Calling compensation a "love gift" doesn't shield it from taxation.
In this audio interview with podcast host Tony Gill, Richard Hammar discusses misconceptions churches have about how tax law relates to pastors. For further insights into the issues covered in this interview, see Hammar's "Why Pastors Must Pay Federal Income Taxes" and the 2014 Church & Clergy Tax Guide.
This interview is excerpted with permission from a podcast titled "Richard Hammar on Churches, Taxes, Donations, and Liability," one in a series of educational podcasts sponsored by Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion. Other excerpts from the interview with Hammar will be featured in future blog posts.