This is a friendly reminder that it is time to prepare for your required IRS 990 Filings or CRA/Canadian Equivalent filings for the fiscal year 2017.
United States Chapter Reminders:
Many of you have reached out mentioning that you received an email (sample below) from an organization called 'File 990' offering to complete your IRS 990 filing for only $39.95. What a bargain, right?
Well, we wanted to remind you that while 'File 990' is a legitimate organization that will file your 990 for you, it is not necessary to pay to file a Form 990 for the IRS.
IRS 990 forms are free to file through the IRS. The majority of BHS Chapters file a Form 990-N (e-postcard) which can be done online for free by visiting here: https://sa.www4.irs.gov/
The Barbershop Harmony Society has compiled a list of FAQ's regarding 990 filings (including 990-EZ) as well as a general tutorial on how to file a 990-N (e-postcard). You can find that information here:
This filing with the IRS and reporting in the Member Center is due no later than May 15, 2018.
Canadian Chapter Reminders:
Please review the Chapter Treasurer Checklist which includes information regarding CRA filings.
As a friendly reminder for Canadian Chapters, your chapter may not be required to file with the CRA or your local province annually every year. However, the Barbershop Harmony Society requires that you complete and update your Member Center profile nonetheless.
Canadian Chapters not required to file with the CRA or Province should upload to their Member Center profile, for the respective fiscal year, a letter from their Chapter Secretary or Treasurer attesting that their chapter is not required to file with the CRA or Province. This would satisfy our requirements and we wouldn't be flagging your chapter.
This filing and reporting in the Member Center are due no later than June 30, 2018.
For all Chapters:
For a brief tutorial on how to update your Chapter's Member Center profile with these filings, please visit our tutorials here:
Unfortunately, failing to report to the Barbershop Harmony Society (through the Member Center) is grounds for chapter suspension.
If we can be of further assistance to you in the meantime or if you have questions, please reach out to your District Secretary or Treasurer.