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Preventing payroll mistakes
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Payroll taxes present complex and unique challenges for churches. Churches have many reporting obligations, however, many churches are non-compliant with these filings. Unique circumstances for churches, such as the dual tax status of ministers, lead to common payroll errors. To ensure that churches make correct payroll tax filings, Richard Hammar, guest speaker at the webinar Prevent Payroll Mistakes: What Churches Need to Know, created the following 10-step checklist. More

Benevolence: Guidelines for ministry organizations
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Providing assistance to people walking through difficult times is a primary function of the church. While the IRS doesn't desire to deter these programs, they do have expectations as to how the programs should be operated. Well established guidelines assist a church's staff in effectively accomplishing the maximum benefit while still staying in compliance with regulatory expectations. Additionally, a well-established program assists in maintaining relationships between the church and the program recipients by clearly defining the expectations of all parties. This teleweb session will discuss the regulatory expectations as well as common scenarios to avoid. More

National Church Administration Day: Don't be unprepared — not knowing is not an excuse
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All too often accounting procedures to ensure the proper documentation and handling of church funds is a mystery. Today's churches need to stay informed and understand the laws that govern church accounting principles. NACBA's National Church Administration Day is a way to improve your churches awareness of "Accounting Principles — Mechanisms To Manage Your Church’s Money." More

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The mosque, church and synagogue are all embracing digital
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In an age of smartphones, tablets, smart televisions and social media it is no surprise that the allure of technology has also touched the field of religion. Islam, Christianity and Judaism may have their differences, but they have all embraced and integrated technology. According to Gallup more than 118 million Americans attend church. However, church membership is down 1.15 percent and declining. There is a new trend that's unfolding as some churchgoers are opting to watch church services online rather than attend. Viewers can watch, be engaged as well as make electronic tithing using a credit card. More

Benevolence: The right help given the right way
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Churches are in the charity business. They are commanded by God to help the poor, the sick and the wounded. But the church also must abide by tax rules designed to prevent abuse. This article will help churches design their benevolence programs to fulfill both the Scriptural mandate and the tax rules. More

Pulpit Freedom Sunday — Should the church be tax-exempt?
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An army of more than 1,000 pastors from around the country will take on the IRS by participating in what's being called "Pulpit Freedom Sunday." Under the Johnson Amendment, tax-exempt organizations, including churches, are not allowed to endorse any candidate running for elective public office. The real issue behind Pulpit Freedom Sunday is whether or not free speech reigns irrefutably over tax-exempt organizations, or should groups such as churches be permitted to make political recommendations to its members? And beyond that, the even larger question is why are churches still classified as tax-exempt? More

How to respond to negativity
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Countering someone's negativity with your positivity doesn't work because it's argumentative. People don't like to be emotionally contradicted and if you try to convince them that they shouldn't feel something, they'll only feel it more stubbornly. And if you're a leader trying to be positive, it comes off even worse because you'll appear out of touch and aloof to the reality that people are experiencing. The other instinctive approach — confronting someone's negativity with your own negativity — doesn't work because it's additive. Your negative reaction to their negative reaction simply adds fuel to the fire. Negativity breeds negativity. So how can you turn around negativity? More

How to streamline church events with online ticketing
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Christmas is just around the corner, and for most churches that means a huge influx of attendance for special events and regular services. It is a great season to reach new people in the community, but it also requires more manpower or at least better tools to handle the extra work and crowds. It is a bummer to have to turn people away because of lack of seating. And it's an equal disappointment to offer an additional service time for a special event only to have no one attend. In an effort to avoid both scenarios, more and more churches are turning to offering tickets for big events throughout the whole year. More

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ENInews suspends service, seeks further funding
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Religion News Service Ecumenical News International recently announced that its ENInews service is suspending operations, effective immediately, as it seeks emergency funding in order to operate for the remainder of 2012. "We regret taking this step, but despite a massive reorganization, ENInews is feeling the effect of the deep cuts from its historic supporters as well as from non-payment by quite a number of subscribers," said the Rev. David Harris, president of ENI and publisher of the Toronto-based Presbyterian Record. More


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What legal forms are needed for new employees?
Church Law and Tax    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are four principal forms under federal law that you should be using whenever you hire a new employee: eligibility for employment, new hire reporting, W-4 request and name and Social Security number. In this article, Richard R. Hammar, an attorney, CPA, and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy, summarizes each required form. More - Cloud Ministry Database

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How to launch a 2nd worship service
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Many churches start off offering one service to their congregation. As the church grows, the church organization might consider adding a second service, but the challenge comes when trying to implement that second service. Matt Keller, the founding and lead pastor of Next Level Church in Fort Myers, Fla., loves a multiservice reality when it's done at the right time, for the right reasons and in the right way. Unfortunately, too many churches make the move without the proper forethought or preparation and end up getting less than ideal or desired results. Here are several thoughts to make the change. More

Consider Pinterest as an add-on to your ministry website
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New kid on the block Pinterest can be very significant in driving traffic to your website. It has now overtaken Yahoo in referrals. Pinterest equals the referrals of Yahoo and Bing searches combined. Take time to consider whether a Pinterest strategy would make a suitable add-on for your church, ministry or blog. More

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