Tax and Accounting Desk

Does anyone actually read footnotes? If they’re financial statement footnotes, the answer is usually “yes.” Footnotes can provide donors, governmental supporters and other stakeholders with critical information about your not-for-profit.

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So it’s important to work with your CPA to make sure your footnotes are accurate and thorough.


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Although planning is needed to help build the biggest possible nest egg in your traditional IRA (including a SEP-IRA and SIMPLE-IRA), it’s even more critical that you plan for withdrawals from these tax-deferred retirement vehicles.

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There are three areas where knowing the fine points of the IRA distribution rules can make a big difference in how much you and your family will keep after taxes:


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Companies have seen growth after entering third-party agreements, and even though there are benefits, risks can also come with the deal. The good news is these risks can be mitigated through monitored and managed with an effective program of internal and external controls. PKF Texas Contract Compliance Audit Manager, Carlos Gomez, recently published an article

Byron: Welcome to The PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. My name is Byron Hebert. I’m the Chief Growth Officer here at PKF Texas, and today I want to introduce you to two of the faces of PKF Texas, Matt Goldston and Sam Razmandi.

We’re going to talk to you today about one of the services PKF offers: our Outsourced Controller and CFO Program in the Entrepreneurial Advisory Service Department. Both these guys are experts in this area, and so I’m really excited to introduce them to you. Let’s start with Matt.

Matt, why would a company outsource their controller or CFO function?


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International Fraud Awareness Week badge for 2020 from the ACFEAccording to a study conducted by the Association of Fraud Examiners (ACFE), fraud costs organizations about 5% of their annual revenues. For this year’s International Fraud Awareness Week, the Houston Chapter of the ACFE has lined up activities for friends, family and colleagues to join and participate in from November 15 – November 21 to raise awareness to fraud.

The Houston Chapter of ACFE has shared the daily International Fraud Awareness Week activities, which include:


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The PKF Texas not-for-profit team hosted its next Zoom webinar, “Forging Ahead: Planning Your Fundraising and Investment for 2021.” Once again, PKF Texas Audit Senior Manager, Nicole Riley, CPA, CFE, moderated a panel, which included Ryan McCauley, Regional Director of Foundation & Institutional Advisory, Northern Trust; and Sara Wise, Senior Consultant, Mission Advancement.

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Delegating ideally gives not-for-profit executives time to focus on mission critical tasks and provides growth opportunities to staffers. However, you need to approach delegation strategically.

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This means assigning the right tasks to the right staffers — and following up on assigned work to ensure it’s completed to your standards.


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Many people have Series EE bonds that were purchased many years ago. Perhaps they were given to your children as gifts or maybe you bought them yourself and put them away in a file cabinet or safe deposit box.

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You may wonder: How is the interest you earn on EE bonds taxed? And if they reach final maturity, what action do you need to take to ensure there’s no loss of interest or unanticipated tax consequences?


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The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently issued Final Rulemaking Release No. 33-10825, “Modernization of Regulation S-K Items 101, 103, and 105,” which amends Regulation S-K disclosure Items:

  • 101, “Description of Business,
  • 103, “Legal Proceedings,” and
  • 105, “Risk Factors.”

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These amendments, which are part of the SEC’s broader Disclosure Effectiveness Initiative, reflect changes that have occurred in the capital markets and the availability of information and aim to improve the information content of those items and to simplify compliance for registrants.

The main amendments to Regulation S-K from Release No. 33-10825 are as follows:


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A warning if your not-for-profit organization is looking for expenses to cut: Don’t skimp on insurance. Should your not-for-profit experience a fire, major theft or other calamity, you’ll be glad you have the coverage. Of course, you may also be required by your state, certain funders, lenders and your own bylaws to carry adequate insurance. Donors certainly expect you to protect their investment in your not-for-profit by managing risk with insurance.

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But to ensure you’re not wasting money, consider what you need — and what you might not.


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