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Non-Profit Annual 990 Reports

Not-for-Profit Exempt organizations are required to file Form 990 on an annual basis to increase the transparency of the organization. The information is considered by the IRS to be public domain information in-so-far as a not-for-profit entity gains beneficial tax status for the organization as well as the American Tax Payer.

Organizational Structure of The American Guild of English Handbell Ringers

The American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (Guild) was incorporated as a Not-for-Profit Exempt entity in the State of Delaware in 1986. Contrary to its State Charter designating it as a resident entity of Delaware, it actually has its residence in the State of Ohio. The Guild By-laws originally were set up envisioning thirteen regional geographical structures (Areas), twelve of which encompassed the United States and its territories, and by association, the Provinces of Canada. In the absence of any world-wide handbell organization, the Guild included a thirteenth regional designation to represent international (non-North American) participation.

Each geographical region was encouraged to incorporate as a separate entity to insulate and limit the Guild from any financial or liability issues that might arise in the future. This organizational structure paralleled many other socially beneficial organizations as it recognized that success in the craft was only attainable if the areas nurtured and promoted the musical programs locally. As a consequence, the Guild does not in any way own or have operating jurisdiction over any of the geographical sub-areas, each of which carry their own incorporation status.

The Guild's regional organizations (designated Areas) are separately incorporated entities that are aligned by purpose with the Guild. The Corportate naming of each entity varies but in general, reflects the symbiotic relationship with the Guild. The only requirement that has been imposed on Areas aligning themselves with the Guild is the requirement to operate within the bounds of the Guild by-laws reflecting its mission and purpose.

The Guild by-laws suggest a number of sub-area organizational splits, but the final decision as to organization structure is retained by the Areas themselves. At this writing, the Guild currently recognizes only twelve Areas. The thirteenth Area has more or less dissolved in-as-much as different international Associations, similar to the Guild, have been established and developed for that market. In addition, although there still remains a symbiotic relationship with the Canadian Provinces, the Canadian Provinces are in the process of developing their own organization structure, not a direct part of the Guild.

IRS Registration and Filing - the Role of the IRS 990 Reporting system

Current as of January 2012, there is a difference between IRS registration and IRS filing (or reporting). Tax-exempt organizations with more than $5,000 in annual gross receipts must register with the IRS, but they don't have to file the annual information report until they reach annual gross receipts of $25,000. Religious congregations have automatic Section 501(c)(3) status and are not required to register or file. Foundations of any size must both register and file.

Nonprofit organizations with over $25,000 in annual gross receipts are required to file Form 990 with the IRS. Organizations that have gross receipts between $25,000 and $100,000 and less than $250,000 in total assets at the end of the year can opt to file a shorter form called Form 990-EZ. Private foundations of any size file Form 990-PF. Since some funders require Form 990, some smaller nonprofit organizations do file Form 990 even though they are not required to do so by the IRS.

The Guild and each of the national Areas are separately incorporated and by Federal Law, must report annually to the IRS using Form 990, provided they meet the above limits. The purpose of this form is to force here-to-fore hidden operations to become more transparent in order to (a) assure the IRS that the purposes for granting tax free status are appropriate and correctly managed [e.g. are monies properly accounted for and not used for personal gain], (b) to assure the American Taxpayer that such organization are correctly using donated assets in their operation [e.g. is the organization declaring all salaries and donations appropriately], and (c) to provide in the open a standardized reporting structure showing the operations and ongoing financial health of the organization [e.g. are financial records independently audited and proper financial oversight handled by a designated corporate committee].

The AGEHR National Form 990 Financials

The following Form 990 reports are publicly available:

ORGANIZATION NAME
Year
TOTAL ASSETS
FORM
PAGES
EIN
American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Inc.
2012
$655,311
990
29
51-6019671
American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Inc.
2011
$779,073
990
27
51-6019671
American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Inc.
2010
$779,436
990
21
51-6019671
American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Inc.
2009
$715,409
990
21
51-6019671
American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Inc.
2008
$851,050
990
32
51-6019671
American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Inc.
2007
$1,142,388
990
29
51-6019671
American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Inc.
2006
$972,469
990
28
51-6019671
American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Inc.
2005
$949,744
990
26
51-6019671
American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Inc.
2004
$904,177
990
19
51-6019671
American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Inc.
2003
$785,903
990
19
51-6019671
American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Inc.
2002
$796,558
990
19
51-6019671

The Guild Area II Form 990 Financials

The following Form 990 reports are publicly available:
ORGANIZATION NAME
Year
TOTAL ASSETS
FORM
PAGES
EIN
A.G.E.H.R. Area II Inc.
2012
$178,741
990EZ
10
16-1414078
A.G.E.H.R. Area II Inc.
2011
$200,904
990EZ
11
16-1414078
A.G.E.H.R. Area II Inc.
2010
$163,394
990EZ
10
16-1414078
A.G.E.H.R. Area II Inc.
2009
$171,391
990EZ
10
16-1414078
A.G.E.H.R. Area II Inc.
2008
$148,238
990
18
16-1414078
A.G.E.H.R. Area II Inc.
2007
$176,130
990
18
16-1414078
A.G.E.H.R. Area II Inc.
2006
$173,654
990
16
16-1414078
A.G.E.H.R. Area II Inc.
2005
$174,755
990
15
16-1414078
A.G.E.H.R. Area II Inc.
2004
$141,105
990
15
16-1414078
A.G.E.H.R. Area II Inc.
2003
$171,535
990
15
16-1414078


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