Marvin & Co. Blog

New York State Paid Family Leave Program

Posted on: 8/9/17 by Reshma N. Mulchandani, CPA

Marvin University's “New York State Paid Family Leave Program” pre-recorded webinar session is now available for download.

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Marvin and Company Welcomes Peter Rooney and Tim Parkes

Posted on: 7/31/17 by Kathleen E. Kirvin

Tim Parkes returns as a full-time Tax Associate after previously interning with our Tax team the past 2 Tax seasons. 

Peter Rooney joins Marvin and Company as an Assurance Associate.  

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Four Ideas to Reduce Employee Turnover

Posted on: 7/31/17 by Myra M. Thorne, PHR

Make improvements in the work environment

Common situation: A small-business owner invests considerable time and money training an employee to meet certain expectations. Then the employee suddenly leaves for another job, and the employer has to start the entire process all over again. And the owner may go through two or three more candidates before finding a suitable replacement.

What can you do about it? Although there is no foolproof method to address the turnover problem, one idea is to improve the general work environment. This article explores four practical suggestions to reduce employee turnover:

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Tax Angles for Self-Employed Individuals

Posted on: 7/31/17 by Debra L. Smith, CPA

Numerous tax aspects to consider

Being self-employed has its advantages and disadvantages. As the person in charge of your business affairs, you can set your own schedule and generally have more flexibility than someone in a 9-to-5 job. On the other hand, you are fully responsible for the bottom line, often with little or no backup to rely on.

What about taxes? There are a number of special considerations for self-employed individuals and this article explains a few.

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Volunteer for These Charitable Deductions

Posted on: 7/31/17 by Thomas W. Donovan, CPA

How to write off out-of-pocket expenses

Do you help your favorite charity with more than just money? Although you cannot deduct the value of your volunteer services, you are entitled to a charitable deduction of your out-of-pocket expenses. Of course, the other usual rules for charitable deductions, including the recordkeeping requirements, still apply.

What sort of expenses are we talking about? This article shares a partial list that may be claimed by charitable volunteers.

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Facts & Figures for August

Posted on: 7/31/17 by Thomas W. Donovan, CPA

Timely points of particular interest

Man’s Best Friend—If you claim to have moved from a state with a high tax rate to one with a low rate—or no state income tax at all—the former state may investigate.

Measuring Success—How can you tell if your business is a success? Is it how much cash you have in the bank? Is it your gross sales?

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Substantiation of Hardship Distributions

Posted on: 7/31/17 by Alan W. Clink, CPA

The IRS recently issued two memorandums to its employee plan examiners indicating it is permissible for 401(k) and 403(b) plan sponsors and their service providers to rely on participants’ written summaries describing their financial hardships when processing hardship withdrawals from plans that apply safe harbor event rules.

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Three Critical Privacy Issues Every Nonprofit Entity Should Consider

Posted on: 7/31/17 by John J. Unser

Most nonprofit organizations collect, use and store “personal information” of donors and staff. There are well over 200 laws, just in the United States, that mandate protections of this information and apply, in whole or in part, to nonprofits. All nonprofit entities should understand the requirements that TCPA, GDPR and U.S. state data breach/protection laws impose upon their organizations.

Just a few years ago, many entities were largely unaware of the impact data privacy and cybersecurity could have on their organization overall. Most categorized these issues as belonging to the IT or HR departments. Now, data-privacy class-action litigation has erupted and data breach announcements dominate the headlines. Currently, in almost every survey conducted of boards and senior management, data issues rank as one of their three top concerns, if not their single greatest concern. Nonprofit entities would be well advised to tend to this important area which is often overlooked until it becomes a crisis.

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So, You Want to Terminate Private Foundation Status and Become a Public Charity?

Posted on: 7/31/17 by Christopher J. Healy, CPA, CGFM

Once an organization is classified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a private foundation, it remains a private foundation. While most private foundations thrive, others may struggle to maintain longevity. Some mature private foundations struggle to keep philanthropy a family endeavor and/or struggle to meet their annual distribution requirements. In addition, operational costs can be significant and the excise tax on net investment income may cut into available funds. Occasionally, an organization may have erroneously determined that it was a private foundation and wish to correct the error in classification. Issues like these can lead a private foundation to consider terminating its foundation status.

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Meet SASB: Why Sustainability Metrics are Smart for Nonprofits

Posted on: 7/31/17 by Heather R. Lewis, CPA

I want to tell you about a relatively new standard-setting body that is shaking up the way entities communicate with their stakeholders called the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). There are several lessons from the SASB that the nonprofit sector can use to deepen and improve the way they tell their stories.

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