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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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Use of a Church-Owned Car


This lesson focuses on the issue of Use of a Church-Owned Car. You can review the Executive Summary to obtain the key points or read the Weekly Lesson for a more thorough presentation of this topic. Start by completing the following interactive quiz to test your knowledge

A church provides its senior pastor with a car for both personal and business use. The pastor does not keep records of the number of miles he drives the car for church-related business. The church treasurer assumes that the car is a nontaxable fringe benefit, since title to the vehicle remains in the church's name. Is this correct?

Weekly Quiz

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

Executive Summary

Many churches provide their pastor with a vehicle. But few pastors, or church treasurers, are aware that the "personal use" of such a vehicle by the pastor must be valued and reported ...

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