[Noisebridge-board] Fwd: urgent non-profit taxes

Rachel McConnell rachel at xtreme.com
Tue May 31 10:29:05 PDT 2011


I believe what happened last year is that the Tax Ninja's assistant 
screwed up our taxes so badly that the Ninja himself did them over, and 
did not charge us.  I am not 100% sure about that but it's what I seem 
to recall, and would explain the lack of payment records.  I don't 
recall what the rate was supposed to be, maybe around $500?

FWIW I'd say, let's pay these ppl $875 and get this dealt with.  That's 
a nice list of existing clients.

Rachel M

On 5/30/11 10:43 PM, Noisebridge Treasurer wrote:
> Hey folks,
>
> I got a response about our taxes from these folks. They also offer to
> deal with any late penalties that the IRS tries to charge us. They
> were recommended by Mark Halpert, an accountant who was recommended by
> Jeff at last week's meeting.
>
> They would bill us $875. Wish I knew what we'd paid the tax ninja last
> year because I don't really know how expensive that is. But since
> we're looking at a couple hundred dollars in IRS fees, this offer gets
> better every day!
>
> I'll be hosting a friend from out of town tomorrow so I'd like to skip
> the meeting unless people think we should talk about this again...
>
> -Kelly
>
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Douglas Regalia<dougr at mrcpa.com>
> Date: Sun, May 29, 2011 at 05:11
> Subject: RE: urgent non-profit taxes
> To: Noisebridge Treasurer<treasurer at noisebridge.net>
>
>
> Kelly:
>
>
>
> Yes, we can prepare the Federal and California tax returns for
> Noisebridge.  I have attached our proposed engagement letter.
>
> We specialize in providing audit and tax services to nonprofit 501c3
> organizations.  Some of our clients include:
>
> ·         Public Library of Science
>
> ·         Zeum (now re-branded to the Children’s Creativity Museum)
>
> ·         California Historical Society
>
> ·         San Francisco Chanticleer
>
> ·         San Francisco Performances
>
> ·         Smuin Ballet
>
> ·         Stern  Grove Festival Association
>
> Please review our engagement letter and, if acceptable, sign and
> return to our office.  We will prepare the tax returns as soon as we
> receive the information from you, which should include:
>
> 1.        Copy of Quickbooks data file (send via www.yousendit.com, a
> free ftp file transfer service)
>
> 2.       List of Board members (names and positions)
>
> 3.       List (names and addresses) of donors who, during the FYE
> 12-31-10), contributed $5,000 or more to Noisebridge
>
> 4.       List (names and addresses) of any grants paid by Noisebridge
> during the FYE 12-31-10 (of any dollar amount – if any)
>
>
>
> Please let me know if you have any questions.  We look forward to
> working with you.  By the way, we can respond to the IRS if they send
> a letter seeking penalties.  We have a very good track record at
> getting such penalties waived.  Be sure to send us any correspondence
> you may receive from them.
>
>
>
> - Doug
>
> -------------------------------------------------
>
> Douglas W. Regalia, Partner
>
> REGALIA&  ASSOCIATES, CPAs
>
> 103 Town&  Country Drive, Suite K
>
> Danville, California  94526
>
> Office:  925-314-0390
>
> Fax:      925-314-0469
>
> e-mail:  dougr at mrcpa.com
>
>
>
>
>
> From: hurtstotouchfire at gmail.com [mailto:hurtstotouchfire at gmail.com]
> On Behalf Of Noisebridge Treasurer
> Sent: Saturday, May 28, 2011 9:55 PM
> To: dougr at mrcpa.com
> Subject: Fwd: Re: urgent non-profit taxes
>
>
>
> Hi Doug,
>
> Are you available to do quick turn-around 990 taxes? See the
> correspondence below.
>
> -Kelly
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: "Mark Halpert"<mark at markhalpertcpa.com>
> Date: May 27, 2011 5:47 PM
> Subject: Re: urgent non-profit taxes
> To: "Noisebridge Treasurer"<treasurer at noisebridge.net>
>
> Hi Kelly,
>
>
>
> Thanks for contacting me.  I don't prepare 990s as my firm focuses on
> providing monthly accounting services for non-profits.  Here are some
> colleagues that could probably help you out:
>
> REGALIA&  ASSOCIATES, CPAs
> 103 Town&  Country Drive, Suite K
> Danville, California 94526
> 925.314.0390 Fax: 925.314.0469
> Website: www.mrcpa.com
>
> Douglas W. Regalia, Partner
> dougr at mrcpa.com
>
> Bedinger&  Company, Certified Public Accountants
> 1200 Concord Ave., Suite 250
> Concord, CA 94520
> 925.603.0800 Fax: 925.603.0804
> Website: www.BedingerandCompany.com
>
> Angela Bray-Jones, Business Operations Director
> angelab1 at pacbell.net
>
> Best regards,
>
> Mark
>
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Mark Halpert, CPA + Associates
> www.MarkHalpertCPA.com
> 510-388-0059
>
>
> On Fri, May 27, 2011 at 3:17 PM, Noisebridge Treasurer
> <treasurer at noisebridge.net>  wrote:
>
> Hi, I'm the treasurer for Noisebridge (https://www.noisebridge.net), a
> chaotic, creative, and volunteer-run hackerspace in San Francisco.
> Through a combination of confusion and poor customer service, we're
> now looking for a new tax accountant AND scrambling to get our 2010
> taxes done ASAP, as we missed the extension deadline.
>
> Are you available for quick turn-around (and probably very simple)
> non-profit taxes? We have historically just filed a 990, and I have
> the necessary info and financial reports ready. If you could give me a
> rough quote at your earliest convenience I'd appreciate it.
>
> -Kelly
>
>
>
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