Internal controls in small organizations

Proper internal controls are essential for all organizations but can be very difficult for small nonprofits to accomplish due to size of the staff. It is critical that segregation of duties is implemented throughout the financial policies. Don’t miss: Is your nonprofit going through a name change? Four key controls (not all-inclusive) that should be …

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Is your nonprofit going through a name change?

From time to time, a non-profit organization may change their name to better reflect their mission. If your organization is going through a name change, here are the steps needed to report it to the IRS. Don’t miss: Nonprofit board governance best practices Report the name change on the next annual tax return (Form 990 …

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What’s in the 2020 Compliance Supplement Addendum for you?

Every year the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) releases one Compliance Supplement which is typically used by auditors to perform single audits. But for 2020, there were two. On Dec. 22, 2020, the OMB released the Addendum to the 2020 Compliance Supplement, which is effective for audits of fiscal years ending June 30, 2020, …

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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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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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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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Charter School Compliance Questionnaire Update

The Arizona State Board for Charter Schools recently released the USFR Compliance Questionnaire for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012. Although there were not many changes to the questionnaire from the previous year, there is one notable question that was added to the attendance section that related to the residency requirements that schools are …

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What the Yellow Book Update Means for You

Some of you may have heard that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recently updated the Government Auditing Standards for the Yellow Book this year.  Some of you may be wondering how is this update going to affect me, or what is my auditor going to be asking for that I should be prepared for?  …

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How to Tell the Difference Between a Vendor or Subrecipient

How can you tell if you have passed federal funds on to a subrecipient or simply paid a vendor?  The answer to this question may not always be easy.  This is something many not-for-profits struggle with, and it’s extremely important as single audit requirements that an entity which passes federal funds on to a subrecipient …

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Auditor Term Limits: An Update for Charter Schools

Last fall 2011 I wrote a blog regarding auditor term limits that were slowly creeping their way into governmental audits in the State of Arizona.  The legislature had passed Laws 2011, Chapter 344, sec. 5 and sec.16 of Arizona Revised Statutes §15-183 and §15-914, respectively, in July 2011 requiring Charter Schools to rotate their audit …

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