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Injury crash in Paulding: Troopers release report
Thursday, May 01, 2014 4:19 PM

PAULDING – Thursday afternoon, May 1, at least two persons were injured in a crash on Flat Rock Drive (County Road 111) east of Paulding. (CLICK to view video)

Many tax-exempt organizations must file with IRS by May 15 to preserve tax-exempt status PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, May 01, 2014 2:17 PM


WASHINGTON, D.C. - With a key May 15 filing deadline facing many tax-exempt organizations, the Internal Revenue Service cautions these groups not to include Social Security numbers (SSNs) or other unneeded personal information on their Form 990, and consider taking advantage of the speed and convenience of electronic filing.

Form 990-series information returns and notices are due on the 15th day of the fifth month after an organization's fiscal year ends. Many organizations use the calendar year as their fiscal year, making Thursday, May 15 the deadline for them to file for 2013.

Many groups risk loss of tax-exempt status

By law, organizations that fail to file annual reports for three consecutive years will see their federal tax exemptions automatically revoked as of the due date of the third required filing. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 mandates that most tax-exempt organizations file annual Form 990-series informational returns or notices with the IRS. The law, which went into effect at the beginning of 2007, also imposed a new annual filing requirement on small organizations. Churches and church-related organizations are not required to file annual reports.

No Social Security numbers on 990s

The IRS generally does not ask organizations for SSNs and in the form instructions cautions filers not to provide them on the form. By law, both the IRS and most tax-exempt organizations are required to publicly disclose most parts of form filings, including schedules and attachments. Public release of SSNs and other personally identifiable information about donors, clients or benefactors could give rise to identity theft.

The IRS also urges tax-exempt organizations to file forms electronically in order to reduce the risk of inadvertently including SSNs or other unneeded personal information. Details are on IRS.gov.

Tax-exempt forms that must be made public by the IRS are clearly marked "Open to Public Inspection" in the top right corner of the first page. These include Form 990, 990-EZ, Form 990-PF and others.

What to file

Small tax-exempt organizations with average annual receipts of $50,000 or less may file an electronic notice called a Form 990-N (e-Postcard), which asks organizations for a few basic pieces of information. Tax-exempt organizations with average annual receipts above $50,000 must file a Form 990 or 990-EZ depending on their receipts and assets. Private foundations file a Form 990-PF.

Organizations that need additional time to file a Form 990, 990-EZ or 990-PF may obtain an extension. Note that no extension is available for filing the Form 990-N (e-Postcard).

Check tax-exempt status online

The IRS publishes the names of organizations identified as having automatically lost their tax-exempt status for failing to file annual reports for three consecutive years. Organizations that have had their exemptions automatically revoked and wish to have that status reinstated must file an application for exemption and pay the appropriate user fee.

The IRS offers an online search tool, Exempt Organizations Select Check, to help users more easily find key information about the federal tax status and filings of certain tax-exempt organizations, including whether organizations have had their federal tax exemptions automatically revoked.


Former PEVS student alleges rape by teacher, requests memorial removal UPDATED
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 9:22 AM

By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Correspondent

OAKWOOD – It was a very emotional night at the Paulding Exempted Village School board meeting on Tuesday, April 29. Oakwood Elementary School hosted the regular monthly meeting in the cafeteria before a large crowd, including two Fort Wayne television stations. Barry Vance, a graduate of PHS was given his allotted time to share a deep concern that he has been dealing with since 1982 when he was an eighth grader.

Vance stood before the school board and superintendent Bill Hanak and in detail graphically explained how one teacher allegedly attacked him.

'Music Blooms' to open chamber concert series
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 8:53 PM


By DENISE GEBERS • Progress Staff Writer

PAULDING – First in a series of free Friday night concerts in the Herb Monroe Community Park is set for May 2. Most will begin at 7 p.m.

Paulding Chamber of Commerce is hosting two groups, Resonance Collective and Restoration for this first concert, “Music Blooms.” The pair is known for folk, country and gospel music.

Those who attend will need to bring their own seating to the park, located off the northeast corner of courthouse Square.


The second concert will actually be a family music fest held in conjunction with John Paulding Days. It will feature numerous local artists who will not only play in the park, but also on a portable stage at the opposite side of the square.

Music will be made at both locations from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. each night of John Paulding Days. Multiple bands are expected to make appearances.

Organizers are looking for blues artists to come for a “Red, White and The Blues” event on July 11.

August will see a visit from Christian artist Bekah Bradley. She will play Aug. 4. It is anticipated that during her show donations will be sought for new Christmas decorations for around the Square.

Citizens are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, enjoy the concerts while taking in the beauty of the new park during each of these events.

According to Erika Willitzer, director of the chamber, the park is not yet complete but is very usable.

She said approximately $6,000 is still needed to complete the park project, which should be done this summer.

Unfinished projects in the park include the outdoor fireplace, the brick flooring in the pergola, setting more furniture, setting up a covering over the stage and constructing the grand entrance on the south side facing the courthouse.

Willitzer mentioned bricks can be personalized for inclusion in the pergola for $100. Anyone interested in doing so may get more information from Ron Williamson at 419-399-3650.

It is hoped the park will be completed about the same time Jane Nice’s book about Monroe, Married to Millie, comes out, sometime in late July or early August.

“We’d like to have a big celebration in honor of the book release and park completion,” said Willitzer. There are plans to invite Monroe’s family to attend.


Ohio offers Free Fishing Days May 3-4
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 8:51 PM

FINDLAY – Ohioans are encouraged to take advantage of “Free Fishing Days” May 3-4 and experience the great fishing Ohio has to offer. For these two days only, Ohio anglers may fish in any of the state’s public waters without having to buy a fishing license.

During the rest of the year, anglers 16 years and older are required to have a valid fishing license to take fish, frogs or turtles from Ohio waters. An Ohio fishing license is one of the best recreation bargains available, costing only $19 a year for residents.

National Day of Prayer observances set
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 8:51 PM

Millions of people will gather to pray at thousands of events for the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 1. The theme for 2014 is “One Voice, United in Prayer.”

Organizers have chosen Romans 15:6 as the Scripture for this year: “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Locally, several events have been organized: