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Do Nonprofit Organizations Have to Pay Sales Tax in Arizona?

We often receive questions from clients asking whether Arizona offers an exemption from sales tax (transaction privilege tax) for non-profit organizations. Unfortunately, Arizona does not offer a blanket exemption like many other states. However, there is an exemption on sales tax for retail items sold by non-profit organizations. It also includes the sale of food …

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Do You Have a Donor Privacy Policy?

As accumulating personal information such as names, addresses, and credit card numbers from donors and special event attendees becomes both easier and more useful due to the implementation of donor databases, nonprofits should consider implementing a donor privacy policy. A donor privacy policy can be a simple paragraph, or as detailed as the nonprofit chooses, …

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Pump the Brakes! Did We Really Meet the Restriction of that Donation?

Dual restricted contributions remind me of driving a vehicle with a standard transmission. If you release the clutch but forget to put the car in gear, you probably won’t go anywhere unless your vehicle is on an incline or decline. Even then, you will most likely, eventually roll to a stop. On the other hand, …

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Potential Nonprofit Accounting Changes?

Approximately 13,340 nonprofits registered with the state Department of Consumer Protection may be impacted by FASB’s proposed changes to financial reporting. In April, they announced the proposal to change the following items: Income Statement Rule: Requires entities to report net income or loss from operating activities, separate from non-operating activities. Impact: Clearly shows income and …

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Why Shouldn’t We Accept All Donations?

Most of us have heard the quote “one person’s junk is another’s treasure”. What is more problematic for charitable organizations, I find, is that donors give non-cash items that were valuable to them, but are not valuable to the organization or in support of its mission. If you haven’t implemented a gift acceptance policy, you …

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Healthy Skepticism: Hiring a Professional Fundraiser

The competition for donor contributions continues to rise as more nonprofit organizations register with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). With this increase in competition, many nonprofits are choosing to hire a professional fundraiser to help maximize their earnings potential. Before hiring your own, you should consider the following factors: Is it necessary? Some organizations give …

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IRS Tax Exempt Priorities for 2016

A few weeks ago the IRS Tax Exempt & Government Entities Commissioner released a Workplan Briefing for the Government’s fiscal year 2016. She listed five strategic issue areas, below, in which they will focus resources in the next year. Exemption: issues include non-exempt purpose activity and private inurement Protection of Assets: issues include self-dealing, excess …

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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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How to Account for Donated Auction Items

Believe it or not, it’s already the holiday season where not only do you begin thinking about what your loved ones want as gifts but also how to properly pull off your annual fundraising gala. Many not-for-profit events not only have entertainment, a call to action, and great food, but also have silent or live …

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The Burk Donor Survey

The 2014 Burk Donor Survey was released earlier this year. This survey is a study that was done by fundraising expert Penelope Burk, which analyzes the changes in donor giving each year. More importantly, it gives insight to how donors intend to give in the upcoming 12-month period. This survey asked 23,000 donors in the …

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