Employee retention strategies – staying engaged

For most companies with 11 or more workers, employee retention can be challenging. Keeping employees engaged and loyal to the company requires methods that may not always be a one size fits all solution. For example, in today’s society, culture plays a large role in how connected employees feel to their company; this can be …

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Prevent expense reimbursement abuse

Dishonest employees can see an opportunity to steal from the company through expense reimbursements. If you don’t have a strong travel and expenses policy that is routinely monitored and enforced, you open yourself up for the risk of expense reimbursement fraud. Some common examples of fraud schemes that impact everyday companies are: Double billing: seeking …

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3 Tips to increase productivity in your daily routine

Do you ever feel that there are not enough hours in the day to complete what you wanted? How about feeling stressed at what seems like a mountain of work you need to finish by a certain deadline? While you can’t avoid stress entirely, here are 3 simple, yet effective, ways at maximizing your productivity …

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Creating an Error-Free Budget

Alright, I’ll admit the title of this article is rather deceiving. Unless you’re just a naturally lucky accountant or a psychic, chances are you will have errors in your budget causing you to go over or under the projected budgeted amounts from the beginning of the year. I wish I had better news for you; …

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Everything You Need to Know: Gifts In-Kind

Nonprofit organizations collect many different types of support from donors, which are not always cash gifts. When an organization receives gifts of goods or services, it may lead to questions. How and when do gifts in-kind get recorded? What are gifts in-kind? Gifts in-kind are donations of tangible and intangible individual property and contributions of …

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Heads Up on Form 1099-MISC

Please note the new filing date for Form 1099-MISC, per the IRS: Public Law 114-113, Division Q, Section 201, requires Form 1099-MISC to be filed on or before January 31, 2017 (compared to February 28th in the prior year), when you are reporting nonemployee compensation payments in Box 7. Otherwise, file by February 28, 2017, …

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Charity Navigator Launches CN 2.1

On June 1, Charity Navigator announced the launch of CN 2.1, an enhancement of their previous charity rating system CN 2.0. This includes several changes to the seven “Financial Health” rating metrics used to evaluate charities, and to help donors make wise decisions in choosing where to make their donations. Here are the primary changes …

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Ethical Fundraising Practices

Recently, I overheard two individuals discussing ethical fundraising practices for their small nonprofit organization over lunch. As an auditor specializing in non-profit, you can imagine how quickly this caught my attention. I was grateful for the noise of the restaurant and the influx of customers as I scooted my chair a little bit closer to …

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A Look at Financial Accountability for Student Activities in Arizona Schools

Student activities for Arizona School Districts have many requirements, that by law, each school should be aware of before processing student activity transactions. It is important that school districts understand what constitutes a student activity, such as a club, organization, school play, or other student entertainment raised through the efforts of students at the District …

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Donated Services

Volunteer time (or donated services) is only recorded as revenue and expense in the financial statements if the services create or add value to a non-financial asset (such as construction services provided to a building) or if the services meet all of the following three criteria: The services require specialized skills The services are provided …

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