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Church Law & Tax Report

March/April 2012
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Feature Article

What the "Ministerial Exception" Ruling Means for Churches  Subscriber access only

The implications of the Supreme Court's unanimous decision


Recent Developments

Recent Developments

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

Understanding the Clergy-Penitent Privilege Subscriber access only

Not all conversations with a pastor are protected against future disclosure.
South Carolina

Defamation Claim Against Church Subscriber access only

Courts may resolve church disputes if they can do so without inquiring into church doctrine.
Intermediate Sanctions

When a Church Dissolves Subscriber access only

Distribution of assets requires legal counsel.
Denominations - Legal Liability

Termination of Free Counseling for an Abuse Victim Subscriber access only

Consequences of stopping counseling payments.

Church Insurance: Investigation Cooperation Requirements Subscriber access only

Be aware of what your insurance policy requires.
Taxation - Church Property

Tax Exemption for Church-Owned Land Subscriber access only

Land that is used for recreational activities may qualify for exemption from taxation.
New York

Pastor's Sexual Misconduct Subscriber access only

Is the church responsible?
Taxation - Church Property

Failure to File for Property Tax Exemption Subscriber access only

Property tax exemptions can't be granted retroactively.
Retirement Plans

Legal Liability When a Pension Plan Fails Subscriber access only

Denominations could be responsible for failure to provide for plan members.
Denominations - Legal Liability

Vicarious Liability Subscriber access only

Can a school be sued for the molestation of a student?

Employee Injured While Commuting to Work Subscriber access only

Does workers' compensation apply?
Tax Calendar

Tax Calendar

Important deadlines for churches and ministers

Q&A: Are We Legally Required to Verify a Housing Allowance is Fair?  Subscriber access only

The answer is no, and several reasons explain why.



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Check-In and Check-Out Procedures

Check-In and Check-Out Procedures Subscriber access only

Learn how to establish check-in procedures that keep children safe.
Protecting Your Tax-Exempt Status

Protecting Your Tax-Exempt Status Subscriber access only

Understand the requirements of your tax-exempt status.