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Seven Signs You Need a Better Fund Accounting System

GrowthForceBlog

7 min read Nonprofit leaders face plenty of challenges and adversity when it comes to accomplishing their missions, attracting and retaining donors, and executing their strategies. With so much difficulty facing nonprofit leaders, struggling to keep up with the bookkeeping and accounting tasks of the back office doesn't need to be added to the list of struggles.

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AP automation best practices for 2024 and beyond.

Airbase

Implementing accounts payable best practices can help your organization reduce risk, save time and money, foster strong vendor relationships, and create a better spend culture. You can better identify the best AP automation solution for your organization by following accounts payable best practices. Table of Contents FirstHeading Finding a system to support accounts payable.

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Congress has little time to make tax changes this year

Accounting Today

The demands from various constituencies for tax breaks are not likely to stop lawmakers from proposing or introducing new legislation, if only to position themselves ahead of next November's election.

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Is your tax department spending more time and money because of audits?

ThomsonReuters

Most tax professionals know that dealing with forces beyond their control—and the costly disruptions they cause—is a way of life. Unfortunately, many tax departments are feeling a strain on their resources as a result of these events. This, in turn, puts tax departments at greater risk for even more audits and stiffer penalties. This trend has been especially true during the past five years, and is sure to continue in the years ahead. “We are living in the environment where every day we ar

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Register Now: Sneak Peek Into Close Automation SkyStem Web Demo

Technology is rapidly changing the way accountants perform and manage month-end activities. Spreadsheets, email, and shared drives no longer have to slow us down. Join us as we present a "sneak peek" recorded demo of SkyStem's month-end close solution – ART. In under four weeks, your team can start reaping the benefits of month-end close automation by vastly reducing spreadsheets, cut down on reconciliation work, speed up the month-end close, and better manage your remote team.

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SSA: Social Security Overpayments Swell to $23 Billion

CPA Practice

By Joey Solitro, Kiplinger Consumer News Service (TNS) The Social Security Administration (SSA) released a report revealing its overpayment problem worsened in October, now standing at $23 billion. The newly released Agency Financial Report showed that the SSA made $11.1 billion in overpayments—accidentally paying beneficiaries too much—and $2.5 billion in underpayments to beneficiaries in fiscal year 2022, up from $6 billion in overpayments and $1.4 billion in underpayments in fiscal year 202

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Lower 1099-K threshold may force sellers to drop out

Accounting Today

The lowering of the Form 1099-K threshold from $20,000 to $600 will not only produce millions more forms to be sent to taxpayers, but could also prompt many of them to abandon online marketplaces and gig economy jobs.

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Tax Fraud Blotter: Numbers games

Accounting Today

Sanctions list; getting out of the Market; why oh Y; and other highlights of recent tax cases.

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Your Guide to Year-End 2023: Bonuses

ThomsonReuters

As the holidays approach, many employers plan on paying out bonuses, incentives, or other supplemental wages to employees that may have unexpected tax and compliance implications. Payroll Guide ¶ 4100 et seq. contains a detailed discussion on supplemental wage payments. Paying out bonuses Employers have several options when it comes to paying out bonuses.

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The Benefits of Continuous Planning for Your Business

AccountingDepartment

As a business owner or CEO, have you ever felt frustrated when the budget you made at the beginning of the year has become irrelevant halfway through? Have you ever wished for a more flexible and agile way to manage your finances? If so, you might want to consider continuous planning.

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Individual Home Energy Tax Credits for 2023

RogerRossmeisl

Taxpayers who make home energy improvements in 2023 may be able to benefit from tax credits for a portion of the qualifying expenses. The credit amounts have been increased, and types of qualifying expenses were expanded, by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. This post is intended to assist taxpayers in comparing the tax credits available for making energy home improvements.

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Recruit and Retain New Blue-Collar Talent

Blue-collar jobs have a branding problem. One company, GEON, partnered with Paycor to find the solution. Learn how to attract, engage, and retain blue-collar employees, helping them build meaningful careers – and support your company’s goals.

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Should you charge sales tax to international customers? | TaxConnex

TaxConnex

Selling outside the U.S. does not free you from the complexities of sales tax. In many countries, you will run into some kind of sales tax – familiar if you’re used to selling in the U.S., but different, too. Europe’s value-added tax VAT is applied at each stage of the supply chain and is recoverable by most businesses and, similar to American sales tax, rates are generally applied at a local (in Europe’s case, usually by country) level with exceptions on certain products.

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C Corporation Tax Savings: Frequently Asked Questions

MyIRSRelief

C Corporations are a common choice for many businesses, offering a range of tax benefits that can lead to significant savings. This article will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about C Corporation tax savings. What is a C Corporation? A C Corporation is a legal structure for a corporation in which the owners, or shareholders, are taxed separately from the entity.

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Two Paths Forward: AI in Startup Finance

BurklandAssociates

Back office solutions and decision support solutions will both be natural beneficiaries of AI’s core promise. The post Two Paths Forward: AI in Startup Finance appeared first on Burkland.

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Unclaimed Property Voluntary Compliance Program Now Available in California

RogerRossmeisl

California AB 2280 established a new Unclaimed Property Voluntary Compliance Program that waives interest for taxpayers who voluntarily come into compliance with unclaimed property reporting requirements. The State Controller’s Office (SCO) has now opened the sign up process for businesses to apply for the program. Unclaimed Property Reporting Explained California businesses holding property belonging to others must file with the SCO to report unclaimed financial assets held by the entity for lo

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Join the Instant Payment Revolution: Read 7 Must-Know Facts for Small Businesses

Technology evolves at lightning speed, and as finance keeps changing, instant payments emerge as a game-changer for small businesses. By 2030, instant payments are projected to surge by 289% and will become the new norm in financial transactions. Our whitepaper reveals seven must-know facts about instant payments, offering to help you navigate this financial revolution effectively.

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5 Benefits of Sales and Use Tax Overpayment Reviews | TaxConnex

TaxConnex

Blog authored by Scott Schwertner, National Director of Sales and Use Tax for Invoke Tax Partners. With extensive experience in both the industry and sales tax consulting side, Invoke Tax Partners National Director of Sales and Use Tax, Scott Schwertner, knows how difficult it can be for businesses to get sales tax right on every transaction. It is common for businesses across the United States to pay sales tax and accrue use tax on purchases that are not taxable, resulting in an unnecessary hit

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Preparing for the 1099 Filing Season: Are You Ready? 

Withum

1099 filing season is approaching, and now is the time to review your vendor information to ensure everything is in order come January. Let’s break down what you need to know ahead of time. First, you want to familiarize yourself with the standard 1099 forms that most companies must file. 1099 NEC (Non-employee Compensation) reports payments of at least $600 or more in the calendar year to non-employees for services rendered. 1099 MISC (Miscellaneous) reports miscellaneous payments such as ren

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Online CPE Conference Dec. 6 and 7 Offers Up to 14 Hours of Free CPE Credits

CPA Practice

The sessions and CPE fields of study for Ensuring Success 2023 have been announced. Ensuring Success will be held December 6-7, 2023. Professionals can earn up to 14 hours of free CPE during this 2-day annual, virtual conference. Additionally, EAs can receive up to 3 hours of CE credit. Register now and mark your calendar for Ensuring Success, to ensure you meet your year-end CPE requirements.

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Filing a Final Return for a Deceased Taxpayer

RogerRossmeisl

As reported via IRS Tax Tip 2023-51 4/17/2023 After someone with a filing requirement passes away, their surviving spouse or representative should file the deceased person’s final tax return. On the final tax return, the surviving spouse or representative should note that the person has died. The IRS doesn’t need a copy of the death certificate or other proof of death.

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Guide to Business Writing

Everything you need to know about better business writing in one place. This is a complete guide to business writing — from a clear business writing definition to tips on how to hone your business writing skills.

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Audit committee disclosures increased over past decade

Accounting Today

Corporate audit committees have been providing investors with a greater number of disclosures about their activities and responsibilities over the past 10 years, but there's still room for improvement.

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PwC Canada’s Sneaky Layoffs: ‘Leadership Lacks Empathy and Transparency’

Going Concern

Earlier this month a tipster pointed us to this November 8 article by Samfiru Tumarkin LLP, a Canadian law firm specializing in employment, labor, and disability law: PwC laying off hundreds of workers, Canadians affected. The article referenced layoffs at both the King’s and down under PwC (UK and Australia), both of which had been mentioned all over the media including here.

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IRS Offers New Guidance On Clean Vehicle Manufacturing

CPA Practice

The Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service have issued two items of guidance on the excluded entity restriction of the section 30D clean vehicle credit, as amended by the Inflation Reduction Act. Under the excluded entity restriction, vehicles are not eligible for the clean vehicle credit if the battery contains battery components manufactured or assembled or applicable critical minerals extracted, processed or recycled by a foreign entity of concern (FEOC).

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Tax Basics for Setting up a Businesses

RogerRossmeisl

As reported via IRS Tax Tip 2023-103 9/5/2023 Starting a new business can seem overwhelming for new entrepreneurs or even seasoned professionals. The IRS has resources to help new business owners understand the tax responsibilities of running a business. Here are a few things any entrepreneur needs to do when starting their business. Choose a business structure The form of business determines which income tax return a business needs to file.

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Finding “The One:” The Ultimate Guide to Selecting Financial Software

Speaker: Nancy Wu, Head of Sales and Customer Success at SkyStem

As finance and accounting practitioners, you are expected to complete daily operations as well as to manage next generation tools and resources to support a business that is growing in complexity. Having the right software can be critical in juggling and meeting those high expectations. The path to the right software, however, is paved with challenging decisions.

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Accountants, IRS and DOJ hunt for fraud

Accounting Today

The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers to be on the lookout for charity fraud as accountants look to advise clients on how to detect and avoid fraud.

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The Essentials of Beneficial Ownership Reporting

Withum

Beginning January 1, 2024, the Corporate Transparency Act requires certain businesses to submit an online report to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), an arm of the U.S. Treasury Department. The report will require affected businesses to provide personal information about their legal entities, beneficial owners, and company applicants.

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2024 ProAdvisor Awards Process Begins Today

Insightful Accountant

What does it take to be in the next Top 100. it takes You participating. The 2024 ProAdvisor Awards process begins today. ProAdvisors may nominate themselves or be nominated by another ProAdvisor.

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Employment Tax Considerations When Hiring Parents or Children

RogerRossmeisl

As reported via IRS Fact Sheet 2019-14 in October 2019 One of the advantages of someone running their own business is hiring family members. But when including family members in business operations, certain tax treatments and employment tax rules apply. Here are some facts to know when working with a spouse, parent or child. Both spouses carrying on the trade or business If spouses carry on a business together and share in the profits and losses, they may be partners whether or not they have a

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How CPA Firms Can Profit From Payroll Services Without the Extra Work

"Offer payroll and do it yourself,” they said. “It’ll be fun!” Spoiler alert: It was not fun. Most CPA firms know that they need to offer payroll services to their clients or risk losing them to another firm that will. However, many don’t really want to. It is often time-consuming and complex due to changing tax laws and regulations, and with the growing staffing shortages, most just don’t have the resources.

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PCAOB chair highlights tougher stance

Accounting Today

Public Company Accounting Oversight Board chair Erica Williams described the work the PCAOB has been doing to overhaul out-of-date auditing standards and increase its inspections and penalties during a conference.

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EY’s Pushing Start Dates Back…Again

Going Concern

As reported by Financial Times and amplified by people with offers freaking out on Reddit, EY is pushing start dates back for new hires in advisory. Again. FT : The Big Four firm told recent graduates who had originally expected to start work this autumn that some of them would now not be required until July or August 2024, almost a year late. The decision was “based on emerging business conditions and our assessment of our business needs”, according to an email on Tuesday from EY’s campus recru

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FinCEN Set to Begin Enforcement January 1, 2024

Insightful Accountant

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, part of the U.S. Department of Treasury is set to begin Small Entity Compliance implementation and enforcement of provisions related to Beneficial Owners Reporting as of January 1, 2024.

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Tax Tips for New Parents

RogerRossmeisl

As reported via IRS Tax Tip 2023-89 in October 2019 Kids are expensive. Whether someone just brought a bundle of joy home from the hospital, adopted a teen from foster care, or is raising their grandchild. There are several tax breaks that can help. Here are some tax tips for new parents Get the child a Social Security or Individual Tax Identification number To claim parental tax breaks, the taxpayer must have their child or dependent’s Social Security number, Adoption Tax Identification N

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2024 Payroll Calendar Templates

These calendars provide pay period dates and paydays for biweekly, semi-monthly, and monthly payroll in 2024. Use them as a reminder or share with employees so they can celebrate payday.