Category Archives: 2016

Update on Constitutional Challenge to Housing Allowance

In an expected but unfortunate development, the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a new lawsuit on April 6, 2016, challenging the constitutionality of the ministerial housing allowance under section 107 of the Internal Revenue Code. This lawsuit follows a similar … Continue reading

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Year-End Contributions to Your Retirement Account

All pension contributions received in the Board’s office by the close of business on Thursday, December 29, 2016, will be posted to the participant’s account and will apply against the participant’s 2016 contribution limits. Contributions received in this office after … Continue reading

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Year-End Contributions to Churches

As we approach the end of each year, there are always questions about the tax deductibility of charitable contributions made to local churches. The rule is relatively simple – donors must deliver or mail (with the postmark visible) checks on … Continue reading

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Contribution Limits for 2017

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the new pension plan contribution limits for 2017. 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

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IRS Announces 2017 Standard Mileage Rates

Running a little later than usual, 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 2017. Beginning January 1, 2017, the standard … Continue reading

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Rate on Trustees Fund Set at 4% for 2017

In the recent meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Church of God Benefits Board, the entity charged with managing the Ministers’ Retirement Plan, the return on the Trustees’ Fund was set at four (4%) percent. For the past eight years … Continue reading

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Holiday Hours

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE BENEFITS BOARD!!  Now that we are approaching the end of the month, the staff at the Benefits Board is making plans for Christmas and the end of the year. With minor exceptions, the Benefits Board will … Continue reading

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