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Indiana Form 136 - Deadline April 1, 2020

Indiana Form 136: Deadline April 1, 2020

Has your charitable organization moved in the last year? Have you had a significant change in use of property? If your organization is located in Indiana, and you answered yes to either, you likely need to file a new Form 136 Application for Property Tax Exemption. Indiana Code exempts from tax real property and business […]

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Gift Acceptance Policies

Gift Acceptance Policies

Having sound governance policies to accomplish an organization’s mission encourages operational and managerial efficiency. Organizations that receive more than $25,000 in non-cash contributions are required to file a Schedule M with their Form 990. For those organizations, they have already been confronted with the question of having a gift acceptance policy. Regardless, if an organization […]

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Exempt Organization Highlights of Spending Package’s Tax Law Changes

Exempt Organization Highlights of Spending Package’s Tax Law Changes

While the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Act) brought about extensions for certain credits and deductions, it also brought the following two changes for exempt organizations: Parking Tax Retroactively Repealed The Parking Tax imposed under Internal Revenue Code Section 512(a)(7) has now been retroactively repealed.  Exempt organizations will no longer owe this tax and are […]

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Federal Perkins Loan Program Update

Federal Perkins Loan Program Update

Updates to the Federal Perkins Loan Program continue as the Department of Education (“Department”) proceeds to wind down the program. During the fall, the Department issued several announcements including literature on the reimbursement for Perkins Service Cancellation, distributions of assets from the Revolving Loan Fund, and the assignment of Perkins Loan in default for two […]

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Form 990 Compensation Reporting

Form 990 Compensation Reporting

When your favorite time of year rolls around (completing your organization’s Form 990, of course!), it can be difficult to know what you should be providing to your tax return preparer when they ask for “compensation” to complete Form 990, Part VII as well as Schedule J, Part II, if applicable. Form 990 requires an […]

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Contributions and Exchange Transactions_ A Reminder on Upcoming New Revenue Standards

Contributions and Exchange Transactions: A Reminder on Upcoming New Revenue Standards

Update published on June 5, 2020: FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2020-05, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (ASC 606) and Leases (ASC 842) Effective Dates for Certain Entities, as part of its efforts to support and assist stakeholders as they cope with the many challenges and hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2018, the Financial […]

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Property Tax Exemptions for Nonprofits

Property Tax Exemptions for Nonprofits

Did you know that just because a nonprofit organization is exempt from income tax, does not automatically qualify it to be exempt from property taxes? A general rule is that property is subject to tax unless the organization obtains approval of exemption, even if the organization is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Because property taxes are […]

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Proposed Rules to End Donor Reporting Requirement for Non-501(c)(3) and Non-527 Organizations

Proposed Rules to End Donor Reporting Requirement for Non-501(c)(3) and Non-527 Organizations

On September 10, 2019, proposed REG-102508-16 was issued to end the reporting of names and addresses of substantial contributors listed on Schedule B of Form 990 or Form 990-EZ for non-501(c)(3) and non-527 organizations. The Treasury Department and the IRS have determined that this information is not necessary for the effective administration of the law […]

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Reviewing Your Organization’s Board Governance Model

Reviewing Your Organization’s Board Governance Model

A strong board of directors will oversee implementation of strategic objectives for the organization, but also has ultimate responsibility and liability. Building a strong board of directors is challenging, yet crucial to setting the right tone for success of your organization. Have you assessed your organization’s overall governance model recently? Have you reviewed your board […]

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Exempt Organization Public Disclosure and Availability Requirements

Exempt Organization Public Disclosure and Availability Requirements

It’s pretty well known that exempt organizations’ current Form 990s or equivalent filings (990-EZ, 990-PF, etc.) are required to be available for public inspection. However, did you know these public disclosure requirements extend to the organization’s three most recent Form 990s or equivalent filings, the organization’s application for tax exempt status (Form 1023/1024) filed with […]

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Alternative Investments and Foreign Reporting for Nonprofits

Alternative Investments and Foreign Reporting for Nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations are often looking for ways to diversify their investment portfolios. One way to achieve diversification is to invest in alternative investments, which can include domestic and foreign limited partnerships and hedge funds. Before investing in these types of investments, it is important to understand the impact such investments might have on unrelated business […]

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New Lease Accounting Standard Deferral

New Lease Accounting Standard Deferral

Update published on June 5, 2020: FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2020-05, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (ASC 606) and Leases (ASC 842) Effective Dates for Certain Entities, as part of its efforts to support and assist stakeholders as they cope with the many challenges and hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Update Published December 12, […]

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Legislative Update for Exempt Organizations: July 2019

Legislative Update for Exempt Organizations: July 2019

On July 1, 2019, the Taxpayer First Act of 2019 (the “Act”) was signed into law.  The law is generally intended to improve customer relations with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  However, there are a few provisions that directly affect exempt organizations. First, the Act mandates electronic filing for all exempt organizations required to file […]

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Federal Perkins Loan Program Announcements

Federal Perkins Loan Program Announcements

Electronic announcements May 3, 2019 and May 24, 2019 Colleges and universities who participate in the Federal Perkins Program are no longer able to award or disburse new Perkins Loans. The Department of Education (“Department”) continues to release new announcements and thus, changes and updates to the program that participating colleges and universities should consider […]

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Should My Organization Consider Establishing an Operating Reserve?

Should My Organization Consider Establishing an Operating Reserve?

The recent Accounting Standards Update (No. 2016-14) issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board on the Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-For-Profit Entities has increased awareness of liquidity in not-for-profit financial statements. New disclosures required by this standard assist financial statement readers in determining how liquid your organization is, or simply how much cash the […]

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Webinars

Flexible Budgeting Not-for-Profits

Flexible Budgeting for Not-for-Profits

Organizational budgeting is far from a simple process, and this is especially true for those in nonprofit leadership. There are often many complexities to consider when developing a financial plan capable of carrying the mission forward into the next fiscal year and, certainly, the added challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have not made this task […]

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Understanding Your Options When Your Organization Fails the Public Support Calculation

Understanding Your Options if Your Organization Fails the Public Support Calculation

If your organization is exempt under section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi), section 170(b)(1)(A)(iv) or section 509(a)(2) of the IRS code, it must annually meet one of two public support calculation tests (shown on Form 990, Schedule A) to maintain its publicly supported status: The organization is over 33 1/3% publicly supported. This means that 33 1/3% or more […]

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Statement of Functional Expenses: Three Steps for Accurate Expense Allocations

An area of common concern for not-for-profit organizations is how to best allocate certain expenses among the various functions between management and general activities, program services and other supporting activities like fundraising and membership development. Users of your financial statements, and of course your auditors, will want to ensure that expenses that are not directly […]

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Compliance Supplement Addendum Issued and FAC Extensions

2020 Compliance Supplement Addendum Issued and Extensions Granted

On December 22, 2020, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued the 2020 Compliance Supplement Addendum (Supplement Addendum). The Supplement Addendum provides guidance on auditing Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act money and other COVID-19 relief programs. The addendum has the same effective date as the original August 2020 Compliance Supplement for […]

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On-Demand Webinar: Maximizing and Accounting for Not-For-Profit Revenue Sources

  This session was hosted by Blue & Co. and Ashley|Rountree and Associates on Thursday, February 25 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST. This webinar is Maximizing and Accounting for Not-For-Profit Revenue Sources. This webinar is part of a two-part series discussing unique funding opportunities and issues related to revenue sources for not-for-profit organizations. The […]

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