BVA Addresses Critical Coronavirus Questions
Headquarters Statement Regarding COVID-19
The Blinded Veterans Association has been closely monitoring developments related to the COVID-19 virus from its Alexandria headquarters. We are especially mindful of our BVA membership and their families, located throughout the United States, during this most challenging time. Their health and welfare are our highest priority and the National Board of Directors continues to explore means by which our veterans with vision loss may be assisted in areas such as transportation, shopping, and filling prescriptions.
We are also concerned about the continued health and safety of our employees and their families. After much thoughtful consideration and deliberation among our national leaders and headquarters staff, BVA has determined to move all but a few of its employees to a virtual work environment until further notice. We will likely have a limited number of staff members still in our office, for the time being, but the specific days and hours may be reduced and/or shortened.
BVA staff will continue to take calls and read emails during this time. When calling BVA’s direct number, 202-371-8880, or the toll-free number, 800-669-7079, please use the recorded menu to contact a staff member directly or his/her department. Normally those two numbers reach a live receptionist. If this does not occur, a caller can still leave a voicemail with the receptionist, a department, or another individual. The time necessary to return a call may be extended somewhat at this time but we will make every effort possible to contact as soon as possible those who attempt to reach us. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any concern.
We wish our entire BVA family health, safety, and the best of spirits possible during this difficulty period throughout the world. We are confident that we can all get through this together.
Dr. Tom Zampieri, BVA National President
Joe Bogart, BVA Executive Director
The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) was formed in 1945 and was chartered by Congress in 1958. BVA helps veterans and their families meet and overcome the challenges of blindness. Services of BVA are available to all veterans who have become blind, either during or after active duty.
Any person who has served in the Armed Forces of the United States if he/she has sustained an impairment of sight or vision. The criteria for impairment is defined as central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with corrective lenses, or a visual field restriction of no greater than 20 degrees or less in the better eye.
Any supportive organization, group or person who desires to support our free programs for blinded veterans. You are also lending your voice to the Association as we advocate for policies and issues that affect every blinded veterans. With over 50 Regional Groups around the country, you can also take part on a local level in social events and raising awareness of the challenges facing blinded veterans.
BVA supports Blinded Veterans with Veterans Assistance Programs. Since 1945, BVA has been advocating for blind veterans and their families in order to assist them in regaining their independence. We offer a range of veteran’s assistance programs which are available to any veteran whether they are a member of BVA or not. We provide support for veterans through funding, advocacy and assistance with navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs claims processes to ensure seamless integration.
BVA’s Government Relations team is a consistent presence on Capitol Hill. We work to educate congressional leaders on the needs of our blinded veterans, their families and caregivers. The resolutions adopted by BVA members during the annual National Convention drive our legislative advocacy – ensuring the federal laws, regulations and policies governing the Department of Veterans Affairs – and other federal agencies – are continually improved.
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All tax-exempt organizations will soon need to file their tax returns electronically, thanks to the Taxpayer First Act (H.R. 3151), which was signed into law in July 2019. This new electronic filing will become effective for fiscal years beginning 7/1/2020. Therefore, for all BVA regional groups this will apply to the 6/30/2020 year-end.
The new law applies to any tax-exempt organization filing Form 990, Form 990-EZ, Form 990-N and Form 990-T.
For most BVA regional groups in particular this should refer to the 990-N or 990-EZ filing. 990-N’s are filed for organizations that have less than $50,000 in gross receipts. If the regional group’s total assets are below $500,000 and gross receipts are below $200,000 than a 990-EZ will be required for electronic filing. If either have been exceeded than a Form 990 must be filed electronically.
The Taxpayer First Act requires the IRS to make the Form 990 filed by tax-exempt organizations available to the public in machine-readable format as soon as feasible.
The new law also requires the IRS to provide notice to tax-exempt organizations that have failed to file their Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, and Form 990-T for two consecutive years. The notice from the IRS must include a statement that the organization’s tax-exempt status will be automatically revoked if it fails to file its return for a third consecutive year by the required return’s due date. For BVA regional groups this again should mainly refer to the 990-N or 990-EZ tax return unless gross receipts exceed $50,000.
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