Knowledge and Insights: Newsletters

A Tax Deduction for Charitable Giving for NJ?

New Jersey taxpayers may see a deduction for charitable giving for 2019 on the NJ-1040!  On March 25, 2019, the Senate voted in favor of Bill No. S2179 that would allow a charitable deduction for individual taxpayers for contributions made to qualified New Jersey-based charitable organizations.  Creating this tax write-off for New Jersey residents could…

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Turning 18 – What Does It Mean?

18-year-olds are granted many privileges upon their birthday. It’s like turning a switch and the world considers them an adult.  This new found status can be exciting and a little scary. Eighteen-year-olds can own property outright, vote in an election, serve on a jury, get married, get a tattoo, gamble, and enter into binding contracts…

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Opportunity Zones

On April 17, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations and further guidance related to Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) investments. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017, introduced Subchapter Z of the Tax Code, which established the QOZ program.  Under this program, Federal income…

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Do You Know How to Identify Elder Fraud & Financial Abuse?

The Population Reference Bureau report, “Aging in the United States,” examines recent trends and disparities among adults ages 65 and older, and how baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964 will reshape America’s older population.  The number of Americans ages 65 and over is expected to exceed 98 million by 2060, increasing their share of…

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The Bottom Line on Parking Benefits

By now, many of our readers may have heard about what was a little-known wrinkle in the new tax law. Whether you have or haven’t, we are going to break it down for you and get to the bottom line on the matter. Many of you reading this article are senior management in nonprofit organizations…

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Creating a Positive Donor Event Experience

In recent years, experts have cautioned nonprofits against relying too heavily on fundraising events. As it turns out, the cost to raise a dollar through an event is much higher than other methods. Despite this scrutiny, our nonprofit clients still find success with event fundraising. While there are certainly more cost-effective ways to raise money,…

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Going on the Offensive in Risk Management & Compliance Monitoring

Regulatory guidance for banks has become increasingly forceful. Recent developments are making it clear that should is to be interpreted as shall. Financial institutions are working to establish compliance frameworks to meet these standards. It is critical that your organization develop a strategy for how to assess compliance with applicable guidance and enhance your enterprise…

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How Federal Government Shutdowns Affect SBA Lending

Nearly all of us were following the news headlines or stories about the recent federal government shutdown and wondering when it would be over. While the duration and visibility of this one may have reached new levels, shutdowns have happened before. Whenever a federal government shutdown occurs, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) partially ceases…

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Enterprise Risk – Are You Properly Managing It?

When I ask my clients if they have a formal risk management process and plan, the discussion often goes to insurance.  I get a “Yes, our buildings and other fixed assets are insured; we have liability coverage; our technology firewalls are up-to-date,” and so on.  I also often hear that the executive committee of the…

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Are You Ready… For The New Nonprofit ASUs?

In our August 2018 newsletter, we highlighted the four new accounting standards updates (ASU) that will impact nonprofits in the next few years. ASU 2016-14, Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit (NFP) Entities, will be effective for years ending December 31, 2018 and June 30, 2019. So now the question is, are you ready? There…

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