Have You Been Rejected by Social Security Disability?

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Have You Been Rejected by Social Security Disability?

Many people who file for disability benefits through social security are rejected. When this happens, you may feel like your options are few and that you will not be able to pay your bills. I have been working with social security on behalf of clients for many years, and I understand why certain applications for disability are rejected and what you can do to be approved. This blog will help you understand the process of assessing a disability claim and specific steps you can take to increase your chances of being approved for disability payments. When you are hurt and cannot work, you may need legal help to get disability payments. This blog can help.


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An Overview On Important Procedures In Running A Non-Profit Organization

If you are involved in running a non-profit organization, whether you're a paid employee or a volunteer, you'll want to make certain that you are following all of the legalities surrounding a non-profit. Many people that run non-profits are volunteers, and if you have no knowledge on some of the strict regulations that come along with a non-profit, you may be doing things you shouldn't. Here is an overview on the top things you should make sure you're doing when you are involved in running a non-profit organization.

Initiate a Conflict of Interest Policy

One of the most important things your non-profit should do is initiate a conflict of interest policy. This policy will ensure that no one on your board will be benefiting from any work that your non-profit engages in, or any business that your non-profit conducts. For example, you may want to conduct a fundraiser with a restaurant that donates a certain percentage of proceeds from dinner sales back to the organization.

A conflict of interest would arise if one of your board members was the owner of that restaurant. Even though a portion of the profits are going back to the non-profit, the board member is benefiting from the transaction as well, since their business is also making money off of the fundraiser. 

Some states have changed their non-profit laws to require that non-profit organizations adopt a conflict of interest policy, but it's in the company's best interest to do so whether or not the state laws require. 

Personal Benefit of Members

Another common mistake in non-profits organizations that are set up to help a specific group of people is allowing members to benefit personally from any funds raised. This would be in the case of a booster club. Your members are the participants on a certain sports team or a club, and the mission of your organization is to raise money to go on a trip or buy equipment.

The mistake that many non-profits make is allowing each member of the team benefit individually by allocating a certain amount of money towards each member. The IRS has strict rules that if booster clubs are found to be allowing individual benefit, the clubs could have their non-profit designation taken away

Accounting Procedures and Practices

Even though non-profit organizations don't have to pay taxes, they still have to file a tax return. Also, check with your state to determine the filing requirements, as some states require non-profits to file a registration with their state for charitable organizations. Make sure you have someone on your staff or volunteer list that is experienced in accounting practices for non-profits. 

If you are unsure on how to run your group, or you fear past members have not followed the rules, contact a business lawyer to sit down with you and discuss ways you can make improvements.