Not All Noncash Gifts for Silent Auctions Are Tax Deductible
Not All Noncash Gifts for Silent Auctions Are Tax Deductible 
Donations of vacation property do not result in a charitable write-off.

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From the June 28, 2019, issue of Kiplinger Tax Letter:

Think twice before donating to charity the right to use your vacation home. Charities such as schools and churches often use such places as prizes for dinners, galas or auctions that they sponsor to raise funds for ...
The Financial Struggles of Real Pastors 
Most pastors feel the financial squeeze, despite the hype surrounding mega-rich celebrity pastors. "Bless Your Pastor" is one way congregations can respond.
The Financial Struggles of Real Pastors

A TV preacher asked his flock for $54 million last year so he could buy a new private jet. One of America’s most popular pastors owns a $10.5 million mansion and drives a top-model Ferrari. And not long ago, @PreachersNSneakers was launched on Instagram to name and shame ...

Few Church Leaders Discuss Abuse Crisis Says Pew Research 
Most startling is how little church-goers in Protestant faith traditions indicated leaders actively raised the topic.
Few Church Leaders Discuss Abuse Crisis Says Pew Research

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In a news release issued July 10, Pew Research Center said it conducted a survey this spring asking US adults (those who say they attend religious services a few times a year or more) whether “the clergy or other religious leaders at their place of worship have ...

Six Insights About Summer Slump 
Some churches keep their ministries robust during the so-called “downtime.”
Six Insights About Summer Slump

“I hate summer attendance!”

That sentence came from a pastor whose church is consistently down in attendance in the summer. Indeed, his sentiments were echoed in many conversations I had with pastors. The conversation began at the consulting and coaching hub at ChurchAnswers.com. ...

Religious and Individual Giving Dipped in 2018 
Newly released philanthropy report reveals decreases in giving that may, in part, be due to tax policy changes.
Religious and Individual Giving Dipped in 2018

Individual giving took a hit in 2018, with a decline from the previous year of 1.1 percent (or a decrease of 3.4 percent when adjusted for inflation), according to Giving USA 2019: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2018—a highly anticipated study produced ...

Hey, Fletch: Are Discounts to Church Events Taxable Income? 
Understanding what IRS Publication 15-B and IRC Section 132(a)(2) does and doesn’t say.
Hey, Fletch: Are Discounts to Church Events Taxable Income?

We want to offer all staff who work 32 hours a week or more discounts to church retreats and functions. Does the “employee discounts” exclusion outlined in IRS Publication 15-B apply or must discounts be treated as taxable income to the employees? The publication ...

Atheist Organization Opts Not to Appeal Housing Allowance Ruling 
Group says its arguments hold merit, but success at Supreme Court unlikely.
Atheist Organization Opts Not to Appeal Housing Allowance Ruling

The atheist nonprofit group challenging tax-free housing allowances for qualifying ministers says it is ending its fight for now.

In a statement issued Friday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) said it will not seek review from the US Supreme Court after an appellate ...

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