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Massachusetts DESE Issues New Guidance on Approval of Annual Financial Statement Audit

AAFCPAs would like to make our Massachusetts education clients aware that in July 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) issued the final version of their audit guide to be used for fiscal year 2020 financial statement audits. The only change from the prior version related to Section 201: Administering the Audit, […]

Charter Schools Connect: Managing the Remote Business Office

Charter Schools Connect: Managing the Remote Business Office

COVID-19 has challenged businesses to think about operations in a new way. In this 11-minute webcast, AAFCPAs’ Charter School Practice Leaders John Buckley, CPA, CGMA and Nichole Reilly, CPA, MBA share insights and best practice recommendations for Charter School clients about overcoming internal control and segregation of duties challenges for a remote business office. AAFCPAs […]

Accounting Considerations When Establishing an Emergency Relief Fund

Charter Schools across the country have stepped up to assist families during this unprecedented time.  In addition to successfully adapting to entirely remote learning and providing tools such as laptops and other technology, many Charter Schools provide curbside pickup meals to their students.  As this worldwide pandemic continues, many Charter Schools have established Emergency Relief […]

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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]