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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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This Week's LessonWeek of May 3

Lunch Expenses


This week we turn our attention to Lunch Expenses. 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 pastor takes staff members out to lunch every Tuesday. Church business is always discussed, at least briefly, during these lunches. The church treasurer does not report the church's reimbursements as taxable income to the staff members because she believes that the lunches qualify as business expenses that can be reimbursed by the church under its accountable reimbursement arrangement.

Weekly Quiz

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

Executive Summary

Most ministers incur lunch expenses in taking staff members out to lunch. In some churches, these lunch meetings are regular events, and involve the discussion of church ...

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