Form 990: Mastering Its Unique Characteristics

Date: September 19, 2017 Time: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm EST Location: Columbia, MD CPE: 8 Format: In-Person
EVENT DESCRIPTION

Explore the tax information and inherent not-for-profit organization issues to be mastered in properly preparing the current Form 990. This course covers the numerous reporting demands the 990 imposes, including how to respond to the Form’s demands for narrative answers. Participants will gain an understanding of the tax and practical points essential to appropriate completion of the Form 990 and be guided on advising exempt clients on the Form’s complexities and diverse demands.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Recognize and apply the following unique-to-Form 990 definitions: who is a "manager" required to be disclosed upon Part VII-A of the Core Form, required elements of manager's compensation to be disclosed, and when third party entities are "related organizations" (necessary both for Part VII-A compensation reporting and for Schedule R)
Recognize the detail sought by the IRS in reporting on both program service accomplishments and changes in operations in Part III of the Core Form
Appreciate the unique terminology employed in the Core Form's key "Governance" Part (VI)
Appreciate 990 definitions and tax conventions employed in reporting on all aspects of financial statements (Parts VIII, IX, and X)
Recognize the importance of making accurate and expansive disclosures via Schedule O relating to six priority governance inquiries made in Part VI
Prepare for the "most common" Schedules that typically apply to 990 filers: identification of public charity status (Schedule A), reporting on donors (Schedule B)
financial statement line items and asset-sensitivities (Schedule D), reporting on fundraising events, gambling, and use of professional fundraisers (Schedule G), grant-making (Schedule I), and capture of property ("non-cash") contributions (Schedule M)
Note the premises by which Schedule L is triggered.
MAJOR TOPICS
Primacy of the Form 990 as a "one size fits all" reporting mechanism
Form 990 preparation sequencing and data gathering, and keys to getting Form 990 preparation right the first time
Addressing presence of "related organizations"
Identification of managers and measurements of their compensation
990 versus books-and-records financial statement detail
Disclosures of governance inputs and Boards' employ of policies
EVENT DETAILS
PROFESSIONAL AREAS OF FOCUS
Tax
ADVANCED PREPARATION
None
CPE FIELD OF STUDY
Taxes (8 Credits)
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
CPAs, attorneys, and nonprofit managers
INSTRUCTOR(S)
Charles Borek
PREREQUISITES
None
COURSE LEVEL
Basic
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