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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

New Partnership Level IRS Audit Rules in Effect

AAFCPAs would like remind clients that, effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017, the IRS has instituted new centralized partnership audit rules under the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2015.  As mentioned in a prior blog, these rules introduced the role of a Partnership Representative and provide for the assessment and collection of tax (including penalties and interest) to be at the partnership level. Collection of the tax... continue reading

AAFCPAs’ Joyce Ripianzi to Present Accounting & Tax Update for Nonprofit EDs and Board Members

AAFCPAs Partner Joyce Ripianzi, CPA has been selected to present an educational Accounting & Tax Update on March 9th as part of the Essex County Community Foundation’s 10th Annual Institute for Trustees. This annual event is designed to provide education, training and best practices for first year board members as well as the most seasoned trustees. In this extended workshop session, Joyce will provide key considerations and best practice recommendations... continue reading

MA Form 3ABC due by 3/1 to avoid local property taxes

The Massachusetts “Return of Property Held for Charitable Purposes” (Form 3ABC) provides for an exemption from local taxation on personal and real property for eligible charitable organizations. As a reminder, in order to be exempt, you must file an annual Form 3ABC, due at the Assessor’s Office no later than March 1, in each city or town in which your organization owns real or personal property.  A copy of your most recently... continue reading

IRS to Waive Tax Penalties for Underwithholding and Underpayment

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 that it is waiving a penalty for some Americans who may have unintentionally underpaid their 2018 tax liabilities. The IRS is generally waiving the penalty for any taxpayer who paid at least 85 percent of their total tax liability during the year through federal income tax withholding, quarterly estimated tax payments, or a combination of the two. Historically, individuals... continue reading

FQHCs: 2019 New Medicare Services and G Code Payment Updates

AAFCPAs would like to make Rural Health Clinic (RHC) and Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) clients aware that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued important reimbursement updates related to virtual communication services, and Medicare G Code rates for 2019. Virtual Communication Services Effective January 1, 2019, RHCs and FQHCs may now receive payment for virtual communication services when at least 5 minutes of communication technology-based or... continue reading

Updates for Nonprofits under the New Tax Act

AAFCPAs would like to make Tax Exempt Organizations aware of recent legislative and regulatory updates related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, (“TCJA”) and how these may affect charitable nonprofits. Legislation Attempts to Repeal the New Unrelated Business Tax on Tax Exempt Organizations Providing Qualified Fringe Benefits On December 20, 2018, the House passed the Retirement, Savings, and Other Tax Relief Act (H.R. 88) that would eliminate the provision... continue reading

Year in review: The Top 10 Insights from 2018

Year in review: The Top 10 Insights from 2018

2018 was a big year for finance professionals, with monumental changes in tax code & accounting rules, and other significant challenges & opportunities affecting commercial businesses, nonprofits, and individuals & their families.  Below are AAFCPAs’ most widely-read news alerts & insights in the past year: AAFCPAs’ 2018-2019 Tax Planning Guide for Businesses & Individuals Financial and Estate Planning Opportunities Related to the New Tax Law Whitepaper: Guidance on the New... continue reading

What Nonprofits Need to Know about the TCJA: AAFCPAs to Present a Members-Only Webinar for the Providers’ Council

What Nonprofits Need to Know about the TCJA: AAFCPAs to Present a Members-Only Webinar for the Providers’ Council

AAFCPAs Tax Consulting Attorneys Joshua England, JD, LLM, and Chris Consoletti, JD will present a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act educational workshop on December 10th at 12pm, for the benefit of the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Inc. (The Providers’ Council). The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) represents a dramatic overhaul of the U.S. tax code, and includes widespread changes to the tax rules affecting charitable nonprofits. Several... continue reading

FASB Issues ASU 2018-17: Targeted Improvements to Related Party Guidance for Variable Interest Entities

AAFCPAs would like to make clients aware that the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on October 31, 2018, issued an Accounting Standards Update (ASU) that reduces the cost and complexity of financial reporting associated with consolidation of variable interest entities (VIEs). A VIE is an organization in which consolidation is not based on a majority of voting rights. The new guidance, based on recommendations from the Private Company Council (PCC),... continue reading