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AFA Newsletter November 16, 2010

American Football Association AFA Newsletter November 16, 2010
In This Issue:
•   Attempts To Use AFA Founder, Ron Real's Name Continue
•   Free AFA Alumni Club Membership Program
•   Sponsor: Ambit Energy
•   AFA Member League News Clips
•   Join Us On Facebook
Revocation List To Be Posted By February
By Paul Clolery
SAN FRANCISCO – Some 320,000 of the nation's smallest nonprofits filed information forms with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) between January 1 and the October 15 deadline. Thousands more are expected to lose their exemptions because they have not filed.

The (IRS) has been trying for months to alert charities of the requirements, even extending a May 15 deadline until Oct. 15. Large, national nonprofits might have full-time chief financial officers or even hire outside accounting firms to handle their tax forms, but the average nonprofit in the U.S. is run by volunteers. There may be more than 1.8 million charities in the U.S. but the vast majority are local community groups, like the Little League or the Woman's Club.

The new rule also was a way to weed out the IRS' records of defunct nonprofits. Under the Pension Protection Act of 2006, tax-exempt organizations that do not file annual IRS Tax Form 990 returns (or at least an abbreviated version for the smallest nonprofits) for three straight years automatically lose their exemption. That third year is the 2009 tax year, and that deadline was May 15, which the IRS extended until today (Oct. 15) after a huge cry from the nonprofit sector.

Losing tax-exempt status means an organization would have to file income tax returns and pay income tax while donors would not be able to deduct contributions, and it would have to re-file for tax-exemption with the IRS.
An organization with annual gross receipts of up to $25,000 must file a Form 990-N, or e-Postcard, while those with gross receipts of less than $500,000 must file a Form 990-EZ. Nonprofits that have revenue of more than a half-million dollars are required to file the Form 990.

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AFA Member League News Clips
Elmhurst Traveler Hall of Famers Join Waddle & Silvy
Attached is a photo of AFA Hall of Famers from the Elmhurst Travelers Alumni Chapter who attended the "Waddle & Silvy" ESPN Radio Show featuring Mike Ditka on October 28th. Pictured with "Da Coach" are Roman Strzala, Larry Schmidt, Gary Thomas, Chick Cichowski and Jerry Schroop.

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Attempts To Use AFA Founder, Ron Real's Name Continue
Unfortunately, despite previous communications from the Family of the late Ron Real stating their position, the distraction of organizations/individuals attempting to use the name of Ron Real for a trophy/championship game continues. This is not only sickening and but also extremely disrespectful! NO means NO !

After just celebrating our 30th Anniversary, the many achievements of our founder Ron Real and 600 plus Hall of Fame members, and the positive image at our level that we continue to promote, the seriousness of this issue has become more paramount. We will continue to distance ourselves from organizations that characterize themselves as associates of the American Football Association………American Football News Today, the Ron Real Trophy, the Minor Pro Hall of Fame, Minor League Football News Hall of Fame, etc.

The AFA Board of Directors and family of the late Ron Real once again state that these groups/initiatives are unauthorized and have nothing to do with the AFA, the AFA Semi-pro Football Hall of Fame or the AFA's American Football News™ created by the late Ron Real, founder of the AFA.
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About the American Football Association: The American Football Association is a national 501(c) (3) non-profit, tax exempt corporation in its 30th year of operation and is dedicated to the advancement of adult (semi-pro) football from coast-to-coast. Our slogan is Semi Pro & Proud®. We are not affiliated with any other national semi-pro/minor league organization (Minor League Football News, American Football News Today, American Football Hall of Fame, Minor Pro Hall of Fame, etc). The AFA, Hall of Fame, American Football News™ and AFA logo design are registered trademarks of the American Football Association. All other AFA-related trademarks are trademarks of the American Football Association.  American Football Association

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