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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Contributions Not Reported on the Form 990

There are quite a few differences between GAAP accounting and the rules for reporting on the Form 990. I was recently reviewing the rules on reporting contributions on the 990 and thought I would share a few that are often overlooked. Contributions that are not reported on the Form 990: Unreimbursed expenses of officers, employees, …

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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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Filing Form 990-N for New Nonprofits

Is your nonprofit organization in its first few years of existence? Not sure of the Form 990-N filing thresholds? Organizations that have gross receipts that are normally $50,000 or less are required to file a Form 990-N (e-Postcard). Now, you’re probably wondering, what does “normally” $50,000 or less mean. Per the Form 990-EZ instructions, Appendix …

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Are you baffled by Schedule A?

Schedule A of the Form 990 is required to be completed by all public charities. This schedule shows the IRS how the Organization is a public charity (versus a private foundation) and also proves that the Organization is receiving enough support from the general public, in order to maintain its status as a public charity. …

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Determining Unrelated Business Income

In order to address cash flow problems, many not-for-profit organizations seek additional revenue streams in order to continue to carry out their missions.  But not-for-profit organizations should be aware of whether or not their activities are related to their organization’s exempt purpose. When activities are considered unrelated to the organization’s exempt purpose, the revenue earned …

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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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More changes coming to form 990

The 990 is an annual informational reporting return that nearly all not-for-profit organizations must file with the IRS on an annual basis. It provides various information on the filing organization’s mission, programs, and finances. The 990 received a serious overhaul by the IRS a few years ago, and they’re still making changes to this day. …

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