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Co-Founder & Senior Editor

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

Key Tax Dates June 2022
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Key Tax Dates June 2022

Review housing allowance designations, make quarterly payments, and meet monthly or semiweekly requirements.
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Former School Counselor’s Discrimination Claims Barred by Ministerial Exception

A woman fired because of her same-sex marriage could not pursue remedies against a Catholic school under federal and state laws, court holds.
ChurchLawAndTax.com

A Church’s Insurer Was Not Obligated to Provide a Legal Defense for Congregant Facing a Lawsuit Member access only

Defamatory remarks made by a lay member on social media were not authorized by the church and therefore not covered by its insurance policy.
ChurchLawAndTax.com

A Denominational Office Was Not Liable Because a Pastor Infected His Former Wife with HIV Member access only

A Mississippi case demonstrates how ministers are not necessarily agents of their churches or denominational offices.
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Pastor Who Revealed Child’s Suicide During a Funeral Sermon Can’t Be Sued Member access only

Court: Ecclesiastical abstention doctrine bars lawsuit from the mother of deceased son.
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Court Barred by “Ministerial Exception” from Deciding a Gay Pastor’s Discrimination Lawsuit Member access only

But the case illustrates the potential for a church being liable for sexual harassment or creating a hostile workplace.
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Volunteer Youth Leader Sentenced to Five Years for Molesting Teen Girl Member access only

Case illustrates high-risk behaviors that should alert churches to the potential for sexual abuse.
ChurchLawAndTax.com

New Mexico Court: Child Abuse Reporting Laws Did Not Apply to Pastor’s Testimony Member access only

The defendant in this case was protected by both the clergy-penitent privilege and state statute.
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Court Can Resolve Church Dispute over the Election of a New Pastor Member access only

Such intervention is allowed if the court does not address religious doctrine or polity.
The Tax Implications of Churches and Political Involvement
ChurchLawAndTax.com

The Tax Implications of Churches and Political Involvement Member access only

Sorting through the IRS rules and guidance regarding political campaigns and legislative lobbying.