Four basic SEO practices

Posted by Victoria Hernandez, Communications on Mar 26, 2018

In a series of SEO, we’ll discuss different tasks you can do in order to help maximize traffic on your site.

Let’s start from the beginning. What is SEO? SEO stands for search engine optimization. What does that mean? Search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo all use algorithms that decide how to rank sites on their pages, and SEO is the process that helps your site rank closer to the top of the page.

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Topics: Auto, Manufacturing & Distribution, Real Estate, Not-for-Profit, Healthcare, Construction, consulting

New tax law raises concerns for not-for-profits

Posted by Nicole Ansiaux, Senior I, Tax Services on Feb 27, 2018

Passage of the new federal income tax law in late December 2017 has brought into reality a variety of concerns not-for-profits raised as the bill worked its way through the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. In addition to the increased standard deduction that’s expected to depress charitable giving, the final Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) includes several other provisions that had prompted objections from charities.

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Topics: Not-for-Profit, Tax, IRS

News for not-for-profits

Posted by lgtcpa on Jan 31, 2018

What it takes to score with employees

The popular job search site Indeed.com has ranked the best not-for-profits to work for based on employee reviews, providing some useful tips on what it is that not-for-profit employees value in an employer.

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Topics: Not-for-Profit

Principal named President-Elect of CREW Dallas

Posted by lgtcpa on Nov 29, 2017

Commercial Real Estate for Women’s Dallas Chapter (“CREW Dallas”), a not-for-profit organization, recently named Shea Kracheck, Tax Principal at LGT, as the 2018 President-Elect. Over her four-year term, Shea will shepherd the Board of Directors in their responsibilities for setting goals, priorities, strategic objectives, and more.

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Topics: Real Estate, Not-for-Profit, Tax

Five cybersecurity measures not-for-profits should take now

Posted by lgtcpa on Nov 29, 2017

With so much on their plates, it’s not surprising that cybersecurity isn’t at the top of some not-for-profits’ to-do lists.

But cyber risks are real and can prove costly in terms of both finances and reputation. Fortunately, you can take some proactive steps to reduce your risks without breaking the bank.

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Topics: Not-for-Profit, cyber security, cybersecurity

How NFPs can be prepared for an audit

Posted by Whitney Price, Tax Senior II on Sep 25, 2017

Nothing can strike fear in the heart of a not-for-profit like receiving the news that it has been selected for an IRS audit. An audit can be intimidating, not to mention costly and time-consuming. Keep in mind the IRS has recently released internal guidance for requesting audit information from tax-exempt organizations.

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Topics: Accounting Tips, Not-for-Profit, Tax, Audit

News for not-for-profits

Posted by Reham El-Sherazi on Aug 23, 2017

PayPal faces lawsuit over diverted donations

Payment processing company PayPal faces a class action lawsuit over its “Giving Fund” platform. The lawsuit claims the platform lists charities that aren’t registered to receive donations and doesn’t inform donors that unregistered charities won’t receive their donations.

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Topics: Accounting Tips, Not-for-Profit, Tax, Financial

What’s the difference between not-for-profit and for-profit financial reporting?

Board members and new staff from a for-profit background don’t always grasp the differences between the for-profit and not-for-profit ("NFP") worlds. One area of significant variation is their financial reporting approach, including both goals and practices.

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Topics: Accounting Tips, Not-for-Profit, Tax, Reporting, Financial

Are your procurement procedures up to snuff?

Posted by Maura Noonan, Supervising Senior on Aug 23, 2017

The new federal procurement standards significantly alter the way not-for-profits handle purchasing. And while most organizations have already changed their written policies to comply with the new standards, you may find it easier to follow the rules on paper than in practice.

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Topics: Accounting Tips, Not-for-Profit

Investment income:  Recognize UBI when you see it

Posted by Nicole Ansiaux, Senior I, Tax Services on Aug 2, 2017

Most not-for-profit leaders understand a principal truth of their tax-exempt status: The IRS generally considers any revenue they take in that’s not related to their mission to be unrelated business income (UBI), and that income is subject to tax. Not-for-profits that don’t pay tax on that income face the possibility of back taxes, penalties and interest — and, in extreme cases, the loss of their tax-exempt status.

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Topics: Accounting Tips, Not-for-Profit, Tax