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Treasurer/Bookkeeper

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 October 20

Splitting Income Member access only

Introduction

Our lesson this week examines the topic of Splitting Income. The Executive Summary provides a concise review of the key points. Before we get started, test your knowledge by completing the ...

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Articles

Continuing Education Member access only

Taxable income in relation to continuing education

Employee or Self-Employed Member access only

Employment status for tax reporting purposes

Preparing Form 1099s Member access only

Employment status pertaining to the use of Form 1099s for tax reporting purposes
How to Select the Right Accounting Software for Your Church

How to Select the Right Accounting Software for Your Church Member access only

From off-the-shelf solutions to cloud-based systems, church leaders weigh in on how to make the best choices.
Beware of This "Donor" Scam

Beware of This "Donor" Scam Member access only

Why a refund request for a donation should ring alarm bells.
Seventh Circuit: Clergy Housing Allowance Is Constitutional

Seventh Circuit: Clergy Housing Allowance Is Constitutional

Appellate court reverses lower court ruling, preserving valuable tax benefit.
Accounting Standards Update

Accounting Standards Update Member access only

What churches producing external financial statements need to know about GAAP changes.
The Minister and the Church’s Payroll Tax Obligations

The Minister and the Church’s Payroll Tax Obligations

Key tips on navigating withholding.
3 Audiences for Church Financial Reports to Consider

3 Audiences for Church Financial Reports to Consider

The people you need to keep in the know when creating financial statements.
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2019 Church & Clergy Tax Guide

2019 Church & Clergy Tax Guide Member access only

Find comprehensive help understanding United States tax laws as they relate to pastors and churches.
Best Practices for Receiving Charitable Contributions

Best Practices for Receiving Charitable Contributions  Member access only

Practical help and clear understanding on issues surrounding charitable contributions.

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Preventing a Violent Incident at Your Church

Preventing a Violent Incident at Your Church Member access only

Learn about preparing for an active shooter, conceal carry weapons laws, and the role of security guards.
Understanding Labor Laws

Understanding Labor Laws Member access only

Regulations that pertain to hiring, firing, paying, disciplining, and supervising ministry employees.