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The MA Attorney General Launches Online Payment System (ePay) to Accept Fees from Charities

The Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General (AGO), Division of Public Charities office has announced the launch of its statewide, online payment system to accept annual filing fees from registered charities.  Any public charity that is registered with the AGO and has an Attorney General Number may now use the ePay site to remit their filing fee for Annual Filings.

The online system will accept payment via electronic fund transfer from a bank account using Automated Clearing House (ACH). You will have to enter your charity’s bank account number and the routing number. The payment system will calculate the appropriate filing fee based upon the gross support and revenue reported by your charity and will accept only that amount.  A confirmation will be generated immediately and you will also be emailed the confirmation information.

Some members in our network have been led to believe that use of ePay was a requirement.  AAFCPAs has confirmed that the AGO is still accepting checks, but does prefer the use of ePay.  We advise that clients become familiar with ePay now as electronic payment is likely to become a requirement in the future.

The AGO has instructions and answers to frequently asked questions on its website:  www.mass.gov/ago/epay.  If you have any additional questions, please contact your AAFCPAs’ partner, or David Kelleher, Partner at 774.512.4042, dkelleher@nullaafcpa.com.

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Dana Marks
Dave has been serving AAF clients since 1997. He has extensive experience providing assurance, tax, and business advisory solutions to nonprofit organizations and closely-held companies. Dave’s diverse nonprofit client base includes: community development centers, independent schools, human and social services organizations, and early education and care (EEC) agencies. Dave has extensive nonprofit tax experience, advising clients on complex issues such as unrelated business income tax, state filing requirements, related party and executive compensation disclosures. He also helps clients identify and address risks related to their Uniform Financial Report (UFR) and other funding source regulations. Dave specializes in providing federal and state audits to the firm's clients in accordance with Uniform Guidance/Single Audit and Government Auditing Standards.

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