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December 9, 2012

Soccer club explains stipends


Tonawanda News — “Because I had no one to take over the administration. It was a colossal job and he transformed everything into the electronic world, and eliminated all the paperwork,” he said.

He said the club official who scheduled referees received a payment of about $30 per week, and there were token stipends to coaches for conducting workshops and paid coaches and others who had received certification as athletic trainers.

Sullivan acknowledged that while the stipends amounted to only a few thousand dollars, they were not specifically reported as compensation to club officials on the organization’s annual report filed with the IRS. Nor were 1099 income report forms issued to Huber or others who were paid $600 or more during the year — as required by the IRS.

Sullivan described the club’s action as unintentional omissions, and said efforts were underway to correct the club’s tax-exempt records.

Huber declined to comment about the stipends he received when contacted by The News, referring a reporter to Sullivan.

But Al Caruso, a founder of the soccer club who is no longer active in day-to-day operations, joined Sullivan in supporting Huber, dismissing concerns over his stipend for organizational duties.

”I wouldn’t do it for $4,000 a year,” Caruso said. “It’s a pain in the neck.”

Caruso estimated when he ran the league, the person in Huber’s job put in about 20 hours per week, making it difficult to keep the position filled because of the low payment for the amount of work involved.

The next monthly meeting of the Northtowns Soccer Club is Thursday. Sullivan said he would discuss the matter directly with the membership then.

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