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Charter Schools Not Exempt from MA Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

AAFCPAs would like to make charter school clients aware that the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave recently issued a policy clarification related to certain excluded employers of the new Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law. Municipalities, districts, political subdivisions, and other agencies are excluded from PFML law unless they choose to opt-in. Charter schools are not considered a part of a municipality and are not excluded from... continue reading

To Stay Secure, Think Like a Fraudster

To Stay Secure, Think Like a Fraudster

Take the case of one private secondary school, where the business officer was accused of cutting checks worth more than $50,000 to pay for personal travel expenditures. He entered the transactions into the school record as payments for school travel. Because the hotels and airlines were the same companies the school used for professional development, fundraising visits and its annual gala, the misappropriation was difficult to detect. No one thought... continue reading

Update Debt Disclosures in Compliance with GASB-88

AAFCPAs would like to remind clients and friends that, in April 2018 the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) issued Statement No. 88, Certain Disclosures Related to Debt, including Direct Borrowings and Direct Placements. This standard is applicable for entities following governmental accounting standards, including AAFCPAs’ Charter School clients in Massachusetts and New Jersey, as well as other quasi-governmental organizations. The standard is applicable for reporting periods beginning after June 15,... continue reading

Educational Podcast: Anticipating the Fraudster

Listen to Podcasts:   Unfortunately, today we all need to think like a fraudster. As auditors, we are charged with identifying weaknesses in internal controls that pose risks for fraud, including theft or misstatement of financial results. As a result, we make recommendations to management to enhance controls to mitigate the opportunity for fraud. However, as AAFCPAs Partner John Buckley illustrates, combating fraud schemes requires more than just an understanding of process... continue reading

AAFCPAs to Present Workshop on Anticipating Fraud at NBOA Conference, San Diego, CA

AAFCPAs has been selected to present an educational workshop: Rogue Waves Sink the Unwary Vessel: Think Like a Fraudster at the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) Conference in San Diego, CA, March 3-6. This is a must-attend conference for CFOs, heads of school and other business and operational leaders in nonprofit K-12 education, providing exceptional learning opportunities that touch on independent school leadership, finance, enrollment, risk management, facilities, governance, fundraising, technology, and... continue reading

Guidance on How UG Procurement Standards Affect Charter Schools

AAFCPAs’ John Buckley, CPA, CGMA discussed challenges and opportunities facing Charter Schools while attending and presenting at this year’s National Charter School’s Conference in Austin, TX. In conversations, John learned that many schools have yet to formally update their procurement policies to reflect the Uniform Guidance (UG) procurement standards. As a reminder, the grace period for non-federal entities to comply with these standards concluded on July 1, 2018. If you have not already,... continue reading

Treasury, IRS Relieves Regulatory Burden for Certain Tax-Exempt Organizations, Protects Personal Donor Information

AAFCPAs would like to make clients aware that the Treasury Department and IRS announced on July 16th, 2018 changes to donor disclosure requirements for certain tax-exempt organizations. This new revenue procedure does not affect the statutory reporting requirements that apply to tax-exempt groups organized under section 501(c)(3) or section 527, but it relieves other tax-exempt organizations—groups that do not generally receive tax deductible contributions—of a reporting requirement. The affected tax-exempt... continue reading

MTRS Issues Final GASB 68 Report, Providing Charter Schools with Their Portion of Pension Expense and Revenue

AAFCPAs would like to make Massachusetts Charter School clients aware that the Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System (MTRS) has issued its GASB 68 “Schedule of Nonemployer Allocations and Schedule of Collective Pension Amounts” report for the year ended June 30, 2017. The Schedules are available here. >> AAFCPAs reminds clients, per Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statement No. 68, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pensions, employers in a special funding situation... continue reading

AAFCPAs to Present Educational Workshop for Board Fiduciaries at National Charter Schools Conference in Austin, TX

AAFCPAs has been selected to present an educational workshop on Training Your Board to be Better Fiduciaries at the National Charter Schools Conference in Austin, Texas, June 17-20. This is a must-attend conference for charter school teachers, leaders, board members, and advocates, providing exceptional professional development programming and networking opportunities for over 4,500 charter school professionals from across the country. Training Your Board to be Better Fiduciaries AAFCPAs Partner John Buckley,... continue reading

AAFCPAs Best Practice Recommendations for Complying with DESE, and Managing Board and Management Conflicts of Interests

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Office of Charter Schools’ Charter School Audit Guide (the Guide) includes compliance requirements relating to the review and assessment of related party disclosures.  Now that DESE has moved to an online management system for the collection of conflict of interest forms from members of a School’s Boards of Trustees, the Guide no longer requires auditors to specifically review these conflict of... continue reading