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Does a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant = a Single Audit?

Many arts and cultural nonprofit organizations will be applying for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) in early April. The SVOG was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act. Organizations can apply to the SBA to receive a grant up to 45% of their gross earned revenue up to …

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Contributions or exchange transactions?

In June 2018 the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2018-08, Not-for-Profit Entities-Clarifying the Scope and Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made. The ASU clarifies and improves guidance for contributions received and contributions made by clarifying whether to account for transactions as contributions or exchange transactions. The ASU …

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Shuttered venue operators grant program update

Back in January we wrote a blog about the COVID relief grant that will be made available for arts and cultural organizations called the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program.  Since this blog was written, the SBA has issued some updates to this program including a date for when arts and cultural organizations can start …

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How do you determine which grant to test in a single audit?

When single audits are required, there are a few steps needed in order to determine which federal program will be tested. Auditors use a risk-based approach when looking at the programs and their backgrounds. Don’t miss: Are not for profits prohibited from lobbying? The steps are as follows: Identify the larger federal programs and label …

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Are not for profits prohibited from lobbying?

Lobbying. What exactly is it? Lobbying is defined by the IRS as activities that attempt to influence legislation. This includes contacting or encouraging others to contact members and/or employees of the legislature for the purpose of supporting, opposing or proposing legislation or advocating for or against legislation. Don’t miss: What are functional expenses and how …

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What are functional expenses and how do you allocate them?

You may have heard the phrase functional expenses thrown around, and now I am here to help clarify what that means. First, to understand functional expenses for nonprofit organizations it is important to understand the difference between functional expenses and natural expenses. A natural expense category breaks out expenses by their expense type. Don’t miss: …

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Cash vs accrual basis of accounting for nonprofits

There are two primary bases of accounting – cash basis of accounting and accrual basis of accounting. The differences arise due to income and expenses being recorded at different times under the two methods. Here are the most common differences between the two methods. Don’t miss: Which 990 form is right for your organization? Cash …

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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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