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2016 Mileage Rates

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2016, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
  • 54 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 57.5 cents for 2015
  • 19 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down from 23 cents for 2015
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

ASCPA Video featuring Carolyn Sechler

Rabbi Compensation and Benefit Studies

Colin Dodds - Debit Credit Theory (Accounting Rap Song)

Update: American Taxpayer Relief Act
American Taxpayer Relief Act addresses the Fiscal Cliff

Tax Planning Tips

2015 Mileage Rates

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
  • 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven
  • 23.5 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations
  • 23.5 cents per mile for moving

Demystifying the Health Care Tax Credits

132 Ways a Board Can be Sued (pdf)

Make sure charitable contributions pass strict documentation rules

IRS Identifies Organizations that Have Lost Tax-Exempt Status
Here is a helpful link
National Council of Nonprofits has resources posted on its website:
Review Non-Profits 990 and other data:
Economic Research Institute
Learn the latest on the tax credit for businesses who now pay for health insurance
Information on Arizona Health Insurance Premium Tax Credit - View PDF

Application for Certificate of Eligibility for the Health Insurance Premium Tax Credit - Small Business Only - View PDF
YouTube Wants Non-Profits To Make Amazing Videos
Most of you are involved with nonprofits in one way or another. The following article came out recently in Mashable, and if you are interested in doing videos for your organizations, you might be interested in the grants You Tube is offering. It's just an idea. Maybe not this year, but how about next? You never know!

Example Accounting and Cash Policy (Word doc)

Memorandum: Gaming & Raffles (pdf)

Automatic Revocation of Nonprofits' Tax-Exempt Status by Guidestar (pdf)

How to Report Raffle Winnings

Hire Act Information

Download the tax form and information here.
Documentation of Hire Act (Word doc)
IRS Form W-11 (pdf)

Board of Directors Guide to Form 990   (pdf)

Raffles in Arizona  (pdf)

IRS agents will be using this form in the coming year to evaluate Good Governance of nonprofit organizations

IRS Rules on Raffles (see pdf file)

IRS Non-Profit application fees are changing! (see pdf file)

Poker Tournaments, Charitable Gambling, Social Gambling (casino nights) for nonprofits in AZ

Where's my Refund?

Federal Filing Requirements for Exempt Organizations

More Policies (Word documents)

Local First Arizona
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Audit rules are changing..
Sandi on our team has provided some helpful hints..

Care & Training of a Successful Audit (pdf)
Questions for the Auditors (pdf)
Form W-9
This is a form issued to independent contractors and attorneys (even if incorporated) so that you can complete their form 1099 at year end.
Employee vs. Contractor (pdf)
Employer ID Number
You can now complete an online application for your employer ID number (form ss-4) using the link above.
Investment Policy (Word doc)
Useful template for organizational investment policy. Complements of Rebecca Kenyon
Gift Acceptance Policy (Word doc)
This gift acceptance policy template will provide guidelines to representatives of who may be involved in the acceptance of gifts. Complements of Rebecca Kenyon
Virtual Office Documentation

Virtual CPA Office (Word document)
Leveraging with Technology - The impetus is a commitment to reducing costs while improving service, communications and quality of life.

Running a Virtual Office (Power Point presentation)
Sample Whistleblower Policy
Provided by: Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum, Esq.
...this policy aims to provide an avenue for employees to raise concerns and reassurance that they will be protected from reprisals or victimization for whistleblowing...
Sample Whistleblower Tracking Report (Word Document)
A key defense against fraud occurring in an organization is the availability of a means for employees and other constituents to anonymously report suspected wrongdoing (whistleblowing).
Sample Request for Proposal Letter for CPA Services (Word Document)
This tool contains sample language that may be used by an organization requesting a proposal letter from qualified CPA firms when seeking a new service provider. As such, the sample letter may be subject to audit committee review or discussion, if an audit committee exists.
Stay Exempt
This is a new irs site and resource center to help nonprofits retain their status and understand the rules.
Carolyn Sechler's Information Station
A large resource of information for Tax, Business and Financial strategies.
Residential Energy Credits
Residential Energy Credits for this tax year such as insulation, windows/doors, solar, air conditioning, etc.
Standards and Best Practices - Courtesy of the fine folks at ECFA and Dan Busby in particular
Independent Contractor vs. Employee (pdf document)
"IRS reminds businesses to to classify workers correctly." June, 2006
A great piece from the IRS with a test on how to classify the new person on your team.
Conflict of Interest Policy (Word document)
This is a sample document. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Technology tips and tools  (Microsoft Word document)

Audit Committee Toolkit for nonprofits  

Taxes Quik Guide

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