Higher Education Auditors

Higher Education

Supporting Your Mission

Personal, partner-level attention. A consistent team working with you year after year. And the advantages only a firm big enough to tackle your most complex challenges yet nimble enough to respond quickly to your changing needs can provide.

With Moss Adams, you get much more than just tax, assurance, and consulting services—you get strategic and timely business solutions. It’s a crucial distinction, especially at a time when heightened budgetary pressures and the disruptive impacts of globalization and new technology make managing a college or university increasingly complex.

Moss Adams is a leader in conducting audits in accordance with the Uniform Guidance, and our professionals participate on standard-setting committees at both the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Government Accounting Standards Board. When an audit is necessary, we go beyond simply complying with a requirement. We treat it as an opportunity to view your organization globally, putting our experience and acumen to work to understand your institution and the keys to your success.

Whether you’re looking to expand internationally or need help with IT security, you won’t have to face your challenges alone. You can rely on a trusted advisor with deep experience serving a wide range of institutions of higher education.

COVID-19 Implications

During this unparalleled time, we’re closely monitoring circumstances so we can provide up-to-date guidance and support to help you combat uncertainty. You can also visit our dedicated web page detailing additional COVID-19 implications for you and your business.

Please reach out to your Moss Adams professional with any questions you might have, or you can also ask questions here.

Who We Serve

  • Private and public colleges and universities
  • Bookstores, auxiliaries, and other supporting organizations
  • Public television and radio
  • College athletics
  • College and university foundations
  • For-profit institutions and ventures
  • International affiliates
  • Medical centers
  • Research organizations

Supporting the Future of Higher Education

The Moss Adams Foundation, created in 2004, provides funding and endowments to a variety of colleges and universities. Funding comes directly from our firm, our partners and our employees, and provides some measure of assurance that educational programs at these schools will continue to attract talented faculty and students—students we hope to hire when they graduate. Between 2004 and 2017 the foundation donated $8.3 million to institutions of higher education and humanitarian causes.

Specialized Tax Services

From compliance challenges to complex planning opportunities, we have a keen understanding of your needs and the strategies available to help meet them.

Our specialized services include:

  • Alternative investment issues
  • Fellowship or scholarship versus compensation tax treatment for services rendered
  • For-profit organization formation and operation
  • Formation of new entities, including preparation of Form 1023 and associated state filings
  • Independent contractor versus employee determinations
  • Joint venture formation and operation consulting
  • Preparation of Form 990, 990-T, and relevant state forms
  • Tax-exempt bond consultation, including private business use and post-issuance bond compliance procedures
  • Technology transfer and associated royalty arrangements
  • Unrelated business taxable income, including bookstores, sponsorships, and exclusivity agreements


Webcast Series: Higher Education Updates

Gain insight into key changes impacting higher education—as well as future implications and strategic ways to prepare.


Webcast Series: Internal Audits for Tax-Exempt Organizations

Discover how your organization can implement strategic audit programs and policies in our three-part webcast.


Final guidance on the 1.4% excise tax some institutions must pay on their net investment income go into effect soon. Learn about the key changes.

More prominent presentation of contributed nonfinancial assets and enhanced valuation disclosures are now required under Topic 958. Learn more.

Effective August 31, the Uniform Guidance procurement thresholds will officially increase from $3,500 to $10,000 and from $150,000 to $250,000. Learn more.

Discover major changes in foreign gift reporting requirements that are effective starting with the July 31, 2020, reporting deadline.

Learn how the CARES Act can help tax-exempt organizations through its provisions on filing Form 990-T, employee benefits, low interest loans, and more.

Join us for an on-demand webcast exploring important tax updates from the US Department of the Treasury, Congress, and the IRS and their implications for tax-exempt organizations. We’ll cover the continued effects of tax reform, congressional guidance, and a number of other key topics.

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