Deadlines approach for 2001 S-T Compliance Classes

Several deadlines are quickly approaching for Secretary-Treasurers who plan to attend the BLE's Compliance Classes in 2001.

For members planning to attend the March 8-10 class in Atlanta, the deadline for hotel registration is February 8. For those planning to attend the March 22-24 class in Newark, the hotel registration deadline is March 1.

In addition, all members who plan to attend these training sessions must register with Dr. Elaine Reese of the BLE International Division at (216) 241-2630, extension 243, or via the internet at: <reese@ble.org>.

The March 8-10 class will take place at the Doubletree Club Hotel, Atlanta Hartsfield Airport. The phone number for hotel reservations is (404) 763-1600.

The March 22-24 class will take place at the Ramada Inn-Newark. The number for hotel reservations is: (973) 824-4000.

During the two-and-a-half day session, members will learn proper record keeping techniques, computer applications, methods for filing various Department of Labor reports, Railroad Retirement forms, as well as Federal tax returns.

Members are asked to bring their own calculator to the classes. To secure additional copies of IRS forms which can be downloaded from the IRS website, www.irs.gov. To find the forms, go to "forms and publications." A free copy of Adobe Acrobat is available for printing and viewing the forms.

On a related note, Dr. Reese reports that the Department of Labor has introduced a new LM Report to begin preparing for online filing. The information required is the same but the format in which it is required is different.

One major change requires is that fact that the new forms are machine readable; therefore, every green line must be filled out even if you do not have an entry.

Write zero ("0") in the right column of the lines which you do not have an entry. If any items (green lines) are left blank you may receive the report back as not filed, so make sure to fill out every (green) line.

2001 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers