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Private Foundation or Donor-Advised Fund: The Ultimate Dilemma

By Eitan Balloul, Tax Manager, Not-for-Profit Private foundations and Donor-Advised Funds are both vehicles to engage in philanthropic activities. Understanding the differences between the two is critical in determining which is more appropriate for your unique circumstances. Whether you prefer the greater control afforded by a private foundation or confidentiality and fewer restrictions of a DAF, each has its proper use. A Private Foundation is an exempt organization,...

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Exempt Organizations and Sales Tax

By Eitan Balloul, CPA, Tax Manager – Exempt Organizations & Fred Komarow, Tax Manager- SALT Many Tax-Exempt organizations are required to pay or to collect sales tax on certain transactions. Sales tax is governed and applied at the state and local level, which means that each state has its own rules and compliance requirements that will apply to an organization operating within a particular jurisdiction. Collecting and reporting sales tax is a requirement when selling tangible...

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New Reporting Requirements for NY Tax-Exempt Organizations

By Eitan Balloul, Tax Manager, Not-for-Profit Effective January 1, 2021, many Exempt organizations that file Form NY CHAR500 with the Attorney General must file the same information with the New York Department of State (“DOS”).  There are 3 different potential reports for filing with the Department of State:  1. Annual Financial Disclosure Reports – Under Executive Law Section 172-b (1), (2) & (9)  Charitable organizations that receive more than $250,000 in gross...

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Nonprofit Updated Guidance on Reporting for ‘Gifts In Kind’

By Diana Miller On September 17, 2020, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2020-07, Presentation and Disclosures by Not-for-Profit Entities for Contributed Nonfinancial Assets. Nonprofits have been challenged to measure the value of the multitude of contributions they receive (which is not always easy) and are often scrutinized by watchdog agencies, donors, or other regulators. The reason for this update is to improve transparency...

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Main Street Lending Program modified to provide greater access to Nonprofits

By Diana Miller On Friday, July 17th, the Federal Reserve Board modified the Main Street Lending Program, providing additional access to nonprofit organizations such as social service organizations, hospitals, and educational institutions. Nonprofit organizations are vital to the communities they serve and these changes are welcomed news to the nonprofit sector. Although not yet operational, 2 new loan options were released today to help nonprofit organizations due to the COVID pandemic....

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Nonprofit News Special Update: Parking Tax Repealed and Single Rate Excise Tax for Private Foundations

by Linda Curro The government funding legislation passed by Congress in December 2019 includes the repeal of the Internal Revenue Code § 512(a)(7), commonly referred to as the “Parking Tax.” The legislation was signed by the President on December 20th, 2019. The original provision, enacted as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts, required tax-exempt organizations to include in unrelated business income the amounts they pay or incur on qualified transportation fringe benefits. ...

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Update – “Parking Tax” Alert! Interim Guidance Released

By: Linda Curro and Diana Miller On December 10th, the IRS issued Notice 2018-99 (“Notice”) addressing guidance with respect to the tax treatment of qualified transportation fringe (“QTF”) benefits; specifically how employers should determine the amount of any nondeductible parking expense for employer provided parking.  The Notice has provided guidance as to the disallowed parking expenses associated with the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which currently disallows certain employer...

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Tax Bill Impact on Transportation Benefits

Its intentions are good, but the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) can have a negative effect on non-profit organizations in at least a couple ways. We’ll take a look at how one of the new provisions of the TCJA complicates the provision of what might be a much-needed benefit for some of your employees. Disallowed Benefits The IRS explains the tax code change, known as section 512(a)(7), under the heading “Increase in unrelated business taxable income by disallowed fringe.” This...

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Net Asset Presentation on Not-for-Profit Entity Financial Statements

By Ugochi Oguh, CPA Updated 7/29/2019 Prior to the adoption of ASU 2016-14, Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities, not-for-profit entities (NFPs) were required to segregate net asset disclosures between temporarily restricted, permanently restricted and unrestricted.  To reduce confusion and enhance transparency, ASU 2016-14 reduces the number of classes of net assets from the above three to two – net assets without donor restrictions and net assets with...

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The Importance of Setting A Budget for Your NonProfit Organization

By Diana Miller, CPA The Importance of Annual Budgets for Nonprofit Organizations Sometimes the importance of writing and maintaining realistic annual budgets is not always understood -but it’s imperative for a number of reasons. For one thing, the document might find more interested readers than you suspect. Who Cares? Let’s start with your co-workers. Staffers need to know when funds will be available, or whether belt-tightening might soon begin (or continue). Your budget will...

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