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Avoid These 4 Pain Points With the Employee Retention Tax Credit
Posted by Nate Smith on Wed, Jul 28, 2021 @ 02:04 PM

With the modifications made to the incentive, organizations continue to evaluate how to maximize the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC). The ERTC is a special incentive created within the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Securities (CARES) Act that encourages employers to retain their workforce during periods of economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. It provides immediate reductions to payroll taxes and cash refunds for credits in excess of payroll taxes, for both commercial and not-for-profit employers. A business must have been subject to government shutdown orders or experienced a significant decline in gross receipts to qualify.

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Topics: AICPA, IRS, NFP, COVID19, COVID-19, CARES Act, Paycheck Protection Program, PPP, PPP Loan, Employee Retention Credit, Employee Retention Tax Credit, ERTC

Don’t Miss Out on the Newly Supercharged Employee Retention Tax Credit
Posted by Craig Klein on Fri, Jan 22, 2021 @ 09:29 AM

The Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) was established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, but limitations on its availability tempered interest in the relief measure. That is about to change, thanks to significant changes made on Dec. 27, 2020, by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the Act). The ERTC is now available to employers that received loans under the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), so any employer meeting ERTC eligibility criteria can benefit. Because employers potentially benefit from the enhanced ERTC on a retroactive basis, employers should immediately begin analyses to identify and calculate the value of retroactive or prospective ERTC benefits.

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Topics: not-for-profit, IRS, NFP, tax relief, tax credit, employees, COVID-19, CARES Act, PPP, PPP Loan Forgiveness, Consolidated Appropriations Act, Employee Retention Tax Credit, The Act, ERTC

Developments That Could Affect 2020 Charitable Giving Results
Posted by Scott Goldberg on Wed, Dec 2, 2020 @ 09:30 AM

As disruptive as the year has been for not-for-profit organizations, 2020 might end up being a better year for charitable giving. The potential for higher tax rates and decreased exemptions from estate and gift taxes under a new presidential administration may lead many high-net-worth individuals to increase charitable giving during 2020. At the same time, individual and corporate donors can benefit from temporary charitable giving incentives in 2020 that are available under recent tax law changes.

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Topics: tax returns, individual tax, not-for-profit, charitable donations, IRS, NFP, S Corporation, charitable giving, C Corporation, Charitable Contribution Deductions, COVID-19, CARES Act, PPP, charitable contributions, high-net-worth, AGI

How the Employee Retention Credit Can Help Not-For-Profits
Posted by Nate Smith on Wed, Oct 28, 2020 @ 10:41 AM

Many not-for-profit organizations were forced to completely shutter operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic, making them eligible candidates for the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) benefit in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The credit can be claimed quarterly to help offset the cost of retaining employees. It is important to note that the ERC is only available for organizations that did not receive a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan. The ERC is provided by way of a payroll tax credit covering the period March 13, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020.

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Topics: tax-exempt, not-for-profit, IRS, COVID19, FMLA, COVID-19, CARES Act, COVID, ERC, program guidance, Employee Retention Credit

403(b) Restatement Deadline Extended Due to COVID-19
Posted by Diane Caron on Tue, Apr 28, 2020 @ 08:38 PM

On March 27, 2020 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extended the mandatory 403(b) plan document restatement deadline from March 31, 2020 to June 30, 2020 due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. All organizations that sponsor 403(b) retirement plans must restate their plan documents by this new date using either the IRS’s pre-approved document or an individually designed plan document.

Not-for-profit organizations have an opportunity during the restatement period to align their retirement plan procedures with their written plan documents to help ensure that their retirement plans are following best practices. Changes may need to be made to the operations of the plan, the provisions in the plan documents, or both. The following can help organizations with their review process.

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Topics: not-for-profit, IRS, 403(b), NFP, nonprofit, 403(b) Plan Document Restatement, Department of Labor, DOL, Internal Revenue Service, COVID-19, extension, deadline

Only a Few Months to Go Until the 403(b) Restatement Deadline
Posted by Diane Caron on Fri, Jan 31, 2020 @ 05:26 PM

With only a few months left, the countdown to the mandatory 403(b) plan document restatement deadline is officially underway. All organizations that sponsor 403(b) retirement plans must restate their plan documents by March 31, 2020, using either the IRS’s pre-approved document or an individually designed plan document.

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Topics: not-for-profit, IRS, 403(b), NFP, 403(b) Plan Document Restatement

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

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

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

4 Things Not-For-Profits Can Do in 2018 to Make Adopting the Leasing Standard Easier
Posted by Heather Winiarski on Wed, Oct 31, 2018 @ 02:19 PM

The effective date for the new leasing standard under ASC Topic 842 will be here before you know it. Not-for-profit organizations that issue or are conduit bond holders for securities that are traded, listed, or quoted on an exchange or over-the-counter market begin adoption for fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2018 (and interim periods within those fiscal years), and all other organizations must adopt the standard for fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2019 (Jun. 30, 2021 financial statements).

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Topics: GAAP, tax-exempt, not-for-profit, IRS, NFP, nonprofit, Lease Standards, Leasing, asc topic 842

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