Accounting Updates are articles, tips or announcements regarding accounting and tax-related subjects that may affect or benefit your business or industry.
On Dec. 22, 2017, President Trump signed a new tax bill into effect that may significantly impact the number and size of individual financial contributions to nonprofits.
The FASB’s update requires “enhanced” information about your organization’s liquidity and timely access to resources. Two kinds of information are required; together, they can indicate the nonprofit’s ability to meet its cash needs for all the next year’s general expenditures.
Typically, third-party administrators handle the logistics of sending out participant communication and other employee benefit plan disclosures. But this doesn’t relieve you as the plan fiduciary from responsibility for understanding disclosure requirements and making sure they are met.
The proposed Statement on Auditing Standards reflects a new reporting model for audits of ERISA plans that changes the form and content of the auditor’s report when management imposes an ERISA-permitted audit scope limitation.
Corporate philanthropy is changing. Companies are deciding to incorporate philanthropy as a business priority.
Trade spending is a normal part of doing business for many CPG and retail companies, but the accounting and financial reporting varies depending on the type of spending.
According to ERISA, a plan sponsor must be more than a prudent layperson — a sponsor must be a prudent investment professional.
In recent years, regulators have intensified their focus on and scrutiny over retirement plan controls. Given this, it’s critical to ensure that the proper procedures and controls are in place for your qualified plan.
Now is a good time to begin preparing a year-end checklist for your retirement plan. Creating a checklist is a good way to help ensure that your plan remains in compliance.
If you understand that your nonprofit will face conflicts of interest, you can better plan for them.
If your plan receives audited financial statements, they may be accompanied by a management letter. This can be a valuable resource when it comes to making your plan more efficient and identifying potential risk associated with plan qualification and ERISA compliance.
New rules will change the way nonprofits report and describe their net assets. These changes will reduce the number of net asset classes from three to two and require separate subtotals for activities with and without donor restrictions.
If your company is involved in a merger or spinoff, you’ll need to plan carefully for how your qualified retirement plan will be affected. Failure to plan ahead for the impact of a merger or spinoff on your plan could lead to unintended consequences.