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 ...

Could Your Church Face an ADA Noncompliance Lawsuit for Its Website or App? 
What to know about this rising trend in litigation.
Could Your Church Face an ADA Noncompliance Lawsuit for Its Website or App?

Our webhost recently brought to my attention a trend in lawsuits targeting websites and apps for their failures to comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Could your church or ministry face such a claim? I have good news—read on!

With Interest Rates Up, Should Churches Borrow to Build? 
Some considerations regarding debt to fund expansion or new construction.
With Interest Rates Up, Should Churches Borrow to Build?

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In early 2019, Bankrate.com indicated borrowing costs continue to rise. And while a new report on May 31 suggested increasing inflation may slow increases to interest rates affecting loans, the overall view is that borrowing for the foreseeable future will cost ...

Hey, Fletch: Is Our Church’s Overall Budget for Salaries Too High? 
Excessive compensation is based on individual pay, not on the total amount budgeted for staff.
Hey, Fletch: Is Our Church’s Overall Budget for Salaries Too High?

In this recurring Q&A, 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 New Overtime Rule Proposal: What Churches Should Note 
The New Overtime Rule Proposal: What Churches Should Note

Editor’s note: On September 24, 2019, the US Department of Labor announced the final version of its rule. Of note for churches and church leaders: the adopted “standard salary level” is $684 per week, or $35,568 per year, for a full-year worker. This is slightly ...

Don't Be Blindsided by Three "Unexpected Expenses" 
Don't Be Blindsided by Three "Unexpected Expenses"

In his blog on ChristianityToday.com, small-church pastor Karl Vaters offers these tips that could keep you from being caught off guard by three types of expenses:

  1. Set aside money every month for annual bills. Most bills come monthly. But every church has annual bills (like insurance) that we have to stop being surprised by. Any healthy church anticipates these bills and plans for them by laying some money aside every month so it’s there when the bill inevitably arrives.
What to Include in a Severance Package 
What to Include in a Severance Package

Determine what to include in a severance package by establishing your budget and reviewing the paid benefits that the employee receives. Often a severance package will include full pay, paid insurance premiums, continued contribution to retirement, and outplacement services ...

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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.
Confronting Peer Abuse in Your Church

Confronting Peer Abuse in Your Church  Member access only

Learn how to watch and protect the children under your care from peer abuse at church.