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There are many intricacies involved in administering retirement plans. The implementation of sound internal controls is necessitated by the many rules retirement plans are subject to, and by the fact that some of those rules tend to change quite frequently. Because of the complexity of those rules, mistakes (generally human errors) can occur in almost all retirement plans, even plans run by experts.

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Often times what attracts a person to a nonprofit board is a shared interest or passion for the mission of an organization. Of course this is important, as a board position requires an ample amount of volunteer time. However, it is important for board members to not lose sight that they are ultimately tasked with the governance of the organization. A point that should not be taken lightly. The importance of this responsibility is demonstrated by the IRS annual Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990) which dedicates an entire section to governance, management and disclosure, and includes a list of all board members.

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UHY LLP (“UHY”), today announced its $25,000 sponsorship of the Double H Ranch. Based in Lake Luzerne, New York, The Double H Ranch is a philanthropic program with global reach that serves over 60,000 children dealing with life-threatening illnesses. The goal of this sponsorship program is to create more awareness, donations and volunteer support for the ongoing “Mission Awareness” campaign for the Double H Ranch, which is just one hour north of UHY’s Albany, NY office.

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Recent court decisions and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Chief Counsel Memorandum (CCM) reinforce the need to keep accurate records and adequately disclose all charitable contributions as well as gifts made to others.

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Consider the fact that potential donors often have only the organization’s audited financials and Form 990 to evaluate the organization’s financial strength and how efficiently it would use a potential donation. Evaluating a nonprofit organization’s financial statements is different than evaluating statements of for-profit entities because having large amounts of revenue over expenses is not the main goal of the nonprofit organization and many organizations are budgeted to have zero excess revenues over expenses.

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The change of administration in Washington, as well as state and local initiatives, makes this a hard time for nonprofit boards and management to predict and determine the best strategies for sustainability -meeting the needs of its stakeholders and financial viability becomes ever more challenging.

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There are several reasons for which a public charity can loss its tax-exempt status – and the most common is also the most easily avoidable. Each year thousands of nonprofits loss their tax-exempt status for failure to fulfill annual filing requirements. More specifically, they fail to file the Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax.

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When auditors of not-for-profit organizations can provide the optimal level of assurance on an organization's financial statements, the report will say “the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the organization and the changes in its net assets and cash flows.” The question naturally arises, then: what is meant by “material”? Auditing standards define materiality as something that could influence “the judgment of a reasonable person relying on the information.” Thus, materiality is not only quantitative but qualitative as well.

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US not-for-profits encompass a wide variety of industries that include health care, higher education, credit unions and public authorities, to name a few. Andrea Murad speaks to the individuals who ensure they maintain their nonprofit status.

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Emagine | 200 North Main Street | Royal Oak, MI 48067 Thursday February 8 2018

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