this law change, but for many not-for-profits, the change comes as a shock. The UBTI inclusions are likely to lead to tax bills at year-end, which is particularly surprising for organizations that historically had no UBTI. Fortunately, the IRS heard the collective pleas for change, and may be remodeling its approach to give not-for-profits some relief.

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, nonprofit, Tax Reform, TCJA, parking expenses

5 Ways the New ERISA Employee Benefit Plan Audit Standards Will Affect Your Plans
Posted by Hal Hunt on Fri, Sep 6, 2019 @ 01:56 PM

The countdown to revised ERISA employee benefit plan auditing standards officially began this summer when the AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board (ASB) released Statement on Auditing Standards No. 136, Forming an Opinion on Employee Benefit Plans Subject to ERISA (EBP SAS). The new standard takes effect for plan years ending on or after Dec. 15, 2020. Generally, it will affect audits of calendar year 2020 plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) that are performed in 2021.

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, employee benefit plan, nonprofit, Form 5500, ERISA, EBP audit

4 Major Takeaways from the 2019 AICPA Not-for-Profit Industry Conference
Posted by Misty Dean on Fri, Aug 2, 2019 @ 08:43 AM

Several members of the CBIZ and MHM Not-For-Profit Practice attended the AICPA’s not-for-profit conference in Washington D.C. this summer. The annual conference covers hot topics in accounting, tax, and financial advisory, and other industry trends that practitioners and their clients should have on their radar.

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Topics: AICPA, not-for-profit, NFP, single audit, nonprofit, liquidity, grant guidance

Are Your Benefit Plan’s Alternative Investments Generating Taxes?
Posted by Lisa Burke on Thu, Aug 1, 2019 @ 05:35 PM

Alternative investments offer attractive features for employee benefit plan sponsors. Investments in real estate, businesses, and partnerships tend to yield higher rates of return when compared to traditional investment vehicles like stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. But those alternative investments could also come with tax consequences. Plan sponsors may not be aware that their plan investments are generating unrelated business taxable income (UBTI), which could lead to compliance issues.

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Topics: tax-exempt, not-for-profit, IRS, UBTI, unrelated business taxable income, NFP, nonprofit, UBIT, Lisa Burke

New Lease Accounting Standard to be Delayed?
Posted by Heather Winiarski on Thu, Aug 1, 2019 @ 03:12 PM

Not-for-profit organizations, private companies, and smaller reporting companies received welcome news on July 17. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) voted to issue proposals that would delay the effective date for changes to leasing, current expected credit loss (CECL), and hedge accounting. A second proposal would delay accounting for long-term insurance contracts as well.

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, nonprofit, Leasing, leasing standard

The Revenue Recognition Lesson Not-For-Profits Can Apply to Leasing
Posted by Allan Klose on Wed, Jul 3, 2019 @ 01:16 PM

Accounting changes to ASC Topic 842, Leases share many of the characteristics that made the revenue recognition updates in Topic 606 so challenging. Like revenue recognition, the Topic 842 leasing standard is another principles-based approach. It includes changes to definitions that will require case-by-case analysis. It could—and is more likely to than revenue recognition—have a financial impact on not-for-profit organizations because Topic 842 changes require all lessees to recognize lease assets and liabilities on their balance sheet. Recognizing these lease assets and liabilities will affect financial ratios and the processes that rely on them, such as loan covenants.

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Topics: not-for-profit, Audit Committee, NFP, Revenue recognition, nonprofit, Leasing, leasing standard

9 Ratios to Help Measure Your Not-For-Profit's Financial Health
Posted by Chrissy Hammond on Tue, Jul 2, 2019 @ 01:20 PM

More not-for-profit organizations are recognizing the benefit of financial performance measurement as a strategy for evaluating operations, programs, services and financial stability. One useful measurement tool is financial ratio analysis. It involves taking data from your financial statements, using it to calculate ratios appropriate for your not-for-profit, and then benchmarking those ratios against past performance, management objectives, or other similar not-for-profit organizations.

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, financial performance measurement, financial ratio analysis, nonprofit, ratio

Today’s Trends for Not-For-Profits
Posted by Chrissy Hammond on Mon, Jul 1, 2019 @ 10:19 AM

Not-for-profit organizations benefitted from a stronger economy and higher per capita disposable income in recent years. But each sector also faces unique challenges for future growth ranging from the effect of social media on civic organizations to the impact the low employment rate is having on higher education.

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, nonprofit, IBISWorld, Not-for-profit trends

Don’t Let Independent Contractors Put Your Organization in a Chokehold
Posted by Chrissy Hammond on Fri, May 31, 2019 @ 11:58 AM

Independent contractor or employee? The question has entered the ring after late-night comedian John Oliver criticized World Wrestling Entertainment for not considering its star wrestlers employees.

He makes a compelling case on his show, Last Week Tonight, that WWE wrestlers should be considered employees who are entitled to benefits such as health insurance, paid time off, and retirement plans. Both classifications of workers are important to the economy, especially as an estimated 56.7 million Americans are choosing to freelance.

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Topics: FICA, not-for-profit, nonprofit, Independent Contractor

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