Ideas of easy fundraisers for homeschool groups

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Your homeschool organization probably looks for extra ways to bring in money. Carol Topp, the Homeschool CPA, shares ideas for easy fundraising in this episode of the Dollars And Sense Show podcast.

Listen to the podcast here

Easy fundraisers show notes:

Coupon and reward programs
Box Tops. Need 501c3 status
Shopping reward like Kroger Plus program
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Food as a fundraiser
Pizza sales, bake sales to members
Candy, popcorn sales to public could impose a reporting to you state’s AG office
Restaurant (Chik-Fil-A) give a percent of proceeds from one night to your organization
Dinners as fundraisers

Donations
Via email, website, crowd funding, etc
Read-a-thon or walk-a-thon
Car washes and bake sales

Sell products
Ideas at TopSchoolFundraisers.com
Used curriculum sale. Charge an entrance fee, or a table fee to the sellers (or both!)

Reporting the Fundraiser income:
The IRS considers fundraisers to be unrelated to your nonprofit purpose and therefore, subject to taxation. Exceptions to the Unrelated Business Income tax:

  • Under $1,000 income from fundraisers in a year
  • All volunteer labor (no hired help to run the fundraiser)
  • Not regularly carried on
  • Selling donated items

State may require reporting to their attorney General if you sell to the public or solicit donations from the public. Usual exceptions are: only sales to members, a dollar threshold ($25,000 is common), all volunteer labor, but these vary by state.

Warning: No Individual fundraising accounts!
See http://homeschoolcpa.com/scouts-dont-allow-individual-fundraising-account-and-neither-should-you/

More information:
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Money Management in a Homeschool Organization book

Blog posts on fundraising: http://homeschoolcpa.com/tag/fund-raising/

Article “Easy Fundraisers for Homeschool Groups” at http://homeschoolcpa.com/leader-tools/articles/

 

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Thank you!

Carol Topp, CPA

3 essential tools for homeschool leaders

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At the Indiana Association of Home Educators 2014 conference, I spoke to homeschool leaders about

Tips and Traps for Homeschool Leaders

In this video I discuss the 3 essential tools that homeschool leaders need.

In the video I mentioned a handout. You can download it here: http://wp.me/aF6pa-1c4

I hope the video is helpful.
For other videos for homeschool leaders visit HomeschoolCPA.com/Videos

 

Carol Topp, CPA

HomeschoolCPA.com

IRS approves 501c3 status for homeschool group in 2 weeks!

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The IRS is certainly speeding up the process to get 501(c)(3) status for small, qualified organizations!

Congratulations to Heritage Home Scholars in Tennessee  on receiving  501(c)(3) tax exempt status with the IRS! They received the coveted IRS determination letter granting them 501(c)(3) tax exempt status in less than two weeks from applying!

I was happy to help them receive 501(c)(3) tax exempt status for the IRS. Learn more here about how I can help your homeschool organization.

 

Do you know the pros and cons of 501(c) tax exempt status? Do you know what tax exempt status could mean for your homeschool group?

My (recently updated) book The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization could help your group as well.

Price: $9.95 paperback   $3.99 ebook

 

 

Carol Topp, CPA

IRS grants 501c3 status to two homeschool co-ops

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Congratulations to SEEK in Indiana and Home Educators TREK in Illinois on receiving  501(c)(3) tax exempt status with the IRS!

I was happy to help both these organizations receive 501(c)(3) tax exempt status for the IRS.

Do you know the pros and cons of 501(c) tax exempt status? Do you know what tax exempt status could mean for your homeschool group?

My (recently updated) book The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization could help your group as well.

Price: $9.95 paperback   $3.99 ebook

 

 

Carol Topp, CPA

3 traps homeschool leaders need to avoid

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At the Indiana Association of Home Educators 2014 conference, I spoke to homeschool leaders about

Tips and Traps for Homeschool Leaders

In this video I discuss the 3 traps the homeschool leaders need to avoid.

In the video I mentioned a handout. You can download it here: http://wp.me/aF6pa-1c4

I hope the video is helpful.
For other videos for homeschool leaders visit HomeschoolCPA.com/Videos

 

Carol Topp, CPA

HomeschoolCPA.com

Can a teacher work off their tuition to a homeschool co-op?

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We have recently started an inclusive homeschool co-op. I have three of your ebooks and I’m a bit confused on a few issues.

1. Each family pays the outside teachers directly. We do a registration process, but the cash or checks go to the teacher, not the co-op. Do we mark that money “in the books” or is that outside of co-op money?

2. I am also confused with the differences between volunteer parents teaching a class for reduced fees for classes and  an Independent Contractor working off their tuition.

What am I missing?

Thank you so much for your time,
Heather

Heather,
Thank you for contacting me. To answer your questions:
1. Since the funds never come to your group, they are not recorded in your books as income to your group.

2. Volunteer vs Independent Contractor (IC). It’s a world of difference because an IC is not supposed to receive any fringe benefits such as free or reduced tuition. If you give an IC fringe benefits, then they are an employee and you need to set up payroll, pay unemployment taxes, workers comp, SS/Medicare taxes, etc…The IRS is very clear and very strict about ICs not receiving benefits.
Employees can receive tax-free tuition discounts. Colleges and private schools do that a lot for their employees.

On the other hand, a volunteer can receive reduced or free tuition, because she is volunteering and not paid.

This explanation may help:
(this is from an article “Money, Taxes and Your Homeschool Family” in the March/April edition of The Old Schoolhouse magazine. Read the full article here: http://ow.ly/uAkhI

Teresa, a homeschool mom who teaches at a co-op where her own children take classes, was told by her co-op that they would just deduct her co-op tuition from her income as a teacher. Teresa’s co-op paid her as an independent contractor and this arrangement didn’t seem correct to her.

Fortunately, she emailed me, asking, “Can I work off my co-op fees by teaching a class?”

The answer is no, you cannot.

The homeschool co-op should pay Teresa with a paycheck. Then, as a separate transaction, Teresa should pay her fees to the co-op. It is important to separate the two transactions because of taxes. Being paid for teaching is earning taxable income. Paying tuition is a personal expense and not tax deductible. The two do not negate each other for tax purposes.

It may seem like more work for the co-op’s treasurer to pay and collect money from the same person, but the separation is important for clarity and correct reporting of taxable income to Teresa.

I hope that helps explain the difference.

 

Carol Topp, CPA

Pros and cons of leading a homeschool co-op video

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At the Indiana Association of Home Educators 2014 conference, I spoke to homeschool leaders about

Tips and Traps for Homeschool Leaders

In this video I discuss the pros and cons of leading a homeschool co-op and your responsibility as its leader.

In the video I mentioned a handout. You can download it here: http://wp.me/aF6pa-1c4

I hope the video is helpful.
For other videos for homeschool leaders visit HomeschoolCPA.com/Videos

 

Carol Topp, CPA

HomeschoolCPA.com

Could you please give me a minute (and review my books)?

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Have you benefited from reading any of my books?

Did Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out make starting co-op a little easier?

Did the information in The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization get your organization tax exempt status?

Have you read through the list of practices to avoid embezzlement in Money Management in a Homeschool Organization? (yes, unfortunately, homeschool groups can be a victim of theft)

Could you please leave a short blurb on Amazon? It doesn’t have to be long. Just a sentence saying something like:

Really helpful!

Clear and easy to understand.

Essential for running a homeschool organization.

Here’s the links to make it easy for you.

Homeschool Co-ops book the original edition had 16 reviews, but this new edition has only 5 reviews :(. It needs a boost.

IRS and Your Homeschool Organization book (This book has zero reviews! I really need your help here!)

Money Management in a Homeschool Organization book (This book has zero reviews, too! It really needs some!)

I appreciate your time and effort!

Thank you!

Carol Topp

Podcasts for homeschool leaders

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I started my podcast, the Dollars and Sense Show about a year ago! It’s hard to believe its a year old already!

I have a few podcasts that are for homeschool leaders:

Starting a nonprofit homeschool group correctly

Starting a homeschool group correctly.

What is tax exempt status and how do I get it for my homeschool group?

Paying workers in a homeschool organization Part 1

Paying workers in a homeschool organization Part 2

 Advice from experienced homeschool parents

 

 

I plan more for the next few months including

  •  Easy fund raisers for homeschool groups
  • Do you know about required IRS filings for homeschool organizations?
  • Has your group lost its tax exempt status?

 

What your you like to hear about? Drop a note in the comments and I may use your idea for a future podcast.

 

If you find any of my podcasts helpful, please leave a review on iTunes. (click on “View in iTunes” to leave a review)

How to leave a review on iTunes

 

Thank you!

Carol Topp

Starting a nonprofit homeschool group correctly. Dollars and Sense Show # 5 – See more at: http://ultimateradioshow.com/show-hosts/dollars-sense/#sthash.OArruFN6.dpuf
Starting a nonprofit homeschool group correctly. Dollars and Sense Show # 5 – See more at: http://ultimateradioshow.com/show-hosts/dollars-sense/#sthash.OArruFN6.dpuf

Celebrate my podcast birthday and enter to win an iPad mini!

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My podcast, the Dollars and Sense Show is a year old! Hard to believe that a year ago I started recording podcasts twice a month on a topic important to everyone: money!

The Dollars and Sense show is part of a larger network of podcasts by homeschoolers, for homeschoolers called the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.

For exactly one year, the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network has been blessing homeschool families with fun, informative, and encouraging radio broadcasts every single week. All of our shows can be 1) played through the internet 2) downloaded to your computer or 3) subscribed to in iTunes as a podcast. Have you taken the time to listen to a show and find out what the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network is all about?

As a newsletter subscriber for the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network, you can get free audios sent to you every single week through email which makes it super easy to try listening. All of our shows are free!

As we celebrate our one year anniversary, several of the show hosts are joining together to offer a spectacular Anniversary Giveaway – you can win an iPad Mini!

Happy Birthday Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network! Win an iPad MINI from us!

iPad Mini Celebration Giveaway

A entire year of totally free podcasts that talk about every aspect of homeschooling, from planning, curriculum, money, marriage and more! We have an exciting line-up of shows and it is amazing to see the growth, especially over the last month! This is a thank you for all of you who are current listeners or those of you finding us for the first time – we began our network with a handful of show hosts and plan on growing! Each show host was carefully selected
and these shows are amazing!

Here is a snap shot of our current shows:UltimateHomeschoolRadioNetworkShowHosts_2014

And here is your chance to win an iPad Mini!

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I hope one of you wins the iPad mini! If you do, let me know!

Carol Topp, CPA

HomeschoolCPA.com