PBMares Accounting Blog

Consolidations Clarification ASU 2017-02

Posted by Robin Lam, CPA on Oct 9, 2017 10:52:52 AM

ASU 2017-02  was issued in January 2017 by the FASB to clarify when a not-for-profit entity (NFP) that is a general partner or limited partner should consolidate a for-profit limited partnership or similar legal entity. 

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Topics: Not-for-Profits

Eliminating the Concept of Extraordinary Items

Posted by Theresa Leon, CPA, MPA on Oct 5, 2017 9:12:08 AM

Determining whether an event or an item was an extraordinary item has been a confusing and often burdensome determination for accountants and entities alike.  Over the years, an item could be argued for and against the consideration to be treated as an extraordinary item.  For example, Hurricane Katrina caused terrible damage and one might consider such an event would be an extraordinary item.  However, a hurricane in and of itself is not considered to be unusual or infrequent in nature as hurricanes are a likely event.  Although the damage was by the hurricane was catastrophic, it was not deemed and did not meet the requirements to be considered extraordinary.  An extraordinary item was previously considered to be an item that was unusual and infrequent in nature.  The gain or loss on these items was to be shown segregated from the results of ordinary operations on the statement of activities, net of any tax.  In addition, the extraordinary item was to be disclosed in the accompanying notes to the financial statements describing the origin, nature and the amount.

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Topics: Not-for-Profits, Tax Planning

Renting Dorm Rooms for Additional Funding

Posted by Nick Preusch, JD, LLM, MSA, CPA on Sep 11, 2017 10:59:25 AM

Fox Business recently ran an article on a creative way non-for-profit universities have been raising funds. (See the article here). As a basic summary, universities have started renting out dorm rooms to people in order to raise additional funds to support the university. These creative ways to raise additional revenues come as enrollment numbers and state financing have been declining. With these creative fund raising ideas, non-for-profits need to be aware of unrelated business income and what effects these rules could have on their non-for-profit.

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Topics: Not-for-Profits, Tax Updates

10 Signs It May Be Time to Shop for a New Auditor

Posted by Shawn Middleton, CPA on Aug 10, 2017 4:14:23 PM

Thinking about hiring a new auditor can be overwhelming. Many times over the years I have heard auditees say, “I don’t want to get used to a new auditor, or have to deal with a new process.” They want to stick with what’s comfortable and familiar, despite the possibility that a better option may exist out there. However, there could be an auditor that is a much better fit for your organization, and you are missing out on an opportunity to better serve your organization by not considering the below items. Here are 10 signs that it may be time to consider a change. There are in no particular order, as each organization may feel certain items are more important than others.

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Topics: Not-for-Profits

Does Your Charitable Contribution Qualify for a Deduction?

Posted by Theresa Leon, CPA, MPA on Jul 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to preparing individual tax returns, many individuals wonder what kind of documentation they need to support their charitable contributions.  First and foremost, to qualify for a charitable contribution deduction, a contribution must have been given to a qualified charitable organization.  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website contains a link in to search for exempt organizations (https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/search-for-charities).  Donations given to directly to an individual in need are not considered a deductible contribution but instead are considered by the IRS to be personal gifts.  Secondly, an individual can only deduct contributions if they are itemizing their individual tax return.  Generally an individual may be able to deduct up to 50 percent of their adjusted gross income, however, there are limitations.  Seek advice regarding your individual deduction limitations from a tax professional. 

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Topics: Not-for-Profits, Tax Planning

When are activities of a nonprofit subject to income taxes?

Posted by Edward T. Yoder, CPA, MSA on Jun 19, 2017 2:41:58 PM

A nonprofit will not ordinarily be taxed on its revenues.  However, income from unrelated business income is subject to tax (UBIT).  UBIT is based on gross income derived by any nonprofit from any unrelated business activity it regularly conducts less the expenses directly connected with the activity.

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Topics: Not-for-Profits

Public Student Loan Forgiveness - A Great Way to Attract Employees to a Not-For-Profit

Posted by Nick Preusch, JD, LLM, MSA, CPA on Jun 5, 2017 1:44:38 PM

In 2007, President George Bush signed into law the Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program. This program allows people working in certain industries to have their student loans forgiven, tax-free, after 10 years. Usually people believe this program only applies to governmental employees. However, the law allows for employees of a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit to also qualify for student loan forgiveness. This is a great way to attract employees who may otherwise require a larger salary and a great way to keep employees at your not-for-profit.

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Topics: Not-for-Profits, Tax Planning

President Trump’s Proposed Budget Could Impact Your Nonprofit

Posted by Edward T. Yoder, CPA, MSA on May 23, 2017 3:43:11 PM

On Tuesday May 23, President Trump released his budget request for 2018 entitled “A New Foundation for American Greatness.”

The U.S. Government suffered budget deficits every year from 1970 through 1997.  There were surpluses recorded in 1998 through 2001, but deficits returned from 2002 through today. 

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Topics: Not-for-Profits

What really motivates nonprofit donors

Posted by Edward T. Yoder, CPA, MSA on May 18, 2017 11:33:34 AM

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Topics: Not-for-Profits, NFP Bites

Executive Order Changes For the IRS Will Enforce Political Speech Made by 501(c)(3)s

Posted by Nick Preusch, JD, LLM, MSA, CPA on May 11, 2017 8:30:00 AM

President Trump signed the Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty Executive Order on May 4, 2017. This Executive Order requests that the Treasury and IRS no longer enforce the Johnson Amendment, which does not allow 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations to engage in certain types of political activities.

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Topics: Not-for-Profits, Tax Updates