The Top 10 ManagingYourChurch.com Articles of 2017
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The Top 10 ManagingYourChurch.com Articles of 2017 
Immigration law, hurricane response, the housing allowance: What readers kept clicking on this year.

This past year’s most popular articles on ManagingYourChuch.com show the wide variety of financial, legal, safety, and tax matters that church leaders face. This list is based on unique page views in 2017 of articles published throughout the year.

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IRS Announces 2018 Mileage Rates 
Church leaders can track and report mileage for proper reimbursement.
IRS Announces 2018 Mileage Rates
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The Internal Revenue Service has announced the new standard mileage rates for 2018. Starting on January 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup, or panel truck will be:

  • 54.5 cents for every mile of business travel driven, up 1 cent from the 2017 rate
Festival Founder Arrested • FEMA Policy Upheld • Cemetery Controversy: News Roundup 
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Festival Founder Arrested • FEMA Policy Upheld • Cemetery Controversy: News Roundup
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Founder of Largest US Christian Music Festival Arrested on Child Molestation Charges. “The man who launched America’s largest and longest-running Christian music festival has been ‘indefinitely suspended’ from the ministry and his church following his ...

ECFA Releases 2017 State of Giving Report 
Annual numbers show increase in giving to ministries.
ECFA Releases 2017 State of Giving Report
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At the end of November, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) released its eighth annual report on the State of Giving, with data gathered from nearly 2,000 organizations.

According to the report, “annual cash giving to ECFA-accredited organizations ...

GOP Tax Bill • Christian Bakery Case • Hurricane Harvey Recovery: News Roundup 
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
GOP Tax Bill • Christian Bakery Case • Hurricane Harvey Recovery: News Roundup
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GOP Tax Bill Passes Senate Vote. “Senate Republicans passed a $1.5 trillion tax bill early Saturday morning [December 2] that bestows extensive benefits on corporate America and the wealthy while delivering mixed blessings to everybody else. After a frantic round of negotiations, ...

What to Know About Penalties for Excessive Compensation 
The rules for churches are stringent and could cause a loss of exempt status.
What to Know About Penalties for Excessive Compensation

Churches and other 501(c)(3) organizations are subject to unique federal tax rules covering compensation. Specifically, 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited under federal tax law from paying compensation above that which is “reasonable” to their leaders. Although ...

Evangelical Giving Trends • Sanctuary Church • Pastor Faces Lawsuit: News Roundup 
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Evangelical Giving Trends • Sanctuary Church • Pastor Faces Lawsuit: News Roundup
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Research Shows Evangelical Giving Trends. “While the multi-million dollar tally of Giving Tuesday donations will take time to compile, we already know which kinds of charities are most favored by American evangelicals. Giving continues to rise for many categories of ministry, ...

Avoiding Church Lawsuits

Avoiding Church Lawsuits

Create proactive procedures to avoid common reasons why churches most often go to court.
Understanding Unrelated Business Income

Understanding Unrelated Business Income

Richard Hammar explains how to compute and report unrelated business income.