The Top 10 Church Law & Tax Articles of 2017
The Top 10 Church Law & Tax Articles of 2017
A look back at what readers turned to this year.
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Pay packages, tax season, public accommodations laws, mental health ministry, and more: In 2017, Church Law & Tax readers turned to the articles below for insights and guidance on key issues they encountered in their work. As the year comes to a close, we’ve compiled the top 10 most popular pieces of 2017 on, based on unique page views for content published during the year.

1.“Understanding the 2017 Tax Season” (Church Law & Tax Report)
Richard R. Hammar
Ten tax-related developments that churches and ministers should know.

2.“New Act Restores Tax-Free Premium Reimbursements for Many” ( and Church Law & Tax Report)
Richard R. Hammar
Change reverses costly penalty many employers, including churches, faced under ACA.

3.“What Pastors Need to Know About Mental Health, Ministry, and Liability” (
Samuel Ogles
How both legal experts and ministry leaders approach mental health issues in the church.

4.“Lunch Expenses for Church Staff—Business or Personal?” (
Interview with Vonna Laue
How to determine what your church should be paying for.

5.“Setting Pay Packages for Pastors” (Church Finance Today)
Richard R. Hammar
Why churches need to get three tax issues right with compensation.

6.“Churches, Gender Identity, and Bathroom Access” (Church Law & Tax Report)
Richard R. Hammar
Landmark ruling addresses potential liability under "public accommodations" law.

7.“Minding the Gap: Gender and Compensation in Churches and Ministries” (
Emily Lund
How churches can provide equitable pay for the women and men they employ.

8.“Is Your Church Breaking Public Accommodations Laws?” (Church Law & Tax Report)
Richard R. Hammar
To answer this question, churches must be well-versed in federal, state, and local laws.

9.“Succession Plans: Why Your Church Needs One” (
Erika E. Cole
What would happen to your congregation if your pastor were suddenly no longer around?

10.“The Legal and Moral Case for a Defibrillator” (Church Law & Tax Report)
Richard R. Hammar
How would you respond if someone suffers cardiac arrest at church?

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