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Continuing education for ministry leaders
Weekly Lessons, created and written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA, give you a basic legal overview of essential topics based on staff or volunteer positions within a church.

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Our lesson this week examines the topic of pastor's educational expenses. The Executive Summary provides a concise review of the key points. Before we get started, test your knowledge by completing the following quiz.

A pastor takes a course in organizational theory at a local university. The pastor's employing church pays the full cost of tuition, plus books and fees. The total cost comes to $2,500. Should this amount be reported as taxable income to the pastor, or is it a tax-free fringe benefit?

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