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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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This Week's LessonWeek of July 28

Your Church's Tax Exemption Number


This lesson introduces the issue of Your Church's Tax Exemption Number. 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 board asks the church treasurer if the church has a "tax exemption number," and if so, what it is. The church treasurer is not sure how to respond.

Weekly Quiz

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

Executive Summary

Church treasurers sometimes wonder if their church has a "tax exemption number" proving that it is exempt from federal and state taxes. Tax exemption numbers are the focus of this week's lesson.

Weekly Lesson

Federal tax exemption

As we learned in last week's lesson, churches are not required to apply to the IRS for formal recognition of tax-exempt ...

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