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2020 Church & Clergy Tax Guide

2020 Church & Clergy Tax Guide

Find comprehensive help understanding United States tax laws as they relate to pastors and churches.
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Church Disaffiliation Property Dispute Member access only

Court rules that national church holds title to local church’s property.
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Church's Application for Special Use Permit Denied Member access only

City refuses to allow a church to move into an area zoned for industrial use.
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Recent Developments in Church Property Rulings Member access only

Maryland's highest court ruled that a local congregation that voted to disaffiliate from a national church after more than a century of association was entitled to retain its property.
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Disaffiliating from a Parent Denomination Member access only

Two rulings address the control of church property.
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Recent Developments in Missouri Regarding Church Property Member access only

A Missouri court ruled that a church had a legal right to use a roadway across a neighboring property since an "easement by implication" had been created.
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Recent Developments in Connecticut Regarding Church Property Member access only

A Connecticut court ruled that a church could construct a parsonage in a subdivision despite a "restrictive covenant" prohibiting any use other than a "strictly private residence."
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Recent Developments in Virginia Regarding Zoning Member access only

A federal court in Virginia ruled that a city council acted unlawfully when it denied a church's request to construct two cellular antenna towers on its property.
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Recent Developments in New York Regarding Church Property Member access only

A New York court ruled that the civil courts could resolve a dispute between a religious organization and a spin-off congregation over use of property.
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Church Property Ownership Member access only

A denominational agency was entitled to the property of a local church following a vote to disaffiliate itself from the denomination.
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Legal Owners of Church Property  Member access only

A New York court ruled that a parent denomination held title to the property of a local church that voted to disaffiliate from the denomination.
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Determining Church Property Ownership  Member access only

Most church property disputes are resolved on the basis of neutral principles of law contained in deeds, local church charters and bylaws, and denominational bylaws.
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Control of Property Member access only

An Iowa court ruled that a local church that was experiencing internal problems did not enter into an enforceable agreement to transfer governance responsibilities to a denominational agency.
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Property Disputes and Bylaws Member access only

Churches and denominational agencies can avoid church property disputes by adopting appropriate nondoctrinal language in deeds, trusts, local church bylaws, or denominational bylaws.
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Church Property and Denominational Ownership Member access only

A California court ruled that a provision in a church's deed that required church property to revert to a denominational agency was legally enforceable by the civil courts.
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Arbitration of Disputes Member access only

Arbitration is a potential way to resolve church disputes without going to the civil courts.
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Video: Property Disputes Between Local Churches and Denominations
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Document Stating Affiliated-Denomination Properties Were Owned by Denomination Is Not Enforceable Member access only

Indiana Supreme Court says PCUSA trust law clashed with Indiana trust law, gives ownership of church building to local church.
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