Tax

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

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

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

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 ...

‘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

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 ...

The Top Church Management Conferences for 2017
Training across the nation to gain knowledge in financial, legal, and risk matters.
The Top Church Management Conferences for 2017

A number of conferences are available for those who work with legal, financial, and risk management matters for their church. Here are some we recommend:

1. 2017 XP-Seminar

This event, led by XPastor.org founder David Fletcher, educates and encourages executive pastors, senior ...

ACA Penalty to Go • Discrimination Law Change • Illegal Donation: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
ACA Penalty to Go • Discrimination Law Change • Illegal Donation: News Roundup

Congress Passes Measure Eliminating ACA’s Penalty on Employer Reimbursement of Premiums. “The Senate passed legislation Wednesday [December 7] eliminating a tax penalty on employers who reimburse employees for the cost of health insurance premiums, following passage ...

IRS Announces 2017 Mileage Rates
Track and report mileage for proper reimbursement.
IRS Announces 2017 Mileage Rates

The IRS recently announced the new standard mileage rates for 2017. Effective January 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup, or panel truck will be:

  • 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents for 2016
  • 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down from 19 cents for 2016
The Top 10 Church Management Articles of 2016
Articles that drew the most interest on ManagingYourChurch.com
The Top 10 Church Management Articles of 2016

The end of the year is a great time to reflect on the past year with a top 10 list. The list of the most popular articles on ManagingYourChuch.com shows the variety of financial, legal, safety, and tax matters that church leaders often encounter in their work.

This list is based ...

Discipline Not Defamation • Coffee Shop Denied Exemption • Inoperable Church: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Discipline Not Defamation • Coffee Shop Denied Exemption • Inoperable Church: News Roundup

Church Disciplinary Proceedings Protected from Defamation. “The [Supreme Court of the United States] today [November 28] denied review in Pfeil v. St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church, (Docket No. 16-210, cert. denied 11/28/2016) (Order List). In the case the Minnesota ...

Pastors Avoided Politics • Taxable Church Land • $132 Million Settlement Offer: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Pastors Avoided Politics • Taxable Church Land • $132 Million Settlement Offer: News Roundup

Survey Shows Most Churches Stayed Out of Politics This Year. “The tumultuous presidential campaign may have dominated conversation in other walks of life this year, but there was little explicit discussion about the election or the candidates in America’s houses ...

IRS Extends Deadline for Some ACA Reporting Requirements
Employers receive more time for providing employees with specific forms.
IRS Extends Deadline for Some ACA Reporting Requirements

The IRS has extended the due date of some (not all) of the Affordable Care Act’s requirements for employers to provide forms to employees, according to national CPA and consulting services firm CapinCrouse. This was done by the IRS “to give employers, insurers, and ...

Emanuel AME Secretary Sues • Pastor Endorses Himself • Pastor and Wife’s $1.2 Million Fraud Charge: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Emanuel AME Secretary Sues • Pastor Endorses Himself • Pastor and Wife’s $1.2 Million Fraud Charge: News Roundup

Former Secretary of Emanuel AME Sues Church for Unpaid Wages. “Emanuel AME’s former secretary is suing the church and the Rev. Norvel Goff for ending her employment after she questioned the handling of donations that poured into the church after a gunman killed nine ...

What Would Repealing the Johnson Amendment Actually Mean for Churches?
How a repeal of the amendment that prohibits political endorsements could affect pastors and churches.
What Would Repealing the Johnson Amendment Actually Mean for Churches?

During this year’s election season, many churches and pastors have likely heard that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has indicated he is in favor of repealing the Johnson Amendment, which governs the political activity of churches. The repeal of the Johnson ...

Government View of Belief • Faith’s Economic Value • Trump’s Church Speech: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Government View of Belief • Faith’s Economic Value • Trump’s Church Speech: News Roundup

Civil Rights Commission Releases Report Outlining View of Religious Beliefs and Civil Liberties. “ Last week (Sept. 7), the US Commission on Civil Rights released a 306-page briefing report titled Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles with Civil ...

Interview: The Definition—and Danger—of 'Inurement'
Richard Hammar offers a definition for a common mistake that can have serious consequences.
Interview: The Definition—and Danger—of 'Inurement'

While you may have heard the word “inurement,” you may be unsure of its definition. In this interview, Richard Hammar provides a definition of inurement.

Could inurement have implications for a church’s tax-exempt status? Hammar addresses instances where ministries ...

Pastors Challenge Gay Therapy Ban • Anti-Gay Pastor Sued • Increased Clergy Pay: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Pastors Challenge Gay Therapy Ban • Anti-Gay Pastor Sued • Increased Clergy Pay: News Roundup

Illinois Gay Conversion Therapy Ban Brings Lawsuit from Pastors. “A group of pastors is suing Illinois over a law that bars therapists and counselors from trying to change a minor's sexual orientation, saying in a Thursday [August 11] filing that the prohibition violates ...

Iowa Churches ‘Are Exempt’ • Emanuel Donations Criticism • Louisiana Kills Church Taxes: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Iowa Churches ‘Are Exempt’ • Emanuel Donations Criticism • Louisiana Kills Church Taxes: News Roundup

Iowa Government Officials Clarify Church Religious Activities ‘Are Exempt’ from Civil Rights Act. “(Iowa) Gov. Terry Branstad on Monday [July 11] applauded a revision made by a state commission to clarify that religious activities at churches are exempt from ...

LGBT Legislation by State • Churches Less Political • Bishops’ Removal: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
LGBT Legislation by State • Churches Less Political • Bishops’ Removal: News Roundup

LGBT Rights Proposals by State. “Legislation has been proposed in states across the country addressing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, including some proposals that critics say would legalize discrimination. Many of the proposals would protect ...

Contraception Case • Transgender Bathrooms in Schools • Insurance vs. Church: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Contraception Case • Transgender Bathrooms in Schools • Insurance vs. Church: News Roundup

Supreme Court Sends Contraception Coverage Case Back to Lower Courts. “A evenly divided Supreme Court skirted the major legal questions arising from a dispute over President Obama’s healthcare program and instead announced a compromise Monday designed to clear the ...

Secure Your Church Finances

Secure Your Church Finances

Prevent fraud by examining your church’s financial practices and establishing internal controls.
Church Property & Administration: Volume 2 of Pastor, Church & Law

Church Property & Administration: Volume 2 of Pastor, Church & Law

Topics: inspection of records, federal reporting requirements, incorporation, zoning laws, and more.