How should a nonprofit record their PPP loan?

We need to start out with a disclaimer here. Currently, there is no authoritative guidance on how to account for PPP loans. If you google this topic, you’ll find that there is diversity in thought and approaches. However, there is some unofficial guidance from the Center for Plain English Accounting (CPEA), which is the AICPA’s …

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PPP loans – planning for forgiveness

So you got through the process of obtaining of the PPP loans, now is the time to plan for the amount of your loan forgiveness. There may be things you can do now to maximize that amount. Here are some examples that you may help. Don’t miss: Beware of PPP scams Example #1: The loan …

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COVID-19: What should nonprofits focus on during this time?

There is no doubt COVID-19’s impact is like nothing we have experienced from the food and toilet paper shortages to the state mandated closures of non-essential businesses and schools. There is so much uncertainty as things are continually changing day by day. Nonprofits are not immune to the impact of COVID-19. In fact, they are …

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Functional expenses allocation: what to include

As many of you may know, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a new standard ASU 2016-14, Presentation of Financial Statements. One effect this standard has is that it creates consistency on how expenses are presented in the financial statements for all nonprofit organizations. Functional expenses can be disclosed in three different ways: 1. …

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Allocating Expenses – Make the Process Easier

Expenses are reported in two different ways on the 990 return: by their natural classification (salaries, depreciation, travel, etc.) and by their functional classification (program, administrative, fundraising).  Correct functional allocation of expenses is important because some donors may scrutinize the percentage of program costs vs. administrative and fundraising costs while making a decision to donate …

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Overhead Myth – Regulating Administrative Expenses

I was surprised this morning when I opened my email and saw the news: Today, the CEOs of all three of the major charity watchdog groups (GuideStar, BBB Wise Giving Alliance, and Charity Navigator) published a letter “condemning the use of administrative expenses as a measure of nonprofit performance.” This is HUGE news for the …

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