Head’s Up on New Pennsylvania Charity Reporting Requirements

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Executive Summary: Smaller Pennsylvania charities face revised state requirements for their submitted financial statements that may require additional advance planning. May 16, 2018 is the IRS filing deadline for filing 2017 information with the federal government for most nonprofit organizations. Some organizations haven’t had a need to focus on the details of recent legal changes affecting […]

Sample deferred compensation plan

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Following is an annotated copy of the model truck language for a deferred compensation plan under  Rev. Proc. 92-64. TRUST UNDER ____ PLAN OPTIONAL (a) THIS AGREEMENT MADE THIS ___ DAY OF ___, BY AND BETWEEN ____ (COMPANY) AND ____ (TRUSTEE); OPTIONAL (b) WHEREAS, COMPANY HAS ADOPTED THE NONQUALIFIED DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN(S) AS LISTED IN […]

My 2017 in two short paragraphs

Posted Leave a commentPosted in aquaculture, Health and wellness, Investment, Law firm, Leadership, nonprofit, Values

The two big personal stories for me in 2017: #1 – Stress Handled I became stressed by the lack of respect for fact, truth, science, logic, law and education expressed in our everyday lives. I became stressed by the observation that other people abandoned traditional core values of charity, sharing, open doors, open borders, nondiscrimination, […]

Small business action plan to profit from tax reform

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Contracting, nonprofit, Remodeling, Small Business, Tax Planning

We can now begin to make a reasonable forecast of the eventual form of U.S. tax law and, even with the list of uncertain issues, ask what it means to each of us. For me and my small business practice, this is how it plays out: Winners Tax and business advisers Rental real estate owners […]

Tax tip: Avoid Late Filing Penalties

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I had a few cases lately where small business organizations filed late tax returns and were then surprised by the size of the IRS late filing penalty. The penalty applies to regular for-profit, nonprofit and charitable organizations. The penalty is assessed even if the organization had no net income. The late filing penalty is applied […]

Do I want or need a financial statement audit?

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Does your nonprofit organization need an audit, review or compilation? What are the three main benefits of these procedures? The AICPA has a free 6 page report titled “Do I Want or Need a Financial Statement Audit” summarizing important information. The side-by-side comparison chart is especially useful. I have been active in helping management of […]

CPA-prepared financial statements

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A question came up from a small nonprofit business client yesterday for the second time this month. The request was to produce a financial statement for the client’s Treasurer. I found myself thinking about the best words to use to clarify my position. I want to help by making this an easy and seamless process […]

CPA services for nonprofits: a comparison of service and cost

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Nonprofit organizations in the United States are sometimes required to engage a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to prepare financial statements for presentation to state regulators and to the public. The specific requirement varies by state and depends primarily on the size of the nonprofit organization. Three levels of financial statement services offered by CPAs: Audits, […]