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Massachusetts to Issue Changes to Surplus Revenue Retention Regulations

AAFCPAs is pleased to report that there will be changes to the Massachusetts regulations regarding Surplus Revenue Retention, which appear favorable to human & social service providers.  The 20 percent lifetime cap on Surplus Revenue Retention will be eliminated.  Additionally, the 5 percent annual cap on Surplus Revenue Retention will be changed to a 20 percent cap per year.  The changes  will go into effect at the beginning of the... continue reading

Form SF-SAC Submission for Single Audits Deadline Extended

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) created, but has yet to issue its new data collection form (Form SF-SAC) applicable to single audits performed under Uniform Guidance (UG).  Nonprofits whose audits were performed under the Uniform Guidance are unable to submit the Form SF-SAC and their reporting package to the Federal Audit Clearinghouse (FAC) at this time.  In response to the delay, the OMB has determined that any... continue reading

Josh England, Esq. to Present Nonprofit Legal Seminar on Online Fundraising

AAFCPAs Nonprofit Tax Strategist Josh England will volunteer his efforts and lead Lawyers Clearinghouse’s Legal Workshop for Nonprofits: Online Fundraising:  Is Your Nonprofit in Compliance? Online fundraising is a commonplace feature for many charities; however, many do not realize they are not in compliance with the myriad federal and state fundraising rules and regulations.  Is your nonprofit in compliance with pertinent law, such as Massachusetts data security and fundraising regulations?... continue reading

Nonprofit Financial Statement Project/ASU Update – FASB Announces Transition Method and Effective Dates

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) reached much anticipated decisions regarding the transition and effective date for its Nonprofit Financial Statements Project, as of their most recent Board Meeting (3/30/16).  The proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) would affect substantially all nonprofits as well as creditors, donors, grantors, and others that use their financial statements.  Details regarding the transition method and effective date are summarized below: Transition Method FASB decided that... continue reading

FASB Decisions Regarding NFP Financial Statements Project from March 2 Meeting

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) continued its Phase 1 deliberations at its March 2nd, 2016 Board Meeting on the proposed FASB Accounting Standards Update (ASU), Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958) and Health Care Entities (Topic 954): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities. Significant Decisions Made at the Board’s March 2016 Meeting: The proposed ASU would affect substantially all nonprofits as well as creditors, donors, grantors, and others that use their... continue reading

AAFCPAs’ Update on Decisions Reached in FASB NFP Financial Statements Project

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) continued its Phase 1 deliberations at its February 3, 2016 Board Meeting on the proposed FASB Accounting Standards Update (ASU), Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958) and Health Care Entities (Topic 954): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities. Significant Decisions Made at the Board’s February 2016 Meeting: The proposed ASU would affect substantially all nonprofits as well as creditors, donors, grantors, and others that use... continue reading

Nonprofits and the “Bucket system”: from cash management to investment returns

It can be tempting for nonprofits to focus solely on near-term strategy.  The grant environment is challenging, and competition for donor dollars has never been fiercer.  Keeping a plan on track that supports financial health is often a year-by-year exercise. That exercise, though, varies widely depending on how the organization brings in revenue. Those that receive significant funding in waves can take a different approach than those that are solely... continue reading

FASB’s Technical Agenda for NFP Financial Statements Project Organized in Two Phases

AAFCPAs would like to make you aware of the two phases that comprise the technical agenda for FASB’s Nonprofit Financial Statement Project.  On April 22, 2015, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) entitled Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958) and Health Care Entities (Topic 954): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities. This ASU is intended to improve existing standards for financial statement presentation by... continue reading

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... continue reading

AAFCPAs’ Update on Decisions Reached in FASB NFP Financial Statements Project

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) is evaluating 263 comment letters, including feedback from AAFCPAs, as part of their invitation to stakeholders for review and input on the proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) entitled Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958) and Health Care Entities (Topic 954): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities.   As part of its current Technical Plan, the FASB is deliberating these comments, and has separated the project into... continue reading