Tax and Accounting Desk

Charitable contributions aren’t always eligible for tax deductions — even when the not-for-profit recipient is tax exempt and the donor itemizes. Take “quid pro quo” donations. These transactions occur when your organization receives a payment that includes a contribution and you provide the donor with goods or services valued for less than the total payment.

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Let’s take a closer look.


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Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back again with Matt Goldston, an Entrepreneurial Advisory Services Director and one of the faces of PKF Texas’ Transaction Advisory Services Team. Matt, welcome back to The Playbook.

Matt: Thank you, Jen. I appreciate it.

Jen: So, we’ve talked a little bit about getting ready for a sale and all of the things that come along with that, but what about some pitfalls? What do companies need to look out for?

Matt: Sure. An immediate pitfall involves the unrealistic values that the founder has. Having a realistic value is very important, because there is a lot of work that goes into a transaction, and if they feel like it’s falling short throughout the process, it’s difficult to transact those deals.

Jen: Perfect. What else?


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The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has put enormous financial stress on many not-for-profits — whether they’re temporarily shut down or actively fighting the pandemic. If cash flow has dried up, your organization may need to do more than trim expenses.

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Here’s how to assess your financial condition and take appropriate action.


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Do you want to save more for retirement on a tax-favored basis? If so, and if you qualify, you can make a deductible traditional IRA contribution for the 2019 tax year between now and the extended tax filing deadline and claim the write-off on your 2019 return. Or you can contribute to a Roth IRA and avoid paying taxes on future withdrawals.

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You can potentially make a contribution of up to $6,000 (or $7,000 if you were age 50 or older as of December 31, 2019). If you’re married, your spouse can potentially do the same, thereby doubling your tax benefits.

The deadline for 2019 traditional and Roth contributions for most taxpayers would have been April 15, 2020. However, because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the IRS extended the deadline to file 2019 tax returns and make 2019 IRA contributions until July 15, 2020.

Of course, there are some ground rules. You must have enough 2019 earned income (from jobs, self-employment, etc.) to equal or exceed your IRA contributions for the tax year. If you’re married, either spouse can provide the necessary earned income.

Also, deductible IRA contributions are reduced or eliminated if last year’s modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is too high.


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Russ: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Russ Capper, this week’s guest host, and I’m here with Matt Goldston, an Entrepreneurial Advisory Services Director and one of the faces of PKF Texas’s Transaction Advisory Services team. Matt, welcome to The Playbook.

Matt: Thank you, Russ.

Russ: You bet. Tell us how a seller should prepare to sell their company.

Matt: Certainly. In a couple of different ways. One would be mentally prepare. The sales process is very difficult, and mitigating and dealing with concerns and issues that might turn out in the process – it’s good to look at those things early on.

Russ: I’ve been involved in this space a little bit, and that’s great advice right there. I’ve probably been in instances where I wasn’t mentally prepared, but what else? Keep going.

Matt: Knowing value going into a process is key. Having a realistic idea of what your business is worth is of great value.

Russ: And that’s not an exact science either, is it?

Matt: You’re correct. It is not an exact science. Oftentimes a seller will inflate their value beyond what is reasonable for a reasonable buyer.

Russ: Ok. Is it a good idea to go in there, kind of, with a value range, maybe?


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Perhaps you’re an investor in mutual fund shares or you’re interested in putting some money into them. You’re not alone.

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The Investment Company Institute estimates that 56.2 million households owned mutual funds in mid-2017. But despite their popularity, the tax rules involved in selling mutual fund shares can be complex.


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Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back again with Matt Goldston, an Entrepreneurial Advisory Services director and one of the faces of PKF Texas’s Transaction Advisory Services team. Matt, welcome back to The Playbook.

Matt: Thank you, Jen.

Jen: So, we’ve spent a number of segments

Limited staff and financial resources during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may have your not-for-profit looking for new ways to achieve your mission. Have you considered partnerships?

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Partnerships with a like-minded organization potentially enables you to pool funds, staff and supporters — temporarily or permanently.


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