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Update: Federal Law Requires Registration

Jun 05, 2024

This is an update to a post we released earlier this year. In 2021, Congress passed the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA). The new law took effect on J...

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Minister fined 200% Tax Penalty

Jun 19, 2024

The following story is grounded in facts from a recent legal proceeding. In the interest of confidentiality and creative adaptation, the names of the ...

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Court Rules Church Can Get Sued for What Other Groups Do

Jun 12, 2024

When a church decides to offer its space for a single-day event organized by an outside group, careful steps must be taken to minimize legal risks in ...

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West Virginia Won’t Let Churches Get Incorporated

May 29, 2024

Here is what to do As the leader in establishing a legal foundation for churches, we recognize the unique challenge faced by West Virginia churches d...

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Can A Church Get Sued for Giving Too Much?

May 22, 2024

A man who was dismissed from membership for causing division and strife over love offerings given to guest speakers filed a lawsuit against the church...

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I’m Thinking of Getting Thicker Glasses

Apr 27, 2024

Several seasons back, I indulged in the television adaptation of "My Cousin Vinny."1 A drama unfolded Within this small-town courtroom that has seen m...

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Your Church Needs Bigger Shoes

Mar 22, 2024

In the most recent meeting, Mateo addressed the Board with pressing concerns: "How do we ensure the protection of the vision imparted to our pastor?" ...

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Tricky Transactions: Constructive Receipt and Pastor’s Taxes

Apr 24, 2024

Let's envision a scenario: the church pastor advises the church's board of directors to temporarily cease his salary payments to help the church weath...

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Tricky Transactions: Handling Weird Donations

May 15, 2024

Weird donations may be a sign that your church is doing great. People are willing to give whatever they can because they love the Lord and their churc...

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