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January/February 2006
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Church and Clergy Tax Developments in 2005 Subscriber access only

Part 1 -- Clergy and Lay Church Employees

Church and Clergy Tax Developments in 2005 - Part 2 Subscriber access only

Part 2 -- Tax Law Developments for Churches


Church Membership Subscriber access only

The Alabama Supreme Court ruled that a dismissed church member no longer had a legal right to inspect church records.

Confidential and Privileged Communications Subscriber access only

The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that a man's confession to a minister that he had committed a murder was admissible as evidence at trial.

Defamation Subscriber access only

A Florida court ruled that a pastor could sue two members of his church for defamation as a result of statements they made during a church business meeting.

Marriage and Divorce Subscriber access only

A Connecticut court ruled that the state's no-fault divorce law did not violate the First Amendment's guaranty of religious freedom.

Personal Injuries on Church Property and During Church Activities - Part 1 Subscriber access only

A Texas court ruled that a church was not liable for injuries suffered by a teenager who broke his neck during a youth activity.

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers Subscriber access only

The New York Court of Appeals ruled that a church and denominational agency were not liable for the sexual misconduct of the church’s senior pastor.

Personal Injuries on Church Property and During Church Activities - Part 2 Subscriber access only

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld the involuntary manslaughter conviction of the driver of a 15-passenger van who fell asleep at the wheel.

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20 Finance Questions Churches Ask

20 Finance Questions Churches Ask Subscriber access only

Richard Hammar shares his answers to 20 of the most widely asked and relevant tax and finance questions for church leaders.