Secular and Clergy Employment Status…What’s the difference?

Churches are required to classify each person that is hired as either a secular or clergy employee. This is a very crucial step in the hiring process. Clergy are taxed differently  than secular employees and this treatment is mandated by law. It isn’t optional, so it is important to know who qualifies as secular or…

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Top 12 Tax Return Preparation Errors

1. Number transposition and spelling errors. This includes income and deduction amounts and client Social Security numbers, addresses and zip codes. Spelling errors should also be avoided – they indicate a lack of attention to what you are doing. 2. Unreported 1099 income. Clients frequently leave out 1099s, but the preparer should make sure all…

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IRS Updates Mileage Rates for 2013

The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2013 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2013, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 56.5 cents per…

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IRS Audits on Churches Temporarily Halted

In a previous article “Clarifying the IRS Rules About Endorsing Candidates From The Pulpit,” we wrote about the IRS rules and regulations concerning churches/clergy officially endorsing political candidates. Throughout the election season, the IRS was inundated with complaints regarding the churches officially endorsing candidates. Recently, Bloomberg BNA talked with Russell Renwicks of the IRS Tax-Exempt and…

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Social Security Tax Increase Starting January 1, 2013

Over the past two years, there has been a “payroll tax holiday” in effect. This reduced the employee’s share of Social Security from 6.2% to 4.2%. This “payroll tax holiday” is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2012. Non-clergy employees will have an additional 2% of Social Security tax withheld from their paychecks starting on…

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What would happen if the “housing allowance” exclusion was eliminated?

How much money does the IRC 107(clergy housing allowance/parsonage tax exclusion) actually save clergy? After running a few scenarios, the outcome may surprise you. In each scenario, we calculated the amount of tax paid by the clergy in two ways. First, their taxes are calculated as if the housing allowance/parsonage exclusion was eliminated(secular employee). This…

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Is your church in compliance with current payroll laws?

Make sure your church is in compliance with current payroll laws. Clergy Financial Resources payrolls service now includes a “year-to-date” payroll audit. During our audit, we will review each employee’s compensation to to ensure that everyone is being paid in accordance to Federal tax laws. Clergy Financial Resources is the leading payroll provider for churches….

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Kids going to a day camp this summer? Get a tax break!

Most working parents are well aware they get a tax break to help cover the costs of sending their children to day care. But some parents overlook the tax advantage of summer day camp costs. During school vacations, many parents turn to these supervised programs to provide child care while they work. Overnight camps don’t…

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IRS Has $1 Billion for People Who Have Not Filed a 2008 Income Tax Return

WASHINGTON — Refunds totaling more than $1 billion may be waiting for one million people who did not file a federal income tax return for 2008, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. However, to collect the money, a return for 2008 must be filed with the IRS no later than Tuesday, April 17, 2012. The…

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Hunting for a New Ministry Position Could Help Cut Taxes

Your search for new work in the ministry must be in the same field in which you’re currently or were formerly employed. Seminary graduates are out of luck. The costs you incur in getting your first job aren’t deductible, because the tax law only allows you to write off expenses incurred in searching for another…

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