Category: Nonprofit

May 15, 2019
The Simple Truth About Annual Performance Reviews

There are many ways for employers to conduct annual performance reviews. So many, in fact, that owners of small to midsize businesses may find the prospect of implementing a state-of-the-art performance review process overwhelming.The simple truth is that smaller companies m...

May 13, 2019
Should You Buy or Lease Business Equipment?

Life presents us with many choices: paper or plastic, chocolate or vanilla, regular or decaf. For businesses, a common conundrum is buy or lease. You’ve probably faced this decision when considering office space or a location for your company’s production facilities. But...

March 20, 2019
Use an Implementation Plan to Make Strategic Goals a Reality

Strategic planning comprises two primary tasks: establishing strategic goals and achieving them. Many business owners would probably say the first part, coming up with objectives, is relatively easy. It’s that second part — accomplishing those goals — that can really c...

February 12, 2019
Use SWOT to Refine Your Strategic Plan

With the year underway, your business probably has a strategic plan in place for the months ahead. Or maybe you’ve created a general outline but haven’t quite put the finishing touches on it yet. In either case, there’s a time-tested approach to refining your strategic...

January 29, 2019
Clarification on Parking Lot Tax

One of the changes made to the tax laws by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was to disallow a tax deduction for qualified transportation fringe benefits businesses provide to their employees. Qualified transportation fringe benefits (QTFs) include:...

November 29, 2018
The Importance of Internal Leadership Training and Development

Many factors go into the success of a company. You’ve got to offer high-quality products or services, provide outstanding customer service, and manage your inventory or supply chain. But there’s at least one other success factor that many business owners often overlook: ...

November 26, 2018
Estimates vs Actuals – Was Your 2018 Budget Reasonable?

As the year winds down, business owners can be thankful for the gift of perspective (among other things, we hope). Assuming you created a budget for the calendar year, you should now be able to accurately assess that budget by comparing its estimates to actual results. Your ...

October 29, 2018
Reduce Insurance Costs Through Employee Wellness Programs

Protecting your company through the purchase of various forms of insurance is a risk-management necessity. But just because you must buy coverage doesn’t mean you can’t manage the cost of doing so.  Obviously, the safer your workplace, the less likely you’ll incur cos...

September 7, 2018
Affordable Accounting Tips for Nonprofits

Affordable accounting. Nonprofit finance committees and leadership teams continue to battle this issue. For small to mid-sized nonprofits, each full-time equivalent job description might as well say: jack-of-all trades, master of all.  The responsibility of the board and fi...

September 5, 2018
Revenue Recognition for Nonprofits is Changing

Nonprofit accounting has remained fairly stagnant since the 1990’s but that will be changing over the next few years, specifically with how organizations will now be recognizing revenue. In the past, it was looked at on whether it is an exchange (typically grants initiated...

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 is now considering certain fringe benefits for employees given by nonprofits unrelated business income and will need to be reported on the 990T.
- Becky Gibbs, CPA
May 29, 2014
Exempt Organizations and Sales & Use Tax

“What do you mean I have to charge sales tax on my sales?  I’m a tax exempt organization!”  That is a common mistake in the tax exempt community.  In Minnesota, an organization can apply for a formal tax exempt status from the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Form S...