No more swiping means safer transactions, at least in person

Many of you may have received new credit cards recently which contain a small metallic square on the left front of the card. These are new EMV (Europay, Mastercard and Visa) cards which are being used to authenticate card transactions with computer chips and related technology. If you are like me, you didn’t even pay …

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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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Life expectancy: best and worst states to live in

If I am preparing a report on lost earnings in a wrongful death litigation matter, I will need to know what the expected remaining life would have been for the deceased subject involved with the lost earnings claim. I will use authoritative tables from government and private research sources to make the life expectancy determination. …

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FASB’s Employee Benefit Plan Reporting Simplification

On July 31, 2015, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued ASU 2015-12, Plan Accounting: Defined Benefit Pension Plans (Topic 960), Defined Contribution Pension Plans (Topic 962), Health and Welfare Benefit Plans (Topic 965): (Part I) Fully Benefit-Responsive Investment Contracts, (Part II) Plan Investment Disclosures, (Part III) Measurement Date Practical Expedient. The ASU was in …

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Accounting for debt issuance costs

In 2015, the FASB changed the requirements for presentation of issuance costs associated with debt. These updates were made as part of FASB’s initiative to reduce complexity in accounting standards and went into effect in 2016. Debt issuance costs consist of brokerage, legal and other professional fees incurred in connection with issuance of long-term debt. …

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Why Your Nonprofit Needs a Mobile Site

It should be no surprise that the use of cell phones has increased. While it has been the source of a lot of talk over the years, it appears we’re finally at a tipping point. Emarketer created a chart to show the shift in search volume in the U.S. since 2011. Their results concluded that …

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Accounting for gift cards

Gift cards can have many benefits for a company. They increase cash flow, bring in new customers and can result in increased income. As beneficial as they can be, when it comes to accounting for gift cards, as well as ensuring that you’re in compliance with various state laws, there’s a lot to be aware …

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Accounting for lease incentives and tenant allowances

Update: The guidance below will be superseded upon the new lease accounting standard becoming effective for most private companies in 2020. For further information on the upcoming changes to lease accounting and lease incentives, see our article on preparing for the new lease standard. Many leases include incentives offered in the form of free or …

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Are you on the same page as your CPA?

I recently read an article that was quite interesting, very true (in some cases) and, at times, hilarious. It was an article titled “A New Glossary of Accounting Terms” by Charles J. Pendola. In the article, he discusses how accounting terminology may not mean the same thing from one individual to another, and the actual …

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