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April 29, 2016

3 Targets of UBIT Scrutiny

The healthcare and educational sectors brought renewed scrutiny to nonprofits’ unrelated business income activity in recent years. High rates of noncompliance in the IRS College and University Compliance Project Final Report and renewed focus on spending in the healthcare sector have regulators taking an especially close look at the issue of unrelated business income tax (UBIT).

The changing not-for-profit operating environment is making UBIT compliance risk greater than ever before. Betty Isler, Tampa Bay Managing Director, authors an article discussing main targets of UBIT scrutiny and why one should consider how the following could have an impact on an organization.

  • Digitized Form 990s
  • Website Risks
  • Banners
  • Merchandise
  • Merchant Affiliate Programs
  • Schedule K-1s

Scrutiny on UBIT is only increasing. To avoid penalties and other compliance risks with UBIT, nonprofits need to consistently revisit their sources of revenue and their reporting functions of those revenues. Consider carefully how each source of revenue contributes to the organization’s mission, and whether that activity still fits into the long-term strategic plan of the organization.

For more information about how to manage UBIT considerations, please contact Betty Isler at 727.572.1400 or bisler@cbiz.com.

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