New IRS rules for your school site parent group. Are you ready?

“Why PTA, why not go with something else?” All too often this question comes up when deciding whether or not to form a PTA as a parent group at a school site.”

Some misconceptions about PTA:

It’s too much work – no more than any other non-profit. The rules are the same.

There is always someone looking over your shoulder – we are there to assist our units with any problem they encounter. There is training for every officer position.

The State and National PTA take your money – dues to any PTA do include dues to be a member at both the State and National level. State and National give back more than you can know.

So what has PTA done for you lately?

Earlier in January 2016:  PTA testimony helps turn around onerous IRS rule

California State PTA is pleased to report that testimony submitted by both California State and National PTAs helped head off a proposed Internal Revenue Service rule that would have chilled donations and memberships, not only to PTAs, but also to all regulated nonprofits across the nation.

The proposed Internal Revenue Service rule would have required all PTAs who receive donations to gather Social Security numbers or other tax-identification numbers from all donors. Upon hearing of this proposal, California and National PTA submitted detailed testimony to the IRS outlining concerns about the many ramifications of such a requirement including identity-theft concerns, excessive paperwork burdens and overall donation impacts.

After a flood of 38,000 comments — mostly in opposition — to the rule, including those of California State and National PTA, the IRS has rescinded the proposal.

The state and national PTA offices stand ready to advocate for the needs of members and volunteers on all fronts, and this is just one recent example of these unique services, which are funded through your generous membership dues and donations. For more information on these services, please visit www.capta.org 

Without the support that membership at the unit level generates for the State and National Level PTA all PTAs, other parent groups and Foundations in San Diego Unified would have had the dire consequences.

How many unit Foundations or other parent groups were engaged in the lobbying against this idea to have small non-profit school organizations take and store their member’s and donor’s social security information?

What would have happened without PTA action on this and other important legislation?

This rule would have passed.

 The proposed Internal Revenue Service rule would have required all PTAs (and other non-profits) who receive donations to gather Social Security numbers or other tax-identification numbers from all donors. Upon hearing of this proposal, California and National PTA submitted detailed testimony to the IRS outlining concerns about the many ramifications of such a requirement including identity-theft concerns, excessive paperwork burdens and overall donation impacts.

Why PTA? Why not PTA?

If you would like more information on starting a Parent Teacher Association please contact us at info@sdcouncilpta.org or call us at (619) 297-7821

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