In her latest report, the National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina E. Olson, says that the IRS still isn’t asking for enough information on the simplified Form 1023-EZ to ensure organizations using the form actually qualify for the exempt status. Further, a soon to be released revised Form 1023 runs the same risk.Read More
When a corporate partner agrees to match the value of a donor’s gift, you can quickly double your organization’s gain. Are you doing everything you can to educate your financial supporters and their employers about matching gifts?Read More
The key role of a not-for-profit’s internal auditors was once limited largely to testing financial and compliance controls and reporting their findings to the organization’s leadership. But today, with their cross-departmental perspective, internal audit staff (whether employees or outside consultants) can help anticipate and mitigate a variety of risks, improve processes — and even help evaluate your nonprofit’s strategies.Read More
If your organization neglects to file the required annual forms with the IRS for three consecutive years, you will lose your tax-exempt status. Loss of your tax-exempt status will likely mean loss of donors, so it is imperative that you take action to reinstate your status immediately. Use the steps we’ve outlined below to reclaim your nonprofit designation.Read More
While you are able to supplement your usual income-producing activities with sponsorships and advertising programs, it’s important to understand the possible tax implications of income from these outside sources.Read More
The perfect bookkeeper will seamlessly handle your day-to-day accounting functions, but finding this person can be difficult. Be sure to consider your organization’s needs before actively starting your search.Read More
Hopefully your organization already ensures that donors receive a receipt with information about claiming a charitable contribution deduction on their tax return. Did you know that your obligations may go further than that? For noncash donations, you might have responsibilities related to certain tax forms.
By now you probably know that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was signed into law in December 2017 eliminated the business deduction for Qualified Transportation Fringes (QTFs).
Auditors examining a nonprofit's financial statements should spend considerable time on the revenue figures. At BBD, we look at the accounting methods used to record revenues and perform a detailed income analysis. You can use the same techniques to increase your understanding of your organization's revenue profile.Read More
The relatively new federal procurement standards, which went into full effect in fiscal year 2017, significantly alter the way nonprofits receiving federal funding handle purchasing. You may have changed your written policies, but are you complying with the standards in practice? If not, you could risk losing funding.Read More