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A Closer Look at the New QBI Deduction Wage Limit

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) provides a valuable new tax break to noncorporate owners of pass-through entities: a deduction for a portion of qualified business income (QBI). The deduction generally applies to income from sole proprietorships, partnerships, S corporations and, typically, limited liability companies (LLCs). It can equal as much as 20% of… Continue Reading

Thinking Like an Auditor for Your Not-For-Profit Revenue

Auditors examining a not-for-profit’s financial statements spend considerable time on the revenue figures. They look at the accounting methods used to record revenues and perform a detailed income analysis. You can use the same techniques to increase your understanding of your organization’s revenue profile. In particular, consider: Individual Contributions Compare the donation dollars raised to… Continue Reading

What Can Be Deductible When Volunteering

Because donations to charity of cash or property generally are tax deductible (if you itemize), it only seems logical that the donation of something even more valuable to you — your time — would also be deductible. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Donations of time or services aren’t deductible. It doesn’t matter if it’s simple… Continue Reading

ASU No. 2018-08 Clarifies Guidance for Not-For-Profit Entities: Contributions Received and Contributions Made

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2018-08, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Clarifying the Scope and the Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made. ASU No. 2018-08 provides clarifying and amended guidance concerning: the determination of whether a transaction should be accounted for as an exchange or as… Continue Reading

How Data Analytics Can Help Solve Your Not-For-Profit’s Challenges

If your not-for-profit wants to improve its budgeting, forecasting, fundraising or other functions but is having a hard time identifying both problems and solutions, data analytics can help. This form of business intelligence is already considered invaluable in the for-profit world. But it can be just as useful to not-for-profits. Informed Decision Making Data analytics… Continue Reading

The SEC Expands the Scope of Smaller Reporting Companies that Qualify for Scaled Disclosures

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) voted last week to adopt amendments to the “smaller reporting companies” (“SRCs”) definition to expand the number of companies that qualify for the scaled-down disclosure requirements. The Commission established the smaller reporting company category of companies in 2008 in an effort to provide general regulatory relief for smaller… Continue Reading

How “Going Green” Can Save You Taxes

“Going green” at home — whether it’s your principal residence or a second home — can reduce your tax bill in addition to your energy bill, all while helping the environment, too. The catch is that, to reap all three benefits, you need to buy and install certain types of renewable energy equipment in the… Continue Reading

GILTI Tax – Who it Impacts and Restructure Planning

Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski and I’m back again with Frank Landreneau, one of our International Tax Directors. Frank, welcome back to the Playbook. Frank: Thanks, Jen. It’s great to be back. Jen: Last time we talked about the GILTI tax. Remind our viewers, if they didn’t watch last time, what does it stand for? Frank: What GILTI stands for – it’s… Continue Reading

Is Your Not-For-Profit Tax-Compliant with Fundraising Auctions?

Auctions have long been lucrative fundraising events for not-for-profits, but these events come with tax compliance responsibilities. Acknowledging Item Donations If you auction off merchandise or services donated to your charity, you should provide written acknowledgments to the donors of the auctioned items valued at $250 or more. You won’t incur a penalty for failing… Continue Reading

How Well Do You Know Your Health Care Accounts?

There continues to be much uncertainty about the Affordable Care Act and how such uncertainty will impact health care costs. So it’s critical to leverage all tax-advantaged ways to fund these expenses, including HSAs, FSAs and HRAs. Here’s how to make sense of this alphabet soup of health care accounts. HSAs If you’re covered by… Continue Reading

Should Your Not-For-Profit Have Virtual Board Meetings?

Your not-for-profit’s board of directors meetings don’t always need to be performed up-close and personal in the same room. Many organizations hold virtual board meetings via phone and with Web-based applications. Participation May Improve It can be difficult to secure full board meeting attendance, but going virtual might allow members to attend meetings they otherwise… Continue Reading

International Middle Market and Foreign (Repatriated) Funds

Jen:  This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemsamski, and I’m back with Frank Landreneau, one of our international tax directors. Frank, welcome back to the Playbook. Frank: Well, thanks for having me. I appreciate it. Jen: So, I’ve heard a little bit about a so-called toll or repatriation tax; can you explain… Continue Reading

Metrics to Make the Most of Not-For-Profit Fundraising

The amount of money your not-for-profit raises in fundraising campaigns is meaningful, but so is how efficiently you’re able to raise it. Such costs can be measured using two metrics: Cost ratio and return on investment (ROI). Let’s take a look. Find a Formula These two metrics can be used to evaluate both fundraising activities… Continue Reading

How the TCJA Impacts Estate Planning

The massive changes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) made to income taxes have garnered the most attention. But the new law also made major changes to gift and estate taxes. While the TCJA didn’t repeal these taxes, it did significantly reduce the number of taxpayers who’ll be subject to them, at least for… Continue Reading

Reconsidering Tax Planning Strategies for International Middle Market

Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m here today with Frank Landreneau, one of our International Tax Directors. Frank, welcome back to the Playbook. Frank: Well, thanks, Jen. It’s great to be back again. Jen: Last time we talked a little bit about tax reform—how it impacts international businesses—and… Continue Reading

How to Reinforce Ethics in Your Not-For-Profit

Whether it’s in the business, government or not-for-profit sector, ethics seem to be on everyone’s minds these days. To ensure your supporters and community understand your not-for-profit organization’s values and the policies that uphold them, a formal code of ethics is essential. Here’s how to create one. 1. Identify Rules of Conduct You probably already… Continue Reading

How the TCJA Affects International Middle Market Companies

Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m here today with Frank Landreneau, one of our International Tax Directors at PKF Texas. Frank, welcome back to the Playbook. Frank: Thank you, Jen. It’s great to be back. Jen: So, tax reform has been in the news a lot. What are… Continue Reading

Is Your Not-For-Profit Properly Reporting Donations?

Your not-for-profit probably already ensures that donors receive a receipt with information about claiming a charitable contribution deduction on their tax return. But your obligations may go further than that. For noncash donations, you might have responsibilities related to certain tax forms. Form 8283 for Donors When filing their tax returns, donors must attach Section… Continue Reading

Section 83(b) Election May Save You Taxes on Restricted Stock Awards

Today many employees receive stock-based compensation from their employer as part of their compensation and benefits package. The tax consequences of such compensation can be complex — subject to ordinary-income, capital gains, employment and other taxes. But if you receive restricted stock awards, you might have a tax-saving opportunity in the form of the Section… Continue Reading

Working Audits with Joint Venture Strategic Advisors

Russ:  This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook.  I’m Russ Capper, this week’s guest host, and I’m here once again with Kirsten Strieck, a shareholder and Director of Operations and Client Services at Joint Venture Strategic Advisors.  Welcome back to the Playbook, Kirsten. Kirsten:  Thanks, Russ. Russ:  You bet.  I assume in this joint venture… Continue Reading

TCJA Rule Change Affects Deducting Pass-Through Business Losses

It’s not uncommon for businesses to sometimes generate tax losses. But the losses that can be deducted are limited by tax law in some situations. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) further restricts the amount of losses that sole proprietors, partners, S corporation shareholders and, typically, limited liability company (LLC) members can currently deduct… Continue Reading