Electronically filing your forms 1023 and 1023EZ

Organizations that are organized and operated exclusively for charitable, religious, scientific and/or educational purposes must file either a Form 1023 or Form 1023-EZ to obtain recognition of exemption from federal income tax under section 501 (C)(3). The Form 1023 or 1023-EZ must be filed within 27 months of formation to avoid being taxed as a …

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Update on nonprofit accounting for a PPP loan

On May 29, I wrote an article on this topic, which was before official guidance had come out from the FASB. You may think the accounting for PPP funding would be straight forward, but unfortunately, it is not. Here are some questions a nonprofit organization should be asking. What options does a nonprofit organization have …

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When to recognize donated services and how much should you recognize

When most people think of in-kind donations their first thought might be to think of tangible goods. Tangible goods can be things such as vehicles, clothing, books and so on. With a physical transfer of assets, knowing when to recognize the contribution is simple. But what is not quite so simple is recording the other …

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Gifts-in-kind: Presentation and disclosure changes

FASB has issued a proposed Accounting Standards Update intended to increase transparency regarding such contributed nonfinancial assets like gifts-in-kind. As many nonprofit organizations rely on these contributions to carry out their programs and related activities – the following is a brief overview of the changes, and how they may apply to your organization. ASU – …

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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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What is positive pay?

One of the most common forms of fraud within organizations continues to be check fraud. Positive Pay can be a great tool for nonprofit organizations looking to strengthen their controls and help prevent fraudulent checks from being paid. This tool does, however, come at a cost of both time and money. So, do the pros …

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Are you missing a related party footnote disclosure?

This disclosure is easy to overlook but it’s important for proper financial reporting.  A related party footnote disclosure is needed when transactions are recorded in the financials between the preparer and related parties.  Understanding whom and what is considered a related party will help alleviate missed opportunities in disclosing related party transactions.  Per ASC 850 …

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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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New revenue recognition standard: nonprofit impact

As a nonprofit organization, have you given any thought to how the new revenue recognition standard will impact your nonprofit? Hopefully you have. This new standard is applicable for periods beginning after December 15, 2018, which means the deadline is fast approaching to make sure your organization is ready. Who’s impacted? How do you know …

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Should you consolidate your nonprofit organization?

Nonprofit organizations sometimes have relationships with other entities that are affiliated in some way. How do you know when you should consolidate two or more nonprofit organizations? Under accounting standards, there are two elements that are required to be present to consolidate: Control. Organization A must clearly have control over Organization B. To have control, …

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