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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

Make Your Audit Committee Meaningful Again
Posted by Rich Howard on Fri, May 31, 2019 @ 11:07 AM

Economics 101 teaches us that time can be quantified in dollars and cents, and that if you want to measure the value of your time—i.e., your opportunity cost—start by looking at your hourly wage. Applying the opportunity cost idea to audit committees can make an audit committee seem like a hugely expensive venture.

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Topics: not-for-profit, Audit Committee, NFP, nonprofit, not-for-profit board of directors

Recent Developments in UBTI for Not-For-Profits
Posted by Lisa Burke on Thu, May 30, 2019 @ 05:46 PM

Not-for-profit organizations have a long-standing debate with regulators about whether revenue generated by certain organizational activities should be taxable. In the 1940s and the 1950s, the IRS noticed that more and more not-for-profits were reporting non-charitable business income alongside their charitable revenues. These organizations were applying their tax exemption to revenues that would otherwise be taxable as corporate business income. There were growing concerns that this created a competitive disadvantage for their for-profit counterparts that were required to pay tax on identical revenue streams.

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

The 3 Biggest Employee Benefits Challenges Facing Employers Today
Posted by Chrissy Hammond on Mon, Apr 29, 2019 @ 03:31 PM

Managing a benefits program means managing change, and that change is particularly abundant in today’s health care environment. At the same time, employers must ensure their benefit offerings serve the evolving needs of employees and their families and support the organization’s short-and long-term objectives.

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Topics: not-for-profit, Health care, competing for talent, nonprofit, not-for-profit talent, healthcare, Employee Benefits

3 Not-For-Profit News Stories to Note
Posted by Chrissy Hammond on Wed, Feb 27, 2019 @ 12:12 PM

Several not-for-profit developments emerged during the first part of the year that should be on your organization’s radar: An industry merger could make financial reporting and presentation more important than ever; a not-for-profit employment survey provides a closer look at how the not-for-profit economy is faring; and we have the first indications of tax reform’s impact on charitable giving. The following three stories from the first of the year may affect your 2019 strategic planning.

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Topics: not-for-profit, nonprofit, GuideStar, charitable giving, mergers and acquisition, nonprofit merger, employment survey

What ‘Wayfair’ Means for Not-For-Profits
Posted by Tarra Curran on Mon, Feb 25, 2019 @ 11:43 AM

The Supreme Court made 2018 an incredibly exciting year for state and local taxes. For almost three decades, sales taxes from interstate commerce were controlled by one U.S. Supreme Court ruling: Quill v. North Dakota. In this case, the Court concluded that an out-of-state seller must have physical presence in a state before sales tax collection laws could be imposed. However, on June 21, 2018, that all changed. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Quill precedent when it ruled in South Dakota v. Wayfair that physical presence was no longer a requirement.

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Topics: Tarra Curran, not-for-profit, nonprofit, Wayfair, South Dakota vs Wayfair

How to Prepare for a Successful Implementation of the New Not-For-Profit Reporting Standards
Posted by Michelle Sylvia Spriggs on Fri, Jan 25, 2019 @ 08:35 AM

Now is the time for not-for-profit organizations to begin implementing the new changes to their financial statements. Changes issued under the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Update 2016-14, Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities is effective for calendar year-end entities in 2018, and fiscal year-end entities in 2019.

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

Lingering TCJA Tax Considerations for Not-For-Profits
Posted by Amy O’Loughlin on Thu, Jan 24, 2019 @ 04:18 PM

After the first full year under the new tax reform law, one thing is clear: Several tax reform provisions may make tax reporting more difficult for not-for-profit organizations.

The tax law commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed into law quickly, leaving ambiguities about how some of its provisions would be implemented. Not-for-profits received some more clarity at the end of 2018 around how to apply some of the TCJA’s changes, but little in the way of relief. Most organizations should still expect to spend more time with certain segments of tax-related reporting, including quantifying and segmenting their sources of unrelated business income (UBI) and evaluating their qualified transportation fringe benefits.

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Topics: Amy O’Loughlin, Not-for-Profits, unrelated business income (UBI), nonprofit, Tax Reform, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, TCJA, Tax Reform Act, UBI

IRS Relaxes Hardship Withdrawal Rules for Not-For-Profits
Posted by Diane Caron on Wed, Dec 19, 2018 @ 12:42 PM

Recently, the IRS made several changes to the rules related to hardship withdrawals for not-for-profit organizations. The changes may be adopted by plan sponsors as early as Jan. 1, 2019 or, if later, the first day of the plan year beginning after Dec. 31, 2018.

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Topics: not-for-profit, IRS, 403(b), NFP, nonprofit, hardship withdrawals

5 Ways Not-For-Profits Can Harness the Power of Their Data
Posted by Scott Moody on Fri, Nov 30, 2018 @ 10:42 AM

Data can say a lot about which processes work and which don’t, but with the volume of information a not-for-profit organization is collecting on a daily basis, that message can easily get lost in the shuffle. Robust data analytics programs help to separate the story from all the numbers.

Analytics programs help to do the heavy lifting when it comes to information processing, distilling volumes of data into real time, and actionable insights. When a data analytics program is properly constructed, it can support risk management efforts, budget decisions, and strategic planning. Data analysis helps identify areas of key risk and fraudulent activity. It can be used to evaluate a program’s ability to meet its targets and highlight any inefficiencies. Data analytics can also play a role in donor management, picking up trends in contributions and charitable giving that may not be immediately obvious to a not-for-profit’s board or management team.

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Topics: non-for-profit, Non-profits, nonprofit, data analytics, Scott Moody, analytics

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