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A Lesson on the Housing Allowance! Part 2

Apr 28, 2009

Setting up the Housing Allowance After reading part 1 of this series you may feel a little lost. Although Congress made changes to the Housing Allowa...

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A Lesson on the Housing Allowance! Part One

Apr 23, 2009

The Housing Allowance is one of the best tax saving benefits that exists for pastors. Every pastor in America, whether or not he or she is on salary ...

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Are You Really Legally Ordained

Apr 23, 2009

We, at StartCHURCH, have always encouraged every church in America to have its own licensing and ordination program. Whether your church has been aro...

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How to Decrease the Chance of a Personal Lawsuit Against the Pastor and Board!

Apr 21, 2009

We are living in a time and era when lawsuits against churches have increased over 2,000 percent since 1992.   Litigating attorneys have fou...

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Church Loses Property Over Bake Sales!

Apr 16, 2009

Beth-El, an African-American church in the Chicago neighborhood of Englewood, purchased some property on 63rd Street in 1976. The church rehabilitate...

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A Board Meeting Without Any Board Members Present

Apr 03, 2009

State laws concerning board meetings require that certain criteria be met in order for a board meeting to become legally valid. At a minimum, the boa...

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Tax Court Rules a Pastor's Pass Through Gifts as Taxable Income!

Mar 20, 2009

The IRS told a pastor that the love offerings given to him by members of the church were taxable. In disagreement, he sued the IRS in tax court statin...

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Court Tells Pastor, You Are No Longer In Charge

Mar 17, 2009

A Washington court ruled that a church's board members were not board members because the church did not follow state law in selecting them. Moreover,...

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Ecclesiastical Authority and Accountability!

Mar 11, 2009

With increasing measure the IRS has made attempts to limit the authority of the pastor in the church. In 2006, regulation kicked in to require that t...

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