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Are you on the board of a local Funeral Consumers Alliance? Then this section is for you! (It's open to all visitors as well). 

 

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2013 10:52 )  
Comments (12)
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.
10 Saturday, 27 December 2014 21:10
Tom Einstein
I am member of the local chapter of FCA -(Eastern Massachusetts) and have been for about four years. I consider some of the work that you've done over the past few years as invaluable. I would especially note the piece on the oversupply of funeral homes here in the USA: "An Over-saturated Market -2014". An excellent statistical summary!
However, it would help if you could take 20 minutes and clean up the column headings in your table of results for easier readability!

One question on that: Where did you get the information on the number of funeral homes in each state, and how often is that information updated? I have tried to get this information from our local (MA) State Board of Registration of Funeral Directors and Embalmers to no avail. They neither return phone calls nor answer e-mails. So what is your secret?

I also have anecdotal evidence here that for the past ten years the number of funeral homes has been shrinking, at least here in the Boston area. I've also heard from a few local undertakers that the combination of recent trend toward cremation and the recent lousy economy has negatively impacted the funeral business and has resulted in a lot of establishments in either folding or merging with others in the same area. Does this trend also exist in other areas of the country?

Finally, I recently received a fund-raising letter from you and got the feeling that for some reason, you are really desperate for funds these days.

I am perhaps more familiar with the details of your work than some of our other supporters. I suspect that very few of our fellow members log on to "funerals.org" to see what's new -even on a monthly basis. I would therefore suggest to list some of your on-going efforts and recent accomplishments in your semi-annual fund-raising letters to show our members and other readers what are dollars are actually buying when they contribute to FCA!

Happy New Year and good luck,
Tom Einstein
tomatlex@gmail.com
11 Tuesday, 02 June 2015 15:07
Rolph W Artieda
I'm sixty nine going to be 70 in august 2015. I have retired and moved from California to Utah. In order to avoid being a burden to any member of my family? I am trying to learn all the necessary steps to take into consideration. Something very important to me is that I do not want to be the source of a circus. And what I mean by that, is that I would prefer to avoid ceremonies or eulogies, none of that for me. I do not want it and I have made my son aware of this desire of mine, for he'll be the one to approve my cremation.
12 Sunday, 07 June 2015 15:29
William Piez
Thank you for providing this forum. I sent some time ago some comments. They are still there! Also they are not entirely accurate. The threshold for filing IRS Form 990N was just recently upped to $60,000 of annual revenue. Suggest you throw out some old stuff.

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