Tax and Accounting Desk

Many not-for-profit organizations use fundraising methods which cross boundaries of different states. If your not-for-profit is one of them, it may need registration in multiple jurisdictions.

a map of the United States and Canada with colored pins to signify the possibility of nonprofit organizations needing registration in various states

But keep in mind that registration requirements vary — sometimes dramatically — from state to state. So be sure to determine your obligations before you invest time and money in registering.


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We all know the cost for higher education is expensive. The latest figures from the College Board show that the average annual cost of tuition and fees was $10,230 for in-state students at public four-year universities — and $35,830 for students at private not-for-profit four-year institutions.

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These amounts don’t include room and board, books, supplies, transportation and other expenses a student may incur.


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Borrowing isn’t just for businesses. Many not-for-profits borrow money for major capital purchases, new program funding and even to manage current cash flow. But if you’re hoping to borrow, it’s important to understand that there are likely to be obstacles ahead, including finding a lender that offers reasonable rates.

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Here are some of the key tax deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the fourth quarter of 2019.

Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you.

October 15
If a calendar-year C corporation that filed an automatic six-month extension:

  • File a 2018 income tax

The SEC issued two final rules affecting broker-dealers and investment advisors in an open public meeting on June 5, 2019, which are effective September 10, 2019.

These new rules are designed to increase investor protections and require broker-dealers to adhere to a new standard of conduct, which goes beyond the basic suitability standards currently in place. Although this is still not equivalent to the fiduciary standard required by investment advisors, this new rule will result in big changes with broker-dealers and how they manage and avoid conflicts of interest.
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It’s never easy to say “no” to a generous donor. But a gift acceptance policy can make the decision and process easier. When you receive a personal gift from a friend or family member — even if it’s not something you particularly want — you accept the gift and thank the person. The same isn’t always true of gifts given to your not-for-profit.

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Why? There are many reasons, from space limitations to unsuitability to your mission. Gifts should be examined, and, possibly, refused.


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If you’re self-employed and don’t have withholding from paychecks, you probably have to make estimated tax payments. These payments must be sent to the IRS on a quarterly basis. The third 2019 estimated tax payment deadline for individuals is Monday, September 16.

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Even if you do have some withholding from paychecks or payments you receive, you may still have to make estimated payments if you receive other types of income, such as Social Security, prizes, rent, interest and dividends.


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Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneurs Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back again with Nicole Riley, an Audit Senior Manager and one of the faces of PKF Texas’ Not-for-Profit team. Nicole, welcome back to The Playbook.

Nicole: Thanks, glad to be here.

Jen: Now as a CFE I know you talk about fraud – Certified Fraud Examiner. What is occupational fraud, and can it happen in a not-for-profit organization?

Nicole: So occupational fraud really is a fancy word for employees stealing. And yes, unfortunately it does happen in the not-for-profits. The 2018 Report to the Nation by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners found the median loss at a not-for-profit was $75,000 per instance.

Jen: Wow.

Nicole: Yeah. It is actually better than the for-profit loss; the median loss there was $164,000, but not many nonprofits that I know can handle a $75,000 loss in their budget, and that doesn’t even consider the indirect impact on their reputation or the loss of donor trust.

Jen:  Right. So, how does fraud happen in a not-for-profit organization? It seems like there’s so few people you’d be able to catch it quick.


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