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Treasurer/BookkeeperWeekly Lessons

Continuing education for ministry leaders

Welcome! On this page, you will find lessons, articles, and resources specifically tailored to your role as a treasurer/bookkeeper at your church.

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 your role. The current lesson is featured below, as well as the links to the previous two weeks’ lessons.


In addition, various articles that pertain to your position—from Church Law & Tax Report, Church Finance Today, and our exclusive web-only content—are listed here for your convenience, as well as recommended resources from the Church Law & Tax Store.

Treasurer/Bookkeeper

This Week's Lesson
Week of April 22

Church Records - Part 4 - How Long Should Church Records Be Kept? Subscriber access only

Introduction

Our lesson this week examines the topic of how long church records should be kept. The Executive Summary provides a concise review of the key points. Before we get started, test your knowledge ...

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Articles

Continuing Education Subscriber access only

Taxable income in relation to continuing education

Employee or Self-Employed Subscriber access only

Employment status for tax reporting purposes

Preparing Form 1099s Subscriber access only

Employment status pertaining to the use of Form 1099s for tax reporting purposes
Hey, Fletch: What Are the Best Accounting Practices for a Multisite Campus?

Hey, Fletch: What Are the Best Accounting Practices for a Multisite Campus?

Navigating donations, designations, and more.
What Retired Ministers Should Know About Housing Allowances

What Retired Ministers Should Know About Housing Allowances Subscriber access only

Insights and regulations to keep in mind.
Churches Can No Longer Itemize Deductions for Business Expenses

Churches Can No Longer Itemize Deductions for Business Expenses

What you should know in light of recent tax reform.
A Closer Look at the Housing Allowance

A Closer Look at the Housing Allowance

What this tax benefit means for churches nationwide.
Why Your Salary May Not Be All You Want It to Be

Why Your Salary May Not Be All You Want It to Be

A church administrator’s perspective.

Q&A: What Counts as a Tax-Deductible Donation? Subscriber access only

What is—and isn't—tax-deductible for donors who attend a church fundraising event.
Retirement Savings and the Rule of 72s

Retirement Savings and the Rule of 72s

What pastors and church staff can learn about the power of compounding.
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2018 Church & Clergy Tax Guide

2018 Church & Clergy Tax Guide 

Find comprehensive help understanding United States tax laws as they relate to pastors and churches.
Church Finance

Church Finance 

Learn about budgeting, financial reporting, tax compliance, insurance coverage, and more.
Best Practices for Receiving Charitable Contributions

Best Practices for Receiving Charitable Contributions  Subscriber access only

Practical help and clear understanding on issues surrounding charitable contributions.
Best Practices for Receiving Charitable Contributions

Best Practices for Receiving Charitable Contributions  Subscriber access only

Practical help and clear understanding on issues surrounding charitable contributions.
Essential Guide to Copyright Law for Churches

Essential Guide to Copyright Law for Churches Subscriber access only

Richard Hammar explains how to avoid copyright infringement.