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Common Single Audit Findings – Part 2: Procurement, Suspension and Debarment

Single audits under the Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Guidance are a routine responsibility for nonprofit organizations. When the single audit produces findings that must be addressed, they typically fall into one of four categories: allowable costs; procurement, suspension and debarment; reporting; and sub-recipient monitoring.

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You’ve Received an IRS Audit Notice: Now What?

Congratulations, you have been selected for an audit! Those words are as likely as any to cause terror in the unlucky individual who reads them. The IRS may not phrase an invitation to participate in an audit exactly that way, but the gist is unmistakable: You are about to undergo an official examination of your tax return for at least one filing year. What should you do?

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Fun With Form 990

OK, it’s not actually fun. Much to the chagrin of nonprofit leaders, tax-exempt does not mean filing-exempt. Most nonprofit organizations must file Form 990, which is due to the IRS by the 15th day of the 5th month after the close of each fiscal year. A few church-affiliated organizations can escape this annual requirement by applying for an exemption. For everyone else, the best approach is to understand the reporting rules and adopt an organized approach.

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Top 5 Ways to Optimize Board Relations

Halt, Buzas & Powell is proud to celebrate its 50th birthday in 2019! We’ve been honored to partner with dozens of wonderful nonprofits over our five decades in business, learning from them even as we help them grow and thrive. As part of our Focus on 50 anniversary celebration, we’re sharing a few of the insights we’ve gathered over the years, beginning with strategies to help nonprofits optimize relations with their boards of directors.

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A Primer on Federal Estimated Quarterly Taxes for Individual Taxpayers

Americans often refer to April 15 as Tax Day, but for a large number of taxpayers “Tax Day” actually comes more than once a year. Some individuals must file and pay estimated quarterly taxes four times over the course of a year in order to comply with their tax responsibilities.

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Can You Take That Sweet 20 Percent Business Tax Deduction?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in late 2017 brought a host of changes to the US tax code. The change that inspired the biggest buzz and perhaps the most confusion is the new 20 percent deduction of Qualified Business Income (QBI) for specified passthrough companies. Government contractors – along with their tax advisors – have been poring over the updated tax code ever since in an attempt to determine whether they can take advantage of this significant tax break.

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