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Form 990: Mastering Its Unique Characteristics

Author/Moderator: Eve Rose Borenstein, J.D. and Jane M. Searing, CPA, M.S. Taxation, Tax Shareholder - Clark Nuber P.S.
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Enhance your understanding of basic tax information and not-for-profit organization issues you need to prepare the current Form 990. This CPE course covers the numerous tax reporting demands the 990 imposes, including how to respond to its inquiries. You will gain the knowledge necessary to complete Form 990s properly and advise exempt clients on the Form's complexities and demands.

Key Topics:

  • Program Service Accomplishments and Reporting Changes
  • Reporting on Managers and Their Compensation
  • Reporting on Governance
  • Further Disclosures Specific to an Entity’s Circumstances (Core Form 990 Part IV Delineating Additional Schedules Required)
  • Financial Information Reporting
  • Sequencing and Completing the Return
  • Board of Directors Discussion of Form 990
  • Related Organizations
  • Transactions with Interested Persons
  • Form 990’s Common Schedules
  • Other IRS Filings and Tax Compliance
Learning Objectives:
This course will prepare you to:

  • Recognize instances in which an organization is required to file a Form 990 instead of a Form 990-EZ, or 990-N
  • Recognize the detail sought by the IRS in reporting on program service accomplishments in Part III of the Core Form 990
  • Recall the accounting conventions (and methods) required for reporting financial information on Parts VIII through X of the Core Form
  • Recognize the impact that Schedule L reporting has on the independence of a filer’s voting board members
  • Identify where to access data necessary for completion of the Form 990
  • Identify the principle by which control vests when determining parent-subsidiary or brother-sister status between the filer and another incorporated entity
  • Recognize the three triggers that lead to the Schedule J filing requirement
  • Identify when compensation provided to contractors is reportable on the Core Form, Part VII, Section B
  • Distinguish where the filing organization’s financial information is to be properly reported on Parts VIII, IX, X, XI, and XII of the 990 Core Form
  • Identify when a change in conduct of program services is considered significant and must be disclosed on Line 2, Part III of the Core Form
  • Identify the four types of transactions that require reporting on Schedule L
  • Describe the definitions of interested person (IP) applied to each Part of Schedule L
  • Recognize the importance of making expanded disclosures via narration on Schedule O for many of the various governance disclosures required on Part VI of the Core Form

Who Will Benefit?

  • CPAs, attorneys, and non-profit managers

Prerequisite: None

Advance Preparation: None

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Enhanced On-Demand Format
This enhanced on-demand format features audio and voice narration to keep you actively engaged with the course content. Additionally, updated course navigation allows you to easily move throughout the material. For your convenience, a PDF version of the text manual is included for download to use as a reference guide.

NASBA Field of Study: Taxation
Level: Basic
Recommended CPE Credit: Text - 18; On-Demand - 14
Form 990: Mastering Its Unique Characteristics
Text , 2016
Product# 741154
Availability: In Stock
AICPA Member:$199.00
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Form 990: Mastering Its Unique Characteristics
CPE On-Demand , 2015
Product# 163401
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