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New Illinois Unclaimed Property Program

The state of Illinois began a new unclaimed property enforcement program around July 1, 2021, to identify noncompliant companies that are incorporated, have locations or carry business permits in the state. Companies that have failed to file unclaimed property reports regularly or have filed incomplete reports with the state may be contacted by the Illinois Treasurer’s…

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Accounting for Shuttered Venue Operators Grants

By Tammy Ricciardella, CPA Background On Dec. 27, 2020, the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act (the Act) became law as a part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA). The American Rescue Plan Act also provides $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered directly by the Small…

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5 Considerations for the Nonprofit Sector

By Divya Gadre, CPA Since navigating the headwinds of the past year, nonprofit organizations have reimagined their operations to maintain relationships with donors, volunteers and the communities they serve while discovering new means to protect mission funding. Even so, the impacts of the pandemic and calls to further social justice work won’t subside overnight, leaving…

OMB Issues the 2021 Compliance Supplement

OMB Issues the 2021 Compliance Supplement

By Tammy Ricciardella, CPA On Aug. 12, 2021, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued the 2021 Compliance Supplement (Supplement). The Supplement is effective for audits of fiscal years beginning after June 30, 2020. The Supplement can be accessed on the OMB website. The Supplement is issued annually to assist auditors by providing a…

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Blockchain in Privacy for Nonprofits

By Karen A. Schuler, CIPM, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, FIP, CDPSE, CFE, and Taryn Crane, PMP, FIP, CIPM, CIPP/E, CIPP/US Nonprofit organizations, including many charities, harness blockchain technology to improve sustainability, reduce cost and protect donor information. The most frequently asked questions about blockchain for nonprofits include: what is it, how does it work and why is…

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Should You Change Your Accounting Method for 2021?

As Congress grapples with tax proposals and the pandemic continues to create uncertainty for businesses, corporations and pass-through entities can leverage tax accounting methods to effectively improve their federal income tax posture and, in turn, enhance cash tax savings. When assessing their tax situations for 2021 and subsequent years, taxpayers should consider whether they can…

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Illinois Enacts Bill Allowing for PTE Tax Elections

Illinois on August 27, 2021 enacted S.B. 2531, which will allow pass-through entities (PTEs) to elect to be taxed at the entity level, in an effort to help individual residents mitigate the impacts of the federal $10,000 cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. Illinois joins 17 other states in enacting similar entity-level tax…