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About benefitsboard

Art Rhodes is the President and CEO of the Church of God Benefits Board, Inc. - the administrator of the Ministers' Retirement Plan and the Church Loan Fund, Inc. The corporate offices of the Benefits Board are in Cleveland, TN.

IRS Announces 2020 Standard Mileage Rate

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued the revised standard mileage rate which is used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business purposes during 2020. Beginning January 1, 2020, the standard mileage rate for the use of … Continue reading

Posted in 01 - January 2020, 2020, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Board Grants Year-End “Bonus” to Participants

In the recent meeting of the Board of Directors of the Church of God Benefits Board, the entity charged with managing the Ministers’ Retirement Plan, action was taken to grant a special year-end interest allocation to all participants in the … Continue reading

Posted in 12 - December 2019 | Leave a comment

Year-End Contributions to Your Retirement Account

All pension contributions received in the Board’s office by the close of business on Friday, December 27, 2019, will be posted to the participant’s account and will apply against the participant’s 2019 contribution limits. Contributions received in this office after … Continue reading

Posted in 12 - December 2019, Charitable Gifts, Ministers, Retirement Contributions | Leave a comment

Contribution Limits for 2020

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the new pension plan contribution limits for 2020. While there are many different limits that impact pension plans, the main limits that effect participants in the Ministers’ Retirement Plan are as follows: The salary reduction … Continue reading

Posted in 11 - November 2019, 2019 | Leave a comment

New Changes to Overtime Rules Adopted

Many church leaders think that the “wage and hour” laws, and particularly overtime pay rules, do not apply to churches. That could not be further from the truth. Churches and church employees are NOT exempt from the “wage and hour” … Continue reading

Posted in 09 - September 2019, Pay Roll Taxes, Tax Information | Leave a comment

Court Finds Housing Allowance Constitutional

In a surprising unanimous decision on March 15, 2019, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that the ministerial housing allowance did not violate the U.S. Constitution.  While Court observers were divided on their predictions about what the court’s final … Continue reading

Posted in 03 - March 2019, 2019, Ministerial Housing Allowance | Leave a comment

Board Manuals Updated for 2019

With each New Year comes new rules, new regulations and new contribution limits. Therefore, all the Benefits Board’s free educational manuals have been updated to take into consideration all relevant changes for 2019. You can access the latest version of … Continue reading

Posted in 01 - January 2019, 2019, Informational Manuals | Leave a comment