Federal Tax News for Individuals

1. If You Make Estimated Tax Payments, a Deadline Is Coming Up If you pay quarterly estimated taxes, circle this date on your calendar: June 15. That’s the payment due date for your second-quarter estimated taxes. Individuals, including sole proprietors, partners and S corporation shareholders, must make estimated tax payments if they expect to owe…

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Making Your Return to In-Person Fundraising Successful

It’s been a long two years. But many not-for-profits are starting to plan in-person galas and other special events for this coming summer and autumn. If your organization is trying to get back to “normal” with a face-to-face fundraiser, understand that it’s likely to be more challenging to plan than in the past. Some of…

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Classify Your Nonprofit’s Workers Correctly — or Risk Repercussions

Many not-for-profits are understaffed in 2022, thanks to a labor shortage and pandemic-related budget shortfalls. Some organizations are filling the gaps with freelancers and contractors. However, such decisions can lead to trouble if these workers should really be classified as employees according to the Department of Labor (DOL) or the IRS. To ensure your workers…

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No Audit Required? Do It Anyway

Your not-for-profit may not be required to undergo regular audits. But an audit can reassure donors and other stakeholders that you take seriously your responsibility. An audit can also help you identify risks before they become intractable problems. Here’s how to initiate and prepare for an audit. Find and meet with an auditor Start by…

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Federal Tax News for Individuals

1. Tax Season Filing Tips Did you know that tax return errors can delay refunds and increase audit risk? Before your tax return preparation appointment, make sure you’ve gathered all 2021 tax documents received, such as W-2s and 1099s. In addition, you may have received statements or letters in connection with Economic Impact Payments (EIPs)…

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Your Nonprofit’s Board Needs to Know These Financial Warning Signs

Is your board staring at financial red flags without knowing it? Although some warning signs — such as those experienced when the pandemic first hit — are obvious, others are easy to overlook. Here are several signs of trouble that board members need to be aware of and prepared to act on. Unexplained variances and…

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Keeping Your Nonprofit’s Remote Workers Connected

Many employees have embraced the opportunity to work from home during the pandemic — but not all of them. Some workers have experienced feelings of disconnection and isolation. So if your not-for-profit plans to make remote working a longer-term proposition, you should look for ways to make everyone feel connected to the job and their…

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Small Business Programs in 2022

1. NJEDA Small Business Improvement Grant The Small Business Improvement Grant offers reimbursement for costs associated with making building improvements or purchasing new furniture, fixtures and equipment. AMOUNT 50% of eligible total project costs up to $50,000 BENEFITS Businesses may be reimbursed for capital improvements, or purchase and/or installation of new furniture, fixtures, and equipment…

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Walking a Tightrope? ERM Can Help

If risk wasn’t a nagging concern for nonprofits before the pandemic, it certainly is now. Health risks to staffers, volunteers and clients, and financial threats, including declining donations and increased incidence of fraud, now likely keep many executive directors up at night. But enterprise risk management (ERM) can help not-for-profit organizations find firmer ground. Here’s…

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How to Recruit When Job Candidates Have the Upper Hand

The Great Resignation hasn’t been so great for not-for-profit organizations. As many for-profit businesses — particularly in traditionally low-wage industries — have raised pay and hiring incentives, nonprofits have lost staffers. According to a New York Times analysis of Current Population Survey data, nonprofit employment in November 2021 was 4.8% below its pre-pandemic level, compared…

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