This month: "NFDA International Convention & Expo Recap"
Good News On The Death Tax
Posted: December 15, 2014
As part of the 2012 "fiscal cliff" deal, NFDA supported an estate tax provision that prevented the automatic return of a $1 million federal death tax exemption, setting it at $5 million and indexing it for inflation. This benefitted many family businesses, such as funeral homes. The IRS has just announced the exemption will rise to $5.43 million in 2015, providing families with another $90,000 of flexibility to plan. According to a recent analysis, the exemption has risen $430,000 since 2011, an average of $107,500 each year.
VA Memorial & Burial Benefits - Help Ensure Unclaimed Veterans Receive a Proper Burial
Posted: December 15, 2014
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs your help ensuring unclaimed veterans receive a proper burial. "Unclaimed veterans" are defined as those who die with no next of kin to claim their remains and insufficient funds to cover burial expenses. A VA pension or other compensation is no longer a prerequisite for unclaimed veterans to receive burial benefits.
New OSHA Reporting Requirements for Fatalities and Severe Injuries
Updated: December 5, 2014
One of the exceptions to the exemption funeral service has from annual OSHA recordkeeping is the requirement to report fatalities and to report workplace incidents in which three or more workers are hospitalized. That is slated to change in January 2015.
Still need CE hours for 2014?
NFDA has nearly 70 distance learning options to help you earn the CE you need this year. NFDA courses purchased in 2014 are approved for CE through December 31, 2014. To ensure that you receive 2014 CE, we recommend that you complete home study course(s) by Monday, December 22, 2014; online courses must be completed by December 30, 2014. Visit www.nfda.org/distancelearning or call your NFDA member services representative at 800-228-6332 for more information.
Renew Your NFDA Membership For 2015 – Renewal Deadline is December 31
If you have already renewed your NFDA membership for 2015, thank you! We are glad to have you as part of the leading and largest network of funeral service professionals in the world. If you haven't renewed* yet, the deadline for renewal is Wednesday, December 31. NFDA doesn't want you to lose access to exclusive NFDA member benefits and services.
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