FinCen Form 114: Does your organization need to file?

Is your nonprofit involved in activities in foreign countries? This includes operating an orphanage, conferences, mission work or any other type of program activity. If so, your organization may find it necessary to open a bank account in that country. Once you decide to do that, Form 114 may be required for you to file …

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Changes to the Form 990 extension process

The due date for exempt organizations to file their Form 990 returns is the 15th day of the 5th month after the organization’s year-end. With the May 15th due date for organizations having a calendar year-end this week, you may have filed for an extension. If you did, you may have noticed that the 990 …

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Form 1023-EZ now available electronically

It is official! The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) just announced that Form 1023-EZ, Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption, is now available online for the public to see for the first time. “The new online availability of Form 1023-EZ data is an important step forward and will allow taxpayers to more easily research information on …

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Who Will the IRS Choose for Form 990 Audits?

The Exempt Organizations Division of the IRS has recently made a change in how they select nonprofit organizations for audits of the Form 990. Previously, audit selections were made based on specific types of organizations. For example, after the IRS conducted a study of nonprofit hospitals, those organizations were audited in higher numbers than other …

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What Your Schedule A Says About You

Does your organization check all the right boxes? For Schedule A, that is. Schedule A is a crucial piece of the 990 for nonprofits as it calculates whether they truly qualify as a publicly supported organization or not. Generally, to be considered a publicly supported organization, the nonprofit must have support of at least 33 …

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Heads Up on Form 1099-MISC

Please note the new filing date for Form 1099-MISC, per the IRS: Public Law 114-113, Division Q, Section 201, requires Form 1099-MISC to be filed on or before January 31, 2017 (compared to February 28th in the prior year), when you are reporting nonemployee compensation payments in Box 7. Otherwise, file by February 28, 2017, …

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A Little-Known Element on the Form 990

If your nonprofit organization regularly solicits and receives multi-year promises to give, you most likely occasionally have the situation where a promise that was made in a past year becomes uncollectible. Where does this write-off or loss get reported on the Form 990? As a reduction in contribution income on the Statement of Revenue (Part …

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What Percent of My Donation Goes to the Cause of the Organization?

I can’t count the number of times friends and family have asked me what percent of their donation goes towards the cause or programs of a charitable organization. There’s a common argument that the amount of expenses listed in the program column of the Statement of Functional Expenses on the Form 990 is the percent …

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Use Your 990 as a Marketing Tool

Once April 15th comes and goes, most Americans no longer are thinking about tax returns. If you’re involved in a not-for-profit, however, you may still be working on getting your informative return done and e-filed. It’s human nature, especially when you’re busy, to only report what you have to on your 990. However, your 990 …

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Conflict of Interest Policy: Financial Statements & Form 990

On page 6 of the Form 990, the IRS asks the nonprofit organization if they have a written conflict of interest policy, if annual disclosure is required, and if the organization regularly monitors and enforces compliance with the policy. Often times when I ask the above question of my 990 clients, I get a response …

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