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New Minister
Weekly Lessons, created and written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA, give you a basic legal overview of essential topics based on staff or volunteer positions within a church.

This Week's LessonWeek of March 26

Should I Report My Social Security Taxes as an Employee or as Self-Employed?

Introduction

This lesson examines one of the most confusing topics for new ministers: your employment status for Social Security purposes. The Executive Summary provides a concise review of the key points. ...

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Last Week's LessonWeek of March 19

Should I Report My Income Taxes as an Employee or as Self-Employed?

Introduction

This lesson focuses on the issue of employed status for federal income tax purposes. This is an important issue for anyone just beginning his or her ministry. You can review the Executive ...

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Previous Week's LessonWeek of March 12

Who is a Minister?

Introduction

This week we turn our attention to who is a minister. Start by completing the following quiz. Then review the Executive Summary for the key points on this topic, or read the Weekly Lesson ...

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Employment and Tax Status of Clergy

Employment and Tax Status of Clergy

With this tool, pastors can understand their tax status and systemize their payments.
Vacation Bible School Safety

Vacation Bible School Safety

Safeguard your church from the legal liabilities associated with common VBS activities.