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Michael E. Batts

Michael E. Batts

Michael E. Batts

Michael (Mike) E. Batts is a CPA and the managing partner of Batts Morrison Wales & Lee, P.A., an accounting firm dedicated exclusively to serving nonprofit organizations across the United States. He is a member and former chairman of the board of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), a national organization that accredits Christian organizations in the areas of financial integrity, accountability, and governance.

Mike has more than 25 years of experience advising churches and other nonprofit organizations. He is an accomplished author and national speaker on matters related to the nonprofit sector. Mike is chairman of the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations, a national commission formed by ECFA upon the request of U.S. Senator Charles Grassley to address tax and policy matters for the religious and broader nonprofit sector.

Mike recently was inducted into the "Hall of Fame" for the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA) in recognition of his significant professional contributions to the church community.

Recent Articles by Michael E. Batts

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Reduce Your Church's Expenses
Church Finance Today

Reduce Your Church's Expenses Subscriber access only

How to strengthen your bottom line and eliminate activities that miss your mission.
IRS: Special Church Audit Protection Law Applies to Employment Tax Inquiries and Examinations
Managing Your Church

IRS: Special Church Audit Protection Law Applies to Employment Tax Inquiries and Examinations

How this recent announcement affects churches.
The Five Cs of Credit in Church Mortgage Financing
Church Finance Today

The Five Cs of Credit in Church Mortgage Financing Subscriber access only

What to consider before seeking a loan for property acquisitions or building projects.
BREAKING—New Email Scam Targets Nonprofit Leaders
Managing Your Church

BREAKING—New Email Scam Targets Nonprofit Leaders

Even people who normally spot fraudulent emails fall for this.
Substantiating Noncash Contributions
Church Finance Today

Substantiating Noncash Contributions Subscriber access only

Requirements churches and donors must know and follow.
Using Mobile Pay Devices (Like Square) to Accept Payments
Church Finance Today

Using Mobile Pay Devices (Like Square) to Accept Payments Subscriber access only

Internal control and security considerations for churches.
Church Law and Tax Report

Key Inflation-Adjusted Figures for 2015 Subscriber access only

A quick reference for churches to use throughout the year.
Building Cash Reserves
Church Finance Today

Building Cash Reserves Subscriber access only

Creating financial strength for times of uncertainty.
Keeping Your Counseling Ministry Safe

Keeping Your Counseling Ministry Safe

Address risks unique to counseling the opposite sex
Legal Issues for Pastors: Volume 1 of Pastor, Church & Law

Legal Issues for Pastors: Volume 1 of Pastor, Church & Law

Understand the laws affecting pastors and why they are important to know.