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Ever since Raul and his wife set out to start a new church, it has been their passion to share the difficult task of church management with ministers and ministry leaders. Taking courses at Bible college and attending church planting conferences are good, but optional, ideas. However, knowing and understanding the legal, business, and tax aspects of church and ministry is not optional, and getting it right is a requirement!

It is the founder's desire that every StartCHURCH blog function as a tool to help you grow strong in these areas. In each blog, you will find a wealth of information that will not only benefit your ministry, but might also help to keep you out of IRS trouble. The authors take time to research and write about the latest legal and tax changes happening in the world of ministry. They also address issues that affect pastors, leaders, and board members personally. Overall, the bottom line commitment is to empower you with the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions.

Please take some time to browse the postings. With the collective knowledge and experience that StartCHURCH brings, coupled with applicable and encouraging feedback posted by the readers, you may find these blogs are more helpful than you can imagine!

Viewing blogs by category: IRS Compliance

27 Apr 2017

Heart is Good, Advice is Bad

Trey Lewis

Have you ever received bad advice? Oftentimes the bad advice we receive comes from those with good intentions. At a recent conference I was speaking at, I was surprised to hear from so many pastors who had recently received bad, or misinformed, advice regarding their churches and ministries from people who were trying to help. What I have realized…

25 Apr 2017

One Form Missing, Ministry Owes $1,000s

Raul Rivera

What would you do if you were told that your ministry could potentially owe thousands of dollars in penalties and fines before you actually applied for its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status? Moreover, to make it worse, it was because of a simple misunderstanding on your end that could have been avoided.  Some of you can imagine the panic and disbelief…

19 Mar 2017

3 Positions Every Church Board Must Fill

Raul Rivera

When pastors begin planning for the launch of a new church, they often think of the various people who will join their launch team. The pastors consider who will be on staff and who will be congregational volunteers. Pastors go to great lengths to ensure these people are positioned when the new church begins. But what about the church board? Are there…

12 Mar 2017

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Changes Its Tax Status

Raul Rivera

Recently, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) confirmed that the IRS approved the reclassification of its tax-exempt status from a traditional, religious nonprofit status to that of a church.  In this classification transition, the BGEA is not claiming that it operates as a “church” in the traditional sense of the word,…

19 Feb 2017

Help! My Church is a Mess

Raul Rivera

Every day, pastors and church leaders across the country come to the conclusion that the administrative and business sides of their church are a mess. Take Jordan for instance. He recently took over the 22-year-old church his father started in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. The church initially started in the basement of their home when Jordan was 9…

26 Jan 2017

Tither Denied Deduction Because Church was not 501(c)(3)

Raul Rivera

In the case of Taylor v. Commissioner, Mr. Taylor was informed that his tax deductions were denied by the IRS, despite his legal counsel explaining that a church did not need 501(c)(3) status in order for him to get a tax write-off. He had given $8,647.00 to his church, only to discover later that these donations were not tax deductible. He felt that…

15 Jan 2017

Three Common Mistakes Made When Launching a Church

Raul Rivera

Pastor Zack had been a youth pastor for many years prior to planting a church. As the current lead pastor, he was doing a great job attracting new members and preaching relevant messages to a diverse congregation. However, he had very little experience with the legal side of establishing a church, and several months ago, he called our office with a…

12 Jan 2017

Important Tax Updates & Developments You Need to Know About for 2017

Raul Rivera

Year in and year out the IRS and other government agencies make tax-related changes, updates, and developments that affect churches. As a pastor, your time is spent studying, praying, and counseling while also leading and raising a family, and to ask you to keep up with new tax updates pertaining to you as a minister and your ministry is almost impossible…

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