Child Abuse Prevention and #MeToo: How to Protect Your Church 
What to consider as you create plans and policies.
Child Abuse Prevention and #MeToo: How to Protect Your Church
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As a pastor or church administrator, you make plans and preparations for the church as part of your job. You might be great at planning a sermon series, special services like Easter, and events or mission trips. You might be successful at planning for your pastor’s retirement ...

Churches Can No Longer Itemize Deductions for Business Expenses 
What you should know in light of recent tax reform.
Churches Can No Longer Itemize Deductions for Business Expenses
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The following insights are drawn from an analysis by Richard Hammar and interviews with Frank Sommerville, an attorney, CPA, and editorial advisor, and Ted Batson, an attorney and CPA with the accounting firm CapinCrouse. Read the full analysis, “Integrating Tax Reform ...

    Andy Savage Resigns • Church Preservation Controversy • Concealed Carry Law: News Roundup 
    This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
    Andy Savage Resigns • Church Preservation Controversy • Concealed Carry Law: News Roundup
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    Andy Savage Resigns After Admitting to Sexual Misconduct. “A top pastor at Highpoint Church has resigned after admitting that he committed sexual misconduct with a high school student more than 20 years ago. Andy Savage said he was a college student working for a church ...

    Violence at Churches in 2017 
    The most violent year for faith-based organizations in the United States.
    Violence at Churches in 2017
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    The Deadly Force Incident (DFI) study is a comprehensive look at the violent acts with deadly force potential affecting faith-based organizations across the United States. (An act with “deadly force potential” is defined as an attack that did, or could have, caused ...

      IRS Withholding Calculator • Ministerial Exception • Child Abuse Bill: News Roundup 
      This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
      IRS Withholding Calculator • Ministerial Exception • Child Abuse Bill: News Roundup
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      IRS Releases Updated Withholding Calculator. “The Internal Revenue Service . . . released an updated Withholding Calculator on IRS.gov and a new version of Form W-4 to help taxpayers check their 2018 tax withholding following passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December. ...

      A Closer Look at the Housing Allowance 
      What this tax benefit means for churches nationwide.
      A Closer Look at the Housing Allowance
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      For qualifying ministers, the housing allowance is an invaluable tax benefit—in fact, according to attorney and Church Law & Tax senior editor Richard Hammar, it’s “the most important tax benefit available to ministers.”

      In October 2017, however, a ...

      Should a Church Own or Rent Vehicles? 
      Two church leaders weigh in on this question.
      Should a Church Own or Rent Vehicles?

      First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, California—known as EvFree Fullerton—has wrestled a lot with the question of whether to buy or own.

      Right now, EvFree, which averages a combined 2,500 people at its three Sunday services, has made the decision to own a variety ...

      Confronting Gun Violence at Church

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      Help your congregation feel secure in your house of worship.
      2018 Church & Clergy Tax Guide

      2018 Church & Clergy Tax Guide Subscriber access only

      Find comprehensive help understanding United States tax laws as they relate to pastors and churches.