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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…

13 Mar 2018

The Most Penalized Form for Ministries

Raul Rivera

Every year we talk with more than 1,000 leaders who are starting and leading ministries all across America. Many are stepping out in faith and bringing their visions to pass. While we are helping these ministry leaders in establishing a solid legal foundation for their ministries, we also point out the requirements that various governmental departments…

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…

06 Mar 2018

Now is the Best Time for Your Church to Start a School

Raul Rivera

When the new tax reform was passed in December 2017 a lot of changes came with it. Most notable are the changes that directly affect individual taxes. But there are, however, other “less notable” changes that churches may in fact find beneficial. For example, have you thought about what it would be like if your church opened up a school…

01 Mar 2018

Never Miss This Form Again!

Raul Rivera

Every year thousands of nonprofit organizations, including ministries, are required to file an annual information return to the IRS via Form 990. The IRS uses this form to help ensure tax-exempt organizations are continuously complying with the tax law in order to remain tax-exempt.  Form 990 specifically requires financial information from your…

27 Feb 2018

Tax Reform Implications for Churches and Ministries

Raul Rivera

By now we should all be aware that the tax reform Congress passed in December 2017 has affected our individual tax liabilities. Some changes, such as reductions to the income tax brackets, have already gone into full effect, while other changes won’t be noticed until we file our taxes next year. But what implications might the new tax reform…

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…

15 Feb 2018

Should Pastors Receive a W-2 or 1099?

Raul Rivera

Tax season is upon us! During this time of year we receive hundreds of phone calls from pastors and church leaders who all have questions pertaining to ministers’ taxes and pastoral compensation. Perhaps one of the most common questions we receive during tax season is, “Should pastors receive a Form W-2 or Form 1099-MISC from the church?” This…

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