5 Numbers to Watch this Fall
5 Numbers to Watch this Fall 

September through November has always been a season of growth at the church I serve. Summer is over and temperatures start dropping, which means people are spending less time on vacation or at the lake and more time showing up to church. The kids have gone back to school, and ...

    Cybersecurity Month: Smart Devices in the Home and Office 
    How some easy steps can prevent your most common devices from becoming a threat.
    Cybersecurity Month: Smart Devices in the Home and Office

    Editor’s Note: A version of this article previously appeared on CapinCrouse’s website. It has been reprinted here with permission.

    October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The national nonprofit accounting and consulting firm CapinCrouse is providing information ...

    Are You Texting Employees on the Road? 
    Your church may be liable if an accident happens.
    Are You Texting Employees on the Road?

    The mere act of sending a text to another person does not create liability, even if the texter knows that the recipient is operating a motor vehicle. People often receive text messages while driving a vehicle, and choose not to read or respond to them. Texter liability arises ...

    Hey, Fletch: Would We Save Money by Outsourcing Our Church’s Cleaning? 
    The cost may seem high, but the in-house expenses may surprise you.
    Hey, Fletch: Would We Save Money by Outsourcing Our Church’s Cleaning?

    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.

    The Outsourcing Option 
    Why your church might want to let an outside pro handle the books.
    The Outsourcing Option

    When Steve Dawson first started working with churches more than two decades ago, much of the accounting work was still being done by hand.

    Churches were just starting to use computers for spreadsheets and bookkeeping software. Not everyone was convinced that was a good idea, ...

    IRS Clarifies Taxability of 2017 Moving Expenses 
    IRS Clarifies Taxability of 2017 Moving Expenses

    Editor’s Note: A version of this article previously appeared on CapinCrouse’s website. It has been reprinted here with permission.

    As the national nonprofit accounting and consulting firm CapinCrouse has previously reported, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) suspended ...

    The Minister and the Church’s Payroll Tax Obligations 
    Key tips on navigating withholding.
    The Minister and the Church’s Payroll Tax Obligations

    For employers, the Internal Revenue Code defines payroll tax obligations in two primary areas: (1) federal income tax withholding and (2) Social Security/Medicare tax withholding. The Code determines what income is subject to taxes and the related withholding of the taxes.

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    Protecting Your Church from Crime and Violence

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    Assess the security of your church and learn how to prevent crime.
    Church Board Guide to a Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Policy

    Church Board Guide to a Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Policy Subscriber access only

    Church leaders and boards can take relatively simple, yet effective steps to reduce the likelihood of child sexual abuse.