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Recent Developments

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Fired Transgender Employee Could Sue for Employment Discrimination Subscriber access only

Employment Practices

IRS Wins Ruling Against Church for Misclassifying Employees Subscriber access only

Appeals Court Barred by First Amendment for Minister’s Terminated Retirement Benefits Subscriber access only

Retirement Plans

Court Rules School Is Not Responsible for Student’s Suicide

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities; Schools

Tax Court Rejects Pastor's Attempt to Avoid Taxes Through Vow of Poverty, Salary Renunciation Subscriber access only

Church's Coffee Shop Fails to Qualify for Tax-Exempt Status Subscriber access only

$65 Million Charitable Contribution Deduction Denied by IRS Because of Failure to Meet Substantiation Requirements Subscriber access only

Charitable Contributions

Church's 'Love Gifts' to Pastor Represent Taxable Compensation for Services Performed  Subscriber access only

Taxpayers Must Meet Strict Requirements for Continuing Education Expense Deductions Subscriber access only

Income Taxes - Clergy

Court Rules Schools' Vaccination Requirements Trump Parents' Religious Exemption Subscriber access only

Freedom of Religion

Refusal to Hire Worker Without Social Security Number Does Not Constitute Religious Discrimination in Federal Case Subscriber access only

Employment Practices

'Ministerial Exception' Bars Court from Resolving InterVarsity Employee's Sex Discrimination Claim Subscriber access only

Employment Practices

Defective Charitable Contribution Receipt from Church Bars Donor's Deduction Subscriber access only

Charitable Contributions

Couple's Charitable Contribution Deductions Denied after Failing to Meet Precise Requirements Subscriber access only

Charitable Contributions

Zoning and Free Speech Subscriber access only


Substantiating Charitable Contributions Subscriber access only

Charitable Contributions

Secular Income and Vows of Poverty Subscriber access only

Aurora Movie Theater Could Be Liable for 2012 Shooting Subscriber access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Pollution Exclusion in Insurance Policy Prevents Lawsuit Subscriber access only


Church Agency Not Liable for Nudity in Video as Harassment  Subscriber access only

Sexual Harassment
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