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Federal Judge Backs States Vs. IRS On Donor Disclosure...

A federal judge overturned a rule change instituted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that allowed certain nonprofits to forgo identifying major donors in tax filings with the agency. In a 30-page ruling handed down July 30, Judge Brian Morris of the U.S. District Court in Great Falls, Mont., set aside the IRS’s decision of […]

AICPA Issues Q&A on Direct Care of Collection Items...

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has issued non-authoritative guidance on the definition of direct care of collections to help nonprofits implement the Financial Standards Accounting Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Update No. 2019-03. “The requirements of the new FASB standard provide latitude in the way an entity with a collection chooses to spend the proceeds […]

It All Adds Up...

Scale + Standardization = Savings Streetsmart nonprofit managers are looking for savings everywhere, for all the obvious reasons. No type of spending is likely to escape at least momentary attention, and many managers are poring over cost reports looking for increasingly elusive opportunities to reduce spending. From this effort has grown an interest in purchasing […]

Accounting Under Regulatory Scrutiny...

State charity regulators have been increasing scrutiny of nonprofits’ financial statements, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 990s and solicitation materials in a number of key ways. These areas of growing scrutiny include nonprofits’ allocation of joint costs and valuation of non-cash donations (a.k.a. gifts in kind or GIK). Many state regulators believe that charities […]

Accountants Prove Transparency Boosts Giving...

Nonprofits that are more transparent and proactively share information with the public received 53 percent more in contributions the following year than organizations that were less transparent, according to a new study. The finding comes from a new peer-reviewed study published in December by the Journal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance. “Determinants and Consequences of […]

#AccountabilityMonday Advocates Transparency, Best Practices...

As charities gear up for the seventh annual #GivingTuesday tomorrow, a smaller group of tax and law professors and others are tweeting about #AccountabilityMonday. The hashtag is organized around nonprofit transparency, sharing success stories or best practices about accountability, or just simple ways for donors to understand how nonprofits operate. There also are suggestions about […]

Accounting Firm Raffa Merged Into Marcum LLP...

Nonprofit-focused accounting firm Raffa, P.C. was merged into Marcum LLP effective October 1. The Raffa team joined Marcum’s Not-for-Profit Practice group, which will be known as Raffa – Marcum’s Nonprofit and Social Sector Group. Thomas Raffa, CPA, Raffa founder & CEO, is national leader of the combined nonprofit specialty group. Kathy Raffa, the firm’s president, […]

Accounting Traps And How To Beat Them...

They could have gotten away with it, the assumptions and practices leading your organization astray. You were buried under false beliefs and inefficient passages. If only for those meddlesome kids. Jane M. Searing and Jennifer Becker Harris, CPAs and shareholders at accounting firm Clark Nuber in Bellevue, Wash., stood in for the Scooby Gang. Instead […]