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Church Law & Tax Report

January/February 2006
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Feature Article

Church and Clergy Tax Developments in 2005 Member access only

Part 1 -- Clergy and Lay Church Employees

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

Part 2 -- Tax Law Developments for Churches


Church Membership Member 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 Member 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 Member 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 Member 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.

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers Member 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.

Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Personal Injuries on Church Property and During Church Activities - Part 1 Member 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.
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Personal Injuries on Church Property and During Church Activities - Part 2 Member 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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Planning a Church Building Project

Planning a Church Building Project Member access only

Learn about zoning laws, property sales, church construction, financing, and more.
Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Laws

Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Laws Member access only

Did you know pastors and other church staff may be required by law to report child abuse and that laws on this vary state by state?