Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Tune in to the Convention Webinar tonight!

Make sure to tune tonight at 8 p.m. to join HLAA Meeting Planner Niaz Siasi as she discusses this year's 2018 HLAA  Convention in Minneapolis, MI!
Date & Time: May 23,2018 8:00-9:00 p.m. 


By joining this webinar you can ask questions, chat with other attendees, and learn more about what to expect during your time in Minneapolis for this year's Convention. Also find out more about:

Educational workshops focusing on: Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT), Advocacy, Living with Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids & Cochlear Implants, and Hearing Loss in Health Care Settings 
State & Chapter Leadership Workshop: Learn how to Revitalize Passion through Leadership with Karen Putz- Wednesday, June 20
What does it take to lead from the heart--with a dose of passion thrown in? We are excited to announce that "Passion Mentor" Karen Putz will be presenting this year's Leadership Workshop, Leading with PassionKaren has been involved in non-profit leadership for 28 years, as a founder, board member, and staff. She is a certified Passion Test Facilitator and the author of "Unwrapping Your Passion, Creating the Life You Truly Want." Karen works for Hands & Voices as the co-Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infusion. She’s been featured on ESPN, PBS, CNN, and more.
An Evening with Mandy Harvey- Friday, June 22Many of you may have heard or seen Mandy Harvey on this season of America’s Got Talent. Mandy is an award winning singer, songwriter and motivational speaker who has a hearing loss. Her appearance on America’s Got Talent got her the “golden buzzer” from Simon Cowell to pass to the next round. The emotional video of her performance went viral, touching people all over the world.

West Side Story at the Guthrie Theater- Saturday, June 23
If you know Minneapolis, then you know about its already rich cultural landscape -specifically its theater scene. The Guthrie Theater, founded in 1963, is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training. You get to experience the world-class theatrical production of West Side Story at the Guthrie Theater Saturday evening! The theater will be looped, captioned and sign language interpretation will be available for those who need it. Please refer to the Communication Access page for more information on how to request these accommodations. Transportation to and from the theater will be provided. Buses will depart starting at 6:30 p.m. 

...and more! 

Not registered yet for Convention? Register today! Pre-Convention Registration is open through May 31. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Send us your pictures!

If you have pictures from chapter/state meetings, social events, expos, or other events with HLAA, please send them to us! These pictures will be used with your permission in future presentations, on hearingloss.org, and in our magazine, Hearing Life. Feel free to also include short descriptions to accompany them.

Please send any high-res, .JPG pictures you would like to give HLAA permission to use to chapters@hearingloss.org. 

Thanks!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Looking for a Convention Roommate?

If you are looking for a roommate for this year's Convention, please post your requirements on the HLAA Message Board or
email Judy Martin at judygmartin@gmail.com

In your post/email, make sure to include the following requirements and Judy will get back to you:
1. Male or Female
2. Have a room, need a room
3. Date of arrival and date of departure
4. Will/will not accept a service dog in the room
5. Will/will not accept a third roommate in the room (with a cot)

Thanks!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Surprise Convention Registration Sale! Ends May 11

 


We're having a surprise HLAA2018 registration sale!

Early-bird rates are back for a limited time only! Register for the Convention now through Friday, May 11 to receive discounted registration rates.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Save the Date: HLAA2018 Convention Webinar on May 23




Make sure to tune in Wednesday, May 23 to join HLAA Meeting Planner Niaz Siasi as she discusses this year's 2018 HLAA  Convention in Minneapolis, MI!
Date & Time: May 23,2018 8:00-9:00 p.m. 


By joining this webinar you can ask questions, chat with other attendees, and learn more about what to expect during your time in Minneapolis for this year's Convention. Also find out more about:

Educational workshops focusing on: Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT), Advocacy, Living with Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids & Cochlear Implants, and Hearing Loss in Health Care Settings 
State & Chapter Leadership Workshop: Learn how to Revitalize Passion through Leadership with Karen Putz- Wednesday, June 20
What does it take to lead from the heart--with a dose of passion thrown in? We are excited to announce that "Passion Mentor" Karen Putz will be presenting this year's Leadership Workshop, Leading with PassionKaren has been involved in non-profit leadership for 28 years, as a founder, board member, and staff. She is a certified Passion Test Facilitator and the author of "Unwrapping Your Passion, Creating the Life You Truly Want." Karen works for Hands & Voices as the co-Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infusion. She’s been featured on ESPN, PBS, CNN, and more.
An Evening with Mandy Harvey- Friday, June 22
Many of you may have heard or seen Mandy Harvey on this season of America’s Got Talent. Mandy is an award winning singer, songwriter and motivational speaker who has a hearing loss. Her appearance on America’s Got Talent got her the “golden buzzer” from Simon Cowell to pass to the next round. The emotional video of her performance went viral, touching people all over the world.

West Side Story at the Guthrie Theater- Saturday, June 23
If you know Minneapolis, then you know about its already rich cultural landscape -specifically its theater scene. The Guthrie Theater, founded in 1963, is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training. You get to experience the world-class theatrical production of West Side Story at the Guthrie Theater Saturday evening! The theater will be looped, captioned and sign language interpretation will be available for those who need it. Please refer to the Communication Access page for more information on how to request these accommodations. Transportation to and from the theater will be provided. Buses will depart starting at 6:30 p.m. 

...and more! 

Not registered yet for Convention? Register today! Pre-Convention Registration is open through May 31. 



Monday, April 23, 2018

Where to Find Your Chapter/State Logo

All,

This is a reminder that updated Chapter and State Logos can be found on the Affiliate Logos page of hearingloss.org. If your logo is missing from this page, please let us know.

Thanks,
Erin

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Let HLAA Know About Your Chapter/State Events!

Chapter/State Leaders,

If you have an upcoming event that you would like to publicize through HLAA such as an expo, special meeting, workshop, etc., please email information about the event to chapters@hearingloss.org and we will make sure to include it on our Event Calendar on the new hearingloss.org.

Please let us know:
Type of event
When
Where
Cost 
Contact
A picture (if you have one)

Thank you!
Erin

Friday, April 6, 2018

Tax Season is Fast Approaching! Don't forget to file your 990 ASAP

Tax Season is Fast Approaching! Don't forget to file your 990 ASAP

In 2006, federal legislation was passed requiring most nonprofits, regardless of gross income, to file at minimum a 990-N (e-postcard) annually. At that time, HLAA began notifying chapters and state organizations that all are required to file at least the minimum return 990-N or face revocation of tax-exempt status.

The IRS has now begun revoking the tax-exempt status of all organizations required to file that have not filed for the past three years. This could significantly impact the chapters’ and state organizations’ ability to raise funds or solicit donations, and cause you to go through the lengthy and costly process to have the IRS reinstate your tax-exempt status.

In addition to ensuring the affiliate (chapter or state association) is in compliance with IRS requirements, chapters and state organizations must have their 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and be up to date on the filings in order to participate in the Walk4Hearing as well as accept general donations such as individual, corporate, grants and others. Below is information we hope will answer your questions about filing requirements.

What to do?
Be certain to timely file the chapter or state association’s Form 990, 990-EZ, or 990-N for 2017. For calendar year chapters, these forms must be filed by May 15, 2018. For those on fiscal year, the filing date is the 15th day of the 5th month following your fiscal year-end.

If the chapter or state association has failed to timely file a previous year’s Form 990, 990-EZ, or 990-N, it should file as soon as possible.

The IRS does not provide an online method for filing a previous year’s 990-N. However, various private contractors do provide this service for a fee. To access a list of these contractors, go to the 990-N filing page at www.irs.gov/charities. Under frequently asked questions, click on “Can an organization file an e-Postcard for a prior year?” This will take you to a link with a list of private contractors providing the service. Check the fees for the service. 

Here are some links you can peruse for help and detailed information.

Important Form 990 Reminders from the IRS

Form 990 processing changes

As of January 8, the IRS is returning Form 990 series returns filed on paper – and rejecting electronically filed returns – when they are incomplete or the wrong return. IRS.gov answers the question What happens if my Form 990 is missing information or a schedule, or is the wrong return?

Form 990-EZ reminders

Tax-exempt organizations with annual gross receipts under $200,000 and assets under $500,000 (at the end of the reporting period) can use Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, to meet their annual filing requirement. This means you’ll submit less information and fewer schedules than the “full” Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax.

Form 990-EZ includes “assistive” features designed to make filing easier, quicker, and more accurate. These 29 “help buttons” don’t replace the instructions, but they do alert the filer to traditionally troublesome areas and have decreased the error rate for paper-filed returns.

The IRS encourages exempt organizations to file electronically, noting the error rate for electronically-filed returns was only 1% for 2017. A list of companies providing this service is on IRS.gov.


Form 990-series returns are due on the 15th day of the fifth month after an organization’s tax year ends. For organizations using the calendar year as their tax year, May 15 is the deadline to file for 2017. If you need an extension of time to file, use Form 8868, Application of Extension of Time to File an Exempt Organization Return.

Please contact chapters@hearingloss.org or emirante@hearingloss.org with any questions or if you are in need of assistance completing your annual filing requirements.

Best,
Erin Mirante
National Chapter Coordinator

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

DO NOT OPEN Email with Subject: Hearing Loss Association of America Members {Secure}

All,

If you have received an email from rosterinformation@comcast.net with an attachment included, please do not open this email or the attachment. The email will look like this:

"From: HLAA <rosterinformation@comcast.net>
To:
Sent: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 1:40 PM
Subject: Hearing Loss Association of America Members {Secure}

Dear Members,

We hope this finds you well. The first three months of 2018 has been our best so far and we are happy to attach the information we got from the Advisors.

The message is for Hearing Loss Association of America Members only. We are sending it securely to avoid spreading out to people who are not our members.

Thanks and have a nice day.


Regards
President"

Again, please do NOT open this email and spread the word if you can. The sender has emailed various chapter email contacts and is not a trusted source.

Thank you,
Erin

Monday, April 2, 2018

Tax Season is Fast Approaching! Don't forget to file your 990 ASAP

Tax Season is Fast Approaching! Don't forget to file your 990 ASAP

In 2006, federal legislation was passed requiring most nonprofits, regardless of gross income, to file at minimum a 990-N (e-postcard) annually. At that time, HLAA began notifying chapters and state organizations that all are required to file at least the minimum return 990-N or face revocation of tax-exempt status.

The IRS has now begun revoking the tax-exempt status of all organizations required to file that have not filed for the past three years. This could significantly impact the chapters’ and state organizations’ ability to raise funds or solicit donations, and cause you to go through the lengthy and costly process to have the IRS reinstate your tax-exempt status.

In addition to ensuring the affiliate (chapter or state association) is in compliance with IRS requirements, chapters and state organizations must have their 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and be up to date on the filings in order to participate in the Walk4Hearing as well as accept general donations such as individual, corporate, grants and others. Below is information we hope will answer your questions about filing requirements.

What to do?
Be certain to timely file the chapter or state association’s Form 990, 990-EZ, or 990-N for 2017. For calendar year chapters, these forms must be filed by May 15, 2018. For those on fiscal year, the filing date is the 15th day of the 5th month following your fiscal year-end.

If the chapter or state association has failed to timely file a previous year’s Form 990, 990-EZ, or 990-N, it should file as soon as possible.

The IRS does not provide an online method for filing a previous year’s 990-N. However, various private contractors do provide this service for a fee. To access a list of these contractors, go to the 990-N filing page at www.irs.gov/charities. Under frequently asked questions, click on “Can an organization file an e-Postcard for a prior year?” This will take you to a link with a list of private contractors providing the service. Check the fees for the service. 

Here are some links you can peruse for help and detailed information.

Important Form 990 Reminders from the IRS

Form 990 processing changes

As of January 8, the IRS is returning Form 990 series returns filed on paper – and rejecting electronically filed returns – when they are incomplete or the wrong return. IRS.gov answers the question What happens if my Form 990 is missing information or a schedule, or is the wrong return?

Form 990-EZ reminders

Tax-exempt organizations with annual gross receipts under $200,000 and assets under $500,000 (at the end of the reporting period) can use Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, to meet their annual filing requirement. This means you’ll submit less information and fewer schedules than the “full” Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax.

Form 990-EZ includes “assistive” features designed to make filing easier, quicker, and more accurate. These 29 “help buttons” don’t replace the instructions, but they do alert the filer to traditionally troublesome areas and have decreased the error rate for paper-filed returns.

The IRS encourages exempt organizations to file electronically, noting the error rate for electronically-filed returns was only 1% for 2017. A list of companies providing this service is on IRS.gov.


Form 990-series returns are due on the 15th day of the fifth month after an organization’s tax year ends. For organizations using the calendar year as their tax year, May 15 is the deadline to file for 2017. If you need an extension of time to file, use Form 8868, Application of Extension of Time to File an Exempt Organization Return.


Please contact chapters@hearingloss.org or emirante@hearingloss.org with any questions or if you are in need of assistance completing your annual filing requirements.

Best,
Erin Mirante
National Chapter Coordinator

Thursday, March 29, 2018



Early-Bird Registration: Ends THIS Weekend!
Don't miss out on early-bird registration for HLAA2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota! Register by March 31.

Early-bird registration includes: 

  • State and Chapter Awards Reception & Ceremony, Wednesday, June 20
  • Exhibit Hall Grand Opening, Thursday, June 21
  • National Awards Breakfast and Ceremony, Thursday, June 21
  • Opening Session, Thursday, June 21
  • Get Acquainted Party (GAP), Thursday, June 21
  • Research Symposium, Friday, June 22
  • Unlimited entry to Exhibit Hall and Socials
  • All workshops, demo presentations and featured speakers
PLUS Chapter Leadership Workshop "Leading with Passion" with Karen Putz on Wednesday, June 20 from 2-4 p.m.!

What does it take to lead from the heart--with a dose of passion thrown in? Karen Putz has been involved in non-profit leadership for 28 years, as a founder, board member, and staff. She is a certified Passion Test Facilitator.  In this interactive workshop, Karen will show how you how to tap into the energy of passion and use it as fuel to become the best possible leader you can be. You'll learn how to identify what brings you joy and discover the three clues and seven principles to passionate leadership. When you find yourself hitting a wall as a leader, you'll learn the power of a pivot and how you can take on a fresh perspective and blaze a new path. 

Find out more about Karen on her website here!

Up to 4 chapter/state officers and 1 delegate per chapter/state may register
State and Chapter leaders (and delegates), can use the State/Chapter Registration form. Online registration is not available for your discounted registration. Find more information and register on the Convention Registration page of hearingloss.org.

Rates will increase beginning April 1, make sure to register by or before March 31!

Monday, March 26, 2018



Early-Bird Registration: Only A Few Days Left!
Don't miss out on early-bird registration for HLAA2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota!

Early-bird registration includes: 

  • State and Chapter Awards Reception & Ceremony, Wednesday, June 20
  • Exhibit Hall Grand Opening, Thursday, June 21
  • National Awards Breakfast and Ceremony, Thursday, June 21
  • Opening Session, Thursday, June 21
  • Get Acquainted Party (GAP), Thursday, June 21
  • Research Symposium, Friday, June 22
  • Unlimited entry to Exhibit Hall and Socials
  • All workshops, demo presentations and featured speakers
PLUS Chapter Leadership Workshop "Leading with Passion" with Karen Putz on Wednesday, June 20 from 2-4 p.m.!

What does it take to lead from the heart--with a dose of passion thrown in? Karen Putz has been involved in non-profit leadership for 28 years, as a founder, board member, and staff. She is a certified Passion Test Facilitator.  In this interactive workshop, Karen will show how you how to tap into the energy of passion and use it as fuel to become the best possible leader you can be. You'll learn how to identify what brings you joy and discover the three clues and seven principles to passionate leadership. When you find yourself hitting a wall as a leader, you'll learn the power of a pivot and how you can take on a fresh perspective and blaze a new path. 

Find out more about Karen on her website here!

Up to 4 chapter/state officers and 1 delegate per chapter/state may register
State and Chapter leaders (and delegates), can use the State/Chapter Registration form. Online registration is not available for your discounted registration. Find more information and register on the Convention Registration page of hearingloss.org.

Rates will increase beginning April 1, make sure to register by or before March 31!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Early-bird Registration Ends March 31


Early-Bird Registration: Only 10 Days Left!
Don't miss out on early-bird registration for HLAA2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota!

Early-bird registration includes: 

  • State and Chapter Awards Reception & Ceremony, Wednesday, June 20
  • Exhibit Hall Grand Opening, Thursday, June 21
  • National Awards Breakfast and Ceremony, Thursday, June 21
  • Opening Session, Thursday, June 21
  • Get Acquainted Party (GAP), Thursday, June 21
  • Research Symposium, Friday, June 22
  • Unlimited entry to Exhibit Hall and Socials
  • All workshops, demo presentations and featured speakers
A few things you won't want to miss!
Up to 4 chapter/state officers and 1 delegate per chapter/state may register
State and Chapter leaders (and delegates), can use the State/Chapter Registration form. Online registration is not available for your discounted registration. Find more information and register on the Convention Registration page of hearingloss.org.

Rates will increase beginning April 1, make sure to register by or before March 31!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Looking for a Convention Roommate?

If you are looking for a roommate for this year's Convention, please post your requirements on the HLAA Message Board or
email Judy Martin at judygmartin@gmail.com

In your post/email, make sure to include the following requirements and Judy will get back to you:
1. Male or Female
2. Have a room, need a room
3. Date of arrival and date of departure
4. Will/will not accept a service dog in the room
5. Will/will not accept a third roommate in the room (with a cot)