Rising costs, threats to data security and decreasing enrollment are just a few of the concerns many higher education institutions are facing today. That is why it’s important for professional services providers to add value to every engagement. While ever-changing regulations challenge even the best organizations, today’s preparatory schools require sound, professional advice to help them manage and mitigate risks and keep management up-to-date on various trends and practices to help avoid penalties, maintain tax-exempt status and assure credibility with stakeholders.
On June 29, President Obama signed into law two major trade bills: (1) the Trade Preference Extension Act of 2015 (TPE); and (2) and the Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA).
In order to deduct charitable contributions on your personal return, you must adhere to the following guidelines.
The FASB (Financial Accounting Standards Board) and the IASB (International Accounting Standards Board) issued Revenue From Contracts With Customers, ASC 606 and IFRS 15, the converged standard for revenue recognition. This news will affect most entities: public, private and nonprofit.
In September 2015, the IRS issued a proposed regulation that would have provided charitable organizations an alternative method for substantiating charitable donations. The proposed regulation was going to permit, but not require, charitable organizations to complete and file a new, optional form in order for a donor to receive a deduction.
In 2015, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) drafted an updated lease accounting standard to recognize lease liabilities on the balance sheet with corresponding right-of-use assets. In May 2013, The FASB issued a proposed Accounting Standards Update, Leases (Topic 842). Since the proposed standard was issued, FASB deliberated proposals in the May 2013 Exposure Draft. Recently, the Board updated the Standard for two items: an exception to the lease classification test and an effective date for adoption of the standard.
Mass shootings that make headlines similar to what we saw as a result of the Orlando tragedy not only generate a nation-wide flood of donations for the victims and their families, but also a spike in scamming activities including attempts to gain money or private taxpayer information.
The FBI has issued a threat advisory to charitable organizations and nonprofits in the US and Canada. A Nigerian criminal network has already targeted more than two dozen organizations with a sophisticated, multi-step wire fraud scheme.
It only took 10 years, but this summer the Department of Labor (DOL) announced sweeping changes to the federal overtime rules. The most significant change is raising the standard salary level by which salaried employees are now eligible for overtime pay. The new rules will go into effect December 1, 2016 and apply to both for-profit and non-profit entities.
Many accountants and users find that certain areas of the current NFP financial reporting framework are often difficult to navigate and interpret. This becomes especially apparent in the board room and at management meetings where financial statement literacy may not always be a core skillset for all members. In an effort to address some of these concerns among users, on August 18, 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-14, Not for Profit Entities (Topic 958): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-For-Profit Entities.
New §501(c)(4) exempt organizations and their advisors need to be mindful of a requirement added to the Code under the PATH Act, enacted December 18, 2015. Under newly-enacted IRC §506 such organizations must electronically submit Form 8976 - Notice of Intent to Operate Under Section 501(c)(4) - within 60 days of formation. This form does not exist on paper and thus will not be found by searching at the IRS website. An individual desiring to electronically submit this form needs to establish an account at the IRS website and pay a user fee of $50 through www.pay.gov. Late filing can be penalized. (Rev. Proc. 2016-41).
On July 1 the user fee to process the Form 1023-EZ, Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, was decreased from $400 to $275 (Rev. Proc. 2016-32).
US not-for-profits encompass a wide variety of industries that include health care, higher education, credit unions and public authorities, to name a few. Andrea Murad speaks to the individuals who ensure they maintain their nonprofit status.
When auditors of not-for-profit organizations can provide the optimal level of assurance on an organization's financial statements, the report will say “the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the organization and the changes in its net assets and cash flows.” The question naturally arises, then: what is meant by “material”? Auditing standards define materiality as something that could influence “the judgment of a reasonable person relying on the information.” Thus, materiality is not only quantitative but qualitative as well.
There are several reasons for which a public charity can loss its tax-exempt status – and the most common is also the most easily avoidable. Each year thousands of nonprofits loss their tax-exempt status for failure to fulfill annual filing requirements. More specifically, they fail to file the Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax.
Hosted at UHY’s Training Center in Farmington Hills
Thursday August 17 2017 | 8:00AM - 10:30AM
The change of administration in Washington, as well as state and local initiatives, makes this a hard time for nonprofit boards and management to predict and determine the best strategies for sustainability -meeting the needs of its stakeholders and financial viability becomes ever more challenging.
Consider the fact that potential donors often have only the organization’s audited financials and Form 990 to evaluate the organization’s financial strength and how efficiently it would use a potential donation. Evaluating a nonprofit organization’s financial statements is different than evaluating statements of for-profit entities because having large amounts of revenue over expenses is not the main goal of the nonprofit organization and many organizations are budgeted to have zero excess revenues over expenses.
Hosted at the Scarab Club
Wednesday September 13 2017 | 4:30PM—6:30PM
Hosted at Albany Institute of History & Art |
Tuesday October 31 2017 | 8:00AM—10:00AM
Recent court decisions and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Chief Counsel Memorandum (CCM) reinforce the need to keep accurate records and adequately disclose all charitable contributions as well as gifts made to others.
UHY LLP (“UHY”), today announced its $25,000 sponsorship of the Double H Ranch. Based in Lake Luzerne, New York, The Double H Ranch is a philanthropic program with global reach that serves over 60,000 children dealing with life-threatening illnesses. The goal of this sponsorship program is to create more awareness, donations and volunteer support for the ongoing “Mission Awareness” campaign for the Double H Ranch, which is just one hour north of UHY’s Albany, NY office.
Often times what attracts a person to a nonprofit board is a shared interest or passion for the mission of an organization. Of course this is important, as a board position requires an ample amount of volunteer time. However, it is important for board members to not lose sight that they are ultimately tasked with the governance of the organization. A point that should not be taken lightly. The importance of this responsibility is demonstrated by the IRS annual Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990) which dedicates an entire section to governance, management and disclosure, and includes a list of all board members.
There are many intricacies involved in administering retirement plans. The implementation of sound internal controls is necessitated by the many rules retirement plans are subject to, and by the fact that some of those rules tend to change quite frequently. Because of the complexity of those rules, mistakes (generally human errors) can occur in almost all retirement plans, even plans run by experts.
January 17 2018 | 4:30PM—6:30PM
Scarab Club | 217 Farnsworth Street | Detroit, MI 48202
Emagine | 200 North Main Street | Royal Oak, MI 48067
Thursday February 8 2018
Ann Arbor Club | 103 E Liberty Ste# 300 | Ann Arbor MI 48104 |
Wednesday May 2 2018 | 4:30PM — 6:30PM
Thursday April 19 2018 | 7:30AM – 10:00AM |
Hosted at UHY’s training center in Farmington Hills
As part of the sweeping changes facing nonprofit organizations implemented by FASB ASU 2016-14, the new accounting standards will also include requirements for additional disclosures of information to help users of nonprofit financial statements in assessing the liquidity of a nonprofit organization.
Every organization is in search of new revenues to support its mission. It might be tempting to see federal and state grants as a cost-free source of those revenues. Before you go chasing those new grants, you should be aware that they can come with a heavy administrative burden.
GuideStar® is a major player and one of the top charity watchdogs in the United States. Through their website at www.guidestar.org, they provide all tax exempt entities in the US with the ability to tell their story, share their mission and solicit program funding. This article highlights how big data from tax exempts and their tax filings of form 990 can be leveraged to provide valuable information to the Not-For-Profit (NFP) sector.
Wednesday May 16 2018 | 4:30PM—6:30PM |
Scarab Club | 217 Farnsworth Street | Detroit, MI 48202
Commencing in 2018, as enacted under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Congress provided that deductions for state and local taxes are to be capped at $10,000 per married couple. Many high tax states such as California, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have considered that this was inequitable to their residents, and have passed or are drafting legislation which would allow taxpayers to make payments to state or local municipal charitable organizations in exchange for credit against their real estate or state and local taxes.
The Tax Cuts and Job Act was passed in December 2017, but the total impact to nonprofits will not really be known until we get through 2018. The reason, not only are there direct impact items in the Act, but there are also indirect impact items. It is very likely that the indirect impact items will have a greater effect on nonprofits.
After several years of stability in the accounting standards for nonprofit organizations, the new FASB standards need to be addressed soon on several different issues. Most of the preparation has focused on ASU 2016-14 Presentation of Financial Statements, which is effective for years beginning after Dec.15, 2017. Some organizations have not yet begun to consider the standards of ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, which will be effective for most nonprofit entities for periods beginning after December 15, 2018, except for certain entities who have conduit debt which is not a private placement that have earlier adoption requirements.
Thursday August 23 2018 | 4:30-7:30 PM |
Hosted at Detroit Historical Museum
Wednesday September 26 2018 | 4:30PM—6:30PM |
Scarab Club | 217 Farnsworth Street | Detroit, MI 48202
Thursday September 13 2018 | 4:30PM—6:30PM |
Ann Arbor Club | 103 East Liberty Suite #300 | Ann Arbor, MI 48104
On Aug. 23, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations governing the availability of charitable contribution deductions when a taxpayer expects to receive a corresponding state or local tax credit.
Thursday, November 1, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM | Albany Institute of History and Art
Have you ever wondered if the way an agreement is titled would make a difference in when or how to recognize revenue? Not-for-profit (NFP) entities frequently have multiple types of revenue ranging from grant awards, contributions, contracts, sponsorships, cooperative agreements, fees, etc. Often times, a written agreement may even have multiple revenue components included in one contract.
At a recent board meeting for Urban Harvest STL, one board member raised an interesting question, “What is the ideal percentage of the budget we should spend on salaries?” As with most questions like this, the answer is - It depends. In particular, it depends on the operating requirements and strategy of the organization. Some organizations are more labor intensive, while others may be more volunteer driven.
Wednesday February 27 2019 | 4:30PM—6:30PM | Durfee Innovation Society |
2470 Collingwood St. | Detroit, MI 48206
On December 20, 2018 the FASB issued a draft proposal that extends the private company accounting alternative for goodwill (ASU 2014-02) and business combinations (ASU 2014-18) to nonprofit entities and is intended to simplify the subsequent accounting for goodwill and for certain identifiable intangible assets in a business combination.
When it comes to maintaining a proper accounting environment and having effective internal controls, not-for-profits (NFP) have essentially the same requirement as commercial organizations do. Having both are critical to capturing accounting data to provide for proper financial reporting, decision making, third party requirements, etc. However, in the increasingly competitive landscape of charitable organizations, smaller NFPs face some unique constraints that can significantly impact the internal control environment.
The new lease accounting standard, ASU 2016-02 (Topic 842), is set to take effect for not-for-profit organizations that have issued, or is a conduit bond obligor for, securities that are traded, listed, or quoted on an exchange or an over-the-counter market, with fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2018 and for all other not-for-profits for fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2019. Issued by the FASB in February 2016, the new standard significantly affects the way leases are recorded on the balance sheet. While there has been considerable emphasis placed on understanding what will change under this new standard, it is just as important to understand what will remain the same.
The stakes are high for all exempt organizations to be transparent, accountable and leverage technology. Those entities that are proactive with their mission, their resources and their message will continue to thrive and be leaders in their fields. The research shows that nonprofit transparency matters. UHY looks forward to continuing our role of sharing knowledge with those involved in the tax exempt area.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Tax Act) which was signed into law in late 2017 includes the controversial treatment of qualified transportation fringes (QTF). The Tax Act disallows the deduction of QTFs provided by taxpayers to their employees. The tax treatment of QTFs for nonprofit employers will mirror those of for profit employers as an effort to “level the playing field” between for profit and nonprofit organizations. What has been coined the “parking tax” has stirred up some confusion. To help clear up some of the confusion, let’s break it down.
Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2018-08 Not-For-Profit Entities (Topic 958), Clarifying the Scope and the Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made will introduce changes in the way not-for-profit (NFP) entities record revenue.
Section 4960 of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 enacted a 21 percent excise tax on excessive employee compensation for tax-exempt organizations.
Books, music, and movies offer factual and fictional stories that capture our imagination, invoke emotion, and move readers to act. The most interesting stories have drama, plot twists, tragedies, ironies, and comedies that reflect on current conditions and paint a vision of better conditions. Not-for-profit organizations, like many other private and governmental organizations, have been digesting a best-selling cybersecurity story fueled by fear, uncertainty, and doubt. If you are one of those board members, consider if the cybersecurity story you are reading or listening to is fact or fiction.
Charitable giving by individuals in the United States decreased by 1.1% in 2018 when compared to 2017, according to research from Giving USA. One cause for this decrease was due to changes to the tax law under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. To compound the decreases in contributions that not-for-profits are facing, corporate giving is trending similarly. Corporate sponsors are increasingly interested in knowing the outcomes that their contributions support and looking for more value-added benefits.
Not-for-profit (NFP) accounting is a unique and often challenging environment that requires specialized knowledge and experience. While having this knowledge is key to successfully managing the accounting and financial reporting of an NFP, we also recognize that many NFPs rely on outside guidance for some of this knowledge.
On December 20, 2019 the “Parking Tax” was retroactively repealed when the new Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act was signed into law.