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Can you modify housing allowance mid-year? The Housing Allowance can be amended (changed) as often as needed.  We always recommend overestimating when designating a housing allowance.  The goal would be to have enough of a buffer in the designation to end up with unused housing...

Question … Our elders developed a sabbatical policy that provides our pastors with benefits that includes normal salary and benefits. There is additional pay for activities like meeting with mentors, studying, developing relationships with peers, exploring industry best practices, and resting-rejuvenation. Because these activities almost...

Employers can generally offer different PTO benefits to different employees as long as there is a valid and non-discriminatory business reason for doing so. We would recommend mentioning your policy variations in your employee handbook to be clear on the subject. With that said, it is...

Tax documents are currently arriving in mailboxes and inboxes, reminding us all that tax season is rapidly approaching. This article will give a brief and broad overview of what credits and deductions are all about. The federal tax code allows for certain “credits” and...

Is your nonprofit subject to the FLSA? The answer isn't a simple yes or no. Nonprofits fall into a special category, but fortunately, the Department of Labor has provided guidance in this area. In brief, says the DOL, there are two ways in which an employee...

Nearly all the approximately 1.74 million organizations recognized as tax exempt by the IRS must file Form 990 or another form in the same series annually. Organizations making less than $200,000 in revenue and having less than $500,000 in assets must file Form 990-EZ, and...

Springtime in the ministry world is all about getting ready for Easter, but now that Easter is over, we can all take a collective breath as we refocus our attention to the rest of 2022. If you haven’t already begun to jump into your spring cleaning,...

These are examples of sources of income that are non-taxable: Qualified love gifts (person-to-person and within limits) Cannot be solicited Must be spontaneous in nature Must be clearly ascertainable as a gift with no service attached Cannot qualify as a tax donation for the donor Are motivated out of affection of...

Even though organizations like charities and foundations may be tax-exempt, the IRS still requires them to file certain information every year. For many of these exempt organizations, the deadline to file their 2021 information return is Monday, May 16, 2022. Here are the forms they may...

Many religious organizations have made fixed sum monthly payments to their minister or other staff for a “travel or professional allowance” and do not request an accounting for how the money was spent. Allowance plans are always taxable are reported on Form W-2. It is strongly...