Warning Signs Your Employer May be Misusing Your 401(k) Savings

I was browsing the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) website the other day and I came across an interesting article that talked about employer abuse of employees’ 401(k) contributions. I haven’t really thought much about this before as I have fortunately always worked for employers that I feel are trustworthy and ethical. However, the …

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Arizona Gives Day is Next Week!

For the third year in a row, Arizona Gives Day is approaching April 7, 2015. AGD, which is a collaboration between the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and the Arizona Grantmakers Forum, is a 24-hour online giving campaign meant to unite and connect Arizona residents with the not-for-profit community. Below are highlights from the inaugural Arizona …

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Importance of Controls Over Fixed Assets

Are your year-end financial statements accurately representing your fixed assets? Deficiencies in the recording of fixed assets can often result in inaccurate financial reporting. The area of fixed assets is way too often considered as a lower priority by management, thus easily disregarded. Fixed asset control procedures are not always performed as well as they …

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Do you have a household employee?

Do you have a babysitter, nanny, maid, health care provider, or other domestic worker? If so, they may be your employee. The worker is generally your employee if you can control not only what work is done, but also how the work is done. Whereas, if the worker controls how the work is done, the …

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The IRS Now has a Mobile App for You

Everyone seems to have their own mobile apps these days and the IRS is no exception. This free app for your electronic devices will let you check your refund status and more. It is available on Google Play and at the App Store for your Android and Apple devices. Launched a few years ago, at …

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The Benefits of an Estate Plan for Your College-Age Children

Have children around the age of 18? There is one thing you are probably unaware of that could save you thousands of dollars and a headache. Once individuals reach the age of majority—18 in most states—their parents are no longer entitled to see their medical and financial records and make decisions on their behalf. As …

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Steps to Improve Financial and Single Audit Quality

The AICPA Governmental Audit Quality Center has some resources available for auditees to assist you in having a smooth and efficient audit. The Center outlines five steps that you, as an auditee, can take to improve the quality of your audit. The first step is to ensure that your auditors are properly qualified and have …

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Are You Biased?

As auditors, we’ve been taught over and over again to maintain professional skepticism when performing our audits. But as the landscape of companies change, so does our audit approach. With the increased use of technology and longevity of our client base, we need ensure our eyes are open and we ask the right questions. Bias …

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How to Report a Name Change to the IRS

If your nonprofit has changed its name, the name change needs to be reported to the IRS. This can be done on your next Form 990. Here are the requirements for reporting this properly: File your next Form 990 by paper (as opposed to electronically). On page 1 of the Form 990, check the box …

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Why CPA testifying experts can’t accept contingent fee engagements

Attorneys are often asked to take on a litigation assignment where there is a potential for a large monetary amount to be awarded to their clients by the court. They may take on the work solely based on a contingent fee arrangement with their client. What this usually means is that if the attorney wins …

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