A recently extended tax credit could make it easier for some businesses to expand their payrolls again after the COVID-19 pandemic. The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act, part of the 2021 appropriations bill that was signed into law on December 27, 2020, includes a five-year extension of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC).
The WOTC is designed to encourage businesses (and non-profit entities) to hire individuals from certain targeted groups that have traditionally faced employment barriers. After many companies were forced to reduce their workforces significantly in 2020, the number of people who could qualify for one of these groups has grown, especially those who qualify as recipients of long-term unemployment benefits. (more…)
By Helena Bouron, CPA, Senior Audit Manager
ASL Nonprofit Group
When change occurs, there are always winners and losers. With the new tax reform signed into law recently, many articles have been written about the anticipated impact these changes will have on individuals and businesses. However, the impact tax reform may have on nonprofit organizations has received limited media focus. Reform may directly impact the charitable contributions of millions of taxpayers. With tax incentives to donate most likely diminished, nonprofits may struggle to find alternative ways to replace financial support. Let’s look at these major changes that could discourage charitable giving: (more…)
By Steve Carter, CPA, Principal
ASL Nonprofit Group
Most people who know the acronym COSO (Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission) immediately think of publicly traded companies. COSO came upon the scene when Sarbanes-Oxley became a household name.
So why bring up COSO in the context of nonprofit organizations?
The recently issued Uniform Grant Guidance from the Office of Management and Budget stresses the need and importance of strong internal controls for nonprofits, and especially for those receiving federal awards and grants. Adoption of the COSO framework is not mandatory but strongly encouraged. (more…)