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Does Your Not-For-Profit Comply with Procurement Procedures?

The relatively new federal procurement standards significantly alter the way not-for-profit organizations receiving federal funding handle purchasing. And while your organization may have changed its written policies to comply with the revised standards, it may be easier to follow the rules on paper than in practice. Summing Up the Standards The standards, “Uniform Administrative Requirements,… Continue Reading

Tax and Accounting Tips for Startups

Jen:  This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook.  I’m Jen Lemanski, this week’s host, and I’m here today with Danielle Supkis Cheek, a director on our Entrepreneurial Advisory Services Team.  Welcome back to the Playbook, Danielle. Danielle:  Thank you. Jen:  So our Entrepreneurial Advisory Services Team tends to work with startups quite a bit, and… Continue Reading

Determine if Your Not-For-Profit Income is Sponsorship or Advertising

Many not-for-profit organizations supplement their usual income-producing activities with sponsorships or advertising programs. Although you’re allowed to receive such payments, they’re subject to unrelated business income tax (UBIT) unless the activities are substantially related to your organization’s tax-exempt purpose or qualify for another exemption. So it’s important to understand the possible tax implications of income… Continue Reading

Should You Adjust Your Tax Withholding?

If you received a large refund after filing your 2017 income tax return, you’re probably enjoying the influx of cash. But a large refund isn’t all positive. It also means you were essentially giving the government an interest-free loan. That’s why a large refund for the previous tax year would usually indicate that you should… Continue Reading

How Revenue Recognition and Lease Standards Can Affect Your Balance Sheet

Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, this week’s host, and I’m here today with Danielle Supkis Cheek, a Director on our Entrepreneurial Advisory Services team. Welcome back to the Playbook, Danielle. Danielle: Thanks. Thanks for having me again. Jen: So, we’ve done a series of accounting pronouncements from several of… Continue Reading

Start Planning for Your 2018 Taxes Now!

With the April 17 individual income tax filing deadline behind you (or with your 2017 tax return on the back burner if you filed for an extension), you may be hoping to not think about taxes for the next several months. But for maximum tax savings, now is the time to start tax planning for… Continue Reading

Guidelines on Accounting Pledges to Your Not-For-Profit

When a donor promises to make a contribution at a later date, your not-for-profit likely welcomes it. But such pledges can come with complicated accounting issues. Conditional vs. Unconditional Let’s say a donor makes a pledge to your not-for-profit in April 2018 to contribute $10,000 in January 2019. You generally will create a pledge receivable… Continue Reading

What Small Businesses Can do for Tax Document Retention

You may have breathed a sigh of relief after filing your 2017 income tax return (or requesting an extension). But if your office is strewn with reams of paper consisting of years’ worth of tax documents, returns, receipts, canceled checks and other financial records – or your computer desktop is filled with a multitude of… Continue Reading

Will Having an Advisory Board Benefit Your Not-For-Profit?

Your not-for-profit is likely governed by a core group of board members. But the addition of an informal advisory board can bring complementary — and valuable — skills and resources to this group. Review representation Look at your general board members’ demographics and collective profile. Does it lack representation from certain groups — particularly relative… Continue Reading

Mark these Tax Deadline Dates for the Rest of 2018

While April 15 (April 17 this year) is the main tax deadline on most individual taxpayers’ minds, there are others through the rest of the year that you also need to be aware of. To help you make sure you don’t miss any important 2018 deadlines, here’s a look at when some key tax-related forms,… Continue Reading

Tips for Fostering Beneficial PR for Your Nonprofit

For most nonprofit organizations, there’s no such thing as too much good publicity. If you’re struggling to get enough attention from media outlets, follow these tips: 1. Seize the day. Raise your nonprofit’s profile by putting out news releases regularly rather than just occasionally. A variety of events, such as the addition of a key… Continue Reading

Spring cleaning: Review your nonprofit’s programs — and possibly replace some

Has your not-for-profit’s program lineup remained unchanged for at least a couple of years? If so, consider using the tradition of spring cleaning to review your offerings. Some of your programs might be due for replacement. Clear out the closets Many nonprofits keep programs long after they’ve stopped working. Instead of relying on old assumptions… Continue Reading

Factors for Size of Charitable Deduction

Whether you’re claiming charitable deductions on your 2017 return or planning your donations for 2018, be sure you know how much you’re allowed to deduct. Your deduction depends on more than just the actual amount you donate. Type of gift One of the biggest factors affecting your deduction is what you give: Cash. You may… Continue Reading

It’s time for nonprofits to embrace the cloud

Cloud computing promises lower technology costs and greater efficiency and productivity. Yet many nonprofits have yet to move to the cloud, possibly because their staffs are smaller and their IT expertise is limited. Fortunately, cloud computing is a simple concept that’s easy to adopt. Remote control Cloud computing, also known as “software as a service,”… Continue Reading

Sec. 179 expensing information

If you purchased qualifying property by December 31, 2017, you may be able to take advantage of Section 179 expensing on your 2017 tax return. You’ll also want to keep this tax break in mind in your property purchase planning, because the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), signed into law this past December, significantly… Continue Reading

How Technology Impacts a Joint Venture Audit

Russ:  This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook.  I’m Russ Capper, this week’s guest host, and I’m here today with Brian Baumler, a Senior Vice President, and Kirsten Strieck, shareholder and Director of Operations and Client Services at Joint Venture Strategic Advisors.  Welcome to the Playbook. Kirsten:  Thank you. Brian:  Thanks for having us Russ…. Continue Reading

Boosting the matching gifts your nonprofit receives

Corporate matching can double the value of donors’ gifts — a bonus no not-for-profit organization can afford to pass up. Are you doing everything you can to educate your financial supporters and their employers about matching gifts? Encourage donors and employers Most matching programs are managed by HR departments, which provide employees with matching gift… Continue Reading

Making the most of your nonprofit’s internal audit function

The key role of a not-for-profit’s internal auditors was once limited largely to testing financial and compliance controls and reporting their findings to the organization’s leadership. But today, with their cross-departmental perspective, internal audit staff (whether employees or outside consultants) can help anticipate and mitigate a variety of risks, improve processes — and even help… Continue Reading