Why "Legal" Matters More Than Ever 
Churches can no longer fly under the radar, explains attorney Erika Cole.
Why "Legal" Matters More Than Ever

Attorney Erika Cole (pictured above) developed the Church Compliance Conference in 2007 to serve churches and pastors who face legal and tax concerns.Editor Matthew Branaugh recently talked to Cole, who serves as an editorial advisor for Church Law & Tax, about legal struggles ...

Abuse and Embezzlement—Why Churches Continue to Struggle with Both 
XPastor.org Founder David Fletcher reflects on the sobering trends his research revealed.
Abuse and Embezzlement—Why Churches Continue to Struggle with Both

The fact that sexual abuse, embezzlement, and incidents of gun violence are occurring within congregations is addressed in Predators in the Church , an upcoming book by David Fletcher, who has served in church ministry for more than 35 years and runs XPastor.org, a website devoted ...

Gas Tax Increases and Church Budgets 
As more states reform and increase fuel taxes, the costs for reimbursing travel may go up.
Gas Tax Increases and Church Budgets

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From Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP):

Illinois now enjoys the distinction of being the 31st state to raise or reform its gas tax this decade, and the fourth state to do so this year, under a bill signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. While state tax ...
New Scam: Emails Target Worshipers 
Leaders should warn congregants about this phony “contribution” scam.
New Scam: Emails Target Worshipers

Scammers are now targeting worshipers in a gift card scam, warns the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Posing as a pastor or other church leaders (through an email that looks familiar and legitimate), these scammers ask worshipers for gift-card contributions to a good cause. The ...

How to Create IT Game Plans for Successful Ministry 
Free webinar will help you make smart decisions that fit your church’s needs and budget.
How to Create IT Game Plans for Successful Ministry

Most people don’t think about Information Technology (IT) as ministry, but Nick Nicholaou believes God has called him to use his IT skills to serve churches and various ministries. Nick founded the tech ministry MBS in 1987 and has been focused on providing the Christian ...

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

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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 ...

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Receipts for Donors

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16 letters and forms for providing receipts to donors for different donations.
Unrelated Business Income — The General Rules

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How unrelated business income, and the possible taxes owed from it, works for churches.