ARVC & Evergreen Usher in the RV Centennial
In honor of the past 100 years of RVing and to salute the promising future of this quintessential American epic past-time, Evergreen USA invites ARVC member parks to participate in the RV Centennial Video Contest ‘Celebrating the RV Centennial.’
ARVC has partnered with Official Member Provider Evergreen USA to sponsor this very exciting contest. Insuring RV parks and campgrounds since 1989, Evergreen USA is offering a $5,000 cash prize to be used toward “greening” the winning park.
Host an RV Centennial Celebration event and submit a one-minute film of the day’s fun for a chance to win Evergreen’s $5,000 cash prize.
The contest kicked off during the RV Centennial Celebration Month on June 7 and video entries will be accepted until the end of August 2010. A winner will be chosen on Sept. 8, and the prize will be awarded at InSites 2010 in Las Vegas. For more info, visit www.arvc.org.
ARVC Alerts Members to STOPFORM1099.ORG
As the result of a new law signed this year, beginning with payments made in 2012, every business will be required to issue to any vendor (and to the IRS) of services or property to which the business has paid more than $600 a year an information reporting form known as Form 1099.
In addition to issuing the forms, a business will have to get Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TINs) from all of those vendors and withhold payments to any such vendor until it receives the TIN. Penalties apply if you fail to issue the Form 1099.
Under the existing law, businesses issue the Form 1099 only to individuals who provide services to a business. The new law makes two changes: the Form 1099 must be issued to corporations of all sizes and shapes as well as to individuals and a Form 1099 must also be issued to individuals and corporations that provide property to a business.
The payments that are included under this are not only those made directly by check but also those made by other means such as credit cards. Think about the airlines, hotels, rental cars, and restaurants that appear on your credit card bill. You might not think of them as vendors of goods and services, but that is what they are. Also, if you are in the business of selling or distributing goods (think park stores), all of your suppliers of products are also vendors under the new law. And, of course, any business that pays you more than $600 will be sending you a Form 1099.
Rep. Daniel Lungren R-Calif., has introduced a bill to repeal the new law through H.R. 5141, The Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act.
If you want to send emails to your senators and representatives, go to www.stopform1099.org. But do not stop there, call your senators and representatives (202) 224-3121 and deliver the message you will find at www.stopform1099.org.
ARVC Foundation’s Working for Members
The ARVC Foundation board is dedicated to working to improve education for every RV park and campground owner/operator, staff and individuals interested in being park owners. Through education we can make decisions that are important to our businesses for our businesses.
The board will be sending out surveys asking for ARVC member opinions about InSites educational seminar topics, learning opportunities at state meetings and the National School of RV Park & Campground Management. Additionally, the ARVC Foundation Education Committee is working on the Certified Park Operators (CPO) curriculum. For more information or to share your opinion please visit www.arvc.org.