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2020 Webinar Schedule

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One of the many perks of your Church Law & Tax Advantage Membership is access to exclusive webinars.

Last year, we introduced our first-ever Advantage Member webinar featuring CPA Elaine Sommerville on The Building Blocks of Compensation. In November, Richard Hammar presented our second exclusive webinar on Key Year-End Financial and Tax Tasks for Church Leaders (watch both on-demand now). This year, we are excited to bring you even more.

Below you will find the registration links and details about our upcoming free and Advantage Member exclusive webinars. We encourage you to bookmark this page and check it regularly as we post information and registration links for upcoming webinars featuring experts like CPA Michael Batts and others.

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Church Law & Tax’s 2020 Webinar Series

Upcoming Webinars

We have officially completed our webinar series for 2020! While our team prepares for our next series, we encourage you to look back at the webinars we’ve done this past year. They are listed below and available to watch on-demand.

Previous Webinars

Top Tax Developments for 2020
This Advantage Member exclusive webinar was presented by Church Law & Tax’s senior editor Richard Hammar on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. It covered key tax developments church leaders must know for the year ahead, including the upcoming income tax filing season.

The 5 Most Misunderstood Aspects of Unrelated Business Income for Churches
This free webinar featured a presentation by CPA Michael Batts, a Church Law & Tax senior editorial advisor and nationally recognized expert on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Batts presented on unrelated business income for churches and ministries. He has written extensively on the topic and provided insight, information, and useful instruction for church and ministry leaders who increasingly face this complex issue.

15 Things Richard Hammar Wants Pastors to Know
This Advantage Member exclusive webinar, was presented by Church Law & Tax’s senior editor Richard Hammar onWednesday, March 18, 2020. It takes a closer look at 15 critical issues pastors and church leaders often overlook or neglect—to their peril. Hammar bases his insights on more than 40 years working with churches in the areas of tax, law, and finance.

Churches and the CARES Act: Helping Congregations and Employees Weather the Cash Crunch
This free webinar, presented by Church Law & Tax’s senior editor Richard Hammar onThursday, April 2, 2020, provided a helpful overview of the 900-page stimulus package, how it works, and the provisions churches and leaders should know to minister well to their congregations and communities.

Church Financial Management in Challenging Times
The COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, and the accompanying “stay-at-home” directives underway in most states, present numerous challenges to churches, particularly with respect to financial management. This free webinar features a presentation from Thursday, April 23, 2020 by CPA Michael Batts, where he directly addresses the financial management challenges pastors and church leaders are facing.

Making Sure Your Virtual Church Meeting Is Legally Valid
This free webinar, presented on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 by attorney Sarah E. Merkle, offers expert, step-by-step guidance for pastors, board chairs, and board members on how to conduct virtual church business meetings that are legally valid, protecting and preserving any votes or decisions ultimately made. Merkle is a Church Law & Tax senior editorial advisor and author of the newly released Your Complete Guide to Virtual Church Meetings: A toolkit for legal and compliant business meetings.

Our Church Got a PPP Loan—Now What?
Many congregations have received a PPP loan to help cover payroll and other operational expenses while weathering the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. What they do next is critical. In this free webinar presented by CPA and tax attorney Ted Batson on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, church leaders received guidance on the types of expenses the PPP loan can cover. They also got a step-by-step tutorial on how to navigate the loan forgiveness process when their eight-week periods expire.

Politics in the Church: What to Know for the 2020 Election
To maintain exemption from federal income taxes, churches must comply with several requirements specified in section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. Two of these requirements involve political activities. So, how should church leaders navigate them as the 2020 election season heats up? And what happens if they violate them? In this exclusive Advantage Member webinar presented on June 17, 2020, renowned church attorney and CPA Richard R. Hammar will explore the requirements and discuss how leaders should approach this sensitive, and often volatile, issue.

Child Abuse: Emerging Trends from the Biggest Legal Threat to Churches
Did you know child abuse is one of the top reasons churches go to court each year? In this free webinar, attorney Richard Hammar presented on emerging trends in child abuse-related court cases. He also provided best practices that churches should follow to keep them, and more importantly, their children safe.

Keeping Internal Controls In Check During a Pandemic
Covid-19 has forced churches to approach worship services, donations, and administrative tasks differently. In light of these changes, what other changes should be implemented and reviewed when it comes to internal controls? CPA and Church Law & Tax’s senior editorial advisor Vonna Laue joined us for this free webinar on August 19, 2020. She discussed common internal control practices, and the adjustments churches need to make as a result of the pandemic.

Rethinking Your Church’s Budgeting Process for 2021
To say that recent and current social and cultural developments have significantly affected church budgets would be a dramatic understatement. So, how do church leaders address budgeting for the future in this new environment? CPA and Church Law & Tax Senior Editorial Advisor Mike Batts joined us for this Advantage Member exclusive webinar presented on September 9, 2020. Batts answered this question and challenged church leaders to completely overhaul their areas of financial focus.

Confronting Harassment in the Church
Workplace sexual harassment has gained renewed attention after recent high-profile cases emerged in the realms of entertainment, media, sports, and politics. Regrettably, churches aren’t immune from the problem of harassment, as a new Church Law & Tax survey report shows. In this free webinar presented on October 21, 2020, attorney Theresa Sidebotham discusses how church leaders confront harassment. She also helps leaders define the problem, set prevention and training measures, and explain the ways they can foster the type of healthy culture that honors Christ.

Tripping Points for Pastoral Compensation
From navigating the housing allowance and its tax effects to understanding the unique issues involved in planning for retirement, a minister’s classification seems to bring confusion in the world of compensation planning. In this Advantage Member exclusive webinar presented on November 18, 2020, CPA and Church Law & Tax senior editorial advisor Elaine Sommerville gave a valuable review of the details most essential to building a solid compensation package for ministerial team members.

Tackling the Top Year-End Tasks for 2020
As we near the end of 2020, there are important tasks you’ll need to make sure to check off your list. This free webinar presented on December 9, 2020, featured renowned attorney and CPA Richard R. Hammar.Hammar updated church leaders on the key tasks for correctly handling business expenses, housing allowances, charitable contributions, and other issues. He also covered key developments related to COVID-19, including the CARES Act, and the tax-related implications the pandemic poses for churches, ministers, and congregants.

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