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January 2017
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I have been a member of the IFDA for 35 years, and many things have changed during that time. As the funeral profession has evolved with the passing of time, so has our association. For me, it’s an easy decision to renew my membership each year, as I think about the benefits that the IFDA provides.
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Time is running out!

The 2017 renewal date will be upon us quickly.  To assist you in wrapping up those remaining continuing education credits,  IFDA has scheduled three Regional Spring Seminars.

Northern: March 1st - Rockford, IL
Central: March 7th - Effingham, IL
Southern: March 29th - Mt. Vernon, IL

In addition to the three Regional Seminars, NFDA is holding a Cremation Certification Program on March 30th at the Mt. Vernon, IL location.  For more information, check out the link below.

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The Americans With Disability Act and Illinois Law
An area that we received quite a few questions about recently is complying with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), how it pertains to deaf and hard of hearing individuals and what the funeral home is responsible for. We have compiled some information that we think you will find helpful.
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Small business alert: Beware of stiff penalties for failing to file information returns
Legislation enacted last year included little-noticed changes to the penalty regime for failing to file information returns with the IRS and failing to furnish required statements to payment recipients.

For payments made in 2016, these documents must be sent out early next year. Here’s what small business owners need to know about the penalties for not getting that job done on time
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FTC Scam warning
Scams are like weeds: they crop up, are treated and disappear, only to find a way to pop up again. Such is the case with a scam we’ve written about before. In this scam, the fraudster pretends to be from the FTC and emails people, telling them they’re under investigation and to click on a link for more information.
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Comptroller Reports are due soon.  IFDA can process your Comptroller Reports for you!
Short on time? Or, just don't want to be bothered?  IFDA can assist you with completing your Comptroller Reports.  $55 for members, $100 for non-members.  Click the link below for more information.  Don't delay, get it done today!
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What to know about four remarkable religions’ funeral tradition
Many people have questions about the religious funeral traditions for adherents of the Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Greek Orthodox faiths. These four separate podcasts on A Good Goodbye Radio with host Gail Rubin, CT, offer in-depth insights.
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IRS announces 2017 milege rates for taxes, reimbursement rates may differ
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued the 2017 optional standard mileage rates and beginning on January 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be:
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Legislative Update
The Illinois General Assembly returned to session on Monday, January 9th for the final two days of the 99th General Assembly. The members of the 100th General Assembly were sworn into office at on Wednesday, January 11th.
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2017 gives us new laws, new legislators and a busy legislative calendar

2017 brings a multitude of new laws for Illinoisans, nearly 200 as a matter of fact. We’ve narrowed down the list to laws that apply to business owners/funeral directors. Check it out here.


The Legislative Research Unit’s publication titled “First Reading” gives an excellent overview of the General Election and provides short bios with pictures of each newly elected legislator of the 100th General Assembly. (pages 1-13)  Click Here


For a full calendar of the Illinois General Assembly, click here

Scholarships available to 2017 graduates
The International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR) Foundation is now accepting applications for its Awards of Excellence Scholarship Program. The OGR Foundation will award two scholarships, one for $3,500 and another for $2,000. The Awards of Excellence Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students based on strong academic performance, funeral service experience and the strength of their essay. Applications are due by February 28, 2017.
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NFDA Call for Candidates now open
NFDA is seeking applicants for open seats on the Board of Directors for the 2017-18 leadership year, which begins at the conclusion of the 2017 NFDA International Convention & Expo.
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New Members

A big welcome to our newest members!

A & A Paving Contractors, Inc.
Thomas Swing
Roselle, IL

ASD Answering Service for Directors
Jessica Fowler
Media, Pennsylvania

Hoffmeister South County Chapel
Edward Rahe
St. Louis, MO

Blair Mathis
Chicago, IL

Proko Funeral Home
Scott Pelky
Kenosha, WI

District News

NEIFDA - January 25, 2017
District 8 - February 2, 2017
NEIFDA - April 5, 2017
NEIFDA - April 28, 2017

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