Church Law & Tax Report

May/June 2011
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Feature Article

Does Your Church Owe Taxes on Alternative Revenue? Member access only

Understanding the unrelated business income tax.

Articles

Should Your Church Conduct Criminal Records Checks?  Member access only

These factors should guide the policies set by church leaders.

Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
California
Denominations - Legal Liability

Ascending Liability Claims Member access only

National churches will not necessarily be held liable for the acts of local affiliates.
New York
Church Property

Neutral Principle of Law Applied to Church Property Dispute Member access only

In many cases, a court may resolve a dispute over church property.
Georgia
Freedom of Religion

Concealed Weapon Bans and the Constitution Member access only

Court concludes that laws prohibiting concealed weapons in churches do not violate the Constitution.
Florida

Liability for Off-Site Activities Member access only

Several factors determine whether an organization is liable for injuries off church property.
Kentucky
Employment Practices

The "Single Employer" Doctrine Member access only

Determining the degree of separateness between a church and an affiliated ministry.

Q&A: Retaining Records Member access only

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Safe Hiring Practices for Ministries

Safe Hiring Practices for Ministries  Member access only

Essential items to consider before you bring new clergy or staff on board.
Managing Church Facility Use

Managing Church Facility Use Member access only

Find insights to equip your church to host members and strangers.