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Which 990 form is right for your organization?

All the time and research needed to gather records, compile information, and fill out forms necessary to complete a Form 990 can be extensive. Understanding the proper form to use for your organization could be one less thing to worry about and possibly be a time saver. So here is a short guide that can …

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$15B in COVID-19 relief grants for arts and cultural organizations will soon be available

The new COVID-19 Relief Act has set aside $15 billion to be given out as “grants for shuttered venue operators”. This includes many types of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations such as performing arts organizations, theatrical producers, certain types of “relevant” museums and others. “Relevant” museums generally include arboretums, botanical gardens, art museums, children’s museums, …

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Is my organization required to complete form 990 schedule B?

The Form 990 Schedule B, also known as Schedule of Contributors, is one of the more common schedules required for non-profits that receive contributions throughout the year. The name may give it all away, but it is a schedule that requires reporting of contributors who have donated amounts over certain threshold requirements depending on the …

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Measuring investment values

Most investments held by nonprofit organizations are publicly traded and therefore easily valued at fair value or trading value. But sometimes nonprofit organizations also hold investments where it is not so easy to determine the fair value. One example is alternative investments which by definition do not have a readily determinable fair value (RDFV), meaning …

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What to remember about recording contributions

There are a lot of different aspects to remember about recording contributions. Here is a bullet pointed refresher for you to refer to: Don’t miss: Electronically filing your forms 1023 and 1023EZ Contributions can be restricted for a certain purpose (e.g. to purchase computers) or restricted to a specific time period (e.g., a multi-year promise …

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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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