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Church Law & Tax Report

March/April 2017
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Feature Article

Churches, Gender Identity, and Bathroom Access

Churches, Gender Identity, and Bathroom Access Member access only

Landmark ruling addresses potential liability under "public accommodations" law.

Articles

New Act Restores Tax-Free Premium Reimbursements for Many

New Act Restores Tax-Free Premium Reimbursements for Many Member access only

Change reverses costly penalty many employers, including churches, faced under ACA.
In Brief

In Brief

Key news recaps

Church Discipline Ruled Not Defamation Member access only

Court's decision based on ecclesiastical abstention doctrine.
Tax Calendar

Tax Calendar

Important deadlines for churches and ministers

April 30, 2017

Churches with nonminister employees (or one or more ministers who report their federal income taxes as employees and who have elected voluntary withholding) ...

April 29, 2017

Churches hiring their first nonminister employee between January 1 and March 31, 2017, may exempt themselves from the employer’s share of Social ...

April 18, 2017

  • Federal income tax and self-employment tax returns by individuals for calendar year 2016 are due by this date.
  • Last day to file an amended federal income tax return (Form 1040X) for calendar year 2013 (unless you received an extension of time to file your 2013 return).

Monthly Requirements, March/April 2017

If a church or organization reported withheld taxes of $50,000 or less during the most recent lookback period (for 2017, the lookback period is July 1, ...

Semiweekly Requirements, March/April 2017

If a church or organization reported withheld taxes of more than $50,000 during the most recent lookback period (for 2017, the lookback period is July ...

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Understanding Pastoral Liability

Understanding Pastoral Liability Member access only

Know the situations in which a pastor is personally liable for wrongdoing.
Church Compensation

Church Compensation Member access only

Learn the many pieces of employee compensation so you're in compliance with government guidelines and your ministry staff is properly cared for.