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(Published in the Fall/Winter of 2010 Newsletter) Churches are often not aware of the tax implications of their organization. Once a church has employees, for example, many levels of taxes come into play. For example, a church usually cannot treat an employee as an independent contractor but the church is usually exempt from paying Unemployment […]
(Published in the Spring/Summer of 2010 Newsletter) Many employers, including churches, are surprised to learn that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires every employer to complete a form entitled: “Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.” The I-9 Form can be obtained at http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis. This applies to all employees […]
(Published in the Fall/Winter of 2009 Newsletter) Today, sad to say, people are often looking for trouble, and that trouble often finds its way into a courtroom. Sadly, the Church is not exempt from this trend. A seemingly harmless activity like a prayer chain is now a potential powder keg of litigation. The defamation and […]
(Published in the Spring/Summer of 2009 Newsletter) From time to time, church leaders, music ministers, and church school teachers and professors, are involuntarily removed from their positions. Lawsuits for wrongful termination and discrimination are increasingly occurring. Nevertheless, as a recent Pennsylvania Superior Court case affirmed, more often than not, the Church’s decision to terminate employment […]
(Church Corner Article) (Published in the Winter/Fall of 2008 Newsletter) In this political season, the church and pastors must be very careful not to overstep the fuzzy boundaries set by the IRS. If a church or its members crosses those boundaries, the IRS can impose a 10% tax on money used for political expenditures and […]
(Church Corner Article) (Published in the Spring/Summer of 2008 Newsletter) Computers are now firmly established as an indispensable part of our lives, including our business lives. However, computer usage for business purposes, including in the church, has brought with it a new set of legal and other problems. Lawsuits and problems springing from computer usage […]