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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Know Your Rights with the IRS

Written by IRS

The IRS created the Taxpayer Bill of Rights to make it simple for taxpayers to know their rights when dealing with the IRS. If you have a tax issue, you are guaranteed assistance through the Taxpayer Advocate Service, a department whose job it is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly. For more information about the Taxpayer Bill of Rights or Taxpayer Advocate Service, read Publication 1, "Your Rights as a Taxpayer," or contact a qualified tax expert. Tip courtesy of IRS...

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Uniform Grant Guidance impact on written policies and procedures

Written by Rehmann Team

Fulfilling federal regulations can be tricky The federal government recently issued 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for federal Awards (the “Uniform Grant Guidance”). This issuance consolidates seven separate OMB Circulars covering administrative requirements, federal cost principles, and audit requirements into a single federal regulation."Uniform Grant Guidance impact on written policies and procedures" is Rehmann's most recent article that provides detailed information on how the Uniform Grant Guidance will impact an entity’s audit; meeting the administrative and compliance requirements; and much more. Download a copy today to help keep your entity on track!..

Monday, 09 November 2015

Streamlining disclosures for unrecognized tax benefits

Written by Thomson Reuters

As part of its broader effort to weed out unnecessary information in financial statement footnotes, in late August the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) unanimously approved a series of simplifications to the disclosure requirements for unrecognized tax benefits. The changes will help investors and analysts focus on the most relevant information about such tax benefits. What are unrecognized tax benefits? An "unrecognized tax benefit" is the difference between a tax position that a company takes, or expects to take, on its income tax return and the benefit it recognizes on its financial statements...

Wednesday, 09 September 2015

Financial statement audits: 10 things you need to know

Written by Christine Slade, CPA

There comes a time in the lives of most growing businesses when audited financial statements become necessary or desirable. Here are 10 things to consider as you prepare your business for its first audit. 1. What is an audit?..

Tuesday, 09 July 2013

Subrecipient or Vendor?

Written by Stephen W. Blann, CPA, CGFM, CGMA

An entity may receive federal funds as a recipient, a subrecipient and/or a vendor. Federal awards expended as a recipient or a subrecipient are generally subject to the single audit act, while payments received for goods or services provided as a vendor are generally not considered Federal awards. Unfortunately, the distinction between subrecipients and vendors isn't always clear. Ultimately, the decision comes down to the substance of the relationship rather than the form of the agreement, as evidenced by one or more of the following characteristics...

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Keeping Schools Safe

Written by Kirk Balcom, CIA, CIsA, Cfe and Bill Kowalski, JD

BWD Magazine, Spring 2013 Campus security and learning institutions' obligations Recent events highlight the critical importance of campus and school security - for higher education institutions as well as high schools and elementary schools. Universities and colleges have a dual obligation: to provide a safe and secure learning and living environment, and also to report crime and safety information under the Clery Act and other federal laws. Failure to comply with the Clery Act can be costly. The U...

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