All posts from “taxes”

Q&A: Personal Vehicles for Church Business

March 27, 2014 8:00 AM

Q: For church employees using their personal vehicles for church business, do they use the 56 cents or the 14 cents for mileage reimbursement in 2014? A: I directly address mileage reimbursements in Chapter 7 of my annual Church...

10 Tips to Avoid Common Tax Mistakes

March 20, 2014 8:00 AM

The IRS urges taxpayers to review their tax returns for common errors that could delay the processing of their return and refund. Here are ten ways to avoid mistakes: File electronically. If you choose to e-file, many of the...

Watch Out for Tax Scams

March 11, 2014 11:00 AM

Each year, the IRS releases its "Dirty Dozen" list of top tax scams. Here are the 12 scams you and your church should watch out for this tax season: Identity thefts Pervasive telephone scams Phishing False promises of "free...

Monday Church Management Roundup: 2/17/14

February 17, 2014 8:00 AM

Avoid meeting misfires. "This case illustrates the importance of compliance with notice provisions in employment contracts, bylaws, and applicable nonprofit corporation law. It is a good practice for church leaders to be familiar with these provisions in advance of...

Justice Department Appeals Wisconsin Clergy Housing Allowance Ruling

January 24, 2014 2:22 PM

Richard Hammar, senior editor of Church Law & Tax Report and ChurchLawAndTax.com, reports the Justice Department filed a notice of appeal this afternoon in the Wisconsin clergy housing allowance case. In late November, a federal district judge ruled the housing...

Five Takeaways from the November 2013 Housing Allowance Ruling

November 25, 2013 11:59 AM

UPDATE (12/2/13): Below are five immediate takeaways from Richard Hammar on the November 22, 2013, ruling on clergy housing allowances by a federal judge in Wisconsin. Rich goes deeper on these five, plus five more, in the January/February issue of...

Q&A: Our Pastor Died—Can We Financially Help the Spouse?

August 27, 2013 8:00 AM

Q: A pastor passes away. The church wants to give the widow a small amount of monthly income for the remainder of the year. How is this gift treated from a tax standpoint? A: It is best to treat...

Q&A: Should This Pastor's Car Repair Reimbursement be Taxed?

July 23, 2013 8:00 AM

Q: I need help with a question regarding money requested for our Deaf Church Pastor for car repairs. The Deaf Church Committee voted to reimburse him for the car repairs but since this is not an actual church expense,...

Should Churches Reject Tax Exemption, As Huckabee Suggests?

June 12, 2013 3:32 PM

Mike Huckabee raised an intriguing, provocative question on Monday while addressing pastors ahead of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Houston: Should churches reject their tax-exempt status as a way to break free of government oversight and restriction?...

Q&A: Which House Qualifies for the Housing Allowance?

June 11, 2013 8:00 AM

Q: I know the recent Driscoll decision means a pastor can't claim two homes for his or her housing allowance. In a situation where a pastor answers a call in one state, but his or her family stays behind...

Q&A: Should the Church's Payroll Include Youth Providing Childcare?

May 30, 2013 8:00 AM

Q: When we have youth from our high school youth group do childcare for church events, do they need to be put on the payroll? In the past we have just paid them from the ministry fund they are...

Q&A: Are Proceeds From the Church Community Center Taxable?

May 7, 2013 8:00 AM

Q: Our church's new community center includes a gym, and a coffee shop for people to fellowship and drink coffee while watching their younger children on our playground just outside the building. We also host a church basketball league...

Three Risks Keeping Church Leaders Up at Night

April 23, 2013 8:00 AM

Last month, Frank Sommerville, CPA, JD, visited Christianity Today and spent time with our team. Frank is one of our Editorial Advisors and he spent time with us discussing some of the top risks churches face each day. A...

State Appeals Court: Church Should Pay Property Tax

April 17, 2013 8:00 AM

On the heels of last week's news regarding an Indiana study that showed one in four government leaders favored payments of some type by churches in exchange for their tax-exempt statuses comes this online column by Peter J. Reilly of...

The Top 12 Tax Scams for 2013

April 8, 2013 8:00 AM

The IRS recently released its annual list of the "dirty dozen" tax scams. Knowing about these scams can help church leaders avoid falling into these traps. Identity theft and phishing are still the top two, and many of the...

When You Need Outside Help for Taxes

February 25, 2013 8:00 AM

A brief Q&A recently featured in The Wall Street Journal offers tips for what to look for in a tax preparer. Many people hire someone to help them file their returns these days, the author notes, mostly because of the...

Q&A: Is Form 990 Required for Churches?

January 22, 2013 10:45 AM

Q: Does a small church need to file a 990N? I have not been able to determine if this is now required. In the past, we have not filed 990's as we are a small congregation. A: Section 6033 exempts...

12 Benefits of the New Taxpayer Relief Act

January 17, 2013 8:00 AM

Congress enacted legislation, known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act, in the final hours of 2012 that increased taxes for the wealthiest Americans, and extended several expired tax benefits so they will be available in preparing your 2012 tax return....

The No-Stress Audit

October 30, 2012 8:00 AM

Most church staffs dread an audit. Disturbing questions surround the experience: Does the IRS distrust us? Will we have to pay more out of our already slim budget? Thankfully, much of this worry is unwarranted. Most church tax returns are...

Can’t Pay Your Taxes?

October 16, 2012 8:00 AM

Many pastors have been audited by the IRS and assessed several thousands of dollars of taxes and penalties but have no prospect for paying their bill. What can be done if you find yourself in this situation? There are...

Rookie Pastors: Keep the Devil Out of the Details

April 26, 2012 8:00 AM

Bible college and seminary are great for a lot of things. In my experience, important skills you need to survive in an office, such as yearly budgets, business plans, and understanding a housing allowance, are not some of those...