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Church Law & Tax Report

November/December 2017
Articles with a Member Access Only are available only to members.

Feature Article

Retirement Planning for Pastors

Retirement Planning for Pastors Member access only

Discerning the financial and tax benefits—and drawbacks—of numerous retirement plans.


Taking the Right Steps to Establish a Retirement Plan

Taking the Right Steps to Establish a Retirement Plan Member access only

Early planning can avoid IRS trouble—and provide well when retirement comes.

A Caution for Church Volunteers Deducting Expenses Member access only

Recent Tax Court ruling addresses common expenses and charitable contributions.

Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Employment Practices; Sexual Harassment

Employee's Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Dismissed Due to Lack of 'Viable Claim' Member access only

Court dismissed a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a former female employee of a denominationally affiliated hospital on the ground that the alleged offenses were not sufficiently severe or pervasive.
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Release Form Does Not Prohibit Minor from Suing Church After Summer Camp Injury Member access only

Minor who was injured while participating in a church's summer camp program was not barred from suing the church by a release form signed by her mother.


Q&A: Will a Plaque Recognizing a Donor's Contribution Prohibit a Tax Deduction?

"Mere recognition" does not nullify a deduction.


The Effect of Tax Deferral

The Effect of Tax Deferral

Infographic: How does tax deferral affect your retirement?