MISSOURI LITERACY ASSOCIATION Transition

Posted by on 29 May, 2018
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As we transition with the International Literacy Association(ILA), the Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association is now the  Missouri Literacy Association (MLA)! Under the new ILA charter,  the state and local councils will operate differently. We will continue to support members with exciting professional development through conferences, workshops, The Missouri Reader, and online webinars. The transition process takes time,  but stay tuned for new opportunities for professional learning and networking with MLA coming in the next year.

This transition must be finalized by September 1, 2018. At that point in time, the IRA group exemption that both the state and local councils previously operated under will be dissolved, and the new ILA group exemption will be the only one available to the state chapters. Starting September 1, 2018:

  • Each local council must operate under the state’s EIN tax-exempt status as a council or committee.
  • The current EIN will become taxable and no longer represent a nonprofit organization.
  • Current councils will not be able to operate as independent tax-exempt organizations under their current EIN tax numbers.

To help with this process, here are the answers to some of the frequently asked questions ILA has received:

Do the local councils have to change their names? No, they do not. This decision is at the discretion of the state chapter. Each local will not be its own organization, but rather a group within the state chapter.

Do local councils need to file an ILA officer report?
No, the local councils no longer need to supply ILA with a yearly officer report. However, there may be annual report requirements from the state chapter.

Do we have to give all locals a bank account? No, but you can. This is also at the discretion of the state. How a local operates, and if they need a bank account or should be a line item under the state, will best be determined by the state.

Does each local council need to have a specific number of ILA members? There is no minimum number of ILA members for local groups. However, state chapter board members must be ILA members.

Do the local councils need their own bylaws? Local councils should draft their own procedures (including how they wish to operate) with the state chapter’s approval. They will no longer need bylaws because they will operate under the state’s bylaws.

Do we need to file our 990 forms this November? Yes, all locals and state chapters must file a final 990 form and check the “Final Return/Terminated” box in Section B. The IRA group exemption will officially end at this point.

This process is new for everyone, and we are here to help work through it. If you have any comments, suggestions, ideas, or questions about the local transition process, or would like to set up a call, please do not hesitate to contact Glenda Nugent, ILA Coordinator, or Tammy Rhomberg, MLA President.

Glenda – glenda.nugent@gmail.com

Tammy – tjrh3@earthlink.com

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