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Cannabis Businesses Required to File IRS Form 8300 After Cash Transactions

AAFCPAs would like to remind cannabis business clients of their potential Form 8300 Report of Cash Payments Over $10,000 Received in a Trade or Business reporting obligation. This filing is required for any business who receives more than $10,000 in cash from one buyer as a result of a single transaction or two or more related transactions. The Form 8300 provides information to the IRS and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)... continue reading

AICPA Urges FASB to Delay Effective Date of Lease Standard

ASU 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842) took effect for public companies at the beginning of this year and is scheduled to be effective for private companies one year later, at the beginning of 2020. This standard is significant in its impact to virtually all entities that enter into leases of more than twelve months in duration. The study and preparation for successful implementation by the effective date of January 1, 2020 is an... continue reading

AICPA Issues SAS No. 134 to Enhance Communicative Value of Auditors’ Reports

AAFCPAs would like to make our privately-held commercial clients and nonprofits aware that on May 08, the AICPA Auditing Standards Board (ASB) issued Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) No. 134, designed to enhance the communicative value of the auditor’s report and align generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS) with the standards issued by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). The SAS... continue reading

OSD Provides Guidance for MA UFR Filers on Reimbursement of Nonprofit Transportation Tax

AAFCPAs would like to make clients who file a Massachusetts UFR aware that we sought and received guidance from the Massachusetts Operational Services Division (OSD) regarding how unrelated business income tax (UBIT) associated with the provision of transportation benefits to employees would need to be treated for UFR reporting purposes. In response, OSD clarified that the taxes generated on the “income” (as required by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act)... continue reading

AAFCPAs Urges Repeal of Nonprofit Transportation Tax

AAFCPAs Urges Repeal of Nonprofit Transportation Tax

AAFCPAs has sent a letter to Congressman Richard Neal (D-Mass.), Chair of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, asking him to lend his support to nonprofits by helping to repeal Internal Revenue Code Section 512(a)(7). Section 512(a)(7) of the new tax code requires nonprofits to now pay a burdensome tax on parking and transportation fringe benefits provided to employees. AAFCPAs has followed this legislation closely and witnessed first-hand the monumental... continue reading

AAFCPAs Reminds Those With Foreign Assets of Annual April 15 FBAR Deadline

AAFCPAs reminds our clients who have an annual FBAR filing requirement to be sure to report their foreign assets by the IRS’ April 15, 2019 deadline. Similar to prior years, automatic relief is available. The IRS and US Treasury recently announced that the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) will now grant filers missing the April 15 deadline an automatic extension until October 15, 2019 to file the FBAR. Specific extension... continue reading

CHIA Announces Deadline Extension for Community Health Center FY 2018 Cost Reports

The Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) announced Friday that they are extending the deadline for all Community Health Centers (CHCs) to file their fiscal year 2018 cost report to Monday, July 8, 2019. All Massachusetts CHCs, regardless of Fiscal Year End (FYE) date, are required to file their fiscal year 2018 cost report by July 8, 2019. No additional extensions will be granted beyond the July 8, 2019... continue reading

Notice of IRS Changes to Group Exemptions and Group Returns

AAFCPAs would like to make our nonprofit clients aware that as of January 1, 2019, the IRS stopped mailing lists of parent and subsidiary accounts to central organizations (group ruling holders) for verification and return. If your organization is the Central Organization of a group exemption, historically you would have received an annual mailing from the IRS with a list of subordinate organizations. This mailing allowed the Central Organization to... continue reading

IRS Expands Underpayment and Under-withholding Relief

The Internal Revenue Service announced on Friday, March 22, that they are expanding penalty relief to taxpayers whose 2018 federal income tax withholding and estimated tax payments fell short of their total tax liability for the year. The IRS is lowering to 80 percent the threshold required to qualify for this relief. Under the relief originally announced Jan. 16, the threshold was 85 percent. The regular penalty avoidance threshold is... continue reading

The Time is Now to Understand the Implications of the New Lease Standard, Effective 2020 for Private Companies and Most Nonprofits

The Time is Now to Understand the Implications of the New Lease Standard, Effective 2020 for Private Companies and Most Nonprofits

In February 2016, FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842) to increase transparency and comparability of lease transactions. There are elements of the new standard which will likely impact almost all entities to some extent, although lessees will likely see the most significant changes with their accounting for and reporting of lease agreements. Because of the significant changes contained in this ASU, the effective date for implementing... continue reading