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The FASB issued proposed amendments intended to improve standards for financial statement presentation by not-for-profit organizations. To review these amendments, visit the FASB Web site. The comment period ends August 20, 2015.

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When a private foundation and its disqualified persons—those closely associated with it—own too much in the same corporation, partnership, or trust, it risks having excess business holdings, which can result in a hefty excise tax.

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A host of new investment vehicles has emerged for private foundations: sustainable, socially responsible, and program-related. In part one of this series, we give an overview of the options available to private foundations and why they’re useful.

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Though this year’s Form 990-PF hasn’t sustained nearly as many changes as the general Form 990, there are still a few items private foundations will want to be aware of—namely, statements regarding activities and grantee codes.

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The Financial Accounting Standards Board voted to issue a proposal that would defer the effective date for the new revenue recognition standard by one year for both public and nonpublic entities. Details and proposed effective dates in this Alert.

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The Financial Accounting Standards Board approved the issuance of an exposure draft for financial statements of not-for-profits. To review the most recent tentative decisions, visit the FASB Web site. The comment period is expected to end July 31, 2015.

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Though Form 990 and its required schedules have generally remained the same this tax year, a few changes to the forms and their instructions do warrant attention by not-for-profit organizations that file them. We highlight the differences in this Insight.

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Just in the final quarter of 2014 and the first of 2015, we’ve seen some fairly noteworthy legislative developments impacting not-for-profits. From last-minute tax extenders to the IRS priority guidance plan and the GAO’s report on IRS oversight, here’s what’s happening.

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In the past, tax-exempt organizations were required to reapply for exempt status upon certain structural changes. But two 2014 private letter rulings indicate they may no longer need to do so. We look at the rulings in this Insight.

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Tax-exempt organizations often operate gift shops as a part of their ongoing operations, raising questions on whether that income constitutes unrelated business income, which would be subject to income tax despite the organization’s status. We look at the issue in detail in this Insight.

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For tax-exempt organizations, forming a single-member LLC can lend liability protection. And because they’re disregarded for federal income tax purposes, the responsibilities of managing one are few. Still, there are a few important considerations and exceptions, which we cover in this Insight.

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Crowdfunding has become ubiquitous in recent years, and for not-for-profits, it can be a gold mine. Still, depending on what you offer your backers as an incentive, you’ll need to pay close attention to whether Washington State B&O or sales tax apply.

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You may think that because your organization doesn’t pay income tax, you don’t need to pay close attention to the new tangible property regulations. But the truth is, you do. We cover what tax-exempt organizations need to know to comply in this Insight.

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Like most people, businesses often take their utility services for granted, meaning we rarely consider there’s an alternative to paying the rates that show up on our bills. But your business does have options and may be able to more effectively manage its service costs. Learn more in this Insight.

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Amid a whirlwind of projects by the FASB and the SEC and corresponding guidance provided by banking regulators, keeping up can be a challenge—let alone deciding which decisions are right for your bank. We look at some of the major areas of change in this Insight.

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A new accounting alternative allows private companies to elect not to recognize certain intangible assets in business combinations but rather to include them in goodwill. We take a closer look at the new alternative and its related requirements in this Alert.

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ASC Topic 606 represents a fundamental change in how companies across industries will be required to recognize revenue from contracts with customers—a change that’s especially relevant to construction contractors. We cover the FASB’s five-step process and some important areas to note in this Insight

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If your not-for-profit provides housing to its employees, you’ll need to understand whether it constitutes additional compensation—because if it does, you’ll need to consider how the benefit affects your reasonable compensation determination. We look at the tax code in this Insight.

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SEATTLE, October 6, 2014 – Moss Adams LLP, one of the largest accounting and consulting firms in the nation, today announced the admittance of 10 professionals to its partnership, effective October 1.  The new partners—based in 9 of the firm's 22 office...

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The FASB’s new guidelines for revenue recognition introduce sweeping changes to current GAAP accounting rules. In this Insight we examine what the new rules could mean for software and technology companies.

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