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RubinBrown’s Colleges & Universities Service Group provides a full range of assurance, consulting and tax services to colleges and universities. Our specialized services and expertise are delivered with close personal attention to our clients.

At RubinBrown, we are a focused practice consisting of partners, managers and a team of staff dedicated to serving colleges and universities.

In addition to over twenty colleges and universities, both private and public, we also serve more than 250 not-for-profits and public sector entities (including over 70 foundations).

All members of the Colleges & Universities Service Group receive annual training on accounting and auditing issues applicable to colleges and universities.

Assurance & Accounting Services

  • Audits of financial statements for colleges and universities, as well as university-related organizations, such as foundations, TV/radio stations and athletic departments
  • Single Audits
  • Agreed-upon procedures engagements, including procedures required by the NCAA
  • 403(b) benefit plan audits

Consulting Services

We are well trained in performing a wide variety of consulting services to higher education institutions:

  • Title IX compliance
  • Restructuring and bankruptcy
  • Internal audit co-sourcing and outsourcing
  • Enterprise risk assessment
  • Data mining
  • Review and enhancement of internal controls surrounding Student Financial Aid and sponsored programs
  • Information technology general controls review
  • Information technology security compliance (HIPAA, PCI, PII, GLBA and FTC Red Flags regulations)
  • Internal audit review of conflict of interest policies and related compliance

Tax Compliance Services

  • Preparation of Forms 990 and 990-PF - we prepare nearly 300 Form 990 returns annually
  • Preparation of Form 990-T 
  • Preparation of trust returns
  • Unrelated business income tax research

12/21/2017

Focus on Not-For-Profit Organizations and Colleges & Universities: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Highlights from an Exempt Organization View


As this summary is being written, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act) is approaching passage by Congress and signature by the President. The changes in the Act will affect organizations in a variety of ways. The following highlights are based on the drafts of the bill and of the conference report.

05/17/2017

Focus on Public Sector, Not-For-Profit and Colleges & Universities: Extension of Grace Period for Uniform Guidance Procurement Rules


On May 17, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published a notice in the Federal Register which provides an additional one-year extension of the grace period permitting recipients of federal funds to delay implementation of the procurement requirements found in the OMB’s Uniform Guidance.

05/10/2017

Focus on Public Sector and Colleges & Universities: Time to Plan for Recently Issued GASB Statements


In early 2017, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) issued two new accounting standards in order to clarify how governmental entities report fiduciary activities and to address various miscellaneous accounting issues related to blending component units, goodwill, fair value measurement and postemployment benefits.

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