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Church Law & Tax Report

July/August 1991
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Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
District of Columbia

Law Firm Sued for Copyright Infringement Member access only

Be very cautious in duplicating copyrighted materials.
Charitable Contributions

Charities as Life Insurance Beneficiaries Member access only

Such arrangements can create difficulties.
Breach of Contract; Child Abuse

Child Care Worker, Dismissed for Striking Child, Sues Former Employer Member access only

An Ohio court recently faced a difficult issue.
Child Abuse; Child Abuse Reporting

False Accusations of Child Abuse Member access only

Can reporters of child abuse be sued if the alleged abuse did not actually occur?
South Carolina
Church Property; Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Disputes Over Congregational Churches' Property Member access only

A South Carolina court recently ruled on this issue.
Multi StateNew York
Church Property

Churches and "Landmark" Laws Member access only

Designation of a church as a historical landmark may violate the church's rights.
Compensation and Benefits

Performance-Based Employee Bonuses Member access only

Can this type of bonus jeopardize an organization's tax-exempt status?
Compensation and Benefits

Medical Insurance Premiums as Taxable Compensation Member access only

The IRS recently ruled on this issue.
Charitable Contributions

Avoiding Lottery Taxes Member access only

Taxes cannot be avoided by donating lottery winnings to a church.

Age Discrimination in Church-Run Schools Member access only

Court rules that a school's rights were not violated in an investigation of discrimination.

May 8 Is Tax Freedom Day for 1991 Member access only

This year's tax freedom date was recently announced.
New Jersey
Employment Practices; Schools

Denial of Tenure at Seminaries Member access only

Can a court resolve a professor's claim that he was improperly denied tenure?
Church Property

Temporarily Vacant Church Buildings and Property Tax Exemption Member access only

When a congregation moves, must it pay property tax on its old building?
District of Columbia
Church Property; Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Members' Right to Challenge Sale of Church Assets Member access only

Can members stop a board from selling church assets?