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March 17, 2017

It's Not Too Late to Advocate!

If you haven't already done so, please take action on priority issues facing our children and families.

Send these four ACTION ALERTS to the Governor, your Assembly Member, and your Senator (click on the links below)

Find more information here.

Did You Know?

Judy Van Haaren, 1st Vice President

PTA and School Board Elections

PTA is a not-for-profit corporation with a tax exemption under IRS rules, which states that such organizations may not make written or oral statements for or against candidates for public office. PTA is nonpartisan, which means PTA cannot support or oppose candidates, including those running for school boards. Any group activity in support of a specific candidate on the part of a unit, council, district or state PTA is a violation of this nonpartisan policy and of PTA bylaws. For more information click here for the Advocacy Section of our Resource Guide or contact your local region director.

Your PTA & Social Media

Does your unit use social media? Click here to check out National PTA's Social Media Policy and Guidelines.

NYS PTA Advocates for our Kids!

Dana Platin, Vice President

Wow! What a wonderful couple of weeks it’s been for PTA Advocacy!

Between the various region legislation events, the National Legislative Conference in Washington D.C., NYS PTA KAP Training/Lobby Day in Albany and our Virtual Lobby Day/Week, NYS PTA has made a significant impact on behalf of all children throughout the state and all around the country. It is truly exciting to see all that we’ve already accomplished this month and we’re still only midway through March.

Click here to read more.

What is the Effect of IRS Automatic Revocation on Your PTA?

JoAnn Incalcatera, Financial Support Specialist

There are serious ramifications for PTAs that have had their tax exempt status revoked by IRS.

Any contributions made to the PTA and any fundraising may become taxable income.

Anyone who has made contributions to the PTA cannot claim the contribution on their tax returns.

Your unit cannot use the NYS Sales Tax Exempt Number for purchases, or when working with vendors for fundraising.

A PTA that has lost its tax-exempt status through automatic revocation may be required to file income tax returns and pay any applicable income taxes:

Form 1120, U.S. Corporation Income Tax Return, due by the 15th day of the 3rd month after the end of an organization’s tax year.

In addition the PTA, a section 501(c)(3) organization, that loses its tax-exempt status will not be identified in the IRS Business MasterFile extract as eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions, or be included in Publication78, Cumulative List of Organizations described in Section 170(c) of the Internal RevenueCode of 1986.

To have its tax-exempt status reinstated, the organization must file an application for Exemption Form 1023. An organization may also request retroactive reinstatement as part of its application.

All PTAs organized under NYS PTA must comply with all IRS and NYS Tax Department regulations to remain an active unit.

Change a Life. Become a Mentor.

Gracemarie Rozea, President

After a recent meeting with the Honorable Matilda Raffa Cuomo, NYS PTA is proud to partner with the NYS Mentoring Program.

Good role models can have a positive influence on others. We know that PTA members care about children and ask that you consider becoming a mentor.

Please click here for the program brochure and here to read the invitation letter and access to application.

SLC Save the Date!

Carol Raymond, Operations/Events Manager

Summer Leadership Conference | July 21-23, 2017, Utica College

Utica College is a casual, relaxing and scenic environment where PTA members from around the state can network with state PTA leaders and one another, and expand leadership skills.

Past attendees have found the information interesting, useful, motivational and supportive. It is also a great opportunity to meet new PTA friends and share ideas.

This year we are looking to the future of PTA! Save the date to join us and learn how you can take your PTA unit to new and exciting places.



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