In the November LION Magazine, check in on how Lions are helping their communities recover from Superstorm Sandy, be inspired by the unbounded spirit of a wheelchair basketball team and learn about a few of Lions’ favorite things.
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In the digital LION, find exclusive content such as videos about the Lions’ efforts to provide relief during the Yosemite fire and an update on LCIF’s partnership to end measles.
Visit the LION Magazine page to contact editors, view past issues and listen to the audio version of the magazine.
The Lions Clubs International Online Radio is now streaming music for free for your listening pleasure! Choose from stations including Greatest Hits, Oldies, Country Hits and Classic Country. In addition, the Lions Radio will feature news, announcements and updates that affect Lions everywhere.
Lions: Please remember that all Lions Clubs, Districts and Multiple Districts that have annual gross receipts less than $50,000 and do not have to file Form 990 or 990-EZ, must file the e-Postcard (also known as 990-N). Please note that this is an IRS requirement.
Please refer to the above chart regarding annual filing requirements.
The e-Postcard is due by the 15th day of the fifth month after the close of your tax year. Lions Clubs operate on a fiscal year, July 1 – June 30, and the e-Postcard will be due by November 15 each year . Please note that an organization cannot request an extension for filing the Form 990-N.
If you do not file, you risk losing your tax-exempt status. Any Lions Club that fails to meet its annual reporting requirement for three consecutive years automatically loses its tax exempt status under the new law. A club may get reinstated if they complete an application for recognition of exemption even if they originally fell under a group exemption.
Every Club and/or District must have an employer identification number (EIN), even if it will not have employees. The EIN is a unique number that identifies the organization to the Internal Revenue Service. To apply for an EIN, you should obtain a Form SS-4 and its Instructions from the IRS. You may also apply for an EIN online, by telephone (1-800-829-4933), or by fax (fax number at the location accepting applications from your state). It is important that the Clubs and Districts are using the correct EIN for their annual filing.
Go to www.irs.gov/eo for complete details and while you’re there sign up for Exempt Organization’s free email newsletter, EO Update, to receive up-to-date information posted on the charity pages of irs.gov.
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October’s Sharing the Vision Month is coming to an end. Lions everywhere participated by recycling eyeglasses for sight, celebrating World Sight Day earlier this month and holding vision screenings for children and adults.
Today’s featured photo is from Taiwan’s Central Plains Lions vision care network, who partnered with Chung Shan Medical University to provide vision screenings to local residents. The Lions also provided free optician services to low-income children. The proper eye health care helps community members detect potential problems and maintain healthy vision.
Although the Sharing the Vision Global Service Action Campaign is almost over, Lions everywhere continue to fight blindness every day. How does your club serve your community’s eye health and vision needs?
Lions around the world work on projects aimed at protecting our environment. Our film crew visited Nagoya, Japan, to see how Lions there lead the way in keeping…
Around the world, many of our clubs focus on projects that meet the needs of youth. We sent a video crew to Morocco to see how Lions there…
We’re always looking for new ways to extend our reach and share what we are doing around the world to meet community needs. Beginning in October, passengers on…
Our clubs do so much more than collect used eyeglasses. We feed the hungry, we help identify vision problems through screenings and we improve the communities we live…