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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!

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15 Mar 2018

5 Common Myths Surrounding Ministers' Taxes

Raul Rivera

If you had the choice of getting a tax refund or owing taxes, which would you choose? It’s really a no-brainer. Of course you would choose to receive a tax refund. While there are many factors that influence whether you get a tax refund or owe taxes, what if I told you that you have more control of your tax outcome than you may realize. The…

08 Mar 2018

Do Ministers Have to Pay Estimated Taxes?

Raul Rivera

When considering the full spectrum of ministers’ taxes, the nuances can be mind-boggling. For instance, did you know that ministers are exempt from income tax withholding whether they report their income as employed or self-employed? The very fact that ministers are exempt from income tax withholding is often the source of much confusion surrounding…

22 Feb 2018

7 Big Mistakes Ministers Make with Their Taxes

Raul Rivera

Filing taxes can be a daunting task for anyone. Ministers’ taxes can especially be daunting because if churches do not properly handle the ministers’ compensation and taxes, then ministers can end up paying more taxes than the average taxpayer. Ministers can avoid paying more in taxes by simply avoiding common tax mistakes. Our tax team…

08 Feb 2018

Are You Sure Your Ordination is Legal?

Raul Rivera

Being an ordained minister has its privileges. There is the obvious privilege of preaching and teaching the gospel that ultimately leads to lives being changed for all eternity. But there are other privileges that can only come from being legally ordained. Such privileges of legal ordination include certain tax benefits, such as a housing allowance,…

06 Feb 2018

Does the Tax Reform Affect Ministers’ Taxes?

Raul Rivera

On December 20, 2017 the largest tax reform since 1986 was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President of the United States. With the new tax reform act, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, overhauling the tax code, there are many questions in need of answering. For instance, as it pertains to churches and ministries, “What…

01 Feb 2018

3 Ways Ministers Can Make the Most of Their Taxes

Raul Rivera

Every year, thousands of ministers overpay on their taxes because they are not aware of the special IRS tax rules for ministers. This is also attributed to the fact that many tax professionals are unfamiliar with the uniqueness of ministers’ taxes. It may be hard to believe, but the current tax code still favors ministers when it comes to their…

25 Jan 2018

What My Church Did Every January and February

Raul Rivera

As churches begin settling into the the new year, many pastors, church planters, and ministry leaders are asking, “What tasks do I need to take care of for my church early in the year?” I remember asking myself a very similar question when I was a young pastor in Florida. The unfortunate thing was that I did not really have anyone to turn…

23 Jan 2018

Landmark Supreme Court Ruling Brightens Horizon for Churches

Raul Rivera

Pastoring and leading a church in the 21st century is not the same as it once was. Churches are continually facing a hostile legislative culture, and society as a whole seems not to revere the Church as it once did. This may often lead pastors and church planters to question whether now is a good time to start a church. And for those who do start a…

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