IRS Releases "Dirty Dozen" Tax Scams List for 2017
IRS Releases "Dirty Dozen" Tax Scams List for 2017
What church leaders should watch out for this year.

Each year, the IRS releases its "Dirty Dozen" list of top tax scams. Here are the 12 scams you and your church should watch out for this tax season:

  • Phishing
  • Phone Scams
  • Identity Theft
  • Return Preparer Fraud
  • Fake Charities
  • Inflated Refund Claims
  • Excessive Claims for Business Credits
A Guide to 25-Minute Meetings for Church Leaders
Planning a productive (and short) meeting in which everyone gets a voice.
A Guide to 25-Minute Meetings for Church Leaders

For many church leaders, meetings have become a way of life. They discuss strategy, rally the troops to talk about an upcoming event, and meet with the deacon board to plan a building expansion.

There are a few problems with this way of life, however. Meetings tend to ramble ...

Evangelicals Write to Trump • Transgender Bathroom Case • Pot Shops and Churches: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Evangelicals Write to Trump • Transgender Bathroom Case • Pot Shops and Churches: News Roundup

Evangelical Leaders’ Letter to Trump. “In a highly unusual move, several conservative evangelical leaders took out a full-page advertisement in Wednesday’s Washington Post to denounce President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees, saying ...

Salary Reductions • Boundary-Setting • Unliked—and That’s Okay: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Salary Reductions • Boundary-Setting • Unliked—and That’s Okay: Management Roundup

1. Exercise caution with salary reduction agreements. “Many churches have established ‘salary reduction agreements’ to handle certain staff expenses. The objective is to reduce an employee's taxable income since only the income remaining after the various ...

Trump and Johnson Amendment • W-2 Email Scam • Armed Church Security Guards: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Trump and Johnson Amendment • W-2 Email Scam • Armed Church Security Guards: News Roundup

Trump Claims He Will Repeal Johnson Amendment. “President Trump vowed on Thursday [February 2] to overturn a law restricting political speech by tax-exempt churches, a potentially huge victory for the religious right and a gesture to evangelicals, a voting bloc he attracted ...

Five Free Tax Articles for Churches and Clergy
Available for a limited time.
Five Free Tax Articles for Churches and Clergy

"The preparation of ministers’ tax returns presents a number of challenging issues that often are not well understood," writes Richard Hammar in "Avoiding Costly Tax-filing Mistakes." "This can lead to innocent mistakes, which in turn can lead ...

Job-Hunting Well • 360-Degree Feedback • Getting Empathetic: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Job-Hunting Well • 360-Degree Feedback • Getting Empathetic: Management Roundup

1. With ministry job searches, don’t covet. “As pastors, we all have times when we feel stuck. Like Moses, we say (in effect), ‘What am I to do with these people (Ex. 17:4)?’ We’re begging, ‘God, get me outta here.’ There were times ...

Preparing Your Church for Any Emergency

Preparing Your Church for Any Emergency

Learn disaster management techniques and create your response strategies
Serving as a Disaster Relief Team

Serving as a Disaster Relief Team

Learn how to organize, equip, and train a disaster relief team.