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

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

Last week, 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), ...

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 ...

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. ...

    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 ...

    15 Reasons Your Next Hire Should Be Administrative 
    15 Reasons Your Next Hire Should Be Administrative

    I never imagined working in ministry. Growing up in a small town with mostly smaller churches, the senior pastor was lucky to be getting paid. On rare occasions, if a church was doing well financially, they might give the youth pastor $50 a week.

    But no one had ever given a thought ...

      What’s Next in the Clergy Housing Allowance Challenge 
      Oral arguments next week move this controversial case closer to resolution.
      What’s Next in the Clergy Housing Allowance Challenge

      (Editor’s Note: A recap of the October 24, 2018, oral arguments is now available through this article on ChurchLawAndTax.com.)

      The constitutional challenge to the clergy housing allowance takes an important next step Wednesday when oral arguments for the case are heard ...

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