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Church Law & Tax Report

January/February 2010
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Should You Prepare Your Own Tax Returns? Member access only

It's not as hard as you might think.

Recent Developments

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

Follow Procedural Requirements for Church Business Meetings Member access only

Follow your church's bylaws and state law to ensure the validity of your membership meetings.

What's Protected by the Clergy-Penitent Privilege Member access only

Not all conversations with a minister are covered by the privilege.
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Can a Denominational Office Be Held Liable for a Pastor's Sexual Misconduct? Member access only

The answer depends on several factors.


Q&A: Are Employee Service Awards Taxable? Member access only

A qualified employee achievement award must meet a number of requirements.