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Church Law & Tax Report

March/April 2011
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Feature Article

Avoiding Costly Tax-filing Mistakes

Avoiding Costly Tax-filing Mistakes

Ministers often make these 20 errors—here's how to avoid them.


Tax Court Addresses Housing Allowances for Clergy with Two Homes  Subscriber access only

Driscoll v. Commissioner, 135 T.C. No. 27 (2010)

20 Common Clergy Tax Errors Subscriber access only

Recent Developments

Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Washington, D.C.
Invasion of Privacy

Avoiding Defamation Lawsuits Subscriber access only

In some cases, even a true statement may be considered defamatory.

Pastor Permitted to Sue Church for Breach of Contract Subscriber access only

Have employment contracts reviewed by legal counsel to protect against liability.
Confidential and Privileged Communications

Keeping a Secret Subscriber access only

Counselee's disclosure of information to third party may waive the clergy-penitent privilege.
Confidential and Privileged Communications

Spouse's Presence May Not Nullify Clergy-Penitent Privilege Subscriber access only

A conversation may be protected even if a third party is present.
Invasion of Privacy

Pastor Sues Former Church for Defamation Subscriber access only

Some courts will resolve certain employment disputes between churches and clergy.

Adding Defendants to a Lawsuit Subscriber access only

Be sure to name all potential defendants in the lawsuit; you may not be able to amend it.
Clergy - Removal

Termination of a "Whistleblower" Subscriber access only

A court cannot intervene in the firing of a ministerial employee.
Tax Calendar

Tax Calendar

Important deadlines for churches and ministers



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Confronting Peer Abuse in Your Church

Confronting Peer Abuse in Your Church  Subscriber access only

Learn how to watch and protect the children under your care from peer abuse at church.
Board Basics for Churches

Board Basics for Churches Subscriber access only

From church records to legal risks and liabilities—what your church board should know.