Maryland PTA

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About Maryland PTA

History of PTA
Why PTA?
What does PTA do?
What is the National PTA?
How can I join?
Who belongs to the PTA?
How can I benefit?
What does it cost?

Why PTA?

PTA is the largest child advocacy organization with over 7 million members in the National PTA and with nearly 200000 members in the Maryland PTA, whose sole purpose is the education and welfare of all children at home and in the schools and communities nationwide

PTA speaks: PTA speaks for ALL children in ALL parts of the state and nation. We are not a special interest group, except to say that all children are "special" and that PTA will speak out so that children may secure the highest advantages in physical, mental, social and spiritual education. Local parent groups have little influence over state and national government agencies or legislative bodies.

PTA provides unified action: PTA can provide a unified attack on major issues if needed, a unified push to improve legislation, an opportunity to provide public forums for ideas, and a chance to meet with others to share or discuss concerns.

PTA provides information: PTA cooperates with other state and national organizations concerned with family and child oriented programs. Because of the cooperation, PTA has access to information local groups do not have. The expertise of the Board Members of the Maryland PTA and the National PTA are just a phone call or e-mail away in your time of need.

Not all problems can be solved locally: Most laws affections the education and welfare of children are made at the state level, not by local governments. As a part of the State and National PTA, the local PTA units extend their influence beyond their community and help secure state and national action for the benefit of all children, not only their own.

PTA cares: PTA work is directed to anything involving the lives of children--school, home, community, family or peers. We care what influences and molds children's attitudes and behavior.

PTA has tax benefits: Maryland PTAs are exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. All PTA's are required to file some sort of 990 with the IRS by November 15th each year. If your PTA's gross receipts are less than $50,000, you will need to file a 990N directly with the IRS. If your PTA's gross receipts are more than $50,000, you will need to file a 990EZ which is a paper return with the IRS.

PTA has name recognition: PTA had been around since 1897--long enough to be recognized as a powerful force working solely on behalf of children. When you join PTA, you immediately become a member of both State and National organizations as well as you local PTA unit. It is through membership in the Maryland PTA and National PTA that you, your local unit, and most importantly, your children will benefit.