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  • 01 Dec 2012 12:00 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    As the year nears an end, here are some tax tips for Faculty Association members – especially for those who contributed to the Faculty Foundation.


    Charitable contributions to the Faculty Foundation through payroll deduction are easily substantiated through your year-end paystub.  IRS accepts this as proof.  (See http://www.irs.gov/publications/p526/ar02.html#en_US_2010_publink1000229833 ) To get your year-end paystub, you will need to login to HRMS after December 28 to download your last paystub.  IMPORTANT: You must do this before the first pay period of 2012 because HR resets the year-to-date information.  DO THIS BEFORE JANUARY 11, 2013!


    If you contributed $250 or more, you will receive a letter from the Faculty Foundation that stipulates you received no tangible benefit in exchange for your contribution.  Keep this letter with your tax records!  IRS requires this for donations of $250 or more.  For faculty members who donated textbooks, you are only entitled to a deduction if you paid for the books you donated.

    Many members wonder if their Faculty Association dues are deductible.  The answer is a qualified “yes”.  The qualification is, you must itemize deductions on Schedule A of Form 1040, and you must have miscellaneous itemized deductions that exceed 2% of your adjusted gross income.  Deductions subject to the 2% include:


    1.     Unreimbursed employee expenses (Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21 or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 9).
    2.     Tax preparation fees(Schedule A (Form 1040), line 22 or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 10).
    3.     Other expenses (Schedule A (Form 1040), line 23 or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 11).
    • You may be able to deduct the following items as unreimbursed employee expenses.
    • Business liability insurance premiums.
    • Damages paid to a former employer for breach of an employment contract.
    • Depreciation on a computer your employer requires you to use in your work.
    • Dues to a chamber of commerce if membership helps you do your job.
    • Dues to professional societies.
    • Educator expenses.
    • Home office or part of your home used regularly and exclusively in your work.
    • Job search expenses in your present occupation.
    • Laboratory breakage fees.
    • Legal fees related to your job.
    • Licenses and regulatory fees.
    • Malpractice insurance premiums.
    • Medical examinations required by an employer.
    • Occupational taxes.
    • Passport for a business trip.
    • Research expenses of a college professor.
    • Subscriptions to professional journals and trade magazines related to your work.
    • Tools and supplies used in your work.
    • Travel, transportation, meals, entertainment, gifts, and local lodging related to your work.
    • Union dues and expenses.
    • Work clothes and uniforms if required and not suitable for everyday use.
    • Work-related education.

    Source: http://www.irs.gov/publications/p529/index.html


    Every person’s tax liability is different, so be sure to consult your tax advisor before applying this general advice.

  • 24 Sep 2012 12:00 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    September 24, 2012 - The first four winners of academic scholarships from the Faculty Foundation were announced today. Two scholarships of $250 were awarded to Diana Monell of SMCC and Wendy Resparado of GCC. Two $500 academic scholarships were awarded to Tina Brechbiel of EMCC and Minh HA Truong of GWCC.

    “The Faculty Foundation is proud to assist these students who’s record of academic excellence and public service are outstanding,” said Janice Reilly, Foundation President. “Thank you to all the faculty who support the foundation and make this possible,” concluded Reilly.

    The Faculty Foundation will make Academic Scholarship awards of up to $1500 each semester based on the merit of the applicants. “As the foundation grows, we expect that more will be given to support outstanding young scholars,” said Eufemia Amabisca, Vice President and Chair of the Scholarship Committee.

    Visit the Scholarship Page of this website to find out more about the Faculty Foundation Academic Scholarship program.

  • 24 Jul 2012 12:00 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    July 24, 2012 - Retired Residential Faculty are now eligible to join the FA as Associate Members. The dues for retirees are only $.07 per day or $25 per year. Saundra Minckley PhD, MCC Life Sciences (Ret.), is the first former professor to take advantage of the new FA membership level. 

  • 24 Jul 2012 12:00 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    July 24, 2012 - The Executive Council of the FA has approved the Membership Committee’s recommendation to partner with Aflac to offer supplemental insurance for FA Members. This new benefit will offer FA members a 30%-50% discount off Aflac’s cancer and accident policies. The reduction in rate was achieved by the FA’s Membership Committee administering the paperwork for Aflac. There is no financial benefit to the Association, but there is a benefit to individual members who take advantage of this special offer.

    “The hope,” said Jim Simpson of the Membership Committee, “is that this will help support our Fall membership drive.”

    Tom Trollen, Financial Officer for the FA and member of the Membership Committee said, “We’re well on our way in transitioning our members to the new ‘WildApricot’ management system; we’ve already transferred 50% of our members and we’re not even to the Fall semester yet.”

    Trollen said that the Membership Committee is looking at other supplemental benefits the FA can offer its members in the months to come. 

  • 28 Mar 2012 12:00 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    March 28, 2012 - Senator Ron Gould (R - Lake Havasu) admitted to the AP that there is insufficient support for his guns-on-campus bill (SB 1474). “Oh, it’s dead” Gould said to the press. He went on to accuse his colleagues of becoming “weak-kneed” in an election year.

    The FA launched the “Safecampuses.org” campaign in February to oppose guns-on-campus legislation. “It’s the best $20k we’ve ever spent,” said Eddie Genna, FA President. “But it’s clear in face of this and the anti-union legislation we’ve [the FA] been faced with this year, we’re going to have to be far more aggressive in issue advocacy in the future,” Genna continued. 

  • 01 Mar 2012 12:00 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    You can now make a sustaining gift to the Faculty Foundation or contribution to the FA Political Action Committee (FacPAC) securely on this website. Please consider selecting a recurring gift or contribution level when you renew your FA membership.

  • 02 Feb 2012 12:00 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    Tempe, AZ February 2, 2012 – Today the Maricopa Community Colleges Faculty Association launched a campaign to block concealed-carry gun legislation on Arizona college and university campuses.


    The Faculty Association’s campaign is aimed at defeating SB 1474 which allows anyone with a valid Arizona permit to carry a weapon on college and university campuses. The campaign includes a website, safecampuses.org and an iFilm designed to educate citizens that guns on campus just don’t make sense.


    College campuses are already safe environments and violence is very rare. The campaign also emphasizes that most Arizona citizens, even gun owners, don’t think guns on college campuses make sense.


    While the proposed legislation does allow colleges to prevent carrying concealed weapons in buildings, it requires secure gun lockers and clearly posted signs to be placed at building entrances. The cost of the opt-out clause in the bill is a hidden tax hike on the citizens of Arizona in the form or higher college tuition and property taxes, as the bill appropriates no funding for the required multi-million dollar infrastructure upgrades.


    The faculty of the Maricopa Community College District were polled and are overwhelmingly opposed to guns on campus.  They are concerned about the effect of guns on campus to the academic atmosphere and the frank and open exchange of ideas.  Their position is not based on opposition to guns  or to the second amendment.  They simply don’t believe that it makes common sense to legally introduce guns on public college campuses.

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The Maricopa Community Colleges Faculty Association is a 501(c)5 voluntary labor organization composed of current and retired Residential Faculty of the ten Maricopa Colleges.

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