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November/December 2015
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Feature Article

Reviewing Your Church's Employment Policies and Practices

Reviewing Your Church's Employment Policies and Practices Subscriber access only

An annual human resources audit can reduce any church's legal liabilities. Here's how.

Articles

Payroll Audits: What Every Church Should Know

Payroll Audits: What Every Church Should Know Subscriber access only

Preparation can prevent an audit—or handle one if it arises.
Intern or Employee?

Intern or Employee? Subscriber access only

What to do to make internships blessings—and not legal blind spots.

Designating a Housing Allowance for 2016 Subscriber access only

Tips for setting this important clergy benefit before the new year.
In Brief

In Brief

Key news recaps
New Cases Place Spotlight on Church and State Issues

New Cases Place Spotlight on Church and State Issues Subscriber access only

The line between church and state continues to be examined, clarified, and perhaps moved.
Tax Calendar

Tax Calendar

Important deadlines for churches and ministers

November 10, 2015

• Churches having nonminister employees (or one or more ministers who report their federal income taxes as employees and who have elected voluntary ...

December 15, 2015

• Complete all year-end transactions to be sure that they are reportable on your income tax return.

• A church must make quarterly estimated ...

December 31, 2015

• Churches must designate a portion of each minister's compensation as a housing allowance by this date in order for ministers who own or ...

Semiweekly requirements, November/December 2015

• If your church or organization reported withheld taxes of more than $50,000 during the most recent lookback period (for 2016 the lookback period ...

Monthly requirements, November/December 2015

• If your church or organization reported withheld taxes of $50,000 or less during the most recent lookback period (for 2016 the lookback period ...

Multisite Church Statistics

Multisite Church Statistics

A look at some of the statistics surrounding multisite churches.
How Churches Spend Their Money

How Churches Spend Their Money

A breakdown of percentages of where church funds actually go.
The 4 Hour Legal Training Program for Church Boards

The 4 Hour Legal Training Program for Church Boards

Understand key legal concepts necessary to protect the board and the church.
Understanding an IRS Audit

Understanding an IRS Audit

Cover your bases in the areas of greatest risk of audits.