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Church Law & Tax Report

November/December 1997
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How the New Tax Changes Will Impact Ministers and Churches Subscriber access only

Every church and minister will be affected.

Using Polygraph Exams Subscriber access only

A recent case addresses legal concerns.
Recent Developments

Recent Developments

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

Definition of "Church" for Purposes of Civil Law Subscriber access only

Some organizations may be labeled "religious" even if they exist for charitable purposes.
Church Records

Members' Right to Inspect Church Records Subscriber access only

When can members inspect church records?

Distribution of Copyrighted Materials Subscriber access only

Check before distributing materials to ensure you're not in violation of copyright law.

Insurance Coverage of Acts of Molestation Subscriber access only

An offender's homeowner's insurance policy will not cover such acts.
South Carolina
Retirement Plans

Dismissed Ministers' Rights to Pension Benefits Subscriber access only

Court rules that it is permitted to resolve claim.
Sexual Harassment

School Liable for Principal's Sexual Harassment of School Employees Subscriber access only

Don't ignore accusations of sexual misconduct.
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Husband Sues Church Over Wife's Affair with Minister Subscriber access only

Who can sue for damages resulting from an affair?
Rhode Island
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Prosecution of Child Molesters Subscriber access only

Public statements made by accused molesters may be used against them in court.
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Prior Acts of Sexual Misconduct Subscriber access only

Evidence of prior "bad acts" is generally not admissible in court.
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Statute of Limitations Bars Group's Lawsuit Subscriber access only

Seven adults, molested by a priest as children, attempted to sue their former church.
North Dakota
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Churches' Liability After Out-of Court Settlements Subscriber access only

If a pastor is released from liability for sexual misconduct, his denomination cannot be liable.

Vocational Training Programs and the Unrelated Business Income Tax Subscriber access only

IRS rules that this income is not subject to the UBIT.



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