Benefits of spending time on the SOFE

When addressing your SOFE (Statement of Functional Expenses) for the upcoming audit, it is important to remember that the SOFE must be broken out into its three functional categories. Those are program services, management and general (M&G) and fundraising. Now, your nonprofit may have a standing template for which you fill out the SOFE and …

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IRS compliance testing: 415 limits testing

To ensure employee benefit plans do not violate certain standards that the DOL and IRS believe are important, plans are subjected to annual compliance tests. These tests are designed to make sure the amounts employees are deferring is within certain maximum limits and that plans are not operating in a manner that discriminates against certain …

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Conflict of interest policy – why you should have one

A written conflict of interest policy should be put into place to ensure that voting board members are not influenced to act in any way other than in the best interests of the organization. Nonprofits can be closely monitored by the public to see if any transactions the organization enters into directly benefit a member …

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Opt-out forms: employees decline to participate in 401(k)

You’ve got your process figured out – 401(k) benefit packages are given to employees the date they’re hired, or maybe it’s when they become eligible to participate or perhaps you rely on your TPA to communicate to the employee how to enroll when eligible. You collect all the necessary enrollment forms and get participating employees’ …

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Six Sigma, work smarter, not harder

Pop quiz! What is the most important resource to a nonprofit organization? Answer: People! You thought I was going to say the contributions, didn’t you? While that might be what supports the mission of the organization, where would the organization be without the development department raising those contributions, the finance team making sure your tight …

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ESOP participants frequently asked questions

If you are a participant in an Employer Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) that your employer offers, then you probably have a few questions about your rights and benefits as a participant. Here are some of the most common ESOP FAQs. How do I learn more about the ESOP I am in? As a participant in …

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When is a loan considered a deemed distribution?

Many 401(k) plans permit participants to borrow from the plan and it’s becoming a more and more common practice. The plan document must specify if loans are permitted. The majority of those loans are repaid according to the terms of the loan agreement. However, there are instances when a participant defaults – and then it’s …

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Forfeitures – how do they affect you as a plan participant?

401(k) plan forfeitures occur when a participant terminates employment (voluntarily or involuntarily) prior to satisfying the required service years to become fully vested in his/her account. Required service years will vary by plan, but can be found in your summary plan description. The portion of your account subject to forfeitures is the portion that is …

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FinCen Form 114: Does your organization need to file?

Is your nonprofit involved in activities in foreign countries? This includes operating an orphanage, conferences, mission work or any other type of program activity. If so, your organization may find it necessary to open a bank account in that country. Once you decide to do that, Form 114 may be required for you to file …

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Don’t give employees opportunity to commit fraud

The term “segregation of duties” is used in the prevention of fraud within an organization. It involves separating duties among employees so that no single staff person is put in an advantageous position to exploit their control for self-gain. A large factor in how someone commits fraud and gets away with it is that they …

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