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Community News Archives for 2022-12

ISP warns against drunk driving on NYE

The message is clear from the Indiana State Police -- if you engage in drunk driving on New Years Eve, they will catch you. 

 

The ISP and other law enforcement agencies are stepping up patrols on Dec. 31, looking for impaired drivers and aggressive drivers in a hope of ensuring everyone brings in the new year safely. 

 

According to Indiana State Police Sgt. Matt Ames, there are 28 deaths every day in America caused by intoxicated drivers. 

 

"If you plan on drinking, ISP wants you to plan accordingly beforehand. Have a designated driver or be prepared to call a cab or other ride provider. If you have to ask yourself is it okay for me to drive, you are not," Ames told The Putnam County Post. 

 

Anyone caught driving impaired faces around $10,000 in legal fees, increased insurance rates and vehicle impound costs, according to Ames.

 

"Buzzed driving is drunk driving. Let's bring 2023 in safe and sound. Don't drink and drive," Ames said.

IHCDA seeks volunteers to count Hoosiers experiencing homelessness

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and partner agencies across the state are seeking volunteers to conduct a one-night count of the homeless population. Volunteers are needed in every county on January 25 to help conduct the count.

 

Those interested in volunteering can register here.

 

Upon registering, IHCDA's Homeless Management Information Systems team will connect those individuals, groups, or organizations interested in participating with their local PIT Coordinator(s).

 

There will be a volunteer webinar on January 11, 2023, at 1 p.m. EST. Registration links will be provided by your local PIT Coordinator(s). Those interested in volunteering, but unable to attend the PIT volunteer webinar, will have the information made available through their regional PIT Coordinators, prior to participating in the count. Volunteers must register no later than January 20, 2023. 

"Collaboration at the state, regional, and local levels are important in the fight to end homelessness here in Indiana," said Jacob Sipe, executive director of IHCDA. "We are proud to collaborate with many great partners who share IHCDA’s mission of providing housing opportunities, promoting self-sufficiency, and strengthening communities."

 

The PIT Count is a census of all unsheltered and sheltered persons experiencing homelessness in the Indiana Balance of State (BOS) Continuum of Care (CoC), consisting of 91 of the state’s 92 counties - every county except Marion (Indianapolis) which coordinates their own count. The sheltered count is conducted at emergency shelters, transitional housing, and safe haven projects across the 91 counties and 16 regions that comprise the Indiana BOS. The count is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) and must be conducted at least once every two years, during the last two weeks of January by CoCs receiving HUD funding. 

 

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DNR hosting First Day Hikes to kick off the new year

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources on New Year’s Day is hosting its First Day Hike.

 

On Jan. 1, 2023, Indiana state parks and state forests are hosting guided hikes, runs and one trail ride.

 

Find a hike for you at bit.ly/2023-first-day-hikes.

 

• Brookville Lake (Mounds SRA), Hike, 4p ET

• Brown County State Park, Ride Along, 11a ET; Hike, 11a ET

• Chain O'Lakes State Park, Hike, 11a ET

• Charlestown State Park, Hike, 10a ET

• Clark State Forest, Hike, 1p ET

• Clifty Falls State Park, Hike, 1p ET

• Falls of the Ohio State Park, Hike, 1p ET

• Fort Harrison State Park, Hike, 1p ET

• Ferdinand State Forest, Hike, 9a ET

• Greene-Sullivan State Forest, Hike, 8a ET

• Harmonie State Park, Hike, 1p CT,

• Indiana Dunes State Park, Hike, 10a CT

• Jackson-Washington State Forest, Hike, 9a ET

• Lincoln State Park, Hike, Noon CT

• Martin State Forest, Hike, 10a ET

• McCormick's Creek State Park, Hike, 1p ET

• Monroe Lake (Fairfax SRA), Run and Walk, 3:30p ET

• Morgan-Monroe State Forest, Hike, 8a ET

• Walk with an Ox, O'Bannon Woods State Park, 10a ET

• Ouabache State Park, Night Hike, 5:30p ET

• Owen-Putnam State Forest, Hike, 8a ET

• Patoka Lake, Hike, Noon ET

• Pokagon State Park, Hike, 2p ET

• Potato Creek State Park, Hike, 2p ET

• Prophetstown State Park, Hike, 1p ET

• Raccoon SRA (Cecil M Harden Lake), Hike, 1p ET

• Salamonie River State Forest, Hike, 3p ET

• Shakamak State Park, Hikes, 10a and 1p ET

• Spring Mill State Park, Long Hike, 9a ET, Short Hike; 9:30a ET

• Summit Lake State Park, Hike, 9a ET

• Versailles State Park, Hike, Noon ET

• Whitewater Memorial State Park, Hike, 2p ET

• Yellowwood State Forest, Hike, 4p ET

4-H Scholarship Application Time

Scholarship application season is in full swing with many due in January or immediately thereafter. There are two very important features to being successful at receiving scholarships. The first is a “duh!” but seriously, one has to apply with a quality application! Too often scholarships go un-awarded due to no applicants or no applicants who followed instructions. In other instances, one could pay attention to detail with cover letters and power statements to out-compete a limited number of other applicants. Secondly power statements will be discussed to enhance applications.

There are many Indiana 4-H Foundation scholarships awarded each year. For information about these scholarships and the application process, go to https://extension.purdue.edu/4-H/get-involved/scholarships.html  to find requirements and eligibility along with other various scholarships. Indiana 4-H Foundation scholarships are due January 25th and 4-Hers will use their 4honline account https://v2.4honline.com/ to submit applications. There are state wide competitive awards for youth in grades 10 through the year following high school. The Putnam County focused scholarships through the 4-H Foundation include the Louis and Mary Luzar 4-H Scholarship Endowment (Senior Scholarship) of $1,000 for a current Putnam 4-H high school senior. Also, the Beverly Torr Memorial Scholarship (Senior Scholarship) set up for a 4-Her who excelled in the fashion revue or sewing project activity. The Putnam 4-H Junior Leader senior scholarship will also continue in 2023 as a (Senior) scholarship. In another words all 4-H seniors should apply for the senior scholarship to determine is any of the numerous awards would be awarded to them. The 4-H Club scholarship is only available to those who will be attending Purdue University.

The Putnam County 4-H Scholarships administered locally by the Putnam County Community Foundation (PCCF) can be applied for using the Putnam County Community Foundation website www.pcfoundation.org online application process. The PCCF application process is available online and include the Brookshire 4-H Scholarship, the Darrel Thomas 4-H Scholarship, Putnam County 4-H Livestock Scholarship, 4-H Dog Club and the Putnam County General 4-H Scholarship. Like all Putnam County Community Foundation scholarships, these are due January 20 at 5 pm uploaded online. These awards are typically between $750 to $1500, though the Putnam 4-H Council will be meeting in early January to determine scholarship values based on earnings.

If you have scholarship questions or need help, feel free to contact Mark Evans via email mevans@purdue.edu to help with questions or if you want help with a review.

Visit our homepage at www.extension.purdue.edu/putnam or you can contact the local office by calling 765.653.8411 for more information regarding this week’s column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events. Office hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm. Evening and lunch appointments are available, upon request. It is always best to call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs. While many publications are free, some do have a fee. All times listed are Eastern Time. Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Upcoming Events

Dec. 23-Jan. 2 – Extension Office closed for Winter Recess

Jan. 3 – Extension Office reopens, 8am

Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 – Winter Walking Group, 4:00pm, Fairgrounds York Auto Community Building

Jan. 9 – 4-H Grows Investors, register using 4honline or contact office, 7:30pm, virtual

Jan. 15 – Enrollment date for 4-H assuring all projects available

Jan. 18 – Power of Negotiation & Communication program series starts, 5:30 pm, register at puext.in/PowerOfNegotiation 

Jan. 17 - Farming Together: Cultivating Relationships and Having the Cash to Bring int the Next Generation, 10 am – 3 pm, Clay Co. Fairgrounds, register at
               https://cvent.me.y80Vgo


Saver's Credit higher limits can help low- and moderate-income workers save more in 2023

The Internal Revenue Service reminds low- and moderate-income workers that they can save for retirement now and possibly earn a special tax credit in 2022 and years ahead.

 

The Retirement Savings Contributions Credit, also known as the Saver’s Credit, helps offset part of the first $2,000 workers voluntarily contribute to Individual Retirement Arrangements, 401(k) plans and similar workplace retirement programs. The credit also helps any eligible person with a disability who is the designated beneficiary of an Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) account, contribute to that account. For more information about ABLE accounts, see Publication 907, available on IRS.gov.

 

The Saver’s Credit is available in addition to any other tax savings that apply.

 

Still time to take action

Eligible workers still have time to make qualifying retirement contributions and get the Saver’s Credit on their 2022 tax return. People have until April 18, 2023 - the due date for filing their 2022 return - to set up a new IRA or add money to an existing IRA for 2022. Both Roth and traditional IRAs qualify.

 

On the other hand, those participating in workplace retirement plans must take action by the end of 2022 for contributions to count for this year. This means elective deferrals (contributions) must be made by December 31 to a:

 

  • 401(k) plan.
  • 403(b) plan for employees of public schools and certain tax-exempt organizations.
  • Governmental 457 plan for state or local government employees.
  • Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) for federal employees.

 

Contributions to certain other workplace retirement plans also qualify. See the instructions to Form 8880 for details.

 

Employees unable to set aside money this year may want to schedule their 2023 contributions soon so their employer can begin withholding them in January.

 

Who qualifies

Income limits, based on a taxpayer’s adjusted gross income and marital or filing status, apply to the Saver’s Credit. But due to inflation, the limits will increase markedly in 2023.

 

As a result, the Saver’s Credit can be claimed by:

 

  • Married couples filing jointly with incomes up to $68,000 in 2022 or $73,000 in 2023.
     
  • Heads of household with incomes up to $51,000 in 2022 or $54,750 in 2023.
     
  • Married individuals filing separately and singles with incomes up to $34,000 in 2022 or $36,500 in 2023.

 

Like other tax credits, the Saver’s Credit can increase a taxpayer’s refund or reduce the tax owed. Though the maximum Saver’s Credit is $1,000 ($2,000 for married couples), the IRS cautioned that it is often much less and, due in part to the impact of other deductions and credits, may, in fact, be zero for some taxpayers.

 

A taxpayer’s credit amount is based on their filing status, adjusted gross income, tax liability and amount contributed to qualifying retirement programs or ABLE accounts. Form 8880 is used to claim the Saver’s Credit, and its instructions have details on figuring the credit correctly.

 

In tax year 2020, the most recent year for which complete figures are available, Saver’s Credits totaling more than $1.7 billion were claimed on about 9.4 million individual income tax returns. That’s an average of about $186 per eligible return.

 

The Saver’s Credit supplements other tax benefits available to people who set money aside for retirement. For example, most workers may deduct their contributions to a traditional IRA. Though Roth IRA contributions are not deductible, qualifying withdrawals, usually after retirement, are tax-free. Normally, contributions to 401(k) and similar workplace plans are not taxed until withdrawn.

 

Some restrictions apply

Other special rules that apply to the Saver’s Credit include:

 

  • Eligible taxpayers must be at least 18 years of age.

 

  • Anyone claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return cannot take the credit.

 

  • A student cannot take the credit. A person enrolled as a full-time student during any part of 5 calendar months during the year is considered a student.

Any distributions from a retirement plan or ABLE account reduce the contribution amount used to figure the credit. For 2022, this rule applies to distributions received after 2019 and before the due date, including extensions, of the 2022 return. Form 8880 and its instructions have details on making this computation.

 

To learn more about other ways to get ready for the tax season ahead, visit IRS.gov/getready

Duke Energy prepares for winter storm and urges customers to do the same

Duke Energy is monitoring and preparing for a winter storm system that is expected to cause power outages this week.

 

A mix of dangerously low temperatures, high winds and snow is predicted to move across Indiana beginning late Thursday evening and continuing through Friday evening.

 

Snow on its own typically has little to no impact on the electric system. However, high winds may bring down trees, limbs and power lines, while below-freezing temperatures result in increased stress on the power grid. These types of winter storms can also create hazardous driving conditions, which could impede Duke Energy workers’ ability to assess storm damage and restore power. Crews are prepared and will work as quickly as possible to restore power, however, expected high winds will also restrict some restoration efforts.

 

“As Duke Energy meteorologists are tracking this significant winter weather event, crews are preparing to restore power as safely and quickly as possible,” said Anthony Brown, Midwest Storm Director, Duke Energy. “Our top priority is to keep our customers informed and urge them to prepare in advance.”

 

Customers are encouraged to maintain a plan to move family members – especially those with special needs – to a safe, alternative location in case an extended power outage occurs, or evacuation is required.

 

Crews will work diligently to restore power in impacted communities as quickly as possible. As restoration begins, the first priority is to repair large power lines and other infrastructure that will return power to the greatest number of customers as safely, quickly and efficiently as possible. Crews then can work on repairs affecting individual neighborhoods and homes.

 

Safety information

Duke Energy encourages customers to have a plan in place to respond to an extended power outage after severe weather. Below are some tips:

 

Before the storm

  • Create (or update) an emergency supply kit to save valuable time later. The kit should include everything an individual or family would need, especially medicines, water, nonperishable foods and other supplies that might be hard to find after a storm hits.
  • Keep a portable radio or TV or a NOAA weather radio on hand to monitor weather forecasts and important information from state and local officials.
  • Charge cellphones, computers and other electronic devices in advance of storms to stay connected to important safety and response information. Consider purchasing portable chargers and make sure they are fully charged as well.

After the storm

  • Stay away from power lines that have fallen or are sagging. Consider all lines energized, as well as trees, limbs or anything in contact with lines.
  • If a power line falls across a car that you are in, stay in the car. If you MUST get out of the car due to a fire or other immediate life-threatening situation, do your best to jump clear of the car and land on both feet. Be sure that no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.
  • The quickest way for customers in Indiana to report power outages is by calling 1.800.343.3525.

 

  • You can receive status updates on a power outage affecting you by texting REG to  57801, or sign-up online at duke-energy.com/outagealerts.

 

Generator Safety

Always operate a generator in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines and instructions. Do not operate more appliances and equipment than the output rating of the generator.

 

To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, never use a generator indoors or in attached garages.

 

Only operate the generator outdoors in a well-ventilated, dry area away from air intakes into the home.

 

To avoid electrocution, plug individual appliances into the generator using heavy-duty, outdoor-rated cords with a wire gauge adequate for the appliance load.

 

If connecting into the house wiring is necessary on a temporary basis, homes should have a transfer switch installed by a licensed electrician.

 

Additional storm tips as well as current outage information is located on duke-energy.com/storm under “Outage and Storm Information.” 

 

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Consumer Alert: Products recalled in December

Attorney General Todd Rokita is encouraging all Hoosiers who purchased consumer products that were recalled in December to take advantage of the remedies available to them.

 

“With ongoing supply chain issues, Hoosiers should not have to tolerate products that don’t work,” Attorney General Todd Rokita said. “If you purchased an item in December that has been recalled, then you should immediately stop using the product and see what forms of reimbursement the company that sold or manufactured the product is offering.”

 

The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division (CPD) serves to safeguard Hoosiers from predatory business practices and will take legal action in response to violations of the Deceptive Consumer Sales Act, and other consumer-related statutes.

 

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the following consumer products were recalled in December:

Bolt Foldable Children’s Scooters from Anker Play Products 

Tangame Busy Toy Houses from Tangame Toys 

Navy Blue Canvas Shoes from Clarks Americas 

Stashables Children’s Ramp from BS Interactive 

MYX I, MYX II and MYX II Plus Exercise Bicycles from Myx 

RadWagon 4 Electric Cargo Bikes from Rad Power Bikes 

FUUL Lamp Oil Products from FHS Retail 

Black+Decker® Garment Steamers from Empower Brands 

Tora Portable Power Charging Stations from Power Plus 

AirWick Fresh Linen and Fresh Water Aerosol Air Fresheners from Reckitt 

Generac Portable Generators from CPSC Reannounces 

Lighting Products from Hunter Fan 

Single-to-Double Strollers from Mockingbird 

Infant’s Yellow Footed Fleece Pajamas from The William Carter Company 

Children’s Rainbow Stacking Toys from Professor Puzzle 

MATRYX, AXYS and Pro-Ride Snowmobiles from Polaris Industries 

Children’s Clothing Sets from Bentex 

Indigo Branded Bear Mugs from Indigo Books & Music 

Toddler’s Stainless Steel Bottles and Cups from Green Sprouts 

If you believe you recently purchased a recalled product, stop using it, and check its recall notice (linked above for all aforementioned products). Then follow the notice’s instructions, including where to return the product, how to get the product fixed, how to dispose of the product, how to receive a refund for the product, or what steps must be taken to receive a replacement product.

Indiana State Fair unveils 2023 theme: BASKETBALL

The Indiana State Fair announced today the 2023 theme of BASKETBALL, and title partnership with Pacers Sports & Entertainment.

 

The 2023 theme was announced Monday morning on the basketball court at Governor Holcomb’s residence along with representatives for the Indiana State Fair, Pacers Sports & Entertainment and more.  

 

The theme will be activated through multiple interactive experiences, including All-Star Court (a Basketball Amusement Park), the Pacers Sports & Entertainment Court, exhibits paying homage to Indiana’s rich basketball legacy, and daily storytelling moments – 18 of Indiana’s greatest  basketball stories told through the 18 days of the Fair, team player meet & greets, and so much more.

 

The 2023 Indiana State Fair returns July 28 through August 20. 

 

“The Indiana State Fair is an annual celebration of agriculture, entertainment, and what it means to be a Hoosier,” Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. “Perhaps the only other Hoosier tradition that brings together as many fans, as much nostalgia, and that sense of hometown pride is the love of basketball that’s swept  our state for more than a century, which makes it the perfect theme for this year’s fair.” 

 

“The Indiana State Fair is an annual backdrop for celebrating our State’s rich history and being the state that grew the game, BASKETBALL is the perfect theme!” said Anna Whelchel, chief marketing & sales officer, Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center. “We unveil this theme today as we tip-off an incredible year of celebration for the 166th Indiana State Fair returning next summer with our great partners at Pacers Sports & Entertainment.” 

 

“The Indiana Pacers and the Indiana State Fair are both quintessentially Hoosier brands, and the Coliseum and Fairgrounds are, in the minds of so many fans, so closely linked to the Pacers’ ABA championship teams and players,” said Rick Fuson, Chief Executive Officer of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. “We are thrilled that this partnership will celebrate the game of basketball, the birthright of every Hoosier and such an important part of our state heritage.”

 

The Indiana State Fair is rooted in telling the agriculture story - and the history of why the game of basketball grew here in Indiana is tied directly to agriculture. The game was affordable, and the playing season was based around the farmers’ planting and harvest season. After each harvest, farm kids could play basketball, and then when the season ended in March, they could go back to the fields for planting. Thus, the tradition of “Friday Night High School  Basketball” became rooted in Indiana. 

 

Basketball also has a rich history at the Fairgrounds where our iconic Indiana Farmers Coliseum has played host to high school championships, the ABA Pacers, All-Star Games and more. The Indiana State Fairgrounds first opened in 1892 – the same year basketball was introduced in  Indiana – two great Hoosier traditions that have stood the test of time. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements for the 2023 Indiana State Fair. 

 

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The power of negotiation and communication: land leasing strategies for Midwestern Ag women

A 4-part workshop for landowners and tenants.

Build your land management and leasing knowledge while networking with other women in agriculture at our upcoming workshop series, which will be held at various sites throughout Indiana and virtually from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Jan. 18
  • Jan. 25
  • Feb. 1
  • Feb. 8

 

“The Power of Negotiation and Communication: Land Leasing Strategies for Midwestern Ag Women” is a three-state collaboration of extension women in agriculture programs at Kansas State University, Purdue University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Sessions will be held simultaneously at multiple locations in Kansas, Indiana, and Nebraska.

These workshops will help raise your awareness of local land values and cash rental rates, along with the factors that influence them. Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, you’ll learn more about the importance of having a written lease, what should be included in it and how to ensure it is equitable for both parties.

Participants will hear from keynote speakers who will be streamed live to dozens of workshop sites in all three states. Each site will also host local speakers and hands-on activities. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions of local extension experts while learning negotiating strategies and best practices to improve the landlord-tenant relationship.

You will leave with a greater understanding of conservation programs, including compliance requirements and voluntary programs that are available.

The workshop costs $50 per person and participants should plan to attend each session. This program will be offered in Danville and Terre Haute.  A virtual option (cost $75) is available for those unable to attend a workshop site, although in-person attendance is highly encouraged to better network with other attendees and interact with speakers. Registration is required by Jan. 13. Dinner will be provided to those participating at one of the host sites.

Find more information and register at puext.in/PowerOfNegotiation

This material is based upon work supported by USDA NIFA under Award Number 2021-70027-34694.

Visit our homepage at www.extension.purdue.edu/putnam or you can contact the local Purdue Extension Office by calling 765.653.8411 for more information regarding this week’s column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events. It is always best to call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs. While many publications are free, some do have a fee. Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity institution. All times listed are Eastern Time.

Upcoming Events:

 

Dec. 22 – Extension Office closes for Winter Recess, noon

Dec. 23-Jan. 2 – Extension Office closed for Winter Recess

Jan. 3 – Extension Office reopens, 8am

Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 – Winter Walking Group, 4:00pm, Fairgrounds York Auto Community Building

Jan. 9 – 4-H Grows Investors, register using 4honline or contact office, 7:30pm, virtual

Jan. 18 – Power of Negotiation & Communication program series starts, 5:30 pm, register
                at puext.in/PowerOfNegotiation  

Jan. 17 - Farming Together: Cultivating Relationships and Having the Cash to Bring int the
               Next Generation, 10 am – 3 pm, Clay Co. Fairgrounds, register at
               https://cvent.me.y80Vgo

Santa Claus is coming to town

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why, Santa Claus is coming to town.

 

That's right, Santa Claus will be in Putnam County Saturday. He will be meeting families from 9 a.m. until noon at the Putnam County Courthouse. 

 

The event, which is sponsored by the Putnam County Fraternal Order of Police, is free and open to all. 

 

Hot chocolate, coffee, donuts and gifts for children be available, as well as visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 


For many employers and self-employed people, deferred Social Security tax payment due Dec. 31

The Internal Revenue Service reminded employers and self-employed individuals that chose to defer paying part of their 2020 Social Security tax liability that their second annual installment of the deferred amount is due on Dec. 31, 2022.

 

As part of the COVID relief provided during 2020, employers could choose to put off paying the employer’s share of their Social Security tax liability, which is 6.2% of wages. Self-employed individuals could also choose to defer a similar amount of their self-employment tax. Generally, half of that deferral was due on Dec. 31, 2021. The other half is due on Dec. 31, 2022.

 

Earlier this fall, the IRS sent reminder notices to affected employers and self-employed individuals. The agency noted, however, that those affected are still required to make the payment on time, even if they did not receive a notice.

 

How to repay the deferred taxes

Employers and individuals have several options for making this payment. Deferral payments can made through the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), Direct Pay, by debit card, credit card or digital wallet, or with a check or money order. No matter which payment option is chosen, it must be made separately from other tax payments and deposits. This will ensure that it is credited properly and will help avoid follow-up bills or notices.

Baird to serve on key House committees

State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) recently received appointments to serve as a member of two key House committees.


Baird will serve as vice chair of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, and was reappointed to the House Ways and Means Committee.

"It's imperative we keep our state moving in the right direction by passing a budget that adequately funds essential government services while maintaining prudent reserves," Baird said. "We'll also be focused on finding ways to support local farmers and our booming agricultural industry, and continuing economic growth in communities of all sizes."

 

House standing committee appointments are made by the Indiana House Speaker biennially after the November election and are in effect for the duration of members' two-year terms.

House lawmakers are scheduled to convene at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 9 for the first day of the 2023 legislative session. Hoosiers can visit iga.in.gov to find legislation, view calendars, and watch committee meetings and session.

BBB offers safety tips for online holiday shoppers

When the holiday season rolls around, many shoppers turn to online seller platforms to find unique, handmade gifts for their friends and family.

 

Scammers have taken note, and according to recent BBB Scam Tracker reports, they're targeting shoppers with a not-so-unique scam. These recent reports say that the scam is taking place on well-known and reputable websites, such as Etsy (a BBB Accredited Business). Scammers might use this same scam tactic on other platforms as well.

How the scam works

You're browsing online when you find a special gift or holiday decoration that you'd like to purchase. The photos seem professional, and everything looks normal… except for one thing. In the item description, you find a message from the seller advising you not to make the purchase through the online sales platform where you have discovered it. Instead, the seller encourages you to purchase the item directly from their independent website, promising you'll get a hefty discount if you do.

 

If you follow the link to a website outside the original sales platform and make a purchase, you'll likely be disappointed when your card is charged, but the product never arrives. Unfortunately, that's because the product probably never existed in the first place. Worse yet, if you have fallen for this type of scam, your payment information will now be in the hands of unscrupulous characters.

 

One consumer reported this experience: "When I checked out the listing, there was a message that looks like this: 'DO NOT purchase from this store, visit our website to get 50% off.' I fell for it and purchased a pair of shoes. I received a confirmation email for my purchase with a tracking number. When nothing arrived, I sent multiple messages inquiring about my order and when I could expect shipment. I received no response. I went back to the website to input my tracking order, and the website was no longer available."

How to avoid online shopping scams

  • Do business with reputable websites. In general, avoid going off-platform to buy from sellers that you discover online; it's much safer to purchase through reputable websites that help specialty sellers connect with buyers. Legitimate websites like Etsy have specific policies in place to protect sellers and buyers. For example, at Etsy, if an order isn't delivered, you can open a case with Etsy, and you may get your money back. If a seller asks you directly to shop outside of a website where they listed products, think twice. Etsy states: "To avoid scams and fraud, all transactions must take place on the Etsy platform, through the Etsy checkout system."
     
  • Research the seller. Read customer reviews keeping an eye out for any reports of scams or dishonest behavior. If the seller doesn't have any reviews yet, do a general online search of the seller's name, the item, and the word "scam," just to be safe.
     
  • Protect your personal information. When making purchases online, be careful with sensitive personal details, such as your name, address, and payment information. Read a website's privacy and security policies to find out how they use and protect your information (e.g., are they sharing it with third parties or using encryption?). Also, check the website's terms and conditions of sale, including specifics about issues such as delivery, refunds and restocking fees (which may be substantial). Decide whether you feel comfortable with these policies. If the website does not post easily accessible privacy and security policies and acceptable terms and conditions, consider it a red flag.
     
  • Shop with a credit card. Whenever possible, use your credit card to make online purchases. It is easier to dispute fraudulent charges, and you have a better chance of getting your money back if something goes wrong. Demands to wire funds or use gift cards for payment are a major sign that you should just walk away.

Congratulations to the Putnam County Master Gardeners

Purdue Extension Master Gardener volunteers contribute significantly to the lives of Indiana residents and local communities each year. In 2022, the Putnam County Master Gardeners volunteered more than 1,721 hours in Putnam County by hosting horticulture related events, working at the Putnam County Fair, and raising funds for future horticulture/agricultural scholarships.  During the December Putnam County Master Gardener Association meeting, several local residents received a new Master Gardener certification.  To earn Purdue Master Gardener certifications, volunteers must complete horticultural training conducted by Purdue Extension county offices and engage in volunteer service that has been approved by Master Gardener county coordinators and performed in Indiana communities.

 

During the 2022 December Putnam County Master Gardener Association meeting, Linda Hunter and Janice White received their Master Gardener certification (40 cumulative volunteer hours & 40 cumulative education hours).

 

Those receiving their Advanced Extension Master Gardener certification (65 cumulative volunteer hours & 50 cumulative education hours) include Judi Bundza and Linda Kanouse. Yvonne Clifford, Brian Dickerson, and Kim Dickerson earned their Master Gardener certification and Advanced Master Gardener certification.

 

Those receiving their Advanced Extension Master Gardener Bronze certification (200 cumulative volunteer hours & 60 cumulative education hours) include John Garner, Pat Johnson, Margaret Kenton, Jeanne Sibbitt, and Donna Wilson.

 

Beth Connell, Brenda Freeman, Kristi Nelson, and Howard Shrader earned their Advanced Extension Master Gardener Silver certification.  To earn their Advanced Extension Master Gardener Silver certification, they had to accumulate 500 volunteer hours and 75 education hours.

 

Please join Purdue Extension in congratulating all of the Purdue Extension Master Gardeners who received a new certification!

 

If you would like to know more about the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program, please contact the Putnam County Extension Office at 765-653-8411. Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity institution.

 

Pictured are the Putnam County Master Gardeners who recently received new certification in 2022.  Individuals include, back row, left to right, John Gardner, Brian Dickerson, Kim Dickerson, Yvonne Clifford, Brenda Freeman, Kristi Nelson, and Howard Shrader.  The front row, left to right, include Donna Wilson, Pat Johnson, Linda Hunter, Beth Connell, and Jeanne Sibbitt.  Those not pictured include Judi Bundza, Linda Kanouse, Margaret Kenton, and Janice White.

Walk your Way to Fitness

Walking is the single most popular adult exercise in this country. And why not? It’s safe, easy, and cheap. Best of all, it makes us look and feel great. Studies show that a regular schedule of brisk walking has several benefits:

  • Improves circulation and helps heart and lungs work more efficiently.
  • Burns calories to help lose extra pounds or maintain ideal weight.
  • Eases tension. You can walk to think—or walk to not think.
  • Boosts energy.

 

What makes a walk a workout?

The short answer is pace and time or distance. When you are walking to exercise, you don’t stroll or stop to window shop. After an initial warm-up, you move out at a steady pace that is brisk enough to make your heart beat faster and to cause you to breathe more deeply. Walking needs to be done for at least 30 minutes if your body is to achieve any “training effect.”

 

Use the “talk test”

Benefits are highest when you walk as briskly as your condition permits. The “talk test” can help you find the right pace. If you are too breathless to talk, you’re going too fast. If you develop dizziness, pain, nausea, or other unusual symptoms when walking, slow down or stop. If your problem persists, see your physician before walking again.

 

Tips for being more active

  1. Make time – adults need 2 ½ hours a week of physical activity. Try doing something physical after dinner or begin the weekend with a Saturday morning walk.
  2. Plan ahead and track your progress – write your physical activity plans on your calendar. Check off your day after completing an activity.
  3. Plan for all weather conditions – try things that don’t depend on the weather conditions. Think indoor walking, indoor swimming, or even active video games. Whenever the weather is nice, get outside!

 

Join us! Consider participating in the local (and indoor!) Winter Walking Group

The Winter Walking Group is being offered for any age and any fitness level, starting January 5th for 8-consecutive Thursday’s at 4PM. The program will end on the last Thursday in February. Location will be at the Putnam County Fairgrounds, York Auto Community Building. Feel free to join as your schedule allows. Stop in for a quick walk after work. Arrive late, or leave early – do what works for you! Whoever logs the most minutes walked during the 8-sessions will be entered to win a Fitbit sponsored by Putnam County Hospital (only adults are eligible). To register, call 765-653-8411.

 

Source: Eat Gather Go

 

Visit our homepage at www.extension.purdue.edu/putnam or you can contact the local office by calling 765.653.8411 for more information regarding this week’s column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events. Office hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm. Evening and lunch appointments are available, upon request. It is always best to call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs. While many publications are free, some do have a fee. All times listed are Eastern Time. Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

 

Upcoming Events

Dec. 22 – Extension Office closes for Winter Recess, noon

Dec. 23-Jan. 2 – Extension Office closed for Winter Recess

Jan. 3 – Extension Office reopens, 8am

Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 – Winter Walking Group, 4:00pm, Fairgrounds York Auto Community Building

Jan. 9 – 4-H Grows Investors, register using 4honline or contact office, 7:30pm, virtual

 

 

 

5 things to do when the holidays aren't exactly uplifting

Mental Health America of Putnam County is the local affiliate of Mental Health America; you can visit the Putnam County page at MHAOPC.org. They focus on local issues and health concerns, but are also connected to the national organization which offers a plethora of tools.

 

The National Suicide call center is now the Crisis and Lifeline Crisis center. Dial 988 to talk to someone, even if you are not suicidal. If you are more comfortable texting, you can text MHA to 741741 to start a texting conversation with a crisis center.

 

The following article was written by the Mental Health America National organization and discussed on the WREB morning show on December 1, 2022.

 

5 things to do when the holidays aren’t exactly uplifting

For many people, the holidays conjure up a Norman Rockwell-esque mental picture of people gathered to enjoy food, friends, and family, accompanied by feelings of love, warmth, and excitement. But for others, the holidays can cause them to feel anxious or depressed despite all the decorations and festivities.


There may be pressure to impress friends and relatives with a spotless house or the perfect gift. The need to travel and buy gifts can strain an already tight budget. The crowds in parking lots, shopping centers, and airports are enough to send anyone into a state of heightened anxiety. Obligations to attend multiple functions or visit everyone can be overwhelming. Maybe family time is tainted by unwanted conversations or a toxic relative. Perhaps the holidays remind you of friends or family members who are no longer around to celebrate. And last but not least, some people don’t have anyone to spend the holidays with. Here are five things you can do if you find yourself stressed or depressed this holiday season.

1. Say “No” if you feel overwhelmed.
There are only so many functions you can attend (or host), especially if you are busy with your day-to-day obligations and have limited time off. Trying to be too many places or get your house looking pristine for company can make get-togethers that are supposed to be enjoyable end up overwhelming.
If trying to be everything to everyone is sucking the joy out of the holidays, don’t be afraid to RSVP “no” to a few invitations or opt not to throw your annual party. This gives you the opportunity to reach out and suggest spending one-on-one time with friends or family in the New Year when calendars are a bit more open and interactions can be more intimate and meaningful. Alternatively, if you have social anxiety, you may send your mental health into a tailspin by pushing yourself too hard to participate in events or go to crowded places that trigger your symptoms. If stores swamped with too many shoppers are your nightmare, rely on trusted websites for online gift shopping. You can increase the impact of your gift giving by selecting a charity on Amazon Smile – a portion of what you spend will be donated to your designated charity.

2. Be kind to your wallet.
If finances are a source of anxiety, decline gift exchanges in favor of low-cost activities that you can share with loved ones. Offer to have someone over for a home-cooked meal, or plan a coffee date. It’s also not unreasonable to set spending limits or make homemade gifts if you can’t avoid a gift exchange.
Travel costs can be prohibitive; if appropriate request that your family or friends help cover the cost of your travel for the holidays instead of giving gifts. Use technology to get face-time when you can’t be somewhere in person. Skype and Google Hangouts are two free ways to make video calls with one or more people. Facetime is also an option for iPhone users.

3. Know when to end unwanted conversations.
Many families have that one toxic member (or maybe there are a few of them) who can turn a seemingly fine conversation into a family feud. When you see things start to take a turn for the worse, DO NOT POKE THE BEAR. There is no shame in removing yourself from the situation—leave the room or step outside until cooler heads prevail. If your dread is more centered around being grilled by friends and family about things like your relationship status, weight gain, or a tough life event you’ve faced recently, you have a few options.


It may help to rehearse any replies to anticipated questions in advance of gatherings, so you don’t find yourself struggling to figure out what to say. You can change the subject of the conversation if you don’t feel like having a particular discussion, but try not to do so in a provocative or defensive way.
For example, don’t respond to, “How are you doing since the breakup?” with “How are you doing since you got passed over for that promotion at work?”


Lastly, you can simply inform someone that the topic they are bringing up is a sensitive one that you would rather not discuss.

4. Honor those who have passed on.
Remember that it is okay to be sad. There is no way to replace the presence of a loved one who has passed away, but one way of coping is to honor their memory rather than mourn their absence.
Some ideas include:
 

  • Donating time or money (if able) in the name of your loved-one to a cause that was near and dear to them;
  • Setting a place at the table for them;
  • Looking at old pictures or videos with other friends and family to remember the good times; or
  • Stepping in to carry on a tradition that the departed used to take the lead on.

If continuing old traditions is too painful, opt to create new ones that you think your loved one would have enjoyed.

5. Don’t be alone if you don’t want to.
If you prefer to spend the holidays by relaxing in solitude or engaging in self-reflection, there is nothing wrong with that. However, if you find yourself feeling lonely and without friends or family to spend time with, there are other people out there who are also looking for or open to having company:
 

  • Talk to co-workers and neighbors to let them know you’ll be alone and would like to get together.
  • Find a volunteer opportunity—it’s a great way to meet new people who also want to give their time to good causes, and to connect with people (or animals) who are in need during the holidays.
  • Look online for others who are looking for people to hang out with—Searching for events in your area on social media can help you find people who share your interests.

 

2023 Dairy Margin Coverage deadline extended

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the deadline for producers to enroll in Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC)and Supplemental Dairy Margin Coverage (SDMC) for program year 2023 to Jan. 31, 2023.  

 

DMC is a voluntary risk management program that offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed price (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer.?? 

 

“We recognize this is a busy time of year with many competing priorities, so we’ve extended the DMC enrollment deadline to ensure every producer who wants coverage for 2023 has the opportunity to enroll in the program,” said Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Zach Ducheneaux. “Early projections indicate DMC payments are likely to trigger for the first eight months in 2023. We all know that markets fluctuate, sometimes at a moment’s notice and sometimes with no warning at all, so now’s the time to ensure your operation is covered. Please don’t let this second chance slide.” 

 

Nearly 18,000 operations that enrolled in DMC for 2022 have received margin payments for August and September for a total of $76.3 million. At $0.15 per hundredweight for $9.50 coverage, risk coverage through DMC is a relatively inexpensive investment.? 

 

DMC offers different levels of coverage, even an option that is free to producers, aside from a $100 administrative fee. Limited resource, beginning, socially disadvantaged, and military veteran farmers and ranchers are exempt from paying the administrative fee, if requested. To determine the appropriate level of DMC coverage for a specific dairy operation, producers can use the?online dairy decision tool.?? 

 

Supplemental DMC? 

Last year, USDA introduced Supplemental DMC, which provided $42.8 million in payments to better help small- and mid-sized dairy operations that had increased production over the years but were not able to enroll the additional production. Supplemental DMC is also available for 2023.? The enrollment period for 2023 Supplemental DMC is also extended to Jan. 31, 2023.

 

Supplemental DMC coverage is applicable to calendar years 2021, 2022 and 2023.? Eligible dairy operations with less than 5 million pounds of established production history may enroll supplemental pounds.?? 

 

For producers who enrolled in Supplemental DMC in 2022, the supplemental coverage will automatically be added to the 2023 DMC contract that previously established a supplemental production history.? 

 

Producers who did not enroll in Supplemental DMC in 2022 can do so now. Producers should complete their Supplemental DMC enrollment before enrolling in 2023 DMC. To enroll, producers will need to provide their 2019 actual milk marketings, which FSA uses to determine established production history.? 

 

DMC Payments? 

FSA will continue to calculate DMC payments using updated feed and premium hay costs, making the program more reflective of actual dairy producer expenses.??These updated feed calculations use 100% premium alfalfa hay rather than 50%. 

 

For more information on DMC, visit the?DMC webpage?or contact your local USDA Service Center

Enjoy Winter Wonderland at Robe Ann Park

 

The Greencastle Civic League and Greencastle Parks & Recreation Department Winter Wonderland Lights Festival is available to visitors at Robe Ann Park!

 

The lights have more than tripled since we it started three years ago.

 

Admission is free but donations are happily accepted.

 

Lights are on from dusk to dawn through January 6.

 

 

Governor Eric Holcomb directs flags to be flown at half-staff

Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags to be flown at half-staff in recognition of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day to honor the lives lost when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

 

Flags should be flown at half-staff at the Indiana Statehouse from sunrise until sunset on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2021.

 

Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff.

 

On Wednesday, December 7, a dinner will be held at the General Jesse M. Lee VFW Post 1550 to remember Pearl Harbor.  It is a free meal for veterans and their spouses.

 

Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m.  Contact the post to make a reservation.

 

 

IRS with steps businesses should take to prevent data loss, fraud

To wrap up National Tax Security Awareness Week, the Internal Revenue Service and the Security Summit partners today urged businesses to remain vigilant against cyberattacks aimed at stealing their customer’s personal information and other business data.

 

The IRS continues to see instances where small businesses and others face a variety of identity-theft related schemes that try to obtain information that can be used to file fake business tax returns. For example, phishing schemes continue to target businesses as well as tax professionals and individual taxpayers.

 

“Just like individuals and tax professionals, businesses of all types need to be on the lookout for attempts to steal information and data,” said IRS Acting Commissioner Doug O’Donnell. “Businesses are especially attractive to cyberthieves because there is a potential to steal a lot of data. They may use the information to file a business tax return or use customer data for identity theft.”  

 

The IRS, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax software and tax professional industries operate cooperatively as the Security Summit to highlight data security and fight identity theft. Today marks the final day of the seventh annual week dedicated to information security and helpful tips for individuals, businesses and tax professionals.

 

Cyber criminals target businesses of all sizes; knowing some cybersecurity basics and putting them in practice will help business owners protect their business and reduce the risk of a cyber-attack. Criminals can target a business’s credit card or payment information, business identity information or employee identity information.

 

Businesses are encouraged to follow best practices from the Federal Trade Commission, including:

Use multi-factor authentication.

Set security software to update automatically.

Back up important files.

Require strong passwords for all devices.

Encrypt devices.

 

More information is available at FTC’s Cybersecurity for Small Businesses.

 

Businesses should especially be alert to phishing email scams that attempt to trick employees into opening embedded links or attachments. IRS related scams may be sent to phishing@irs.gov so the IRS can try to track, stop or disrupt scams.

 

To improve security, the IRS now masks sensitive information from business tax transcripts, which summarizes tax return information, to help prevent thieves from obtaining identifiable information that would allow them to file fake business tax returns. Only financial entries are fully visible. Other information has varying masking rules. For example, only the first four letters of each first and last name will display for individuals and businesses. Also, only the last four digits of the Employer Identification Number will be visible.

 

The IRS also has the Form 14039-B, Business Identity Theft Affidavit, that will allow companies to proactively report possible identity theft to the IRS when, for example, an e-filed tax return is rejected.

 

Businesses should file the Form 14039-B if it receives a:

 

Rejection notice for an electronically filed return because a return is already on file for that same period.

Notice about a tax return that the entity didn't file.

Notice about Forms W-2 filed with the Social Security Administration that the entity didn't file.

Notice of a balance due that is not owed.

 

This form will enable the IRS to respond to the business and work to resolve issues created by a fraudulent tax return. Businesses should not use the form if they experience a data breach but see no tax-related impact. For more information, see Identity Theft Central’s business section.

 

In addition to phishing and other scams, all employers should remain alert to Form W-2 theft schemes. For example, a thief may pose as a company executive who emails payroll employees and asks for a list of employees and their W-2s. Businesses often don’t know they’ve been scammed until an employee reports that a fraudulent tax return has been filed.

 

There’s a special reporting procedure for employers who experience the W-2 scam. It’s available in the Identity Theft Central’s business section on IRS.gov.

 

Finally, Security Summit partners urge businesses to keep their EIN application information current. Changes of address or responsible party information may be reported using Form 8822-B. Changes in the responsible party must be reported to the IRS within 60 days. Current information can help the IRS find a point of contact to resolve identity theft and other issues.

Year End Income Tax Deduction Options

End of year is a time that many begin to finalize tax considerations and reflect on the past calendar year. You may receive a return of a 50 percent direct credit to your tax bill when donating up to $200 per individual and $400 for couples filing jointly, given to an Indiana funded university. Because Purdue Extension is part of a state funded university, one can donate to the local Extension Office that would qualify. Therefore, a $100 contribution to the Purdue Extension-Putnam County program would cost one only $50. You can also specify in many cases how you would like the money to be used (i.e. 4-H, youth development, agriculture, natural resource, or health and human science educational programming or equipment, etc.). One could even specify the gift be used for a specific educational program or topic (i.e. 4-H STEAM, advanced Master Gardener workshop, nutrition education, workforce development workshop, etc.). Some limitations do exist. For example, funds donated for awards or scholarships would not be eligible for the additional direct state tax deduction. Give the Extension office a call and ask about this excellent way you can support community programs for minimal cost to your pocket due to the additional state tax break.

Another option is that local Extension positions may be endowed with a family name or business for example. There are also family scholarships that may be set up to specifically benefit Putnam County or even multiple counties. Land or other assets may also be willed or donated to sponsor larger gifts as well. This can be done through the Purdue Foundation and also can be done over time and there is no percentage fee taken out of the gift like there are at many foundations.

One can also donate to the Putnam County Community Foundation and name the “Putnam County Fairground Endowment” as the recipient. While this option is not eligible for the 50% state tax credit that a state funded university or college provides, it is a great option in that the Putnam County Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 entity which provides opportunity for the general state and federal income tax deduction via a reduction in taxable income. And a donation to Fairgrounds endowment certainly helps Extension programs who often benefit because they use the Putnam 4-H Fairgrounds facilities. If you desire to see the fairgrounds maintained for your children and grandchildren, this option will certainly benefit the facility. The goal for the Putnam County 4-H Fairgrounds Endowment is one million dollars and this is a very important philanthropic effort to stay abreast in assuring a quality facility for future Putnam County Fairs. Additionally, it could be grain or livestock that is given to fund one of the Putnam County Community Foundation fund options. The Putnam County Community Foundation also manages four previously established scholarships that are set up to benefit Putnam 4-Hers where donations could be made as well.

Visit our homepage at www.extension.purdue.edu/putnam or you can contact the local office by calling 765.653.8411 for more information regarding this week’s column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events. Office hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm. Evening and lunch appointments are available, upon request. It is always best to call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs. While many publications are free, some do have a fee. All times listed are Eastern Time. Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Upcoming events

Dec. 6 – Digging Deeper Into Land Leases webinar, 6:30 pm, $25, register at
               https://tinyurl.com/Digging22

Dec. 7 – Digging Deeper Into Land Leases webinar, 10:00 am, $25, register at
              https://tinyurl.com/Digging22

Dec. 11 – Last Day register 4-H & entered into early $100 incentive drawing

Dec. 13 – ServSafe 1-Day Class and Online Exam, 9 am - 4 pm, register at
      https://purdue.edu/servsafe/workshops

Dec. 22 – Extension Office closes for Christmas/New Year Break, Noon

Jan. 3 – Extension Office reopens following New Year Holiday, 8 am

Jan. 9 – Kickoff for 4-H Grows Investors, register using 4honline or contact office for help, 7:30 pm virtual.

Indiana DOR reminds nonprofits about upcoming tax changes

The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) wants to remind nonprofit organizations about changes to how they file their annual report with the agency and how they will access sales tax exemption certificates beginning next year. 

 

Earlier this year, Indiana General Assembly passed new legislation revising the filing frequency for Nonprofit Organization’s Annual Reports from annually to every five years.  

 

After 2022, the due date for the new Form NP-20R, Nonprofit Organization’s Report, is based on the last two digits of the organization’s federal employer identification number (FEIN). Form NP-20R will be due on: 

 

  • May 15, 2024, if the organization does not have a FEIN or if the organization’s FEIN ends in 00 through 24. 
  • May 15, 2025, if the organization’s FEIN ends in 25 through 49. 
  • May 15, 2026, if the organization’s FEIN ends in 50 through 74. 
  • May 15, 2027, if the organization’s FEIN ends in 75 through 99. 

After the date shown above, nonprofit organizations must file Form NP-20R by May 15 every fifth year.  

 

Organizations will need to file a Nonprofit Organization’s Annual Report for tax year 2021 in 2022 to qualify for the new filing frequency. This also applies to fiscal year filers whose tax years end before Aug. 1, 2022. 

 

Note: Organizations will not need to file Form NP-20 in 2023 for the 2022 calendar year. In addition, fiscal year filers who file Form NP-20 for a fiscal year ending after July 31, 2022, will not need to file an NP-20 during the 2023 calendar year.

 

Nonprofits will still need to file Form IT-20NPIndiana’s Nonprofit Organization Unrelated Business Income Tax Return, for each year in which the organization has unrelated business income (as defined under Internal Revenue Code Section 513) of $1,000 or more. 

 

Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, nonprofit organizations should no longer use Indiana General Sales Tax Exemption Certificate (Form ST-105). Nonprofits will be required to utilize Form NP-1, Nonprofit Sales Tax Exemption Certificates. These forms will be available only through DOR’s e-services portal, INTIME.

Nonprofit organizations not currently registered for the portal will need to register on INTIME to create and access their exemption certificates as of Jan. 1. Instructions on creating an INTIME logon are available in the INTIME User Guide, available at intime.dor.in.gov. 

 

DOR also reminds nonprofit organizations about the repeal of the “30-day rule” for fundraisers. Until July 1, 2022, qualifying fundraisers lasting less than 30 days were exempt from sales tax. Effective July 1, 2022, this rule was repealed and replaced with a different threshold. Once sales by a nonprofit organization reaches $20,000, the organization is now required to collect state gross retail tax on sales for the remainder of the calendar year. The new rule applies to all units operating under the organization’s nonprofit registration with DOR. 

 

 For more information, see the Nonprofit Tax Forms page or Sales Tax Information Bulletin #10 on DOR’s website, dor.in.gov.  

 

 

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