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Avoiding Nonprofit Tax Traps

If your organization has met the IRS qualifications to be considered tax-exempt, the income you receive — such as donor contributions — is exempt from federal income tax. However, it’s still possible for not-for-profits to follow the rules and experience adverse tax consequences. Here are five potential tax traps that could catch you off guard. 1. …

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Preparing Form 990: Pay Attention to These Eight Items

If your not-for-profit organization operates on a calendar-year tax basis, the deadline for filing your year-end Form 990 (Form 990 EZ for certain small organizations) is May 15. Besides filing on time, you must ensure the information provided on your form is accurate. Pay particular attention to the following eight issues that commonly trip up nonprofits: …

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Is a 403(b) Plan Right for Your Nonprofit?

The 403(b) plan is often thought of as a 401(k) plan for nonprofits. It’s probably not the only option for your not-for-profit, but it can provide certain advantages over 401(k)s. Following is a brief rundown. Generous Contribution Limits A 403(b) plan is a tax-favored qualified retirement plan set up for employees of not-for-profit organizations, including charities, …

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6 Common Tax Deductions for Nonprofits

Revenue generated by 501(c)(3) organizations is generally exempt from federal income tax. But in some cases, your not-for-profit may incur unrelated business income tax (UBIT) on revenue. The good news is your annual tax return may offer some relief in the form of deductions. The list isn’t as long as the “ordinary and necessary business expenses” …

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Choosing a Retirement Plan for Your Nonprofit

Traditionally, 403(b) plans have been the qualified retirement plan of choice for not-for-profits. These plans were established for the exclusive benefit of tax-exempt organizations. However, nonprofits now have other options as well. Even if you continue to prefer a 403(b) plan, as many nonprofits still do, it pays to review and weigh the benefits of other …

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Paving the Way for Your Nonprofit’s Next Leader

Suppose the founder or long-time executive director of your not-for-profit organization is scaling back on her workload and making plans to retire. What will her departure mean for your organization? If your nonprofit has a well-crafted succession plan, it’s likely to survive any leadership transition. But if you don’t have a plan, your organization could endure …

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Does Your Nonprofit Have UBIT Exposure?

If certain IRS requirements are met, a not-for-profit organization is exempt from federal income tax. But that doesn’t mean it’s completely off the hook. Your nonprofit may still be liable for unrelated business income tax (UBIT). Here’s how you determine your organization’s exposure. One Time vs. Year Round Unrelated business income (UBI) is defined by the …

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7 Keys for Nonprofit Success in 2022

The last two years have been tough for most nonprofits. Now that there’s some light at the end of the tunnel, you may feel more optimistic and with a renewed dedication to your cause. How can you extend the concept of renewal to your organization’s operations and even grow in 2022? Here are seven ideas: 1. …

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Don’t Run Afoul of Private Inurement Rules

Most not-for-profit executives are aware of the prohibition against private inurement. Generally, nonprofit directors and executives — and their family members — aren’t allowed to personally benefit from their positions while putting their organization at a disadvantage. Penalties for violating the private inurement mandate could include financial sanctions for violators and, in the rare worst-case scenario, …

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Why Every Non Profit Needs a WISP

By Bobby Garrett Director of IT & Cybersecurity Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP Did you know the first recorded ransomware cyber attack was targeted at a non-profit organization? In 1989, over 20,000 attendees of a World Health Organization (WHO) symposium on AIDS research received a complimentary floppy disc containing a file supposedly related to the …

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