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

Mitch Altman maltman23 at hotmail.com
Tue May 31 14:06:48 PDT 2011


FWIW, IMHO, I concur with Rachel.
 
Is there no way to get our records from the "Tax Ninja"?  Sounds like they can't really be trusted if they 1) screwed up our taxes, and 2) after screwing it all up didn't give us any documentation.
 
Mitch.
 

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> Date: Tue, 31 May 2011 10:29:05 -0700
> From: rachel at xtreme.com
> To: board at lists.noisebridge.net
> Subject: Re: [Noisebridge-board] Fwd: urgent non-profit taxes
> 
> 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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