Nonprofits

accounting for contributions

Still Struggling With How to Account for Contributions?

After the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB’s) 2014 release of Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, many nonprofits were confused about whether grants and similar contracts were covered by these new revenue recognition rules. The FASB’s subsequent issuance of ASU No. 2018-08, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Clarifying the Scope and…

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crisis management plan

Prepare Now to Handle a Reputation-Damaging Crisis

Many nonprofits take time to develop disaster plans in anticipation of natural disasters, active shooter situations and other harrowing events. They may not, however, think about handling a crisis such as sexual harassment or embezzlement allegations against a leader, a regrettable social media post or similar circumstances that could generate significant damage. Here’s how to…

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New Tax Law Changes for Nonprofit and Private Foundations

On December 20, 2019, the “Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019” was signed into law for the 2020 fiscal year.  The legislation included a provision which has repealed IRC Section 512(a)(7), known as the “Parking Tax” for tax-exempt entities, as well as a provision that simplified the net investment income tax imposed…

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nonprofit sales tax

South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.: What This Sales Tax Case Means for Nonprofits

A landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 dramatically expanded the ability of states to impose sales tax collection obligations on out-of-state organizations that sell goods and services within their boundaries. Since then, state legislatures and municipalities have scrambled to pass laws targeting organizations that lack a physical presence in their jurisdictions. Some…

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collective impact

Collective Impact Inquiries Rely on Harmony

Collective impact, an approach that’s growing among nonprofits, is more than just collaboration. Its originators describe the phrase as the commitment of a group of important players from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem. That includes the nonprofits themselves, government, businesses and constituent communities. In the Stanford Social Innovation…

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acknowledgments

Writing Donation Acknowledgment Letters

Sending thank-yous to your donors doesn’t just make sense in terms of building and maintaining relationships. The IRS mandates that taxpayers substantiate single contributions of $250 or more with contemporaneous written acknowledgments. Here’s what you should include in those acknowledgments. The essentials A written contribution acknowledgment should contain: The name of your organization, The amount…

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nonprofit tax exempt status could be revoked

Protect Your Exempt Status in Election 2020

Nonprofits that are tax-exempt as 501(c)(3) organizations, including charities and churches, are barred from participating or intervening in any political campaign for or against a candidate for public office. Organizations that violate the prohibition risk losing their tax-exempt status. They also could find themselves on the hook for an excise tax. Here’s what you need…

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FASB simplifies merger accounting for nonprofits

FASB Simplifies Merger Accounting for Nonprofits

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) recently issued guidance that should ease the financial reporting burden on nonprofits that enter “business combinations,” such as mergers and acquisitions. The title of the guidance is a mouthful, but it probably tells you everything you need to know: Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2019-06, Intangibles — Goodwill and…

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nonprofit fundraising contributions

Keep These 5 Points in Mind When Raising Funds

Since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was enacted in late 2017, some aspects of charitable giving have changed, but not exactly in the way some nonprofit watchers predicted. Because the TCJA widely reduced the motivation giving contributions to charity, many observers forecast that annual donations might plummet. But so far that hasn’t been…

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Mandatory Tax E-Filings Are Right Around the Corner

Under the newly enacted Taxpayer First Act, all nonprofits will soon need to file their information returns electronically. Depending on the size of your organization, the requirement could take effect as soon as next year. What’s required? The Taxpayer First Act requires nonprofits to file their report statements or returns in the Form 990 series…

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