Steps to apply for Tax-Exempt Status

You have the passion to help and give back to others. You work so hard to get your passion into action and you know that the government offers the opportunity for organizations like yours to gain tax exemption. However, applying for tax-exempt status can be a long and complicated process and it may take months …

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Statement of Functional Expense

The statement of functional expense also referred to by some as a “SOFE”, provides the reader of the financial statement more detail of an entity’s expenses. The SOFE shows the expenses broken down by an expense’s purpose. This statement classifies expenses by its natural expense classification and also its functional expense classification. The natural expense …

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The Fraud Triangle

What exactly is the fraud triangle and a better question is how does it apply to you? One thing to know about the fraud triangle is that it is designed to help explain why internal fraud occurs. Like most triangles, it has three points that make it what it is. These three components are Opportunity, …

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Is it a related party transaction if no amounts were paid?

Related party transactions are required to be disclosed in the footnotes of your financial statements. Once you identify who the related parties are, then you need to disclose any transactions between the Organization and those parties. A common example is when the attorney on the board provides services to the Organization for a fee. But …

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What to know about 457 plans

Taxes relating to 457 plans can be confusing for tax exempt entities. Here are some key points to know: 457b and 457f plans are deferred compensation retirement plans that are offered to a select group of higher compensated or key management employees in a tax exempt entity. Both employees and employers can make contributions to …

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Upcoming standard delays ahead!

The votes are in. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has unanimously decided to delay the accounting standard ASC 842. In a nutshell, ASC 842 is the lease accounting standard that requires organizations that lease assets to recognize on the balance sheet the assets and liabilities for the rights and obligations created by those leases. …

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Distinguishing direct donor benefits from fundraising expenses

Many not-for-profit organizations hold special fundraising events with the intent to raise contributions to support their mission, such as galas, balls, dinners, theater parties and auctions. Donor participants purchase tickets to attend the event in exchange for goods or services provided as a benefit to the participant. The direct benefits to the donor participant are …

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Functional expense allocation: what to include

As many of you may know, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a new standard ASU 2016-14, Presentation of Financial Statements. One effect this standard has is that it creates consistency on how expenses are presented in the financial statements for all nonprofit organizations. Functional expenses can be disclosed in three different ways: 1. …

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Treasures 4 Teachers back to school drive

Just last week a colleague and I had the privilege of organizing and dropping off all our back to school drive items to a great organization. Henry+Horne does a back to school drive each year in July and we typically pick a different organization to support. This year we were able to hold a drive …

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New revenue recognition standard: nonprofit impact

As a nonprofit organization, have you given any thought to how the new revenue recognition standard will impact your nonprofit? Hopefully you have. This new standard is applicable for periods beginning after December 15, 2018, which means the deadline is fast approaching to make sure your organization is ready. Who’s impacted? How do you know …

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