Hey, Fletch: Can My Church Force Me to Retire at Age 65?
Hey, Fletch: Can My Church Force Me to Retire at Age 65? 
The legal and ministry considerations of an age-based retirement policy.

In this regular column, longtime executive pastor and XPastor.org founder David Fletcher takes on readers’ questions about finances, staffing, communications, and more. Submit your questions using the subject line "Hey, Fletch" to editor@churchlawandtax.com.

Hey, Fletch: What Should I Look for in an Online Giving Platform? 
Four values every church should consider before making a choice.
Hey, Fletch: What Should I Look for in an Online Giving Platform?

In this regular column, longtime executive pastor and XPastor.org founder David Fletcher takes on readers’ questions about finances, staffing, communications, and more. Submit your questions using the subject line "Hey, Fletch" to editor@churchlawandtax.com.

Provide a Notice to Donors 
Now is a good time to give contributors this important filing information.
Provide a Notice to Donors

Donors should be advised in the church bulletin or newsletter, on the church website, or in a letter from the church, not to file their federal income tax return before they receive their contribution summary from the church. Donors may not be able to deduct individual contributions ...

Your IRA and 401(k) Contribution Limits Just Went up for 2019 
The IRS issued new guidance in November for cost-of-living increases.
Your IRA and 401(k) Contribution Limits Just Went up for 2019

Recently the Internal Revenue Service announced a cost-of-living adjustment to the annual contribution limits for retirement vehicles for the upcoming 2019 tax year. The plans and accounts affected include Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) as well as 401(k), 403(b), ...

Hey, Fletch: What Kind of Written Report Should We Give to the Church Board? 
How this tool can reduce meeting times and enhance efficiency.
Hey, Fletch: What Kind of Written Report Should We Give to the Church Board?

In this regular biweekly column, longtime executive pastor and XPastor.org founder David Fletcher takes on readers’ questions about finances, staffing, communications, and more. Submit your questions using the subject line "Hey, Fletch" to editor@churchlawandtax.com. ...

Churches: Note Time-Off Requirements for the Election 
Check your state’s statute addressing what employers must provide.
Churches: Note Time-Off Requirements for the Election

Election Day is upon us—and churches as employers need to note their potential legal obligations to give employees time off to vote.

As Kiplinger Letter recently noted, 29 states keep laws on the books that require employers to accommodate voting time of between one and ...

    Synagogue Shooter • Kentucky Shooter Tried Church • Housing Allowance Case Updates: News Roundup 
    This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
    Synagogue Shooter • Kentucky Shooter Tried Church • Housing Allowance Case Updates: News Roundup

    Synagogue Shooter Charged with Hate Crimes. “Federal prosecutors have filed hate crime charges against a Pennsylvania man they say stormed a Pittsburgh synagogue and opened fire, killing 11 people. Robert Bowers, 46, of suburban Baldwin, surrendered to authorities after ...

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