Denominational Leaders

Continuing education for ministry leaders
Denominational 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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This Week's LessonWeek of March 15

Continuing Education


This week we turn our attention to continuing education programs for denominational officers. Start by completing the following quiz. Then review the Executive Summary for the key points on this topic, or read the Weekly Lesson for a complete discussion of this topic.

A denominational officer takes a course in organizational theory at a local university. The officer's employer 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 officer, or is it a tax-free fringe benefit?

Weekly Exercise

Click on the correct answer for each of the following questions.

Executive Summary

Many denominational officers take courses at colleges or seminaries. In some cases, the courses are taken to enhance job skills. But in others, the courses have no direct relationship to job responsibilities. In either case, can their employer pay for the courses, and if so, are such payments taxable or nontaxable? These are the questions addressed in this week's lesson.

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