Tax

Adoption Tax Credit • FEMA Lawsuit • Hate Crime Statistics: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Adoption Tax Credit • FEMA Lawsuit • Hate Crime Statistics: News Roundup
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House, Senate Restore Adoption Tax Credit in Tax Reform Plan. “Apopular tax credit for adoptive families that was controversially cut by House Republicans in their initial tax reform plan has finally been restored. Meanwhile, the adoption benefit will be preserved in the ...

Texas Church Shooting • Proposed Tax Plan • Abuse Lawsuit: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Texas Church Shooting • Proposed Tax Plan • Abuse Lawsuit: News Roundup
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Twenty-Six Churchgoers Killed in Texas Mass Shooting. “During its 11 a.m. worship service, a Southern Baptist church in rural Texas suffered not only America’s latest mass shooting but the deadliest church shooting in US history. At least 26 worshipers, ranging in ...

IRS Announcement • Zoning Refusals • Baptism Lawsuit: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
IRS Announcement • Zoning Refusals • Baptism Lawsuit: News Roundup
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IRS Will No Longer Accept Tax Returns with Unaddressed Health Coverage Requirements. “The Internal Revenue Service said that for the upcoming 2018 filing season, it‎ will not accept electronically filed tax returns where the taxpayer does not address the health coverage ...

IRS Sermon Oversight • False Tax Exemption • Sexual Abuse Charges: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
IRS Sermon Oversight • False Tax Exemption • Sexual Abuse Charges: News Roundup
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Survey Shows Protestant Pastors Oppose IRS Sermon Oversight. “In the 1950s, Congress banned charitable nonprofits—including churches—from endorsing candidates or otherwise intervening in elections. Any nonprofit that violated the ban could run afoul of the ...

11 Ways to Love Your Leader
Tips for making the most of Pastor Appreciation Month.
11 Ways to Love Your Leader
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Some days I suspect the speed of change is surpassing the speed of sound.

The explosion of change in technology, communication, and the world booms all around. In the clamor, I anchor myself to the ancient truths found in the person of Jesus of Christ.

I’m not alone.

Millions ...

5 Takeaways from the Clergy Housing Allowance Ruling
What a federal judge’s opinion does—and doesn’t—mean at this point.
5 Takeaways from the Clergy Housing Allowance Ruling
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Editor’s Note: Last Friday, Judge Barbara Crabb of the District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin struck down the ministerial housing allowance as an unconstitutional preference for religion. Senior Editor Richard R. Hammar offers five takeaways from this ruling, ...

Wisconsin Federal Judge: Housing Allowance Violates Establishment Clause
What a recent ruling might mean for pastors.
Wisconsin Federal Judge: Housing Allowance Violates Establishment Clause
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On October 6, a federal judge in Wisconsin ruled that the housing allowance provided to clergy by the Internal Revenue Code is unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.

A similar ruling had been handed down in 2013 by the same Wisconsin judge, ...

Trump Tax Plan • Church Security • ‘Tiny House’ Debate: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Trump Tax Plan • Church Security • ‘Tiny House’ Debate: News Roundup
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Study Examines Potential Effects of Trump’s Tax Plan. “If you make between $50,000 and $100,000 a year, you’ll probably give less to charity under President Donald Trump’s proposed tax plan. So says a study commissioned by Independent Sector, a coalition ...

Estimated Inflation-Adjusted Key Tax Figures for 2018
How your church may be affected.
Estimated Inflation-Adjusted Key Tax Figures for 2018
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Various tax news outlets have released inflation-adjusted estimates to key tax figures for 2018. This is useful information for planning as we approach 2018.

Among the estimates published by the Thomson Reuters Checkpoint tax service are:

  • The minimum charitable contribution and maximum cost of a token gift offered in return are estimated to increase to $54.50 and $10.90 respectively (up from $53.50 and $10.70).
Tax Exemption Controversy • Background Checks • Ohio Sanctuary Church: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Tax Exemption Controversy • Background Checks • Ohio Sanctuary Church: News Roundup
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Wisconsin Church’s Potential Property Tax ExemptionStirs Controversy. “For years St. Raphael’s Parish has been fighting, and losing, a battle with the city of Madison over property taxes on the land at the corner of East Main and North Fairchild streets that ...

IRS Provides Relief for Victims of Hurricane Harvey
What to know about this tax-free assistance.
IRS Provides Relief for Victims of Hurricane Harvey
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As the number of counties included in federally declared disaster areas grows, the IRS is actively issuing announcements to provide relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Generally, the relief provisions described below are provided to victims residing in or employed in ...

Statutes of Limitation Removed • Opposition to Johnson Amendment Repeal • Misusing Church Accounts: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Statutes of Limitation Removed • Opposition to Johnson Amendment Repeal • Misusing Church Accounts: News Roundup
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Statutes of Limitation for Sexual Abuse Removed in Illinois. “Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that will remove the statutes of limitation for sexual abuse crimes. . . . Statutes of limitation restrict the time when authorities can charge someone after ...

Sex-Abuse Bill • Protecting Sermons • Property Tax Exemption Denied: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Sex-Abuse Bill • Protecting Sermons • Property Tax Exemption Denied: News Roundup
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Illinois Bill to Eliminate Statutes of Limitations for Child Sex Abuse Crimes. “[A] measure to eliminate statutes of limitations for all child sex abuse crimes cleared the Illinois House on [May 18] and heads to Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk, where the governor vowed ...

Reducing Taxes Through Adjustments and Deductions
What ministers and staff members can—and can’t—do with their filings.
Reducing Taxes Through Adjustments and Deductions
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Working on taxes is an overwhelming and difficult task. You want to be sure you file everything correctly while also being as kind as possible to your bank account. Even more challenging is when tax laws change, and 2016 brought at least 91 such changes that affect reporting ...

Tax Guide Reminder: February 2017
Don't forget this important date.
Tax Guide Reminder: February 2017
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Make every tax date a priority this year. Check out the comprehensive 2017 Church and Clergy Tax Guide for expert help with your church's tax questions.

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

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
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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
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"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 ...

‘Sanctuary’ and Immigrants • Oregon Housing Ruling • Nativity Fire: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
‘Sanctuary’ and Immigrants • Oregon Housing Ruling • Nativity Fire: News Roundup
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Churches Join ‘Sanctuary Movement’ to Protect and Aid Immigrants. “This downtown church is one of 450 houses of worship in the United States that have offered to provide sanctuary or other assistance to undocumented immigrants, according to leaders of the Sanctuary ...

Immigration & the Church

Immigration & the Church

Keep your church safe and legal and as you strive to serve the immigrant communities in your context.
When Your Church Buys Property

When Your Church Buys Property

This training resource helps your church develop a plan for purchasing property.