Monday, December 19, 2011

Happy Holidays from Elizabeth

During this festive season, I want to wish you and your loved ones peaceful, healthy holidays and a Happy New Year.

The HLAA office will be closed at noon on December 23rd, all day December 26, at noon on December 30 and January 2.

--Elizabeth LeBarron
National States and Chapters Coordinator

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


It's all gratitude. Three weeks ago Monday, my 12-year-old daughter Genevieve underwent surgery to remove a 6cm tumor from her brain. By God's grace, the tumor was benign, the surgery went as planned, and dcotors expect Genevieve to lead a full, normal life. I want to thank all of you for your prayers, kind thoughts, emails and cards for Genevieve and me during this ordeal. Your support made a world of difference for us and I am grateful for the care you have showed to us. I also want to acknowledge my colleague Teri Canniff for responding to my work emails while I was away the past three weeks. It is a joy working with all of you as we together support people with hearing loss.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

IRS May 15 deadline for 990; Chapter/State Delegate Registration Date Extended

1. IRS Form 990 Due By May 15
2. Register NOW - Chapter Delegation Rate Extended
3. Chapters and States Workshops Convention Schedule Set

1. IRS Form 990 Due By May 15

Is your Chapter or State organization due to submit a 990 this month?

The IRS requires all nonprofits to file 990 tax forms, and most HLAA Chapters and State organizations must file by May 15. (Some are required to file by October 15.) This regulation mostly impacts small nonprofits with budgets under $25,000 — they now must file a 990 form — previously they were not required to do so.

2007 federal legislation required most tax exempt organizations with annual revenues under $25,000 to begin filing a brief form of the IRS 990 annual return - known as the 990N or the "e-postcard'. Previously these groups had been exempted from annual filing requirements.

Compliance is relatively easy - the filing is done electronically and links to more information, an explanation of the requirement, the form itself, and frequently asked questions, are on the IRS website (

The information required is limited to eight items:
1. Employer identification number (EIN), also known as a Taxpayer
Identification Number (TIN).
2. Tax year
3. Legal name and mailing address
4. Any other names the organization uses
5. Name and address of a principal officer
6. Web site address if the organization has one
7. Confirmation that the organization's annual gross receipts are normally $25,000 or less
8. If applicable, a statement that the organization has terminated or is terminating (going out of business)

2. Register NOW - Chapter/State Delegation Rate Extended

HLAA National has extended the Delegate Registration deadline. We pushed back the original deadline of May 1 to help get more designated chapter representatives to register. Don’t delay in making travel plans.

Each Chapter/State decides whether they will be sending a delegate. One reduced fee registration per chapter is offered to send an officer to the convention. Please note that if a chapter officer/member registers for the convention at the early bird rate or the regular rate and then is chosen to be a delegate, please note we will not be making any adjustments or refunds if someone has registered and then is chosen as a delegate.

Some chapters are sending their president/leader at the association’s expense as a perk for the long hours that they contribute to the organization.

The registration cost for chapter delegates is $119. To access this special rate enter promotional code HLACD when asked during the online registration process. To register online click on the link below.

Registration does not include the banquet or special events. Those can be added as an extra. Select the "Special" Registration.

Come, join us. We would love to have you.

3. States and Chapters Convention 2011 Schedule Set

It’s finally here! The schedule of workshops is ambitious and we hope you can stay for all of it. Look for the schedule posted on the HLAA website soon. HLAA will also be emailing it to all of the people registered as a Delegate.

Monday, January 24, 2011

IRS Issues 990 Filing Threshholds for 2010 Tax Year

New IRS 990 Filing Thresholds for 2010 Tax Year

Do you know which Form 990-series return you are required to file for the 2010 tax year? The 990 filing thresholds for the year 2010 and later (filed in 2011 and later) will change as follows for all organizations required to file a 990-series return:
  • Organizations with gross receipts normally < $50,000 must file Form 990-N (but may choose to file a complete Form 990 or Form 990-EZ). In prior years only organizations with gross receipts normally < $25,000 could file the Form 990-N ("e-postcard").
  • Organizations with gross receipts > $50,000 and < $200,000 and total assets < $500,000 must file Form 990-EZ or a complete Form 990.
  • Organizations with gross receipts > $200,000 or total assets > $500,000 must file Form 990.
  • Private foundations must file Form 990-PF.
If you have a technical or procedural question relating to Exempt Organizations (EOs), visit the Charities and Nonprofits homepage on the Web site. If you have a specific question about exempt organizations, call EO Customer Account Services at 1-877-829-5500.

To subscribe to this IRS list serve please go the link below.,,id=154837,00.html

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

HLAA Staff Member Toni Barrient Retires

After nine years as a national staff member of the Hearing Loss Association of America, Toni Barrient will retire on February 4, 2011. Executive Director Brenda Battat offers her thanks on behalf of the Board of Trustees, staff, and the membership. “We appreciate Toni’s years of dedicated service to this organization. She has been responsible for innovations that helped us transition to the information technology age, which included our popular HLAA Webinars.”

Toni also served as long-time director of chapter development until March 2010 when she became director of member services and business manager. She is moving to her home state of California and hopes to spend more time with her growing family as well as work part-time. Toni says: “I will still be involved at the local level and volunteer on behalf of HLAA.”