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Richard R. Hammar

Richard R. Hammar

Richard R. Hammar

Richard R. Hammar is an attorney licensed to practice in the state of Missouri, and he holds his CPA certificate from the Missouri State Board of Accountancy. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and attended Harvard Divinity School.

Rich specializes in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy. He is senior editor of ChurchLawAndTax.com and the author of several books published by Church Law & Tax, including Pastor, Church & Law, Fifth Edition, the annual Church & Clergy Tax Guide, and Reducing the Risk, a child sexual abuse awareness training program.

Rich wrote the first edition of Pastor, Church & Law in 1983. He co-founded the Church Law & Tax Report and Church Finance Today print newsletters—the precursors to ChurchLawAndTax.com—in 1987 and 1993, respectively, and other related resources with James Cobble. He has contributed articles or comments to numerous journals and publications, including Christianity Today, Christian Century, and Enrichment.

Rich is a frequent speaker at legal and tax conferences, occasionally teaches church law at seminaries and colleges, and often consults with attorneys, CPAs, and church and denominational leaders on legal and tax issues. He has been a lecturer at the annual Washington Nonprofit Legal and Tax Conference; addressed a National Institute of the American Bar Association on the tort liability of charitable and religious organizations; has been a featured speaker at the annual Program on Philanthropy and Law sponsored by the New York University School of Law; and has taught continuing education seminars at several institutions, including Princeton Theological Seminary and Emory University.

Rich has been inducted into the church management "hall of fame" by The Church Network, and has served on the boards of several prominent charities, including the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

He is a member of the Missouri Bar Association and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and he is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court. In 2009, he became a Registered Parliamentarian by successfully completing a qualifying examination administered by the National Association of Parliamentarians. He joined the ranks of 270 other Registered Parliamentarians in the United States.

Recent Articles by Richard R. Hammar View All

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Defendant's Meeting with Pastor Was Not for Spiritual Advice Member access only

Man accused of sexual abuse of stepdaughter not protected by clergy-penitent privilege.
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A Christian Ministry’s Fundraising Violated Federal Securities Laws Member access only

Churches should never assume they are automatically exempt from federal regulations when raising funds by selling securities.
The High Cost of Fraud
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The High Cost of Fraud Member access only

New study offers insights on why it happens, how it’s detected, and characteristics of both victims and perpetrators.
Supreme Court Again Rules that Safety and Health Regulations Override Religious Freedom
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Supreme Court Again Rules that Safety and Health Regulations Override Religious Freedom Member access only

Dissenting opinion in this pandemic-related ruling expressed First Amendment concerns.
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Christian College Not Liable for Sexual Misconduct of Former Student Hired by a Church Member access only

Churches should be aware that states are divided on liability based on recommendations related to hiring.
Supreme Court Reaffirms and Expands Ministerial Exception
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Supreme Court Reaffirms and Expands Ministerial Exception Member access only

What the ruling means for churches and religious organizations.
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IRS Updates Group Exemption Procedure Member access only

New guidance with specific application to denominations and churches covered by the group ruling.
Supreme Court Endorses Some Aid to Parents of Religious School Students
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Supreme Court Endorses Some Aid to Parents of Religious School Students Member access only

Decision opens the door for religious schools to benefit from funds available to other kinds of schools.
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A Nearly $22 Million Verdict for Sexual Abuse Not Excessive, Affirms Federal Appeals Court Member access only

Churches should understand that a single incident of child abuse can expose a church to damages far in excess of its insurance coverage.
Supreme Court Rules that Title VII’s Ban on “Sex” Discrimination Includes Sexual Orientation
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Supreme Court Rules that Title VII’s Ban on “Sex” Discrimination Includes Sexual Orientation Member access only

The significance to churches and religious schools and colleges.