Changes in Homeschooling

TChanges in Homeschoolinghis episode is an excerpt from a homeschool leaders retreat held in Indiana. Carol Topp discusses the changes she sees in homeschooling. The lines between homeschool groups and small micro schools is blurring. And more people are homeschooling but for different reasons than in the past. How will your group face these changes?

 

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Why Do Volunteers Quit?

Why Do Volunteers Quit?  Interview with Beth Mora and Carol Topp, CPA.Why do volunteers quit or leave your organization? Carol Topp interviews Beth Mora of www.HereToHelpLearning.com who discusses two reasons why volunteers leave your homeschool group.

Beth’s entire workshop on Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers is available at https://www.alliancerecordings.com/?context=&cid=61. The notes form her workshop are available at http://HereToHelpLearning.com/Notes

 

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Homeschool Co-ops:  How to Start Them, Run Them, and Not Burn Out

Have you ever thought about starting a homeschool co-op? Are you afraid it will be too much work? Do you think you’ll have to do it all by yourself? Starting a homeschool co-op can be easy! This book Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out will give you ideas, inspiration, tips, wisdom and the tools you need to start a homeschool co-op, run it and not burn out!

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What Motivates a Volunteer?

What Motivates a Volunteer?  Interview with Beth Mora and Carol Topp, the Homeschool CPAWhat motivates your volunteers? Do you know? Carol Topp interviews Beth Mora of www.HereToHelpLearning.com who offers tips on understanding what motivates volunteers to help in your homeschool group.

Beth’s entire workshop on Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers is available at https://www.alliancerecordings.com/?context=&cid=61. The notes form her workshop are available at http://HereToHelpLearning.com/Notes

 

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Homeschool Co-ops:  How to Start Them, Run Them, and Not Burn Out

Have you ever thought about starting a homeschool co-op? Are you afraid it will be too much work? Do you think you’ll have to do it all by yourself? Starting a homeschool co-op can be easy! This book Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out will give you ideas, inspiration, tips, wisdom and the tools you need to start a homeschool co-op, run it and not burn out!

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Board Binder: Board Training All Year Long

Board Binder: Board Training All Year Long for Homeschool OrganizationsIn the new Board Member Manual, Carol Topp, CPA offers has important topics your board should discuss every year. Make a plan to cover one topic a month and do board training all year long. She shares those topics on today’s podcast.

 

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Homeschool Organization Board Manual

This is a real life conversation:

HomeschoolCPA: Do you have a copy of your EIN letter form the IRS?
Homeschool Leader: No. It was gotten by a former treasurer 15 years ago. All I have is the number handwritten on a sheet of paper from the bank.
HomeschoolCPA: Do you have a copy of  your Articles of Incorporation filed in your state?
Homeschool Leader: No; I don’t think so.
HomeschoolCPA: Has your homeschool group ever applied for tax exempt status with the IRS?
Homeschool Leader: I have no idea! All I was given when I took over leadership was the checkbook. 🙁

This is a sad, but true reality. Sometimes current group leaders have none of the important paperwork for their organizations.

Homeschool board  members should keep all their organization’s important papers in a safe and accessible place. Usually, a 3-ring binder works well.

The Homeschool Organization Board Manual comes in a Word file to make it easy for you to customize it for your organization.

The manual (a digital file) costs $9.95, but you only purchase one copy for your organization.

You are allowed to print off copies of the Manual for all of your board members, but please do not share the original Word file with them. And do not share the original Word file with other people, email it or post it on the internet. TIA!

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Board Binder: Meeting Calendar and Agenda

Board Binder: Meeting Calendar and Agenda for Homeschool OrganizationsIn her new Board Members Manual, Carol Topp offers tips on running a board meeting and creating an agenda. She shares those tips on today’s podcast.

 

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Homeschool Organization Board Manual

This is a real life conversation:

HomeschoolCPA: Do you have a copy of your EIN letter form the IRS?
Homeschool Leader: No. It was gotten by a former treasurer 15 years ago. All I have is the number handwritten on a sheet of paper from the bank.
HomeschoolCPA: Do you have a copy of  your Articles of Incorporation filed in your state?
Homeschool Leader: No; I don’t think so.
HomeschoolCPA: Has your homeschool group ever applied for tax exempt status with the IRS?
Homeschool Leader: I have no idea! All I was given when I took over leadership was the checkbook. 🙁

This is a sad, but true reality. Sometimes current group leaders have none of the important paperwork for their organizations.

Homeschool board  members should keep all their organization’s important papers in a safe and accessible place. Usually, a 3-ring binder works well.

The Homeschool Organization Board Manual comes in a Word file to make it easy for you to customize it for your organization.

The manual (a digital file) costs $9.95, but you only purchase one copy for your organization.

You are allowed to print off copies of the Manual for all of your board members, but please do not share the original Word file with them. And do not share the original Word file with other people, email it or post it on the internet. TIA!

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Board Binder: Important Papers!

Nonprofit leaders should keep their organizations important papers in a binder. Carol Topp, the HomeschoolCPA, discusses what important papers need to be in your board binder.

 

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FEATURED PRODUCT from HomeschoolCPA:

 

Homeschool Organization Board Manual

This is a real life conversation:

HomeschoolCPA: Do you have a copy of your EIN letter form the IRS?
Homeschool Leader: No. It was gotten by a former treasurer 15 years ago. All I have is the number handwritten on a sheet of paper from the bank.
HomeschoolCPA: Do you have a copy of  your Articles of Incorporation filed in your state?
Homeschool Leader: No; I don’t think so.
HomeschoolCPA: Has your homeschool group ever applied for tax exempt status with the IRS?
Homeschool Leader: I have no idea! All I was given when I took over leadership was the checkbook. 🙁

This is a sad, but true reality. Sometimes current group leaders have none of the important paperwork for their organizations.

Homeschool board  members should keep all their organization’s important papers in a safe and accessible place. Usually, a 3-ring binder works well.

The Homeschool Organization Board Manual comes in a Word file to make it easy for you to customize it for your organization.

The manual (a digital file) costs $9.95, but you only purchase one copy for your organization.

 

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How can we change the contact name on our EIN?

How Can We Change the Contact Name on our EIN?When you apply for an Employer Identification Number with the IRS, you had to give a responsible party’s name and Social Security Number. Now that person is stepping down. How do you change the responsible party’s name on your EIN? Carol Topp, CPA explains how in this short podcast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Money Management for Homeschool Organizations

A Guide for Treasurers

Does your homeschool group manage their money well? Do you have a budget and know where the money is spent? Do you know how to prevent fraud? This 115 page book will help you to open a checking account, establish a budget, prevent mistakes and fraud, use software to keep the books, prepare a financial statement and hire workers. Sample forms and examples of financial statements in clear English are provided.

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How Do I Get a Tax Exempt Number?

How do I get a Tax Exempt Number?Your homeschool support group is probably a social club in the eyes of the IRS. Listen to this short podcast as Carol Topp, the HomeschoolCPA explains that social clubs can get automatic tax exempt status without applying, but they must maintain that tax-free status.

Here’s a link to the blog post Carol mentioned in the podcast: How to get into the IRS exempt database: http://homeschoolcpa.com/how-to-get-added-to-the-irs-database-and-file-the-form-990n/

 

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State Filings for Non-Profits

 

State Filings for Nonprofits. You’re not finished with paperwork when you receive tax exemption from the IRS. Your state may have several required forms for you to file as well. Carol Topp, CPA can help your homeschool nonprofit understand what forms to file with your state.

 

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How does the IRS see my homeschool support group?

How does the IRS see my homeschool support group?Your homeschool support group is probably a social club in the eyes of the IRS. Listen to this short podcast as Carol Topp, the HomeschoolCPA explains that social clubs can get automatic tax exempt status without applying, but they must maintain that tax-free status.

Here’s a link to the blog post Carol mentioned in the podcast: How to get into the IRS exempt database: http://homeschoolcpa.com/how-to-get-added-to-the-irs-database-and-file-the-form-990n/

 

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The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization

 

Does your homeschool group need to pay taxes?  Could they avoid paying taxes by being a 501c3 tax exempt organization? Do you know the pros and cons of 501c3 status? Do you know what 501c3 status could mean for your homeschool group?  I have the answers for you in my book The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization. The information I share in my book has been helpful to homeschool support groups, co-ops, music and sports groups and will help you understand:

  • The benefits of 501c3 status
  • The disadvantages too!
  • What it takes to make the IRS happy
  • What your state requires
  • Why your organization should consider becoming a nonprofit corporation
  • What is the difference between nonprofit incorporation and tax exemption
  • IRS requirements after you are tax exempt

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How to teach teenagers about managing money (when you’re not doing so great yourself)

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Teach Teenagers About Money

It’s tough to teach teenagers about managing money, especially if you’re not doing so great yourself!

But we all know that money management is an important skill that your teenagers will use every day of their adult life. They may never use Algebra II again, but money skills are vital.

I have an episode of the Dollars and Sense podcast to help you teach teenagers about managing money. Click here to listen

Our motivation to be teaching teenagers about money

  • Other people’s bad examples are all around us, including the US government.
  • We want them to avoid excessive debt. Did you know that college debt now exceeds credit card debt? Unbelievable!
  • Someone is watching you! So teach them how to avoid the mistakes you made.
  • We want to avoid boomerang kids, who are adults that return to live in their parents’ home, usually for financial reasons. Imaging the movie “Failure to Launch -Homeschool Style!” Always remember, we are raising adults, not children.

How to Teach Money Skills to a Teenager

  • Go with a natural style. Talk about money, what things cost, what people earn, decisions and trade-offs  a you go about your day. Stores are a great place to talk about money and choices.
  • Use real life examples. Share your own money stories (good or bad)  or those of people you read about in the news.
  • Get someone else to teach your teenagers. For example: Sunday school class, Scouts, or a homeschool co-op class. See the Resources below for curriculum that works well in a group setting.
  • Make personal finance a required class for graduation from your homeschool high school. The Resources below has several options for curriculum.

What to Teach Teenagers About Money

  • What things cost and what jobs earn.
  • Career exploration and post high school education.
  • Checking accounts and financial software such as Quicken or Ace Money Lite (it’s what I use and it’s free)
  • Budgets. One teenager I know is given $150/month as an allowance, but she has to buy everything: clothes, food, entertainment and gas.
  • Avoid credit card debt, but start building credit history in college.
  • Student loan debt. With her dad out of work, one college student chose a state school when shown the debt she would have from staying at a private college.
  • Taxes and federal spending. My husband says it’s his goal to raise taxpayers! We should all want that.
  • Entrepreneurship. My Micro Business for Teens books help a teenager earn money while learning a lot about business. Starting a Micro Business, a public television show features six students who started their own micro businesses. Ethan pays his own cell phone bill by teaching guitar and Linnea paid her way to China by tutoring.
  • Investing. Try a stock market simulation game.

Resources mentioned in the podcast

Schoolhouse Teachers  offers my Career Exploration 8 week class

Free! National Endowment Financial Education (NEFE) High School Financial Planning Curriculum http://www.hsfpp.org/

Generation Change for youth groups and Foundations in Personal Finance for schools at http://DaveRamsey.com

Discovering God’s Way of Handling Money from Crown.org 10 weeks, individual or class use

Money Matters for Teens Ages 15-18 Edition by Larry Burkett (oldie but still available on Amazon.com)

Micro Business For Teens books at http://MicroBusinessForTeens.com

Starting a Micro Business television show on YouTube

Our federal budget graphically displayed at http://WallStats.com

Tax return simulations from the IRS at Understanding Taxes www.irs.gov/app/UnderstandingTaxes

 

I hope you’re on your way to raising money-smart teenagers!

Carol Topp, CPA

Formerly Dollars and Sense now Homeschool CPA on Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network

How to teach homeschool teenagers about money

 

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