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Is It a Repair or an Improvement?

How to nail down current deductions If your business completes minor repairs by December 31, you can deduct those costs on your 2023 tax return. But different tax rules apply to improvements. As opposed to repairs, improvements are capital expenditures that must be written off over time. Safe harbors How can you tell whether work .....

Nonprofits Pivot from Survival to Resilience: BDO 2023 Nonprofit Standards Benchmarking Survey

The BDO 2023 Nonprofit Standards Benchmarking Survey of more than 250 nonprofits highlights a crucial shift in the nonprofit sector towards strategic resilience, marking a departure from the reliance on recent federal funding. Data from our annual survey reveals that in response to economic uncertainties, nonprofits are prioritizing digital transformation (42%), cost reduction (38%), and .....

How Can AI Technology Create Value in Higher Education?

Incredible advances in technology in recent years have enabled organizations to connect with and serve stakeholders in new and increasingly efficient ways. This includes leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and chatbot technologies to revolutionize higher education operations, offering many benefits to institutions and their various stakeholders. In the past few years, we have seen higher education .....

Component Unit Determination and Reporting

Proper determination and reporting of component units is essential for complete and accurate financial reporting. However, complexity in this area poses a challenge to governments in identifying and assessing the component units and the correct presentation. This article provides an overview of the accounting standards defining the financial reporting entity, the types of component units .....

Do You Know Who Is Watching?

The chorus of a popular ’80s song says, “I always feel like somebody’s watching me.” Not-for-profit entities (NFP) have their financial information available on a variety of platforms including, but not limited to, the NFP’s website, the public inspection copy of its Form 990, and perhaps on its state attorney general’s website, if the NFP .....

CECL for Nonprofits Is Here – Helping You Prepare

Nonprofits have endured the challenges of adopting several new accounting standards over the last several years.  Now, after a lengthy deferral period, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-13, Financial Instruments – Credit Losses (Topic 326):  Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments), commonly referred to as CECL or “Current Expected .....

How Nonprofits and Local Governments Can Leverage Sustainability Tax Credits

When examining the availability of tax credits, organizations in the nonprofit and local government space typically disregard the opportunity as inapplicable to their organizations. To tax-exempt entities, the concept of leveraging credits to lower their tax burden may seem at odds with their tax status. However, to help build a more sustainable and equitable future, .....

Planning for Net Investment Income Taxes

The 3.8% net investment income tax (NIIT) is an additional tax that applies to some higher-income taxpayers on top of capital gains tax or ordinary income tax. Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to soften the blow of the NIIT. Are you subject to the NIIT? You’re potentially liable for the NIIT if your .....

Corporate Transparency Act — Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting Requirement

Starting January 1, 2024, a significant number of businesses will be required to comply with the Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA). The CTA was enacted into law as part of the National Defense Act for Fiscal Year 2021. The CTA requires the disclosure of the beneficial ownership information (otherwise known as “BOI”) of certain entities from .....

Navigating IRS Actions: Recent Developments in Employee Retention Credits (ERC) and Financial Planning for Returning Retirees

In recent times, the IRS has intensified its efforts to combat questionable Employee Retention Credit (ERC) claims, issuing more than 20,000 disallowance letters to businesses. This article delves into the highlights of these disallowance letters and provides essential information on navigating the financial aspects of returning to work for retirees. Disallowance of ERC Claims Initial .....