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Appeals Court Refused to Dismiss a Former Employee’s Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Member access only

The trial court failed to conduct a “fact-sensitive and claim specific” analysis to determine if the First Amendment bars the former employee’s claims against a Roman Catholic archdiocese.
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A Church’s Insurance Did Not Provide Coverage for Its Pastor’s Sexual Abuse of a Minor Member access only

Policy exclusion of criminal and intentional acts superseded its limited coverage of sexual misconduct claims, says court.
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Landowner Denied a Zoning Variance for the Creation of a Shooting Range Near a Church Member access only

A local pastor and neighboring landowners expressed concerns over noise and safety.
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US Tax Court Fines Pastor $2,500 for “Frivolous” Tax Argument Member access only

This case highlights some of the most important provisions of federal tax law pertaining to ministers.
Key Tax Dates July 2022
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Key Tax Dates July 2022

File 8274 and 941 forms and meet monthly or semiweekly requirements.
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Retirement Planning for Pastors and Staff Member access only

Setting successful strategies as your church's workforce ages.
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Priest Claimed Defamatory and False Statements Led to His Dismissal Member access only

But a court ruled the ministerial exemption barred it from resolving the priest’s claim.
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In a Battle of Bylaws, Court’s Intervention with Pastor’s Firing Found Proper Member access only

Appellate court says church dispute didn't involve doctrine, meaning lower court's decision could stand.
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Protester Could Be Banned from Church Property—but Distance Restriction Found Improper Member access only

Attempt to prohibit a disruptive person from coming within 5,000 feet went too far, appellate court says.
Key Tax Dates June 2022
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Key Tax Dates June 2022

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