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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On July 1 the user fee to process the Form 1023-EZ, Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, was decreased from $400 to $275 (Rev. Proc. 2016-32).
New §501(c)(4) exempt organizations and their advisors need to be mindful of a requirement added to the Code under the PATH Act, enacted December 18, 2015. Under newly-enacted IRC §506 such organizations must electronically submit Form 8976 - Notice of Intent to Operate Under Section 501(c)(4) - within 60 days of formation. This form does not exist on paper and thus will not be found by searching at the IRS website. An individual desiring to electronically submit this form needs to establish an account at the IRS website and pay a user fee of $50 through www.pay.gov. Late filing can be penalized. (Rev. Proc. 2016-41).
Many accountants and users find that certain areas of the current NFP financial reporting framework are often difficult to navigate and interpret. This becomes especially apparent in the board room and at management meetings where financial statement literacy may not always be a core skillset for all members. In an effort to address some of these concerns among users, on August 18, 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-14, Not for Profit Entities (Topic 958): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-For-Profit Entities.
It only took 10 years, but this summer the Department of Labor (DOL) announced sweeping changes to the federal overtime rules. The most significant change is raising the standard salary level by which salaried employees are now eligible for overtime pay. The new rules will go into effect December 1, 2016 and apply to both for-profit and non-profit entities.
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