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The Big 3 Accounting Services-Part Two: Reviews

The second of the three major types of assurance services that you might encounter in the world of church and non-profit organizations is called a review. My previous blog was about compilations, the most basic service provided by a CPA firm. Which of these would benefit your organization most? The answer depends primarily on expectations…

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The Nondiscrimination Form

The IRS deadline for filing the document commonly known as “The Nondiscrimination Form” is fast approaching. It is always due five months after the organization’s fiscal year end. So for organizations that have a calendar fiscal year your form is due May 15! The official name of the document is the “Annual Certification of Racial…

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The Big 3 Accounting Services-Part One: Compilations

There are three major types of assurance services that accounting firms can offer churches and non-profit organizations: compilations, reviews and audits. The best type of engagement for your nonprofit depends on your need for the financial statements, expectations of third parties such as granting agencies or creditors, the volume of your financial activity or the…

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Clergy Housing Exclusion – An Update

It was a deafening gavel that banged tremors throughout the religious communities in the United States. Last November, a federal judge in Wisconsin sided with an organization called the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) that filed a lawsuit against the IRS code that excludes clergy from taxes on housing costs received from the church she…

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Safeguarding Church Donations

“It’s hard to believe that someone would steal from a church.” That thought is not uncommon and it’s probably one of the reasons that theft actually happens. When church leaders, ordained and lay, can’t imagine someone stealing from the church, they are likely not to implement financial safeguards and processes that remove the opportunities for…

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An Internal Audit of Social Media

Upon reading the title of this blog you might have thought, “What does social media have to do with accounting principles or financial management?” I thought the same thing—until I began expanding into the use of social media marketing for my company. I just want to share these thoughts so that you can take action…

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Self-Dealing Transactions

Here’s an all-too-frequent scenario in nonprofit organizations that places the organization at risk to be assessed excise tax payments by the IRS. A board member of an Organization purchases land adjacent to the nonprofit knowing that the it is looking to either purchase or lease adjacent properties. The board member then leases the property to…

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The IRS Scandal What It Means to You

Many non-profit organizations are understandably shaken and disturbed by the revelations coming out of the current scandal at the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS has been accused of using its power to prevent or delay ideologically conservative non-profit organizations from securing their tax-exempt status. Whether the reason for the delay is politically motivated or not,…

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Who Commits Financial Fraud?

As someone charged with the management or governance of a non-profit organization, you have a responsibility to your supporters to be a good steward of the monies you receive. While this responsibility includes the obvious, such as making and using a good budget and keeping administrative costs low, it also includes a responsibility to beware…

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Bank Reconciliations as a Tool for Internal Controls

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Is it Really Important to Reconcile the Bank Statements Before Issuing the Monthly Financials? The very first step I always take toward preparing monthly financial statements is to reconcile the bank statements. Without this process, you cannot know if the information you are presenting is accurate. Two important benefits can be gleaned from the reconciliation…

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