Category Archives: Informational Manuals

Audit Tips

Your chances of being audited by the Internal Revenue Service are going up, but only slightly. For example, in 2001 the IRS audited 732,000 individual returns compared to only 618,000 in 2000. However, in 2014 the IRS was expected to … Continue reading

Posted in 03 - March 2015, Chaplains/Evangelists, Charitable Gifts, Form 1099, Form W-2, Informational Manuals, Internal Revenue Service, Ministerial Housing Allowance, Ministers, Pay Roll Taxes, Social Security, Tax Information | Leave a comment

New Guidance on Employer Payment Plans Regarding Reimbursement of Certain Health Insurance Policies

UPDATED TAX DEVELOPMENT – PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ARTICLE IS UPDATED AS OF MARCH 1, 2015, WITH NEW INFORMATION REGARDING THE WAIVER OF PENALTIES CONCERNING REIMBURSEMENT OF PREMIUM COSTS As background information, in September 2013, the IRS issued Notice 2013-54 that provided, among … Continue reading

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Most Common Mistakes on Tax Returns

If you have not yet filed your tax return, you should be aware of some common mistakes that the IRS says occurs on tax returns. These simple mistakes could delay the processing of your return or delay your expected refund. … Continue reading

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Mileage

Documentation of expenses is vital to an acceptable accountable reimbursement plan. Mileage driven in the course of business is generally the minister’s greatest expense. Some ministers have contended that every mile they travel is in the furtherance of their business … Continue reading

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Would a Webinar Help?

We are receiving so many questions about tax issues and the Affordable Care Act, as well as a variety of other issues such as the ministerial housing allowance, we are discussing the benefit of having a webinar where our President, … Continue reading

Posted in 02 - February 2015, Health Care, Informational Manuals, Internal Revenue Service, Ministers, Pay Roll Taxes, Retirement Contributions, Retirement Distributions, Tax Information | Leave a comment

No Self-Employment Tax on Retirement Income from Benefits Board

At tax time, the Benefits Board gets a lot of questions about the IRS Form 1099-Rs that are sent to participants in January showing the amount of the participant’s distributions for the previous year. The most common question regards whether … Continue reading

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Paying Taxes on Amounts Withdrawn Early from Pension Funds

Some participants question whether they have to include money that is withdrawn early from their pension account as income in the year that it is withdrawn. The answer is simply yes. You must include as a part of your income … Continue reading

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The Earned Income Tax Credit

The question arises as to whether or not a minister’s housing allowance or the fair rental value of the parsonage is earned income for purposes of calculating the earned income tax credit, or EIC. The tax code is clear that … Continue reading

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Parsonage / Housing Allowances – IRS’s Perspective

The following article is directly reprinted from the Internal Revenue Service’s Tax Guide for Churches and Religious Organizations (Publication 1828). You may access the entire publication by clicking here: “Generally, a minister’s gross income does not include the fair rental … Continue reading

Posted in 01 - January 2015, Informational Manuals, Internal Revenue Service, Ministerial Housing Allowance, Ministers, Tax Information | Leave a comment

Charitable Gifts under $250 to Churches

Most church treasurers and donors are familiar with the current law concerning substantiation of gifts given to churches. If a donor gives any one gift that is in excess of $250, the church must provide a receipt to the donor … Continue reading

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