Accounting

Standard Deduction vs. Itemized Deduction for Charitable Contributions

By |2019-03-29T13:10:20-05:00March 20th, 2019|Accounting, Advisory, Deductions, Donation, Saving, Tax, Tax Reform|

The benefits of charitable contributions may be eliminated for some taxpayers. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) doubled the standard deduction, meaning more taxpayers may find themselves in a better tax position by choosing the standard deduction over itemizing. Since charitable contributions are itemized, this is leaving many to wonder, “Will I still receive [...]

The Time is Now… Financial Statement Presentation Changes are Here!

By |2019-05-22T10:02:27-05:00February 27th, 2019|Accounting, Board, Change, Compliance, Internal Control, Nonprofit|

Previously in “Changes to Financial Statements for Not-for-Profit Entities, Are You Ready?”, we provided an overview of the changes for nonprofit financial statements. Now we will take a closer look at the new net asset presentation and disclosures your organization will face, beginning with your December 31, 2018 financial statements. If you missed our previous [...]

Top 10 Accounting Acronyms Every Business Owner Should Know

By |2019-04-05T14:59:26-05:00January 30th, 2019|Accounting, Advisory, Cash Flow, Tips, Value|

You need accurate financial information to help you measure the results of all the hard work that goes into your business. The problem is, your accountant uses more acronyms than your teenage daughter’s text messages. This leaves you feeling frustrated and confused. You can either smile and nod until the conversation ends or spend the [...]

Decoding the Nonprofit Financial Lingo: Statement of Financial Position

By |2019-08-14T09:57:43-05:00January 23rd, 2019|Accounting, Advisory, Assurance, Cash Flow, Nonprofit, Tips|

In each of our chosen fields and careers, there is often some industry-specific language that gets passed around. Nonprofits have their own sets of terminology that can be different and confusing. Whether you’re an accountant, board member, volunteer, or curious potential donor, getting to know the lingo used in non-profit accounting can be important and [...]

What to Consider When Selecting an Employee Benefits Plan

By |2019-01-16T09:51:45-05:00January 16th, 2019|Accounting, Advisory, Economy, Employment, Insurance, IRS, Tax|

For business owners, identifying ways to provide fringe benefits to attract and retain employees has become more crucial than ever.  In this era of low unemployment rates, having a competitive advantage in the labor market can be difficult. This will, in turn, impact a business’ ability to recruit and retain qualified employees and keep operations [...]

Highly Appreciated Assets: Should You Keep it, Sell it, or Die with it?

By |2019-01-16T09:51:09-05:00January 9th, 2019|Accounting, Agriculture, Estate Planning, Executor, IRS, Preparation, Tax, Tax Reform, Value|

Keep it, sell it, or die with it may seem like strange choices, but with highly appreciated assets, those may be the very choices that need to be considered.  Examples of highly appreciated assets include real estate and stock investments which have gone up significantly in value.   Let’s look at an example.  To Sell Or [...]

Filing Date Options for Farm Returns

By |2019-01-25T11:28:34-05:00December 23rd, 2018|Accounting, Agriculture, Change, Compliance, IRS, Preparation, Tax, Tax Reform|

It’s a  mystery to many farmers why their tax return filing deadline is March 1, while the filing date for most taxpayers is in April. There are multiple date options when filing your farm returns. Susan K. Voss, CPA will explain the options, the benefits of each and will  explain why filing by March 1, [...]

Here They Are…More Changes to Financial Statements!

By |2019-05-22T10:02:36-05:00December 11th, 2018|Accounting, Board, Budget, Cash Flow, Change, Compliance, Investment, Nonprofit, Preparation|

Previously in “Changes to Financial Statements for Not-for-Profit Entities, Are You Ready?” we provided information on the changes to net asset presentation and underwater endowments under the new financial statement presentation standard. Now we will address the new presentation and disclosure items related to liquidity and availability disclosures, functional expenses, investment expenses, and the statement [...]

What Accounting and Payroll Reminders Should You Keep in Mind for 2019?

By |2018-11-16T15:25:13-05:00October 16th, 2018|Accounting, Compliance, IRS, Payroll, Preparation, Tax, Tax Planning, WOTC|

The end of the calendar year will soon be upon us.  There are a few items to keep in mind as you begin to think about government forms that must be submitted in January. Bonuses Employers often give their employees holiday bonuses around the end of the year. It is important to remember that all [...]

Changes to Financial Statements for Nonprofit Entities, Are You Ready?

By |2019-05-22T10:02:42-05:00September 19th, 2018|Accounting, Change, Nonprofit|

FASB’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee determined that existing standards for financial statements of Not-for-Profit entities could be improved to provide more useful information to donors, grantors, creditors, and other users. The update is effective for years beginning after December 15, 2017. If your organization has a calendar year-end, you’ll be required to present financial statements under [...]