Tax and Accounting Desk

A few years ago, IRS Revenue Procedure 2018-15 changed the rules regarding not-for-profit restructuring. If you’ve participated in a restructuring in the past, you’ll be relieved to know that in many cases it’s now easier.

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Even so, if recent challenges have led your organization to consider restructuring, it’s important to work with a professional advisor, such as a CPA.


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If you’re fortunate enough to own a vacation home, you may want to rent it out for part of the year. What are the tax consequences?

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The tax treatment can be complex. It depends on how many days it’s rented and your level of personal use. Personal use of the vacation home includes use by you, your relatives (even if you charge them market rent) and use by nonrelatives if a market rent isn’t charged.


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If you own a valuable piece of art, or other property, you may wonder how much of a tax deduction you could get by donating art to charity.

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The answer to that question can be complex because several different tax rules may come into play with such contributions. A charitable contribution of a work of art is subject to reduction if the charity’s use of the work of art is unrelated to the purpose or function that’s the basis for its qualification as a tax-exempt organization. The reduction equals the amount of capital gain you’d have realized had you sold the property instead of giving it to charity.

For example, let’s say you bought a painting years ago for $10,000 that’s now worth $20,000. You contribute it to a hospital. Your deduction is limited to $10,000 because the hospital’s use of the painting is unrelated to its charitable function, and you’d have a $10,000 long-term capital gain if you sold it. What if you donate the painting to an art museum? In that case, your deduction is $20,000.


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Russ: This is the PKF Texas – Entrepreneur’s Playbook®. I’m Russ Capper, and I’m here once again with Brian Baumler, senior vice president of Joint Ventures Strategic Advisors. Brian, welcome back to the Playbook.

Brian: Thank you, Russ. Really appreciate being here.

Russ: So, we’ve talked about this Strategic Advisors thing a couple of times. Take us back to the beginning and tell us how this thing got built.

Brian: Obviously, back a number of years ago, we were already doing joint venture services already.

Russ: We being PKF?

Brian: Yeah, PKF. PKF happens to be one of the ventures, if you will, in the ownership structure of Joint Ventures Strategic Advisors. But we were working with a very fragmented workforce. A lot of them, in order to do the best job you can, they really need to be energy specialists in the areas of discipline, really understanding the drill bit, all the way to the burn value chain, if you will, in the operations of oil and gas and oil and gas production, operation production. But in doing so, it became very hard for us to maintain continuity resources.


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Whether your not-for-profit is continuing to hold videoconference board meetings or is back to in-person gatherings, you don’t want to waste members’ time. Board meetings need to be long enough to accomplish agenda items and keep your organization on track, but not so long that the meetings become tedious and unproductive.

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The key is good planning.


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Russ: This is the PKF Texas – Entrepreneur’s Playbook®. I’m Russ Capper, and I’m here with Kirsten Strieck, president of JVSA, and Brian Baumler, senior vice president of the same organization. Kirsten and Brian, welcome to the Playbook.

Kirsten and Brian: Thank you very much.

Russ: Tell us about JVSA.

Brian: JVSA purposely formed to serve the energy industry predominantly, and we focus on joint venture services. We happened to be headquartered in Calgary, but we also have a Houston location that also has support staff.

Russ: Okay. So, Calgary. That must mean, Kirsten, that you office in Calgary?

Kirsten: Yes, we have about 15 to 20 staff in the Calgary office. And we’ve been at it for over 35 years.

Russ: Oh, my goodness. Tell us about the services.


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If you use an automobile in your trade or business, you may wonder how depreciation tax deductions are determined.

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The rules are complicated, and special limitations that apply to vehicles classified as passenger autos (which include many pickups and SUVs) can result in it taking longer than expected to fully depreciate a vehicle.


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