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Form 990 Reporting for Special Events Can Be Tricky – And Is Often Wrong

Form 990 Reporting for Special Events Can Be Tricky – And Is Often Wrong

Form 990 Reporting for Special Events Can Be Tricky – And Is Often Wrong

Many returns fail to separate contributions and other amounts because nonprofits fail to keep adequate records

In reviewing Form 990 tax information returns for nonprofit organizations, one of the most consistent areas of error seems to be reporting income from special events.  Very seldom do you feel that things are listed correctly.  And the benefit of accurately reporting a spectacularly successful event can be totally lost.  Ask the accountants why the return is not correctly filled out and you often get the answer that the client hasn’t given them the proper information.

Special event reporting is important because the Form 990 has special lines on the Part VIII Revenue Statement to report fundraising events.  (Similar lines...

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