Uniform Grant Guidance

As a recipient or potential recipient of federal funding, either directly or indirectly, you need to be aware of the new rules coming at you very soon.  The federal circulars as we know it are going away (A-133, A-122, etc.).  The laws are now combined into the Uniform Grant Guidance.  Hopefully you have heard about this and are already in the planning stages.  These new rules are effective 12/26/14 and apply to all new federal grants (direct or passed through a state, county, city or other nonprofit) or additional federal grant funds received after that date. 

This is only a summary.  There is information in the summary that points you to the full guide as well.

Uniform grant guidance what to know and do in 2014

Fall 2014


Uniform Grant Guidance Requires Immediate Action

Low Income Housing Tax Credits

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Year of Changes

Hello again!

It’s been a long time since our last post here, tax season kept us really busy this year! Thank you to all of our loyal clients and to our new clients! You were and continue to be fantastic to work with!

There are a lot of exciting things happening this year both at the firm and with the IRS!

Firstly, Mike Desmond one of our Partners is wrapping up a successful year as president of the Rochester Chapter of the New York State Society of CPAs. Some of his accomplishments this year have been working with the Monroe County Bar Association in the creation of an all-day tax update for local CPAs, and working with chairs of other committees to interact with high school and college students considering a career in accounting. Additionally, Mike spent a day in Washington, DC meeting with members of the US House Ways and Means Committee.

Stephanie Annunziata, another one of our Partners, has been named Chair of the Nonprofit committee of the New York State Society of CPAs.   She hopes to engage other area CPAs to help educate nonprofit organizations in recent developments and new standards.

Another exciting bit of news is that Jeanne Beutner is becoming a Principal at Heveron & Company CPAs! Many of our clients already know Jeanne as she has worked with them during their financial statement and compliance audits, and/or assisted them with affordable housing tax matters, business and personal tax planning, preparation and review. For those of you that don’t, Jeanne has been with the firm since 2004; she is a great team leader and is a boundless source of knowledge.

Congratulations to Mike, Stephanie and Jeanne!

Also, good news for some of you applying for 501(c)(3) status! The IRS has actually introduced a shortened form 1023-EZ, a way to make your life easier. I know it’s hard to believe the IRS is doing something to make life easier! Joking aside, this new form should be approved for use in August and for those organizations that have annual projected receipts of no more than $200,000 and total assets of no more than $500,000 the form should make it easier to attain exemption. The new form is only 2 pages long, and while the instructions are 40 (don’t panic); these pages mostly document the different categories of nonprofits.

Of course, there are exceptions, churches, schools, certain hospitals and medical research organizations, and supporting organizations cannot use this new form. Also, organizations that have lost their status and are reapplying, or are changing from a for-profit to a nonprofit, as well as limited liability companies are all disqualified from using this form. With decades of experience under our belts we’d be more than happy to provide you with further information on whether you qualify, or with general help for your exemption applications.

Lastly, for all of our tax clients thinking of setting up a private foundation, the IRS and tax courts have an additional hurdle for you to jump through, but don’t worry it’s not that “high.” The IRS and tax courts are requiring that as a donor you receive a letter from the private foundation that documents your contribution and states that you did not receive anything in return. It seems kind of odd, but if you are setting up the private foundation that you control, this letter can, in fact, be from you. The only requirements of the confirmation of your contribution is the amount, a statement that you did not receive anything in return for the contribution, and it must be dated and produced no later than the due date for the tax return where you deduct the contribution (and of course you have to make the contribution).

Until Next Time!

Heveron & Company CPAs

Spring 2014


I’ve Been Everywhere Man, but Do I Need to Register There, Man?

Important Requirements for Volunteers’ Out-of Pocket Expenses for Charity

The Nonprofit Revitalization-Act-Related Party Transactions?

Charitable Giving Update


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Winter 2013


Policies Your Organization Should Consider

Retirement Plan Compliance – What You Need to Know

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Fall 2013


Executive Order 38: Governor Cuomo’s New Mandates for Some Charities

The New York State Revitalization Act

Merger of Nonprofit Leadership Organizations


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Nonprofit Alert January 2014


New “Supercircular” Issued

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Summer 2013

QuickBooks Korner
Changes to OMB A-133 WIll Impact Your Compliance Requirements
The Value of an Hour of Volunteer Time
Policies Your Organization Should Consider

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Spring 2013

2013 Inflation Adjustments
Electronic Filing of Your
New York State Charities Bureau
Annual Report
We Love Our Clients
Charitable Contributions:
Do I Have to Pay Tax on Them?
Affordable Care Act
Our Newest CPA
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Better Business Bureau
Wise Giving Alliance

View the newsletter here: Spring 2013 Newsletter

OMB Proposed Uniform Guidance

Hello everyone, welcome back!

Today we’ll be discussing the Proposed OMB Uniform Guidance: Cost Principles, Audit, and Administrative Requirements for Federal Awards, more specifically changes to OMB Circular A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations. Wow, that’s quite a mouthful; see if you can say it 5 times fast!

The most important and impactful proposed change is to the limit for requiring a single audit, currently, if you expend $500,000 or more of federal funds than you are required to undergo an A-133 audit, however, there is good news for some of you. That threshold is proposed to be increased to $750,000! What this means for some of you is that the current scope of your audit will be lessoned. This change is only for the A-133 portion of your audit and does not affect other requirements imposed by other municipalities or organizations. Therefore, if you fall under $750,000 in federal expenditures you may not need to read further, however, you may want to in case this part of the proposed changes is not fulfilled.

Another proposed change in the above referenced guidance would be to increase the threshold between Type A/B programs from $300,000 to $500,000. As those of you whom have Type A know, these programs must be audited every three years as they are considered normal risk the third year after their last audit regardless of prior findings. This means that for some of you your Type A programs may be decreased or even eliminated, which may decrease the scope of you’re A-133 audits!

In addition they are considering other changes to a Type A program being labeled normal risk. Some of these are: questionable costs above 5% of the total expenses for the program, a material weakness found in the internal controls, or a failure to achieve an unqualified auditor’s opinion in its last audit.

Furthermore, they are proposing changes to the Percentage of Coverage decreasing the 50% for normal organizations to 40% and the 25% for low-risk to 20%. This means we, as auditors, may not have to test as many programs.

The proposal also includes changes to who may be deemed low-risk versus normal. The criteria for low-risk would now include the auditor’s findings regarding going concern of the organization and the timely submission of data collection forms. This proposal may help some of you to drop from normal to low-risk, again reducing the scope of your A-133 audit.

Finally, remember that all of the above are simply proposals and will not affect anyone until they are made official! Check back with us in the future for further information.

Until next time!

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence,” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.