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Strategies for establishing a realistic budget

For many businesses and nonprofits, fall is more than pumpkin spice season; it’s also time to start thinking about next year’s budget. Even for organizations with a fiscal year different than the calendar year, knowing how to approach this important task will make the job easier and help ensure a positive outcome.

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Common Single Audit Findings – Part 3: Reporting Deficiencies

Nonprofits that undergo regular single audits subject to the Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Guidance become quite familiar with the audit process. These organizations dutifully fulfill their audit obligations, always hopeful that auditors will have only positive findings and full compliance to report. But despite best efforts, some audits will inevitably include findings for which a corrective action plan is required.

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7 Ways to Practically Guarantee Your Nonprofit a Date with the IRS

Completing Form 990 takes a lot of time and effort. Nonprofits deal with this substantial challenge each year, dutifully gathering information on all financial activities and filing the mandatory report with the IRS. While NFP leaders typically strive to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of their 990 returns, mistakes can slip through here and there. That’s a concern, and not just because we all like to think we’re fulfilling our tax obligations correctly.

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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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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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Thinking Strategically When There’s a Lot to Do

It’s human nature to grow overwhelmed and stressed during a busy period at work. While diving blindly into a project with little preparation may seem like the most feasible way to check items off your to-do list, this often fails to pay off in the long run. Instead, try thinking strategically about your goals and how you will achieve them practically. This approach may take more time in the immediate sense, but tackling your goals this way can save you hours down the road.

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IRS Interim Guidance for TCJA Tax-Exempt Parking Expenses

The sweeping Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) included a number of changes that affect tax-exempt organizations, including tax treatment of fringe benefits related to transportation and parking expenses. As a result of the updated tax code, many nonprofits could face an increase in unrelated business taxable income (UBTI). Some organizations that until now were not required to file Form 990-T, Exempt Organization Business Income Tax Return, will have to add the form to their mandated reporting.

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