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Category: Not-for-Profits

December 21, 2021

Four Big Charitable Tax Breaks for 2021

Are you feeling generous? Qualified charitable contributions can be rewarded with sizeable tax breaks during the second calendar year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent legislation includes the following four temporary tax law changes that are designed to help individuals and businesses that donate to charities through the end of 2021. 1. Deductions for Non-Itemizers In the past, you could claim significant itemized deductions on your federal income tax return for contributing money or property (or both) to qualified charitable organizations… Read more ›

December 21, 2021

Audits are Essential to Your Organization’s Health

Audits have become more important due to increased public and government scrutiny of not-for-profit organizations, their management and their boards. Audits not only provide you with a fair assessment of your organization’s financial health, but also can reveal vulnerabilities such as weak internal controls, insufficient cash reserves and poor investment policies. Perhaps most important, regular audits reassure your donors, members and other stakeholders that you run a fit organization. Ins and Outs Audits come in two forms, serving different purposes:… Read more ›

November 2, 2021

CBM to Sponsor and Present at 2021 GWSCPA Nonprofit Symposium (November 16 – 18)

CBM is scheduled to sponsor and present at the 2021 Greater Washington Society of CPA’s annual Nonprofit Symposium. The GWSCPA nonprofit symposium, to be held digitally from November 16-18, brings together representatives from the not-for-profit sector as well as members from the accounting profession who serve the industry for two and a half days of learning and connecting. Participation provides access to a community of resources that will extend far into the next year. CBM Partner Julia Lafferty and Senior… Read more ›

October 5, 2021

Don’t Run Afoul of Private Inurement Rules

Most not-for-profit executives are aware of the prohibition against private inurement. Generally, not-for-profit directors and executives — and their family members — aren’t allowed to personally benefit from their positions while putting their organization at a disadvantage. Penalties for violating the private inurement mandate could include financial sanctions for violators and, in the rare worst-case scenario, loss of the organization’s tax-exempt status. Usually, violations involve large organizations, yet smaller charities aren’t immune. But whether a not-for-profit is large or small,… Read more ›

October 4, 2021

To Compensate or Not to Compensate Not-for-Profit Board Members

Many not-for-profit directors serve on boards for altruistic reasons. But it can be a huge commitment and the issue of compensation often comes up. Compensating not-for-profit board members is rare. One survey suggested that just 2% of organizations pay their directors. Another study found that 96% of not-for-profit boards are voluntary. Survey results and anecdotal experience indicate that compensating directors is more common among private foundations, professional and trade associations and educational and cultural institutions. Note: This article deals only… Read more ›

March 20, 2021

Not-for-Profits Take Note: Maryland Announces Sales and Use Tax for Digital Products

Not-for-profits including trade and membership associations that charge for digital product sales should take note of the new sales and use tax on digital products passed by the Maryland General Assembly on March 14, 2021. The new law extends the existing 6% sales and use tax to digital goods. A tax tip published by the State of Maryland addresses the impact on not-for-profit organizations in this manner: There is no general exemption for all sales made by exempt organizations under… Read more ›

November 2, 2020

Monitor These 3 Things as Your Not-for-Profit’s Priorities Change

  Several months into the COVID-19 crisis, most not-for-profit organizations have formulated at least a temporary plan for sustaining operations. But short-term solutions should be complemented by long-term strategic planning that reprioritizes objectives. Specifically, your not-for-profit needs to focus on three areas: social impact, economic viability and capacity to deliver. Let’s take a look. Social Impact What social impact do you hope to achieve? Your answer to this question may have changed since the beginning of the pandemic. To respond… Read more ›

July 23, 2020

Dan Weaver, Judy Barnhard and Tony Cuozzo to Present at the 2020 GWSCPA Nonprofit Symposium

CBM’s Director of Not-for-Profit Services Dan Weaver, Senior Vice President Judy Barnhard, and Senior Advisor Tony Cuozzo are scheduled to present at the 2020 Greater Washington Society of CPAs’ (GWSCPA) Nonprofit Symposium from Monday, December 14 through Wednesday, December 16. The Symposium is an annual two-day event that delivers networking and professional education opportunities for hundreds of financial professionals in the not-for-profit sector throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan region. Due to COVID-19, this year’s Symposium will be held virtually. Mr…. Read more ›

July 14, 2020

Watch for UBIT When Your Not-for-Profit Pursues New Activities

During these financially challenging times, many not-for-profit organizations have had to get creative to raise adequate revenue to sustain operations. But new activities, however well-intentioned, can lead to tax trouble. Your nonprofit risks exposure to the unrelated business income tax (UBIT) if it operates outside its usual charitable scope. Here’s how to avoid unwanted tax exposure. Regular and Unrelated For tax-exempt organizations, unrelated business income generally is defined as the profits generated by regular trade or business activities that aren’t… Read more ›

June 23, 2020

Small Business Administration to Publicly Release Names of PPP Loan Recipients

In response to increasing public pressure, the Small Business Administration announced on June 19 that it would release the names of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan recipients awarded at least $150,000 in funds. No timeline for the disclosure has been announced, but the SBA said it would “disclose the business names, addresses, NAICS codes, zip codes, business type, demographic data, not-for-profit information, jobs supported, and loan amount ranges as follows:” $150,000-$350,000 $350,000-$1 million $1-2 million $2-5 million $5-10 million Participants… Read more ›