Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I cannot yet determine if the value of the recommendations exceeds the additional time on our end and the cost on the client’s end. However, many changes take place that don’t necessarily have a direct and equal economic value to all the participants. Hopefully industry wide the changes will provide value across the board and the long term result will be fewer problems with financial reporting.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Organizations (especially small to midsize nonprofits) noted a change with their financial statements last year. If they outsource the preparation of the financial statements to their auditor, they will need to evidence their ability to take responsibility for the statements. This could be done by completing a disclosure checklist or other steps. While a number of our clients were pretty familiar with the various disclosures and could comfortably discuss their financial statements, they did welcome the opportunity to learn a little bit more about the statements and why the disclosures are there (after an initial hesitation). The more knowledgeable an organization is about their financial picture, even in seemingly insignificant areas, the better overall picture they will have of their operations.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
In a previous post I discussed employee vs. subcontractor decisions. If you do have subcontractors, you need to send them IRS Form 1099-Misc by January 31. The form is due to the IRS by February 29. A subcontractor is:
- a person or business that is not incorporated
- that provides you with a service
- that you pay more than $600 to during the calendar year
Common situations where you could have a subcontractor could be your cleaning service, landscape service, the disc jockey for your fundraiser, or people who you bring in to do temporary work.