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Not-for-Profit Tax Alert for 2023: Kentucky Sales Tax Law Changes

By: Rick Shields, Principal, CPA, CFE Effective January 1, 2023, Kentucky implemented numerous changes to its sales tax laws. Historically, not-for-profits have been able to take advantage of numerous Kentucky sales tax exemptions. In practice, that has allowed not-for-profits to operate as though sales tax does not apply to their operations. Kentucky has been expanding […]

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Not-for-Profit Budgets: Developing Key Assumptions

By: Ryan Adams, Manager, CPA The process of creating not-for-profit (NFP) budgets can be overwhelming. One can argue that the NFP’s budget can be even more challenging to prepare than a budget for a business enterprise. The NFP may provide goods and services in addition to receiving donations with or without restrictions or conditions, government […]

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Not-for-Profit Single Audit Requirements – Evaluation of Revenue Sources

By: Holly Fields, CPA, Senior Manager Not-for-profit organizations (NFPs) that receive federal financial assistance over certain levels, either directly from a federal agency or indirectly through state or local agencies, may be required to have a single audit performed under Federal Uniform Guidance. Single Audit Requirements A single audit includes not only an audit of […]

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Accounting for and Disclosure of Crypto Assets for Nonprofits

By: Andrew Brock, CPA, Senior Manager Diversification through crypto assets, including cryptocurrency or other digital assets, in an organization’s investment portfolio, has become a more prevalent conversation, especially over the past couple of years, in light of some of the performance in these types of investments. It is a conversation that has organizations wondering if […]

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Accounting Software Considerations for Nonprofit and Government Organizations

By: Rick Shields, CPA, CFE, Principal Few people outside the nonprofit accounting world have an appreciation for its complexities, and how they apply regardless of the amount. A person may say, “The organization has total revenues of $3 million, how difficult could it be?” Those who work in the field on a daily basis are […]

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2022 AICPA Not-For-Profit Industry Conference – Key Takeaways

By: Annmarie Novotney, CPA, Director Earlier this year, several members of our Blue & Co. Not-for-Profit Services Team attended the 2022 AICPA Not-For-Profit Industry Conference.  The annual conference covers key accounting, auditing, and tax issues as well as emerging updates related to the not-for-profit industry. This conference is extremely helpful to both industry professionals and […]

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Ohio Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) Tax Credit

By: Bob Findley, CPA, Director and Sam Bass, CPA, Staff Accountant In September 2021, Ohio enacted section 5747.73 of the Ohio Revised Code, which allows a tax credit for individuals and businesses who make a qualified donation to a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) certified by the Ohio Attorney General. How does this impact your nonprofit […]

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Indiana Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) Tax Credit

By: Doug Hasler. CPA. Director An Indiana Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) is an organization that awards school scholarships to eligible students. Qualified SGOs receive funding for school scholarships from private, charitable donations. Those who have donated to an SGO that has been certified by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) will then be eligible to […]

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Kentucky Nonprofit Assistance Fund

By: Allen Norvell, CPA, Director The Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet has announced the application portal for the Nonprofit Assistance Fund will start accepting online applications beginning at 9:00 am EDT on Monday, August 1, 2022. The Nonprofit Assistance Fund was created to provide one-time assistance payments to eligible nonprofit organizations that experienced net negative revenue […]

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The Importance of Incident Response Plans – Recovery

By: Tom Skoog, Cybersecurity & Data Management Practice Leader This is our fourth article in a five-part series on the importance of incident response planning as part of your cybersecurity program. The purpose of an Incident Response Plan is to proactively plan the actions you will take if you are faced with a serious cybersecurity […]

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The Importance of Incident Response Plans – Containment & Eradication

By: Tom Skoog, Cybersecurity & Data Management Practice Leader This is the third installment in our five-part series on the importance of incident response planning as part of your cybersecurity program. The purpose of an Incident Response Plan is to proactively plan the actions you will take if you are faced with a serious cybersecurity […]

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The Importance of Incident Response Plans – Detection & Analysis

By: Tom Skoog, Cybersecurity & Data Management Practice Leader Last month, we introduced the concept and importance of Incident Response Plans as part of overall cybersecurity. As stated previously, The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a framework all incident response plans should consider, including: Preparation Detection & Analysis Containment & Eradication […]

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The Importance of Incident Response Plans for Organizations

By: Tom Skoog, Cybersecurity & Data Management Practice Leader Over the years, we have highlighted several steps businesses and nonprofits can take to reduce the risk of a cyberattack. Most of these initiatives previously discussed are designed to prevent or significantly reduce the chance that your organization becomes a victim of a cyberattack. However, no […]

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New 1099 Reporting Requirements for Payment Apps

Written by Joell Grisel, CPA, Manager, and Thomas Koustenis, Tax Intern Online payment services such as Venmo, PayPal, and many others, are more common than ever, especially for the sale of goods and services. While no banks or hard currency are involved in these transactions, these digital payments for goods and services are still considered […]

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Lease Standard (ASC 842) Impact on Not-For-Profit Organizations

By: Holly Fields, CPA, Senior Manager In 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-02 – Leases (Topic ASC 842). For non-public not-for-profit entities, this ASU is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2021 (i.e., calendar year 2022 for entities with a December 31 year-end). Whether your not-for-profit […]

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Not-for-Profit Tax Alert for 2023: Kentucky Sales Tax Law Changes

By: Rick Shields, Principal, CPA, CFE Effective January 1, 2023, Kentucky implemented numerous changes to its sales tax laws. Historically, not-for-profits have been able to take advantage of numerous Kentucky sales tax exemptions. In practice, that has allowed not-for-profits to operate as though sales tax does not apply to their operations. Kentucky has been expanding […]

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Not-for-Profit Budgets: Developing Key Assumptions

By: Ryan Adams, Manager, CPA The process of creating not-for-profit (NFP) budgets can be overwhelming. One can argue that the NFP’s budget can be even more challenging to prepare than a budget for a business enterprise. The NFP may provide goods and services in addition to receiving donations with or without restrictions or conditions, government […]

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Not-for-Profit Single Audit Requirements – Evaluation of Revenue Sources

By: Holly Fields, CPA, Senior Manager Not-for-profit organizations (NFPs) that receive federal financial assistance over certain levels, either directly from a federal agency or indirectly through state or local agencies, may be required to have a single audit performed under Federal Uniform Guidance. Single Audit Requirements A single audit includes not only an audit of […]

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Accounting for and Disclosure of Crypto Assets for Nonprofits

By: Andrew Brock, CPA, Senior Manager Diversification through crypto assets, including cryptocurrency or other digital assets, in an organization’s investment portfolio, has become a more prevalent conversation, especially over the past couple of years, in light of some of the performance in these types of investments. It is a conversation that has organizations wondering if […]

Learn More

Accounting Software Considerations for Nonprofit and Government Organizations

By: Rick Shields, CPA, CFE, Principal Few people outside the nonprofit accounting world have an appreciation for its complexities, and how they apply regardless of the amount. A person may say, “The organization has total revenues of $3 million, how difficult could it be?” Those who work in the field on a daily basis are […]

Learn More

2022 AICPA Not-For-Profit Industry Conference – Key Takeaways

By: Annmarie Novotney, CPA, Director Earlier this year, several members of our Blue & Co. Not-for-Profit Services Team attended the 2022 AICPA Not-For-Profit Industry Conference.  The annual conference covers key accounting, auditing, and tax issues as well as emerging updates related to the not-for-profit industry. This conference is extremely helpful to both industry professionals and […]

Learn More