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January/February 2017

Several important tax developments occurred in 2016 that affect tax reporting by ministers, church staff, and churches. A Feature Article explains the top ten developments.

Controversy and confusion have erupted over the need for churches to provide restroom access to persons based on their gender identity and not their gender at birth. A Secondary Article examines how churches can legally navigate this issue.

An Ohio court ruled that it was barred by the First Amendment guaranty of religious freedom from resolving an internal church dispute involving the validity of a pastor's removal by the church's board of deacons.

An Illinois court ruled that incriminating statements made to a pastor by a murder defendant's former spouse were properly allowed in evidence by a trial judge since they were not made in confidence and therefore the clergy privilege did not apply.

A Florida court ruled that an elderly woman's estate plan leaving her estate to her church could not be altered through the undue influence of her caretaker.

A Kansas court ruled that a volunteer worker injured on church property was not an employee of the church and therefore was not eligible for workers' compensation benefits.

New overtime rules that were set to take effect in December have been put on hold after a federal judge issued a nationwide injunction.

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