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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

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: CFO Survey Report: Behind Every Thriving Organization is a High-Functioning CFO

Educational Podcast: CFO Survey Report: Behind Every Thriving Organization is a High-Functioning CFO

Listen to Podcast Click here to listen to podcast or use the above media player. AAFCPAs, in collaboration with The Boston Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI-Boston), conducted a survey of over 250 Chief Financial Officers in an effort to capture what issues are currently ‘top of mind’ for senior financial executives in the Northeast region of the United States. We asked CFOs to provide their thoughts, opinions, and experiences... continue reading

Educational Podcast: How to Right-Size Your Finance Function

Educational Podcast: How to Right-Size Your Finance Function

Listen to Podcast Click here to listen to podcast or use the above media player. Over one third of CFOs surveyed report human resource limitations and team bandwidth as the PRIMARY challenge in meeting the expectations of their CEO. Nonprofit finance departments are often juggling the day-to-day accounting and bookkeeping responsibilities alongside more complex and time consuming tasks, such as: HR-related activities; optimizing revenue; mergers & collaborations; data & cyber... continue reading

Educational Podcast: Cybersecurity in 2018

Educational Podcast: Cybersecurity in 2018

Listen to Podcast Click here to listen to podcast or use the above media player. Techniques of cyber-criminals continue to evolve. A recent study shared by InfoSecurity Magazine reports “Cyber-criminals have adopted an organizational shift in how they carry out their work, implementing corporate best practices and establishing professional businesses to increase the efficiency of their attacks against enterprises and consumers.” This means advanced persistent threats specifically targeted at your organization and... continue reading

Educational Podcast: Unraveling the Mysteries of Employee Benefit Plan Costs

Listen to Podcast Click here to listen to podcast or use the above media player. Clients often ask “How much does my employee benefit plan cost, and how do costs relate to compliance and risks?” Plan costs are often buried and difficult for plan sponsors to truly figure out. In order to meet their fiduciary responsibilities, plan sponsors must ensure they “pay only reasonable plan expenses…” among other things.  Plan... 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

Educational Podcast: Keynote Marylou Sudders

Educational Podcast: Keynote Marylou Sudders

Listen to Podcast Click here to listen to podcast or use the above media player. At the time of this post, Marylou Sudders leads the largest executive agency in state government, overseeing a $22 billion state budget, twelve agencies and 22,000 public servants. EOHHS services directly touch the lives of slightly more than 1 in 4 residents of the Commonwealth. Sudders’ responsibilities include the state’s MassHealth (Medicaid) program that provides... continue reading

Educational Podcast: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and What Nonprofits Need to Know

Educational Podcast: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and What Nonprofits Need to Know

Listen to Podcast Click here to listen to podcast or use the above media player. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, known officially as H.R. 1, (The Act) represents a dramatic overhaul of the U.S. tax code, and includes widespread changes to the tax rules affecting charitable nonprofits. AAFCPAs Joshua England, JD, LLP, Trust, Estate, Tax and Nonprofit Strategist provides an overview of how The Act impacts nonprofits, including guidance on operational... continue reading