Article Archives: 2015

By Sarah Gustafson, CPA, MBT Billions of dollars will pour into donor advised funds (DAFs) during 2015. Millions of those dollars will flow out to not-for-profits. Could any of that money flow to your organization? How should your organization handle donations from DAFs? Here’s a tale of an organization – a fictional public charity – […]

Posted by: Deby MacLeod

By Deby MacLeod, CPA By now we are familiar with the OMB Uniform Guidance for federal awards, but how much do we know about its effect on non-profits and other non-federal organizations from a practical sense, and what should we be doing now to prepare for its implementation? What should we have already done? Background […]

Posted by: Karen Dunn

By Karen Dunn, JD, LLM In an effort to address the frustration expressed by tax practitioners and the IRS regarding the inadequacies of the current Form 990-T, Exempt Organization Business Income Tax Return, The Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT) recommends a significant redesign of the form. A line-by-line activities checklist spearheads […]

But you’ll want to wait before you start celebrating. The President signed the legislation, titled “Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014,” on December 19, 2014. The legislation provides for retroactive temporary extension of select laws that impact donors and the charities they support. In addition, it puts the burden of whether or not to make […]

Posted by: Vincent J. Stevens

By Vincent Stevens, CPA, CGMA The federal grantor arrives for a monitoring visit and just like clockwork, the first thing that is requested is the organization’s policies and procedures. The finance director, anticipating the request, points to the thick binder on the table labeled “Accounting Policies and Procedures.” But is this binder enough? Although the […]

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