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  • 8 Jul 2022 1:29 PM | Anonymous

    New York recently updated the requirements for public charities filing form CHAR 500 (the annual financial report) to the New York Attorney General’s Charities Bureau which went into effect on March 16, 2022.  Under the new regulations, charities and other CHAR 500 filers (with the exception of private foundations, see below) are no longer required to disclose the names and street addresses of donors.  Instead, such organizations can 1) provide a redacted IRS Form 990 Schedule B without the names and street addresses but including the amounts of the donations and the states from which the donations were received or 2) provide a statement of the gross amount of contributions received from individuals and entities residing or domiciled in New York.  

    Organizations that do not file IRS Form 990 Schedule B may simply provide on form CHAR 500 the gross amount of contributions received from donors in New York.  

    Private foundations, on the other hand, must continue to provide the foundation’s complete, unredacted IRS Form 990 Schedule B. 

  • 20 Oct 2021 4:04 PM | Anonymous

    The State of California signed into law Assembly Bill 488 with the goal of providing critical oversight by the California Department of Justice over charitable fundraising that occurs on internet platforms. Given the rise of charitable giving through internet platforms (such as those engaged in crowdfunding), the new law is designed to protect both donors and charities from deceptive or misleading solicitations by creating a framework that specifically defines online platform entities and requires them to register and report to the Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts.  

    More information on the new law can be found at https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB488.  

  • 16 May 2021 9:19 AM | Anonymous

    On May 4, 2021, the U.S. Small Business Administration (#SBA), which oversees the Paycheck Protection Program (#PPP), announced that the program has run out of funds. Outstanding loan applications will continue to be processed, but other than those applications already submitted and being processed, the website is closed to new applications.

  • 1 May 2021 1:52 PM | Anonymous

    The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged nonprofits in unprecedented ways. While some front-line organizations have seen a sharp increase in demand, others are struggling to remain financially viable amid the current economic volatility. Given this, many nonprofits are now realizing that a realignment of their current annual budget is needed as revenue projections and spending is different than originally anticipated.  

    Read more about budget forecasting.  

  • 31 Mar 2021 1:32 PM | Anonymous

    On March 30, 2021, US President Joe Biden signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 which extends the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) by two additional months. The program's end date is now May 31, 2021. 

  • 14 Mar 2021 1:31 PM | Anonymous

    One of the most significant changes included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), signed into law in December 2020, allows nonprofits that received a Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan to also claim the Employee Retention Credit (ERTC), though the same wages cannot be used for the credit and loan forgiveness. Prior to the passage of the CAA; nonprofits who obtained PPP loans were not eligible for this credit.

    Nonprofits that paid qualified wages between March 12, 2020, and December 31, 2020, and experienced full or partial suspension of their operations or a significant (50%) decline in gross receipts when comparing the gross receipts for the same quarter in the previous year are eligible to claim the ERTC. 

    The 2020 credit amount equals 50% of qualified wages paid, including qualified health plan expenses, up to $10,000 per employee. The maximum credit available per employee in 2020 is $5,000.

    For 2021, the qualifications was amended to be a 20% drop in gross receipts when comparing the first two quarters of 2021 to the same quarter in 2019 and the credit is increased to 70% of qualified wages with a limit of $7,000 for each quarter. 

  • 14 Mar 2021 1:21 PM | Anonymous

    Recently, the availability of PPP loans was expanded to include most Section 501(c)(6) organizations—including trade associations, professional societies, business leagues, and chambers of commerce—and to destination marketing organizations. Under this expansion, section 501(c)(6) organizations are eligible to apply for PPP loans as long as they:

    A. Are not engaged in significant lobbying activities, meaning 1) no more than 15% of revenues are received from lobbying activities; no more than 15% of total activities comprise lobbying activities; and lobbying activity costs did not exceed $1 million during the most recent tax year ended prior to February 15, 2020. 

    B. Have 300 or fewer employees.

    C. Are not a professional sports league, political campaign, or political activities organization. and 

    D. Meet other program requirements.

    The new law did not, however, clarify the definition of "lobbying activities" and how such activities would be measured. However, on March 3, 2021, the SBA clarified that the definition of "lobbying activities" set forth in the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) should be used by Section 501(c)(6) organizations for purposes of determining their eligibility for PPP loans. 

  • 15 Feb 2021 9:15 AM | Anonymous

    The implementation of FASB’s ASU 2020-05 (Topic 606) and IFRS 15 changes the way in which membership associations are required to report membership dues revenue.  Under the new standard, the member benefits specified in the membership agreement embody goods and/or services that the nonprofit has promised to transfer to members. These promises are deemed “performance obligations”, and the transaction price for each good/service must be accounted for when recording membership dues.

    Read more on how to account for membership dues under these new standards, see an accounting example, and understand best practices in documentation. 

  • 3 Feb 2021 9:13 AM | Anonymous

    Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, Section 501(c)(6) organizations are now eligible for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of up to US$10M. This includes local chambers of commerce, labor and trade organizations, business boards, destination marketing organizations, and other similar groups. However, associations that meet the following criteria are excluded from eligibility: 

    • Receive more than 15% of receipts in lobbying fees.
    • Conduct more than 15% of activities on lobbying efforts.
    • Spend more than US$1M in lobbying fees (during the most recent tax year that ended prior to February 15, 2020).
    • Are considered professional sport leagues or political organizations.
    • Have more than 300 employees.

    PPP loans can be used for payroll, rent, covered mortgage interest, and utilities. Borrowers can qualify for a loan of up to 2.5x their average monthly payroll costs and can apply for forgiveness after the completion of the 24-week period in which the funds must be spent.

  • 21 Jan 2021 8:01 AM | Anonymous

    Many nonprofits utilize QuickBooks Online (QBO) as their accounting system. Tracking grants, however, in QBO can prove difficult. Most organizations tackle this by listing their grants as “Classes” in QBO and then assigning all revenues and expenses to the appropriate Class. 

    However, the Association of Nonprofit Accountants & Finance Professionals (ANAFP) actually recommends organizations to track grants differently in QBO, freeing up Classes to be used differently as well.  

    Because an organization may have multiple grants, each grant may have a different start and end date. Because of this, utilizing Classes to track grant balances can prove difficult. For example, running a Statement of Activities by Class (P&L by Class) may not provide you with a correct ending balance on each grant if the dates selected to run that report does not incorporate each grants’ start-date. 

    A better solution, and the process recommended by ANAFP, is to use “Projects” in QBO. Running reports in the Projects module are not date-bound. This means each Project (which will represent each individual grant) will always provide you with the available balance regardless of each grants’ start and end date.

    In addition, the use of Projects for tracking grants frees-up Classes to be used for tracking program activities instead (i.e., “education”, “mental wellness”, “social justice”) -- an essential component needed for nonprofits to track expenses by functional area (and for reporting on IRS Form 990). 

    Keep in mind, Projects and Classes must both be activated in QBO before they will appear within the organization’s QBO account.

    You can learn more about the use of QBO by reading ANAFP s Step-by-Step Guide to Setting-Up QuickBooks Online for Nonprofits. Additional assistance on setting up QBO and utilizing QBO to track grants can be directed to ANAFP’s partner, Altiga Accounting & Financial Solutions, at info@altigasolutions.com.  

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