Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to pay to join MAPS?
No. You will be required to pay on the first Death Notice that occurs after the date on your MAPS Membership Form.
Q: Should I make a copy of the MAPS Membership Form?
Yes. One for each designated beneficiary and one for your own personal file.
Q: Does my MAPS representative need to be in my work section?
No. There are no organizational boundaries in MAPS; it is based on convenience for you and your representative.
Q: What is the process to notify MAPS of a death?
Individual MAPS members should contact their MAPS Rep, who will then contact a MAPS Officer. Anyone may contact a MAPS Officer to report a death, so it can be checked against the MAPS membership for possible benefit.
Q: How long does payment take?
Once the deceased is confirmed to be a MAPS member in good standing by a MAPS Officer, the payment is available the same day and is usually hand delivered if the beneficiary is in the local OKC area. For out-of-town beneficiaries we mail the payment.
Q: Are payments taxable, and is tax taken out of the payment?
MAPS takes each member's $5 donation and combines them all together into one payment to the beneficiary. MAPS has no authority to withhold taxes nor does it give tax advice; you should contact a tax advisor for official tax liability answers. However, MAPS Officers have contacted a CPA and researched IRS publications and the advice we have received indicates the recipient is not taxed on the beneficiary payment. A donor may be subject to tax on their donation, but the threshold for that is about $12K/year and your $5 donation to the Beneficiary is nowhere close to that amount. Again, we advise you contact a tax professional regarding tax questions.
If you have additional questions or comments about the MAPS program, please complete our message form on the contact us page.