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Not-for-Profit Automobiles

Completion of year end payroll tax returns, including preparation of Forms W-2, is just around the corner.  The taxability of employer provided automobiles must be taken into consideration when computing taxable wages of an employee. Not-for-profit Organizations often have a vehicle available for employees or have vehicles that are normally used for charitable activities.  The …

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Is Your Club or Association a Tax Exempt Entity? Part II

In my last blog post, I talked about a threshold level for the requirement of a tax exempt entity to file Form 1023, (Application for Recognition of Exemption under Section 501(c)(3)).  Here is some additional information about small social clubs and filing requirements. As you may recall from some of our previous blogs, the Form …

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Independent Contractors – Who Should Be Reported on Form 990?

Part 7, Section B of the Form 990 asks you to list the organization’s five highest compensated independent contractors.  It sounds simple enough, but here are some questions that might come up: What do they mean exactly by independent contractors? Independent contractors provide SERVICES, not merchandise or goods. Would this only include those that the …

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Violations of Loan Covenants – What Does this Mean for my Audit?

It these tough economic times, it is much more common for not-for-profit organizations to have a violation of their loan covenant.  When a loan covenant is not met (for example, a requirement to maintain a maximum debt to tangible net worth ratio), the consequences can be very negative to the entity’s financial statements.  Remember that …

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Classifying Expenses – Is it Program or Supporting Services

Not-for-profit organizations are required to report financial information about the functional classifications of expenses, such as major program services and supporting services. There is often confusion surrounding when to classify an expense as program related versus supporting services (which is usually management & general or fundraising).  Program services are activities that result in goods or …

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Importance of an Audit Committee

It is a known fact that audit committees are an essential component in corporate governance.  The public has been increasingly focused on oversight and governance issues since the Enron scandal.  However these issues aren’t just for the “for-profit” industry.  It is becoming more and more of an issue for the not-for-profit world.  Since the re-vamp …

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Can Not-for-Profits Pay Commissions?

There are no hard and fast rules about when a not-for-profit organization may or may not pay commissions. The only guidance is the general consensus that it is ethically questionable for a not-for-profit organization to pay commissions to anyone in a fundraising capacity. It would be hard to justify paying a fundraiser (employee or contracted) …

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