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Thursday, 14 February 2019

IRS Issues Guidance on Parking and Transportation Fringes

Written by Jeff Hert, CPA

On December 10, 2018, interim guidance (Notice 2018-99) was issued by the IRS amid rumblings of a technical corrections bill in the House to possibly eliminate unrelated business income tax on parking and other transportation benefits provided to nonprofit organization employees. Before the notice, many nonprofit organizations were evaluating their exposure to IRC Code Section 512(a)(7). An organization's unrelated business income will increase by any amount that does not qualify as a deduction under IRC Code Section 274. This also applies to expenses paid or incurred by the organization after December 31, 2017 for qualified parking fringe, parking facilities used in connection with qualified parking or any on-premise athletic facility...

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Tax reform implications on charitable donations

Written by Jeff Hert, CPA

Since the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in late 2017, many taxpayers have focused on how it can impact their charitable giving. According to the Association of Fundraising Professionals, donations to charity decreased overall in the first three months of 2018 compared with the same quarter of 2017 – and cites tax reform as a possible cause. Though charitable giving is generally motivated by compassion, the TCJA includes several provisions that have left individuals and charitable organizations contemplating how charitable giving will be impacted. Here are a few areas to help you in maximizing your donations due to reform changes...

Friday, 09 November 2018

Tax Reform for Non-Profits

Written by Jeff Hert, CPA

Answered and Unanswered Questions Social club dues deductibility – The 2017 Tax Bill amended IRC Section 274 to disallow expenses paid on behalf of employees for membership dues for any club organized for business, recreation, pleasure or social purposes. The amount paid by the non-profit on behalf of an employee should either be added to their W-2 as taxable compensation or picked up as unrelated business income (UBI) on Form 990T. Meals and Entertainment deductibility – there is no change for tax-exempt organizations and the deductibility of meals. However, IRC Section 274 has been amended to say that entertainment expenses are completely non-deductible, whether they relate to taxpayer’s business with certain exceptions...

Thursday, 01 February 2018

Net Assets and Endowment Funds

Written by Christine Slade, CPA

Download a copy of this article Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-14, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities, implements various changes in financial reporting requirements for not-for-profit entities. The objective of the standard is to provide more useful information to donors, grantors and other users of not-for-profit financial statements. This article is the fourth in a series about this new standard  and focuses on the requirements for reporting and classifying net assets. Net Asset Classification The ASU modifies current guidance, which requires three net asset classes: unrestricted, temporarily restricted, and permanently restricted, to requiring just two net asset classes: with donor restrictions and without donor restrictions...

On December 22, 2017 President Trump signed the largest tax overhaul of the U.S. tax system in 30 years. We have summarized highlights of this legislation that affect the nonprofit sector...

Friday, 17 November 2017

Expense reporting changes forthcoming for nonprofit organizations

Written by Michelle Hodges, CPA

Download a copy of this article Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-14, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities, implements various changes in financial reporting requirements for not-for-profit entities. The objective of the standard is to provide more useful information to donors, grantors and other users of not-for-profit financial statements. This article is the third in a series regarding this new standard, and focuses on the requirements regarding the reporting of expenses. Investment Expenses The ASU modifies previous guidance regarding the reporting of investment expenses...

Friday, 18 August 2017

Liquidity and Availability of Resources

Written by Lisa VanDeWeert, CPA

One of the primary objectives of Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-14, “Not-for-Profit Entities: Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities” is to provide more useful information to donors, grantors and other users of not-for-profit financial statements. An organization’s financial sustainability is not always transparent with the current financial statement presentation. Historically, there has been confusion on the limits imposed by donors, grantors or governing boards on the liquidity and availability of an organization’s assets. The nearness of an asset to cash (liquidity) and the constraints on the use of the asset (availability) need to be illustrated in the financial statements...

Tuesday, 01 August 2017

Impact investing by not-for-profits

Written by Jeff Hert, CPA

You may have heard the terms social investment, mission-related investment, program-related investment or impact investments over the last twenty years. When making an investment, a not-for-profit (NFP), tax-exempt organization (TEO) or private foundation is typically seeking a financial return over time, providing for more reserves to help deliver the program purpose or mission. However, many TEOs and private and community foundations are seeking to make a social impact as well. Socially responsible investments (SRIs), sometimes referred to as ethical or green investments, recognize corporate responsibility and societal and environmental concerns as important parts of decision making...

Tuesday, 01 August 2017

Top five accounting and operational takeaways

Written by Michelle Fowler, CPA and Christine Slade, CPA

Rehmann’s not-for-profit team attended the 2017 American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Annual Not-for-Profit Industry Conference. Here is a brief summary of key topics discussed at the conference: Not-for-Profit Financial Reporting Model It’s time to start evaluating the impact of the new financial reporting model (ASU 2016-14) issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Not-for-profits must implement the model for calendar year 2018 or fiscal 2019 year ends. For more information on the model, check out Rehmann’s article, “Major changes ahead for not-for-profit financial statements...

Thursday, 02 February 2017

Major changes ahead for not-for-profit financial statements

Written by Christine Slade, CPA

On August 18, 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued ASU 2016-14: Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities (NFPs). This pronouncement is the first of two phases of FASB’s project to improve the not-for-profit financial statement presentation and the understandability of not-for-profit financial performance. ASU 2016-14 is the first major change to not-for-profit reporting since the mid-1990s. Changes under this standard impact eight key areas which are described below...

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