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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2013 10:52 )  
Comments (9)
1 Tuesday, 30 April 2013 15:13
John Staehli
Under your sidebar -Latest News/ Just Encountered the Portland, "Neptune Cremation Services" article.
FCA-Oregon.org would like to reference this article. Copy and reprint or link to it.

What is the policy on your copyright and might we be able to use the piece?

John Staehli / webmaster / FCA-Oregon.org
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jm@jmstaehli.com
2 Monday, 13 May 2013 08:59
lee burges
Interesting, informative, humorous talk by Josh in Cols, Ohio 5/11/13.....Needed more publicity and attendance..
3 Friday, 15 November 2013 11:22
JUDY AUSTIN
wE ARE CONSIDERING PREPAYING OUR FUNERALS. HOW CAN WE TELL IF WE ARE BEING 'RIPPEDOFF BY THE COSTS QUOTED TO US. THE ITEM IN THE MAG. BOTTON LINE CONSIDERED IT A SCAM TO PRE PAY. PLEASE RESPOND. THANKS. J AUSTIN
4 Friday, 15 November 2013 11:39
AUSTINJH1@VERIZON.NET
YOU ARE WELCOME TO USE MY COMMENTS/QUESTIONS
5 Tuesday, 26 November 2013 09:50
William Piez wpiez@mac.com
Looking at the Final Guide 2013 page 67, I find
"If income is less than $25,000 a year, you will not have to file again until revenue goes over that amount, but you will have to file the initial return to let the IRS know that. Failure to file the return may cause your exemption status to be revoked."
This suggests you can file an initial 990 and not file again. It should be clear that a 990N must be filed annually. See next para in the Guide. Also the $25 thou figure should be $50 thou.
6 Monday, 02 December 2013 15:14
Josh Slocum, FCA director
Thanks for the feedback, William!

I think you may not have noticed the next paragraph, which *does* alert the reader of the requirement to file the Form 990-N:

"Form 990N
Starting in 2008, even small organizations with less than $25,000 a year income must file an Electronic Postcard annually with the IRS, called Form 990N. It’s very simple to fill out, and it’s short, but if you don’t, you risk having your 501(c)(3) status revoked. "

Thank you for noting the $50,000 figure. I'll update that. I think it changed in the middle of the editorial process for this guide.
7 Saturday, 04 January 2014 14:40
William Piez wpiez@mac.com
Perhaps the first sentence should be amended to be consistent with what follows. Could you say, "If income is less than $50,000 a year you will not have to file a long Form 990 again until your income exceeds $50,000." Also your sentences explaining Form 990N could be made part of the preceding paragraph to clarify that all those points go together. You could insert the word "however" after "2008" to make the requirement even clearer.
8 Tuesday, 14 January 2014 17:01
Bette S. Wells
When I moved to Massachusetts in 2008 I contacted your organization and thought that Peoples Memorial Association in Seattle had transferred my membership to you. I recall speaking to someone who was one of your volunteers, but lately have not received any correspondence. Am I considered a member even though I have not paid a membership fee directly to you? I don't think I ever received any of the literature/brochures you mention on the web site. At 74 yo I am planning my end of life wishes and your information might be helpful.
9 Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:45
Sharon Bigger
Hello, I am a board member of our local FCA in Asheville, North Carolina, and we are starting a speaking tour to educate the public about deathcare options and the FCA. Thank you for all the tri-fold pamphlets -- very helpful! What would also be helpful as a resource for volunteers is a power point (with pictures and images) or slide show presentation that we could use. Do you have something like this, and if not, could you create a simple, basic one? Thanks.

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