Spending bill extends tax breaks, adds retirement account provisions

With its winter recess looming before it, Congress has engaged in a flurry of activity. Most notably, it reached agreement on a massive governmentwide spending package titled the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020. The legislation extends certain income tax provisions that had expired, as well as some that were due to expire at the end […]

How Many Directors Does your Nonprofit’s Board Need?

State law typically specifies the minimum number of directors a not-for-profit must have on its board. But so long as organizations fulfill that requirement, it’s up to them to determine how many total board members they need. Several guidelines can help you arrive at the right number. Small vs. largeBoth small and large boards come […]

Year-End Accounting Recap

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) hasn’t issued any major new accounting rules in 2019. But there have been some important developments to be aware of when preparing annual financial statements under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Deferral of major accounting rulesAccounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2019-09 delays the effective date of the updated […]

How Nonprofits Can Take Advantage of Corporate Volunteers

According to the Society for Human Resource Management, 47% of companies offer a community volunteer program for employees. Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose has found that large companies are even more likely to sponsor volunteer activities: 61% offer paid-release time volunteer programs or a structured corporate volunteer program. If your not-for-profit suffers from a chronic […]

Risk assessment: A critical part of the audit process

Audit season is right around the corner for calendar-year entities. Here’s what your auditor is doing behind the scenes to prepare — and how you can help facilitate the audit planning process. The big picture Every audit starts with assessing “audit risk.” This refers to the likelihood that the auditor will issue an adverse opinion […]

New Restructuring Rules May Reduce a Nonprofit’s Filing Burden

Is your not-for-profit thinking about merging or otherwise restructuring? Recently, the IRS made the process easier for some organizations. Revising old rules Under previous IRS rules, tax-exempt organizations were required to file new exemption applications when they made certain changes to their structure. Each change was seen as creating a new legal entity that needed […]

IRS Updates Rules for Using Per Diem Rates

The IRS recently issued guidance on how businesses, self-employed individuals and qualified employees can use the per diem rules to substantiate their business travel expenses for tax purposes. The guidance in Revenue Procedure 2019-48 modifies 2011 guidance to reflect changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). In a nutshell, the per diem […]