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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 once again with Kristin Ryan, Audit Senior Manager and one of the faces of the PKF Texas employee benefit plan team. Kristin, great to see you again.

Kristin: Thank you.

Russ: Last time you were on we got into the SECURE Act and the impact on defined contribution plans, which was fascinating. I like doing this, because I get to learn stuff, too. But there’s a lot more about what actually the impact is on defined contributions; that’s why I want to talk about it again.

Kristin: Yeah, absolutely. So, we focused on defined contributions, the 401(k) plans last time. We want to focus on pension plans this time. So, one of the big things that I’m hearing about a lot with the pension plans is their relief for nondiscrimination testing for frozen plans. So, now a plan that’s frozen, participation frozen contributions, doesn’t have to do as much testing.

Russ: And why would they do that?


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In times of turmoil, your not-for-profit board of directors should be your organization’s rock-solid foundation. But what if your board is understaffed or simply doesn’t provide the leadership your not-for-profit requires?

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Think about rebuilding it — and the sooner the better. Financial, public health and other challenges are likely to remain a reality for the foreseeable future.

Assess What You Have
Start the rebuilding effort by assessing your current board. Ask the following questions:


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If you’re age 65 and older, and you have basic Medicare insurance, you may need to pay additional premiums to get the level of coverage you want. The premiums can be costly, especially if you’re married and both you and your spouse are paying them.

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But there may be a silver lining: You may qualify for a tax break for paying the premiums.


Continue Reading Can Seniors Deduct Medicare Premiums?

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act amends the Small Business Act and the CARES Act, modifying certain provisions in an attempt to make it easier for businesses to have their PPP loans forgiven. For many companies these are welcome changes. However, there are few things to bring to your attention which could lead to unintended consequences in limited cases.

The one constant in the PPP is that the program will change. We do not expect this recent update to be the final PPP outlook, and we anticipate changes to the forgiveness form, as well as more regulatory interpretations that will impact the Program.


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cover of the 2020 Report to the Nations by ACFE; image used for blog post about not-for-profit takeaways in Report to the NationsEvery two years, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) publishes what has become the definitive guide for preventing and detecting workplace fraud. The recently released Report to the Nations: 2020 Global Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse draws conclusions from more than 2,500 fraud incidents — including 191 in not-for-profit organizations.

In fact, this year’s report devotes a special section to fraud in not-for-profits. Although not-for-profit fraud isn’t necessarily worse than fraud in for-profit companies, it can be different in important ways.


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It’s often difficult for married couples to save as much as they need for retirement when one spouse doesn’t work outside the home — perhaps so that spouse can take care of children or elderly parents. In general, an IRA contribution is allowed only if a taxpayer has compensation. However, an exception involves a spousal IRA. It allows a contribution to be made for a nonworking spouse.

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Under the spousal IRA rules, the amount that a married couple can contribute to an IRA for a nonworking spouse in 2020 is $6,000, which is the same limit that applies for the working spouse.


Continue Reading Spousal IRA – What is it? What to Know

Disclaimers:

  • The Small Business Administration and Department of Treasury are regularly releasing updated guidelines and clarifications related to the Paycheck Protection Program. Accordingly, the information provided here is subject to change as updates are released.
  • Further guidelines for the Paycheck Program Protection Loan Forgiveness application process are expected in the upcoming weeks. Borrowers should assess the guidelines and determine how to best apply to their situation. Additional consultation with your lender is encouraged.
  • The AICPA calculator Excel spreadsheet used in this video is current as of May 18, 2020. The AICPA will be updating it frequently, and we recommend using the most recent version.

Jen: Welcome to a special edition of the PKF Texas Entrepreneurs Playbook where we are going to walk you through the key points of the Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness application. I’d like to introduce Sam Razmandi, a Director on our Entrepreneurial Advisory Services team.

Sam: I’m happy to be here. Today I’ll be covering:

Before we get started please keep in mind that the information is subject to change and is intended to be a general overview. Let’s go and get started.


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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected businesses and not-for-profit organizations alike. With Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law, what options do organizations have to receive funds?

The Not-for-Profit team wants to share with you a special information sheet answering questions you may have:

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  • Five ways to get cash now under the

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 Kristin Ryan, Audit Senior Manager and one of the faces of PKF Texas’ employee benefit plan team. Kristin, welcome back to the Playbook.

Kristin: Thank you. Glad to be here.

Russ: Okay, so, I understand we’re going to talk today about the SECURE Act?

Kristin: That’s right. So, the SECURE Act has been a big buzz lately. It was signed on December 20th by the President, and the over-arching goal is to encourage participation in plans and retirement savings.

Russ: Well, I always think the way to encourage participation is have company matching funds. Is that right?


Continue Reading Best of… The SECURE Act – What You Need to Know

One of the strongest predictors of a not-for-profit’s long-term survival is multiple revenue sources. Many organizations with only one or two found that out that the hard way when they failed during the 2008 recession.

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The same is likely to be true for not-for-profits that do — or don’t — survive the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.


Continue Reading Finding Multiple Revenue Sources During a Crisis