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Unpaid Payroll Taxes: A Hidden Liability for Churches and Leaders
A recent case in the for-profit world underscores the potential threat.
Unpaid Payroll Taxes: A Hidden Liability for Churches and Leaders
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“A company’s CFO is liable for its past-due employment taxes, a court says. He had control over the company’s bank account and oversaw all aspects of the firm’s operations and finances, including payroll, tax return preparation and personnel matters. ...

Bipartisan Effort to Repeal Tax on Fringe Benefits for Nonprofits Gains Momentum
Bipartisan Effort to Repeal Tax on Fringe Benefits for Nonprofits Gains Momentum
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The news: “Bipartisan legislation to repeal a 21-percent tax on the value of fringe benefits, such as free parking or mass transit assistance, has been introduced [recently] in both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate. The provision was part of the 2017 Tax ...

Seventh Circuit: Clergy Housing Allowance Is Constitutional
Appellate court reverses lower court ruling, preserving valuable tax benefit.
Seventh Circuit: Clergy Housing Allowance Is Constitutional
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After an appellate court ruled the clergy housing allowance to be constitutionally permissible in March, churches across the nation breathed a collective sigh of relief. For good reason. The allowance is the most valuable tax benefit to ministers who qualify for it. It’s ...

Miami Church Hit with $7 Million Tax Bill
Miami Church Hit with $7 Million Tax Bill
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“The First Presbyterian Church of Miami, the oldest organized congregation in the city, has been hit with a $7.1 million tax bill by the Miami-Dade Property Appraiser, which claims the church has leased a portion of church grounds to a for-profit school and food trucks, ...

IRS Announces 2019 Mileage Rates
Church leaders can track and report mileage for proper reimbursement.
IRS Announces 2019 Mileage Rates
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Correction: An earlier version of this article has been changed to reflect accurate information.

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the new standard mileage rates for 2019. Starting on January 1, 2019, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup, or ...

Your IRA and 401(k) Contribution Limits Just Went up for 2019
The IRS issued new guidance in November for cost-of-living increases.
Your IRA and 401(k) Contribution Limits Just Went up for 2019
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Recently the Internal Revenue Service announced a cost-of-living adjustment to the annual contribution limits for retirement vehicles for the upcoming 2019 tax year. The plans and accounts affected include Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) as well as 401(k), 403(b), ...

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

Hey, Fletch: How Does the New Tax Law Affect Moving Expenses?
What the changed rules mean for churches.
Hey, Fletch: How Does the New Tax Law Affect Moving Expenses?
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In this biweekly column, longtime executive pastor and XPastor.orgfounder 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 ...

What’s the Status of the Clergy Housing Allowance?
Updates on court timelines, the appeal, and more.
What’s the Status of the Clergy Housing Allowance?
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The ministerial housing allowance is “the most important tax benefit available to ministers”—but since October 2017, that benefit has faced an uncertain future.

A refresher: On October 6, Judge Barbara Crabb of the District Court for the Western District of ...

Hey, Fletch: Are We Tax Exempt?
What does the IRS say about tax-exempt status for churches?
Hey, Fletch: Are We Tax Exempt?
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In this biweekly column, longtime executive pastor and XPastor.orgfounder 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.

I ...

Pastors Can No Longer Itemize Deductions for Business Expenses
What you should know in light of recent tax reform.
Pastors 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 ...

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 ...

Deadlines Extended for Forms 1095-B and 1095-C
IRS pushes due date to March 2018.
Deadlines Extended for Forms 1095-B and 1095-C
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The IRS has announced extended deadlines for two forms: 1095-B and 1095-C.

The IRS notice (released on December 22, 2017) states the new deadline as March 2, 2018; the original deadline had been January 31, 2018.

However, the electronic filing deadlines of February 28 or April ...

The GOP Tax Bill Just Passed. Here’s What Church Leaders Need to Know.
Three tax experts weigh in.
The GOP Tax Bill Just Passed. Here’s What Church Leaders Need to Know.
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On December 20, the Republican bill overhauling the tax code passed a final vote in the House and went to President Trump’s desk. What implications does the new bill have for churches and church leaders, and what do they need to be aware of as they plan for 2018? To help ...

The Top 10 Church Management Articles of 2017
Immigration law, hurricane response, the housing allowance: what readers kept clicking on this year.
The Top 10 Church Management Articles of 2017
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This past year’s most popular articles on ManagingYourChuch.com show the wide variety of financial, legal, safety, and tax matters that church leaders face. This list is based on unique page views in 2017 of articles published throughout the year.

10.“9 Tips for Planning ...

IRS Announces 2018 Mileage Rates
Church leaders can track and report mileage for proper reimbursement.
IRS Announces 2018 Mileage Rates
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The Internal Revenue Service has announced the new standard mileage rates for 2018. Starting on January 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup, or panel truck will be:

  • 54.5 cents for every mile of business travel driven, up 1 cent from the 2017 rate
11 Ways to Love Your Leader
Tips for making the most of Pastor Appreciation Month.
11 Ways to Love Your Leader
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Some days I suspect the speed of change is surpassing the speed of sound.

The explosion of change in technology, communication, and the world booms all around. In the clamor, I anchor myself to the ancient truths found in the person of Jesus of Christ.

I’m not alone.

Millions ...

5 Takeaways from the Clergy Housing Allowance Ruling
What a federal judge’s opinion does—and doesn’t—mean at this point.
5 Takeaways from the Clergy Housing Allowance Ruling
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Editor’s Note: Last Friday, Judge Barbara Crabb of the District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin struck down the ministerial housing allowance as an unconstitutional preference for religion. Senior Editor Richard R. Hammar offers five takeaways from this ruling, ...

Wisconsin Federal Judge: Housing Allowance Violates Establishment Clause
What a recent ruling might mean for pastors.
Wisconsin Federal Judge: Housing Allowance Violates Establishment Clause
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On October 6, a federal judge in Wisconsin ruled that the housing allowance provided to clergy by the Internal Revenue Code is unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.

A similar ruling had been handed down in 2013 by the same Wisconsin judge, ...

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