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