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Richard R. Hammar

Richard R. Hammar

Richard R. Hammar

Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA, and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and attended Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of several books, including Pastor, Church & Law, the annual Church & Clergy Tax Guide, Reducing the Risk, the biannual Compensation Handbook for Church Staff, and the Essential Guide to Copyright Law for Churches.

He also is the senior editor of Church Law & Tax Report, a bimonthly newsletter reviewing significant legal and tax developments for churches and clergy, and Church Finance Today, a monthly newsletter for church treasurers.

Richard has contributed articles to numerous journals and publications, including Leadership Journal, Christian Century, and Enrichment; is a frequent speaker at legal and tax conferences; has taught church law at a number of seminaries; and is often asked to consult 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 since 1992; 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.

Richard has been inducted into the church management "hall of fame" by the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA), 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 and Illinois Bar Associations 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 joins the ranks of 270 other Registered Parliamentarians in the United States. In 2012, he passed a "professional qualifying course" and became a Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP), the highest status that a parliamentarian can achieve.

Recent Articles by Richard R. Hammar

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What Churches Should Know About New Child Abuse Protection Requirements
ChurchLawAndTax.com

What Churches Should Know About New Child Abuse Protection Requirements Subscriber access only

How does recently passed legislation affect your church?
When Churches Are Liable for Hostile Work Environments
Managing Your Church

When Churches Are Liable for Hostile Work Environments

What churches can learn from a recent sexual harassment case.
What Retired Ministers Should Know About Housing Allowances
ChurchLawAndTax.com

What Retired Ministers Should Know About Housing Allowances Subscriber access only

Insights and regulations to keep in mind.
Are Criminal Background Checks Legally Required for Youth Ministry Workers?
Church Law & Tax Report

Are Criminal Background Checks Legally Required for Youth Ministry Workers? Subscriber access only

A historic recent case helps answer this question.
Responding to Gun Violence Concerns at Churches
Church Law & Tax Report

Responding to Gun Violence Concerns at Churches Subscriber access only

Church shootings remain rare, but policies and planning are still necessities.
Creating Sexual Harassment Policies for Church Workplaces
Church Law & Tax Report

Creating Sexual Harassment Policies for Church Workplaces Subscriber access only

The growing numbers of allegations highlight the need for appropriate responses.
What Does Sexual Harassment Look Like in the Church?
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What Does Sexual Harassment Look Like in the Church? Subscriber access only

Defining this threat—and how church leaders must be on guard.
4 Effective Methods to Prepare for Gun Violence at Church
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4 Effective Methods to Prepare for Gun Violence at Church Subscriber access only

How church leaders can consider financial costs and practicality in their response planning.
Q&A: Are New 15-Passenger Vans Safer?
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Q&A: Are New 15-Passenger Vans Safer?

Even with improvements, these vehicles still pose significant risks.
Retirement Savings and the Rule of 72s
Managing Your Church

Retirement Savings and the Rule of 72s

What pastors and church staff can learn about the power of compounding.
Starting a Disaster Response Ministry

Starting a Disaster Response Ministry Subscriber access only

Safely and effectively serve people whose lives have been overturned by a disaster.
Understanding Wage and Hour Laws

Understanding Wage and Hour Laws Subscriber access only

Learn about the Fair Labor Standards Act and how it applies to churches.