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Matthew Branaugh

Matthew Branaugh

Matthew Branaugh

Matthew Branaugh is Editor of the Church Law & Tax Team at Christianity Today. He leads an award-winning team of editors and designers with the planning, creation, and publishing of ChurchLawAndTax.com, five eNewsletters, and numerous print and digital resources.

He is currently pursuing a law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, with an anticipated graduation in May of 2020.

One of his favorite job duties is to interact with church leaders from across the country.

Recent Articles by Matthew Branaugh

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Are Church Employees Eligible for Unemployment Benefits?
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Are Church Employees Eligible for Unemployment Benefits?

Sorting through a complex area of law as churches weigh difficult financial decisions.
A Coronavirus Response Plan for Churches
ChurchLawAndTax.com

A Coronavirus Response Plan for Churches

8 ways your leadership can take decisive and responsible action.
Another Option for Tax Preparation: Enrolled Agents
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Another Option for Tax Preparation: Enrolled Agents

They cost less and are certified by the IRS. But they still need to be vetted before hiring.
ChurchLawAndTax.com

What’s the Best Giving App for Your Church? Member access only

A brief look at 14 different options available on the App Store and Google Play.
Seven Points to Consider Before Selecting a Mobile Giving App
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Seven Points to Consider Before Selecting a Mobile Giving App Member access only

Sorting the crowded field of options and wide array of features and functions.
Latest Form 990 Exemption Challenge Dismissed on Technical Grounds
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Latest Form 990 Exemption Challenge Dismissed on Technical Grounds

Atheist group targeting reporting exception for churches says it will resolve technical problems and try again.
Are Churches Legally Required to Issue Statements for Every Contribution?
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Are Churches Legally Required to Issue Statements for Every Contribution?

Reader: What about a one-time donation of only $10?
Few Church Leaders Discuss Abuse Crisis Says Pew Research
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Few Church Leaders Discuss Abuse Crisis Says Pew Research Member access only

Most startling is how little church-goers in Protestant faith traditions indicated leaders actively raised the topic.
Churches: Note Time-Off Requirements for the Election
Managing Your Church

Churches: Note Time-Off Requirements for the Election

Check your state’s statute addressing what employers must provide.
UPDATE: Oral Arguments Completed in Clergy Housing Allowance Challenge
ChurchLawAndTax.com

UPDATE: Oral Arguments Completed in Clergy Housing Allowance Challenge

Seventh Circuit’s three-judge panel should reach a decision by early next year.

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20 Finance Questions Churches Ask

20 Finance Questions Churches Ask Member access only

Richard Hammar answers relevant tax and finance questions for church leaders.
Understanding Labor Laws

Understanding Labor Laws Member access only

Regulations that pertain to hiring, firing, paying, disciplining, and supervising ministry employees.