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North Carolina Passes UBIT Provision on Nonprofit Parking

In case you missed it, the North Carolina Legislature last month passed a bill that decouples state unrelated business income tax (“UBIT”) on nonprofit parking from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The provision safeguards tax-exempt organizations from being taxed an additional 3-percent state UBIT or filing state tax forms for employees’ parking expenses. The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits had asked state legislators to decouple the state tax code to prevent state income tax for expenses. North Carolina’s governor had previously vetoed a budget bill that featured the UBIT amendment, but the Legislature overruled the veto. Thus, the UBIT provision is effective. Read More.

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Treasury Department and IRS Asked to Postpone New Taxes on Nonprofits

Nonprofits are asking for a delay concerning two provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted earlier this year. The provisions, one relating to business income and the other on expenses incurred for employee transportation and parking, have caused confusion for several tax-exempt organizations since their applicability is uncertain without additional guidance from the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service. Impacted organizations and nonprofit advocates have also submitted to both agencies extensive comments and requests for a delay in the taxes being implemented. More about the requested delay is available in the National Council of Nonprofits’ latest newsletter.

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FASB Suggests Aligning Collections Definition for Museums

Last week, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) announced a proposal to match the U.S. GAAP definition of a “collection” of priceless artwork and historical treasures with the description museums rely on for operability and accreditation. Issued in Proposed Accounting Standards Update No. 2018-250, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Updating the Definition of Collections, the amendment would change one of the criteria under the collection definition. It would also let proceeds from a sold art piece or artifact to be used to protect the rest of the collection. As a result of the amendment, museums and related entities would only have. Read More.

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FASB Issues Standard for Contributions

A new Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) will have a significant impact on financial statements of entities who receive grants. ASU No. 2018-08, Not-For-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Clarifying the Scope and the Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made , differentiates grants and similar contracts with government agencies and others as reciprocal transactions (exchanges) or nonreciprocal transactions (contributions). The new standard also establishes new indicators for when a contribution is conditional. The amendments in ASU No. 2018-08 apply to all entities that receive or distribute contributions, but they do not apply to transfers of assets from governments to companies. Public companies and nonprofits that have issues, or is a conduit bond obligor for,. Read More.

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FASB Proposes Improved Collaborative Arrangements Guidance

A newly proposed Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) offers organizations improved guidance regarding collaborative arrangements. The proposed ASU, Collaborative Arrangements (Topic 808): Targeted Improvements , focuses on changes to generally accepted accounting principles related to collaborative arrangements. One proposed change includes adding unit-of-account guidance under Topic 808, which would align the guidance with Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, limited to when a company is reviewing the nature of Topic 606. The FASB also proposes two clarifications, such as defining when certain transactions concerning collaborative participants must be accounted for as revenue under Topic 606 when the collaborative member. Read More.

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EQUIP Program Loses Support

Almost half the participants of a program aimed to provide nontraditional providers access to federal financial aid have pulled their support. Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships (“EQUIP”) sought to help nontraditional providers achieve high-quality standards and positive student outcomes, but the program is taking longer than expected to launch. As a result, three of initial eight pilot programs are no longer part of EQUIP. It is uncertain why EQUIP is taking so long to develop, but one study suggested that many participants were unsure about how the program’s success would be measured. More on the EQUIP program is available on InsideHigherEd.com.

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