Category Archives: Accounting tips

Accounting advice from EJK Accounting & Tax

08.06 2015

Non-profit Audit Tips

Audits are never fun, but being prepared can help relieve a ton of pressure. Start prepping early so you can be ready when the auditor arrives. Talk to your accounting and administrative staff and get them working on the items below. Being prepared can help save you time and money!

Get prepared

  • Ask your auditor for a list of documents to gather. This is the best place to start. Review the list, see what you need to gather, and estimate how much time you need to do so. Wait to pick an audit date until you have an idea of how long it will take you to gather items and work on the additional items below.
  • Review a detail of income and expense transactions. Take a quick look at the prior years’ transactions to catch any miscoded or mis-classed items.
  • Gather donor information. Donors who gave $5,000 or more during the year will be reported on the 990. Make sure you have donor names and addresses to provide to the auditor.
  • Double check what’s sitting in grants receivable. Gather information regarding multi-year loans, and confirm any grants received from the prior closed year properly offset the grants receivable account.
  • Double check all liabilities. Confirm that ending balances for loans, accrued PTO, and other payroll liabilities are correct.
  • Make sure prior year ending balances match prior year return. Double check that account beginning balances match the ending balances for the prior year’s 990.

If you need help preparing for your audit, contact our office today!

02.11 2015

2015 Tax Deadlines

Tax deadlines for filing year 2014For everyone who’s looking to start the new year off right, check out the tax filing dates below. Don’t forget to talk to your tax preparer about gathering information needed to complete these filings.

Deadlines for Businesses and Non-profits

  • February 2, 2015 – W-2′s due to employees; 1099′s due to contractors/investors/others
  • March 2, 2015 – W-3 and 1096’s due to IRS
  • March 16, 2015 – Corporate tax returns or filing extension due to IRS
  • May 15, 2015 – Non-profit tax returns or filing extension due to IRS

Deadlines for Individuals

  • April 15, 2015 – Individual tax returns or extension due to IRS

If you are unsure of your filing requirements, visit the IRS website to determine your obligation.

08.15 2012

New Ordinance: Seattle Paid Sick leave

Learn about City of Seattle's new ordinance for sick and safe time.As of September 1, 2012, the City of Seattle will require employers to offer paid sick and safe time to their employees. Here’s what you need to know:

  • All businesses with 5+ employees are required to track employee hours worked, and sick and safe time accrued and used.
  • Sick and safe time includes leave for mental or physical illness, the need to care for a family member, and other reasons (more details here).
  • Required accrual rates are based on the number of employees per business.  See requirements here.

Visit the City of Seattle website for more information.

02.05 2012

The Low Down on Tips

If your staff receive tip income, here’s what you need to know about your reporting requirements:What employers need to know about tip income reporting requirements.

  • Tips are taxable – Cash or not, tips are subject to federal income, and Social Security and Medicare taxes.
  • Tips must be reported – Employees are responsible for reporting tips to their employer. Employers are responsible for reporting tip income to the IRS, and for withholding federal income, Social Security and Medicare taxes.
  • Tips are easily recorded – The IRS offers form 1244, Employee’s Daily Record of Tips and Report to Employee, to help employees and employers record tip income.

Visit the IRS website if you want to learn more about requirements for reporting tip income.

01.10 2012

2012 Tax Deadlines

For everyone who’s looking to start the new year off right, check out the tax filing dates below. Don’t forget to talk to your tax preparer about gathering information needed to complete these filings.

Deadlines for Businesses and Non-profit Organizations

  • January 31, 2012 – W-2’s due to employees; 1099’s due to contractors/investors/others
  • February 29, 2012 – W-3 and 1096’s due to IRS
  • March 15, 2012 – Corporate tax returns or filing extension due to IRS
  • May 15, 2012 – Non-profit tax returns or filing extension due to IRS

Deadlines for Individuals

  • April 17, 2012 – Individual tax returns or extension due to IRS

If you are unsure of your filing requirements, visit the IRS website to determine your obligation.